There isn’t a puppy on this planet that isn’t adorable. For most of us, when we see their cute little faces, we melt. That’s how they weasel their way into our homes as well as our hearts. As cute as puppies are, they can be equally frustrating as you embark on this potty training adventure. The last thing that homeowners want is a puppy that is using their carpet as their favorite place to go potty. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry is here to share some puppy potty training tips to help make the process a little less painful.
How Do You Set Up a Schedule for Potty Training?
Just like kids, puppies thrive when they have a schedule to follow. As you establish a schedule for your puppy, they begin to know when they can expect to go out and use the bathroom as well as when they will be eating and sleeping. When your puppy can anticipate what to expect next, it can help them know when to use the bathroom and when not to. As a general rule, you can expect your puppy to be able to hold their bladder an hour for every month they are in age. If you have a 2 month old puppy, that dog needs to go out every two hours to avoid an accident in the house.
What is a Good Reward for Potty Training?
Most dogs are constantly looking to please their owners. The potty training process is no different. Every time your puppy uses the bathroom outside, make sure to give him/her plenty of praise. The praise as well as a small treat, will motivate your puppy to repeat that behavior next time. Let your puppy know how proud you are, and they will look for that encouragement again.
Do Vets Recommend Crate Training?
You aren’t going to be able to keep eyes on your puppy at all times. When you aren’t able to be right near your puppy, you should consider crate training them. Puppies and dogs won’t go to the bathroom when they are in a confined space. The crate will become a safe place for your puppy, as well as a place that they will prefer not to go to the bathroom. Your puppy can sleep in the crate and spend time there when you are away from the home. Most veterinarians, trainers, and breeders recommend crate training dogs from a young age.
Prepare for a Pet Accident Emergency
When your dog is a puppy, you have to be ready for the mistakes that are sure to happen. If you catch your puppy in the act, make sure you interrupt them and immediately take them outside. Make a loud noise and say the word outside as you take the puppy out. If you do happen to find a spot where the puppy has had an accident, don’t punish the dog. The time has passed for that, and the puppy won’t know what he/she is getting in trouble for.