Potty training for puppies is an important first step in building confidence with a newest addition to your clan. Of course, puppy litter training may not be the most wonderful job that you ever imagined growing up, BUT it teaches empathy, patience, and understanding. In return, your new puppy dog adapts appropriateactions that should be expected so he will be welcome and happy his new surroundings.

You should know that the concentration of your puppy lasts only a short time. Just as children don’t create new habits without repetition, a puppy won’t typically internalize correct behavior right away either. Another critical factor, be consistent with your dog when training him. Perhaps the most important thing to remember while toilet training puppies is keeping in mind that your new pet is not purposely acting out. Just as teaching a small child is difficult, your puppy still too young to have learned which actions are acceptable!

Despite some of the commonly taught systems of house training puppies, a trainer or owner should never forcefully punish a puppy by kicking, pushing his nose in his accidents, or raising your voice at your puppy. These mistakes teach your pet that relieving himself are bad. On top of that discomfort, pets often react poorly to overtly mean behavior. What is the fallout from these uncomfortable activities? Many puppies actually become difficult as their training progresses.

Start the housebreaking process with a simple feeding schedule for your puppy. Feed 3 meals a day just as you do. A repetitive eating system helps|assists|creates[/spin] the animal become regular with his bowel movements. After eating, wait 20-30 minutes, and then take him outside. Observe how long before he goes potty. This will give you an idea of how long to wait the next time you take him out. (Within about a week, you should have his schedule down.) It is important to maintain a regular routine. Never food in his bowl because it will create confusion and make house training slower and more difficult.

When housebreaking your puppy take him outside immediately after an accident. Don’t forget to praise his good behavior! Every time he “goes potty” where he’s supposed to, praise him lavishly. Positive reinforcement is a powerful training tool. Soon the pup will understand exactly what brings warm fuzzy feelings from his owner and what brings distress. Critically, don’t forget that full control of the bladder and bowels won’t happen until 16 weeks of age. It is not fair to expect too much from your puppy right away.

However, when an accident happens (and they will!), clean the area and spray promptly. This will cover up the odor so your puppy will not try to mark his territory again.

Remember housebreaking a puppy is a big responsibility that can lead to a special relationship between you and your puppy. Positive reinforcement and lots of love will make all the time worthwhile!

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