Does your new puppy have accidents, or worse, in the house? Are you hoping to have your puppy litter box trained before full house training is necessary?
Training your dog and cat in the right places can be difficult, and you have many unforeseen problems. However, when done right, it’s a gratifying experience.
We’re here to guide you through the process. Here’s how to potty train a puppy.
1. Establish a Schedule and Stick to It
Establishing a clear and consistent schedule is the best way to ensure successful potty training. Start by taking your puppy outside to their designated potty area at regular intervals throughout the day, such as after meals and when they wake up from naps.
Take them out and let them explore the area to get comfortable with the new environment. Finally, be consistent in following the same schedule and routine daily; it will help them learn when and where they should go more quickly.
2. Offer Praise and Rewards
These reinforcements will help teach them they have done something good. Give praise immediately when exhibiting the desired behavior. Rewards are either a treat or verbal gestures but must be immediate so your puppy understands why they are receiving the reward.
One method to help your puppy learns to potty outside is using outdoor grass for patios. With consistency and repetition, rewards for good behavior, and no rewards for bad behavior, soon your puppy will understand and become accustomed to the potty training routine.
3. Supervise and Pay Attention
Every puppy is different, so don’t try to put them on a single rigid schedule – recognize that each one will need to learn at their own pace. During potty training, watch your puppy’s behavior; they will often circle, sniff, or act restless when they need to go.
Monitor their drinking habits, and if you notice an unusual amount of water intake, immediately take them outside and give them a chance to relieve themselves. Whether inside or outside, always supervise your puppy until it is potty trained.
4. Manage Accidents and Setbacks
When potty training your puppy, accidents and setbacks are inevitable; help manage these and ensure your pup is successful by giving them plenty of positive reinforcement, like treats or verbal praise, when they go in the right spot.
If they have an accident, clean it up with an enzymatic cleaner and never express negative emotion towards them. Accidents are bound to happen, so keep your pup on a consistent potty schedule and supervise them while they are unsupervised to minimize the chances of one occurring.
5. Celebrate Success and Gradual Progress
It’s essential to ensure your pup understands what you’re trying to get them to learn. Use consistent language to explain the expected command they have to understand.
Whenever they follow commands or engage in behaviors you’re aiming for, give rewards of treats and verbal praise. Finally, remember to reward them often so they know they are making positive progress. Praise and positive reinforcement are the best way to ensure your pup’s progress over time.
Troubleshooting Common Potty Train
A potty train might seem complicated, but with plenty of patience, positive praise, and rewards, your puppy will get it! You can reduce mistakes by ensuring your puppy has enough outside time.
Remember to stay consistent and not scold your pup for accidents; instead, use positive reinforcement.
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