Puppy potty training can be a really intimidating subject. Truth of the matter is that most people do not know how to do it and make essential mistakes during the process. In some cases, it may even alienate owner from a pup creating a long-lasting gap in their relationship.
So, you’re probably wondering what is so scary about puppy potty training. How come you can make big mistakes with something so little?
Here is the deal.
Potty training is done at a very young age. The dog is susceptible to information and accepts everything on an instinctive level. This means that any mistake you make will become a part of its persona as it forms its behavior and more importantly trust towards people.
Potty training basics
Before I mention some more advanced tips, it is necessary to address the basics.
Due to lack of basic understanding of the process, puppy owners are doomed from the get go.
First thing you need to watch out for is the breeder from which you’re getting the puppy. Dog absorbs the information from the onset. This means if the breeder kept the puppy in unhygienic environment or didn’t pay attention to its basic needs, this will transfer to dog and will haunt it later on. The entire puppy potty training process will be much harder afterwards.
Like with any other dog training, it all comes down to discipline. This is precisely why puppy potty training is so important. It sets up the basis for any other lesson that will be learned in future given that potty training is usually one of the first things that you will teach a dog.
Lastly, we shouldn’t neglect the impact of training on your relationship.
Potty training is definitely something that can strengthen the bond between puppy and you. In fact, here is where puppy starts seeing you as a provider; as a fatherly/motherly figure. If you are using physical discipline (punishment) it can have a negative impact on your future relationship. So it’s another thing you need to keep in mind.
Advanced techniques and tips
After we’ve got that out of our way, it’s time to discuss some advanced techniques.
First of all, you need to consider dog’s size. Smaller dogs need to pee and poo more often due to a smaller frame. This is something that should be considered when purchasing the dog. Taking a puppy out is something that constantly needs to be done and if you have a smaller breed it can definitely mess up your daily schedule forcing you to pay more attention to dog and even make some cuts.
Here are some things you need to know when it comes to day-to-day procedure, according to the puppy training expert Lene Kaufmann:
- Dogs need to be taken out in the morning as soon as they wake up. Their bladder will be full so you need to react quickly. This is especially important for puppies as they have no self-control. No matter what, make sure to avoid cuddling or excitement. This can only stimulate urination.
- Meals are important for pottying. Dog needs to get same-sized portions each and every day. Otherwise, it will be hard for you to plan routine. If a dog is done eating, make sure to remove the bowl. You need to prevent small nibbling during the day.
- When ever you go out for dog to potty, make it clear. Dogs prefer to stay outside as long as possible and you are the one that needs to prevent this.
- Dogs also need to potty before sleeping. Otherwise, midnight accidents may occur.
- Accidents will happen and you should be prepared for them.
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