4 Tips for Potty Training a Puppy
So you finally decided to take the plunge and add a wild and cute puppy to your home and family – but there’s one problem: you’ve never actually raised a puppy before and the little monster is pooping and peeing all over your house. Â Take a deep breath and don’t panic because potty training can be difficult for people who have raised plenty of puppies in their life. Â While you may be tempted to take your puppy back and get a cat who easily uses a litter box, resist the urge – eventually your dog will be trained and you won’t have to clean up any more messes. Â Here are tips to help you potty train your new canine companion.
- The number one most important thing to remember is this: take your puppy outside as often as you possibly can! Â This includes before you leave for work, during your lunch break, when you get home from work, after your puppy eats his/her dinner, and before you go to bed. Â If you hear your puppy whimpering and whining during the night, get yourself out of bed and let him/her outside! Â The more times you take your canine outside the more likely they will learn to relieve themselves outdoors.
- Don’t ever give your dog food and water if you aren’t going to be around or available to take them outside in the near future. Â If you fuel them with food you better be ready for them to need to go soon!
- When your puppy does have a mistake and makes a mess inside your house, don’t make a big deal out of it. Â it is best to just quietly clean up the mess without bringing any attention to it.
- If you are going to spend some time relaxing at your home, try to keep your puppy with you as much as possible.