Your new puppy should be a relief from your busy work life, not an additional stressor.
But it’s common knowledge that a new pet comes with a lot of responsibilities. One of the biggest jobs in getting your new friend acclimated to your home and your life is potty training.
How do you possibly make the time to potty train a puppy in the midst of an already busy schedule? Not everyone can make the switch to self-employment.
There are no shortcuts, but there are some general guidelines that can make the process smooth and effective. Read on to discover a few of them.
Pro Tips and Tricks to Potty Train a Puppy
Puppy potty training can seem overwhelming. But you don’t have to be a professional dog trainer to tap into the basic aspects of dog psychology that make potty training easier.
Here are a couple starting points to consider when starting your own puppy’s potty training.
Stick to a Schedule
Most animals thrive on routine, humans included. And your new puppy is no different. A potty training schedule is not just about the lengths of time and times of day when you take your puppy out. The locations you use and feeding times are also important.
Consider all of the following when forming your puppy’s housebreaking schedule.
They’re Going to Need to Go a Lot
There’s no way around this. Puppies pee a lot. Depending on the breed, this could be as much as every 30 minutes. Plan for lots of pee breaks.
Keep Their Feedings Consistent
If you feed your puppy, and give them water, at the same time every day, their body will get accustomed to a regular schedule. If at first they don’t finish their meals within the given window, pick up their bowl and try again later. Letting your puppy graze throughout the day is asking for an inconsistent bathroom schedule.
Know Their Triggers
Certain activities excite puppies, which can make them more likely to pee. Some of these activities include vigorous play, waking from a nap, and of course, drinking water.
Use the Same Spot
Pick a familiar spot to use when training your puppy. When they get to this spot, they will know it’s time to pee. Using space in this way is a powerful tool in combination with the other cues you establish.
There’s a simple rule when it comes to punishment around the potty training process. That rule? Don’t do it.
Dogable lists a host of reasons your puppy might pee on your bed, from nervousness to attempting to mask their scent. None of these reasons is deserving of punishment. Your puppy just doesn’t know better.
Puppies respond to positive reinforcement. You can gently place them where they should be when it’s time to pee. And you can combine treats with a happy “yes!” to encourage them when they’ve gone outside to do their business.
You’ll Be a Puppy Pro in No Time
These are just a couple of the basics when it comes to housebreaking a dog. As you go on this journey yourself, you’ll discover the tricks that work best for you and your dog.
But if you stay positive and consistent in your efforts, you can potty train a puppy without all the headache. Owning a puppy is a pleasure, and we want to do anything we can to help you live your happiest life.