You’ve brought home the newest member of your family – a cuddly little puppy! They’re so cute and full of energy, and you can’t wait to see them grow. But before they can become the well-behaved dog you know they can be, there’s one big hurdle to overcome: potty. Don’t worry! With a little patience and consistency, you’ll have your puppy potty trained in no time. Here are some helpful potty training tips to get you started:
Tips For Potty Training Your Pup
Establish a Routine from the Start
Puppies thrive on routines, so it’s important to establish one from day one. Decide on a regular time for taking them out to do their business, and stick to it as closely as possible. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning, after every meal, or before bedtime. Whatever works for you, be consistent.
Choose a Designated Potty Spot
Whether it’s in your backyard or at a nearby park, choose a spot where you want your puppy to go potty and stick with it. To help them remember, take them to the spot on a leash and give the command to “go potty.” With time and patience, they’ll get the hang of it.
Choose a Cue Word or Phrase
Whenever you take your puppy out to do their business, use the same cue word or phrase each time. Common ones include “go potty” or “do your business.” Repeat it in a calm voice as they’re doing their thing, and soon they’ll associate it with the act itself.
Supervise, Supervise, Supervise
This is probably the most important tip of all. Puppies are notoriously curious creatures, so it’s important to keep a close eye on them at all times – especially when they’re first learning where they should and shouldn’t go potty.
If you catch them going in the wrong spot, make a loud noise (clapping your hands works well) to startle them and then quickly take them to their designated potty spot.
Whenever your puppy does their business in the right spot, make sure to give them plenty of praise and a treat. For example, you could rub their belly, hug them, or even say, “good dog!” This will reinforce the good behavior and help them to understand that they’re doing what you want them to do.
Don’t Punish Them
Accidents are bound to happen, but it’s important not to punish your puppy when they do. Scolding or hitting them will only make them fearful and less likely to want to use the potty in front of you. Instead, clean up the mess and move on.
Like other things in life, potty training takes time and patience. There will be accidents along the way and sometimes it just might feel like you’re never going to get there. But don’t give up– that’s just part of the process. Try to stay calm and consistent; before you know it, your puppy will be a pro at using the potty like a big dog!
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