Potty Training A Young Pup

By Maria Posted in dog care, pet housebreaking /

Bringing in a young puppy is an exciting time for a new dog owner. There are dreams of having a wonderful time with the dog, and all the new tricks it will learn. While such excitement is good, having a new puppy comes with its own unique responsibilities. Thus, it is crucial that every dog owner understand that a dog is not just a play companion, but an obligation to be loved and cared for.

Start with potty training

For good measure, start the potty training early. Young dogs have little knowledge to go on in this department, so consider yourself starting from scratch. Of course, this also means that you won’t be wrestling with any bad habits either, so just make sure you only work on developing the good ones.

To start with, young puppies are going to have less bladder control than a grown dog. This means they will require frequent access to their potty location. Not restricting their access to all parts of the house is the best way to help control them and give you an idea of what habits they have already developed (eating and potty schedule). Crates help young puppies feel secure and safe, especially when introduced into a new home environment. The benefit of this particular tool is that dogs will do everything to avoid eliminating in their sleeping and eating areas. This is why restricting access to the entire home should be avoided at first, since they will likely try to go in discreet areas like behind the couch.

Dogs have a natural affinity for routine, so it’s generally good practice to formulate a schedule. This starts with feeding and watering. Young puppies should be fed well, but should not have frequent access to food throughout the day. Instead, designate specific times (approximately three) to feed your dog.

Within an hour after feeding, take your puppy to their designated potty area. This should be isolated and away from any feeding, sleeping, or otherwise habitable areas (including their play area) so that they can associate the task of elimination with that particular area.

Since puppies are by nature very hyper, they will normally be compelled to play rather than potty. In order to help associate the location with their bathroom duties, it’s important that you avoid playing with your puppy until they’ve taken care of their necessities. They may paw and tug away, but continue to enforce the task at hand.

What helps do this is having a potty command. Choose a phrase or word to let the puppy know what they need to do (for example, ‘potty time’). Use this command only when in their potty area. It can be repeated softly (to avoid startling or exciting them), and be followed with appreciation after a job well-done. Just be sure that you don’t use this command elsewhere (even something that sounds similar) and avoid changing the command, especially during the training period.

Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and every owner should understand the importance of taking care of and properly training their dog. By slowly integrating them to this new environment, you both will be able to enjoy a happy and healthy home together.

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