May 9, 2017
Puppies & new dogs
Figuring out how to house-train a puppy can be a challenging process, but it’s worth the effort to train your dog well. Here are a few tips for house-training your new dog.
Frequency and consistency are key
The first thing to know about potty training a dog is that consistency, repetition and persistence are key. Tiny puppies have tiny bladders, so you should commit to taking your puppy outside frequently—after every meal, when he wakes up and after a play session. Establishing and keeping this schedule teaches your puppy the appropriate time and places to go potty.
Positive feedback gets positive results
Punishing your dog for an accident isn’t appropriate because she won’t understand why she’s being scolded. Keep everything positive, including your attitude. When your dog successfully goes potty outside, reward her with positive feedback.
It’s never too early to start house-training, even if your dog is very young. You want to instill good habits and teach your dog where it’s OK and not OK to go potty as soon as possible. It’s also important to let your dog out immediately when you see signals that it’s time to go. It can be the difference between successfully going outside and having to clean up another accident.
Embracing the fact that there will be plenty of accidents and failures along the way is the most important thing you can do to make the house-training process less stressful. House-training your dog takes time, and that’s perfectly OK. Stay patient and follow these tips to make potty training a little easier for you and your dog.
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