Potty Training Tips
Potty training is easily one of the most stressful times of being a dog parent (or at least it was for me!) Look at some of these potty-training tips below to help ease this new phase for your puppy.
There are different ways in which people choose to potty train their dogs – crate training or pee pads – choose whatever works best for you and your furry friend. Some of the key takeaways from training are remembering to praise your dog when they do pee in their designated spot, not punishing them when they have an accident inside, and adjusting yourself to this new lifestyle. One of the hardest things for new dog owners is adjusting to their pets demanding potty schedules, prolonging potty training.
When puppies are introduced to crates, they see them as their living space and do not want to make a mess where they live. Therefore, when your puppy is in the crate and must go to the bathroom, they will let you know they need to go out by whining. If your dog does have an accident in the crate, they may think that it is okay to go in their crate or around your house, therefore it is important to respond immediately to their whining.
Puppy pads can be a little more difficult but can still be successful. For owners who cannot go home throughout the day to let their puppy out to potty, for instance, puppy pads are an option for them to still teach their pet not to pee on the carpet. As the dog matures and can hold their bladder longer, the owner can slowly eliminate the puppy pad and teach them to potty outside only.
Creating a consistent schedule for your dog is imperative to successful potty training. While it is time consuming in the beginning, the end result of a potty-trained puppy is worth it!
Suggested times for taking your puppy out are:
- First thing in the morning
- Last thing at night
- After playing indoors
- After spending time in a crate
- Upon waking up from a nap
- After chewing a toy or bone
- After eating
- After drinking
Your dogs live for pleasing you – you are their best friend, after all! Therefore, when they do potty outside you should praise them by clapping or giving them a treat. Reinforcing good behavior gets you much further reprimanding them for peeing inside.
Monitoring your dog’s intake is another aspect of potty training that can be easily overlooked. Your dog’s digestive system is still adjusting, which is why its important that they be fed in small meals throughout the day instead of one big meal. Making sure they have food that is for puppies and not adults is also essential for their immature digestive system.
While puppy training is stressful, it is worth it in the end! Continue to work with your pet; praise them and remember that each dog is different and while some potty train quickly, others can take months. You’ve got this!