So, you’ve got yourself an adorable puppy.
Congratulations are in order for your new furry bundle of joy!
However, you have to realize that in addition to being cute, puppies require some hard work on your part.
As dog owners will already know, learning how to potty train a puppy is one of the most difficult parts of becoming a dog parent.
It’s not impossible, so allow us to present some tips to potty train a puppy properly.
First of all, you need to learn how puppies “work”, so to say.
The good news: Although puppies eliminate in the place where they sleep, at first, they quickly learn as they grow older. That means that they leave the den and seek an outside place where they can do their business.
The bad news: Pups don’t yet realize that there are boundaries set in place and that there is a time and place for peeing or pooping. Wherever they are, whatever they are doing, if they need to go, they will go, and most likely, you won’t like the spot they chose.
#1 Choose Their Sleeping Place Carefully
Believe it or not, the choice of crate or den where your puppy is going to sleep is very important.
Why? Because you have to make sure that it’s large enough for him to be able to move and lie down, but not too big.
Yes, there is such a thing as a space that is too big.
You see, what happens when a puppy has a big crate is that they will do their business in a remote corner and go sleep in the other corner. And that is exactly what you are trying to avoid when you are attempting to house train a puppy.
As I mentioned earlier, puppies will generally go outside the crate or den to eliminate, but you don’t want to encourage him to do so where he sleeps.
In addition, you also have to be careful with what you put in his sleeping place.
Blankets and papers will only serve for him to poop and pee on or rip it to shreds. That way, you just create waste and more work for yourself.
You are basically inviting your puppy to take a dump on your clean, fluffy blanket. Save the comfy accouterments for when he learns to properly differentiate between the sleeping space and the potty space.
#2 Develop An Action As A Behavior With A Clicker
Using a clicker is a popular and effective way of training puppies.
Animals learn by association, and this method is based on the concept that the pet that is rewarded after doing something will develop that action as a behavior.
When your puppy realizes that the “click” follows a treat, its attention towards you will be significantly increased.
A positive idea is that when you take your puppy outside for a potty break, you take the clicker and a handful of delicious treats as well.
The timing you use the clicker is crucial.
You shouldn’t make the mistake of clicking immediately after your puppy begins to pee or poop, as that might interrupt it, and end up doing it in the wrong place later.
You should use the clicker once you’re sure your puppy is done eliminating and afterward reward it with a yummy treat.
One of the positive things about clicker potty training is that it allows you to add a reward linked to disciplined elimination.
Remember that every clicker should be followed by a rewarding treat, if not, that might decrease the clicker’s reliability, and it will become less relevant to your pup.
Your puppy will realize that responding to your clicks equals receiving treats, and you will get your furry friend trained in no time. Make sure to reward it verbally as well.
#3 Keep Track of The Pup Schedule
Do you want to know how to potty train a puppy fast?
Put him on a schedule.
That’s right, he will now have a “poop schedule”, if you will.
By far, this is the easiest for both of you, because it allows you to plan everything else accordingly and you never find yourself in the predicament of needing to do something urgently, but having forgotten to take the dog outside.
This works best if you also have a feeding schedule set in place.
Once your puppy eats and drinks, he will need to eliminate, so it’s best to take the feeding schedule into consideration when you set the potty schedule. That’s the best way to potty train a puppy in a week’s time if everything goes well.
However, it’s also good to have quick and clear access to the potty area, at all times.
If you live in a house or on the ground level, the potty area can be exclusively outside. If it is more difficult to go outside, or it depends entirely on you, then you might want to consider setting up a designated potty area inside, as well.
A bathroom is a good place for that, in a crate, box, or even a tray, just like you would set up for kitty litter.
Extra tip: Use Bulldogology Puppy Pads for the cleanest, easiest and most efficient potty training. Clean, hygienic and disposable, these single-use sheets are the best way to ensure adequate and hassle-free potty training.
#4 Let’em Know About Their Behavior And Accomplishments
If you are interested in how to potty train a puppy, you have to know that an essential step in any training process is praise.
Reinforcing what a good job your puppy did and what a good boy/girl they are is going to ensure that your pet repeats the desired behavior.
They will learn that what they do is good and satisfying for you and they will seek to replicate it again and again.
A very important aspect is not to scold your puppy for accidents he may have around the house, especially in the beginning. That will only make him scared and actually more likely to go potty somewhere you don’t want him to go.
Far from helping him acclimate, you are only traumatizing him and contributing to a troubled or stunted growth.
Praise good behavior, but don’t penalize accidents and you will be the proud owner of a potty trained puppy sooner than you think.
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