At the top of the tough job list, you might find puppy potty training. You really need to be consistent, making each days routine the same and give your pooch your undivided attention. This will simplify the task. One thing can hamper the process, such as working outside the home and leaving the puppy alone for extended periods of time. Even with you gone, the puppy will still have to use the potty.
In the beginning of the puppy potty training process, you need to provide the puppy with a space for himself. A far off corner is usually a good spot. This is where you should keep his toy, bed, water and food dishes. The entire floor then should be covered in newspaper. Before leaving the house, make sure the puppy is in that area and unable to get elsewhere.
Of course while you are gone the puppy will need to use the potty. He will start off going where he is but then gradually pick one particular spot to go. Once he has chosen an area, you can slowly remove the newspaper from the farthest points in the room. Keep this up until eventually there is only a small area for him to go in. If the puppy starts to go off the area to do his business, you have done the process too fast. You will need to back track the steps and add paper until he is only going on one small section. This technique will teach him control of his bladder.
You need to spend every possible moment with your dog when you are home. This bonding time makes the puppy potty training process a lot easier. It is a good idea when you are home to take your dog outside once every 45 minutes. During these times when he goes potty outside, praise him wildly. Show extreme enthusiasm every single time he does “go” outside. The puppy will soon learn this is where he is to go potty and he will be able to control his bladder until you make it home to let him out. A great deal of time and endless patience are needed.
It does no good to scold the puppy for accidents. You must remember he just doesn’t know better. As babies, we all had to go in our nappies until the day came when we were potty trained. We had no other choice at first either. Dogs are the same way too. It takes until the age of 6 months for a dog to accomplish training. Puppy potty training can be a long process but worth it in the end.
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