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9 Potty Training Tips for New Puppy Owners

There are thousands of new dog owners around the world every day. This should be a time of excitement for them since owning a puppy is generally a wonderful experience. But puppies don’t come potty trained, and a large part of the first couple of weeks with a new puppy is composed of getting them to go to the toilet in the right place. 

Potty training your dog is one of the most important steps in being a responsible pet owner. It can be a long, difficult process, but with patience and consistency, you’ll be able to potty train your dog successfully. If you’re a novice, virtual puppy training is gaining popularity and you can learn valuable training skills this way, but here are some good tips for potty training the new puppy that will help you on your way. 

9 Potty Training Tips for New Puppy Owners

  • Establish a Schedule

The first step in potty training your dog is establishing a regular schedule for them. This means taking them outside at the same times every day (morning, afternoon, and evening) so they can get used to going at specific times. 

You should also take them out after meals or treats and when they wake up from naps. Having a consistent schedule will help them learn when it’s time to go outside and what is expected of them. 

  • Use Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is key when it comes to potty training your dog. When they do their business outside, reward them with praise and treats to reinforce the behaviour you want from them. 

Doing this consistently will help them understand what you expect of them when it’s time to go outside for potty breaks. 

  • Choose an Outdoor Potty Spot

As part of the potty training process, it’s important to select an outdoor area that becomes the designated spot where your puppy can go to do their business. This could be in your yard or even a nearby park if you live in an apartment complex without access to grassy areas directly outside of your unit or building. 

Once you have chosen an area, always take your dog there each time they need to use the bathroom so they understand where they are supposed to go each time.

  • Supervise and Monitor

Whenever possible, supervise and monitor your puppy during potty breaks so that you can immediately reward good behaviour when they do use the bathroom outdoors as expected. 

During this time, stay close by without hovering or distracting them too much as this can make it more difficult for them to focus on what needs to be done – using the bathroom! 

Also keep an eye out for any signs that may indicate that your puppy needs to use the bathroom such as sniffing around or circling in one spot for an extended period of time; these are usually cues that indicate that it’s almost time for another potty break.

  • Clean Up Accidents Properly

If accidents happen indoors – which can happen even with trained dogs – make sure you clean up properly. It’s important not only from a hygiene perspective but also because dogs have sensitive noses and if left uncleaned, they may think it’s okay to continue relieving themselves indoors since there are existing scents left behind from previous accidents. 

Use warm water mixed with white vinegar or pet-safe enzymatic cleaners that completely remove odours so there is no trace of waste that is left behind.

  • Take Your Dog Out Frequently

Puppies have small bladders and need to go out frequently – about every two hours. In general, your puppy will be able to hold their pee in for one hour for every month of their life. Don’y worry – you’ll likely be able to potty train your puppy well before they reach 3 months old, even for dogs that are tough to potty train. 

During the training period, take your dog outside immediately after waking up, after meals, and before bedtime. 

  • Crate Training

If you’re unable to supervise your dog, consider crate training as it teaches them bladder control and helps them feel secure. The crate should be just big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. 

  • Avoid Punishment

Punishing or scolding your dog for accidents can cause fear and anxiety which can lead to more accidents inside the house. Instead of punishing them when they make mistakes, try redirecting their attention by taking them outside right away. This may make a bit of a mess the first couple of times you need to do this, but it’ll pay off later on!

  • Be Patient

Potty training takes time; some dogs learn quickly while others take longer to catch on. Be patient with your dog and remain consistent with the routine until they have learned what is expected of them – consistency is key! Once things start clicking, you’ll find that having a potty trained puppy will make life a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. 

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