Learning how to potty train your pup isn’t an easy task, but when you find the perfect puppy your heart swells and there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your new fur-baby!
It was love at first glance, and you know that you were meant for each other. Or maybe your pup acquisition was a more logical decision based on weeks of research and patient pursuit. Either way, when the little fur-ball enters your personal space, it is time for some love-meets-logic, as you learn to train your pet in a way that is effective and encouraging to them as well as efficient for you.
Puppies and Babies – Is There a Difference?
Bringing a pup into the home is comparable to bringing home an infant. Puppies do require lots of supervision and are not on a human schedule. They potty from sheer need and from a desire to mark their territory. When training, you will want to remember to have patience – LOTS and lots of patience. You will need to keep calm and remember that their need exists and this is not based on your personal convenience.
Tips on How to Potty Train Your Fur-Baby
Just as human babies need the consistency of a schedule, so do little dogs.
- Feed your pup at the same times every day and take it out shortly after meals.
- Taking puppy out when it wakes from a nap is good practice. Use the same outside area for elimination.
- Try to take your fur-baby out every two hours, in the beginning stages. This helps to prevent accidents and allows for acclimation to routine.
Most likely your baby dog will soon be giving you subtle signs that they need to be let out. If your pup does have an accident, clean it up quickly without “punishing” them by rubbing their nose in waste or by hitting them.
Remember that positive reinforcement goes a long way, as does consistency. Use the
Remember that positive reinforcement goes a long way, as does consistency. Use the same phrase each time you take your pet outside. Remind them of what they are doing, and praise them for their success. Your pet will respond well to the repetition of being taken to the same location. Providing praise and treats for trying and for success will meet your pet’s need to feel accomplished in their desire to please you.
When you need a break, because some new parents need a breather and some “me” space, it is impossible to provide 24-hour pup supervision without hiring a 3rd party service. Allow your pet to rest in a restricted area, such as a crate made for this purpose. This provides a comforting space that a pup generally will desire to keep clean.
Most of all, remember that potty training your pet is a process. It’s ok to get tired, but do not become discouraged. Keep your focus and build on the positives. Accidents will happen, but with perseverance, you and the pup of your dreams are well on your way to a happy and fulfilling accident-free future.
Owner of Bark In the Park Petsitting Service