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. 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. 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. 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! 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. If you hear your puppy whimpering and whining during the night, get yourself out of bed and let him/her outside! 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. 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. 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.