Puppies, like you and I, also have the need to expel waste and urinate. However, it is a bit frustrating, ok, really frustrating when your puppy decides to go in your house. This will be a guide that will help you to bridge the gap between you and your canine friend and to help you potty train your puppy.
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I've broken the dog potty training
process into 3 key elements.
Confining your puppy. This is the first and most important step in the process because young puppies have not yet learned where YOU want them to relieve themselves. You want to start by confining your puppy to their crate. If your puppy does not have a crate, then you could just confine them to a small area where they usually sleep. Most dogs will not tinkle in their space where they live so you want to use this to your advantage. Make sure that it is a size that allows the puppy some space to move but not too much because the puppy could ultimately just go on one end and rest on the other if the space is too large.
Generally, you want to anticipate when your puppy needs to go. Younger puppies tend to have a shorter holding period so you'll want to take the younger puppies out of confinement more often.
Teaching your puppy where to go. When you notice your puppy getting antsy and restless, it is a good indication that your puppy needs to go. You want to start reinforcing your puppy to associate going outside to eliminate with a phrase. I like to use the phrase, go outside. With enough reinforcement, your puppy will begin to associate that phrase with going outside to do their business and will react to that phrase.
As you go outside with your puppy, you want to keep your puppy on a leash to ensure that you are in control. Take your puppy to a place where YOU would want it to go and supervise your puppy reinforcing a phrase such as "Go potty," in a positive tone.
Praising your puppy. You will have to be a bit patient when first potty training your dog but when your puppy does go, you want to make sure that you praise your puppy during the act and not afterwards. Follow up with a doggie treat.
You want to get into the habit of praising your puppy each time it has successfully gone outside on command. The consistency of your puppy going outside will be as consistent as you are with reinforcing the behavior of your puppy.
Accidents do happen and if you catch your puppy in the act, you want to use a firm voice and let the puppy know that you aren't happy with its actions. Don't get mad at your puppy because it isn't their fault for going because they had to. You'll need to repeat the above until your puppy fully understands. Good luck with training your puppy!
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