Tips for Potty-Training your Puppy!

bermisePuppyCongratulations! You’ve brought a new puppy into your home and are excited to get her house-trained! But while adding a new furbaby is an exciting time, potty training a puppy takes time, dedication and patience. Here are some tips to help make the process easier!

  1. Establish a routine: Puppies thrive on routines, so establish a puppy potty training schedule early. Routines teach your puppy when it’s time to play, eat and “go potty.” A good guideline to remember is puppies can generally “hold it” for 1 hour times their age in months. So if your puppy is three months old, she can likely “hold it” for three hours before she needs to go out. Once you determine the best feeding, play and exercise times, stick to them!
  2. Be Consistent: Puppies need consistency! Make sure your puppy goes out first thing in the morning, immediately after every meal and shortly after long drinks. Also, make sure you take her to the same “potty” spot every time and use the same instructional phrase to direct her. This helps her familiarize what you want her to do and where you want her to do it.
  3. Reward your puppy: Puppies LOVE to please you, so each time your puppy goes potty in the right place, or on command, reward your puppy with an affectionate pat, treat or happy vocal approval. Remember, positive rewards reinforce the desired behavior!
  4. Be Patient with Your Puppy: Understand that your puppy is going to have accidents! If you witness your puppy mid-accident, clap loudly to get her attention and stop the behavior, and then take her to the designated potty spot to finish. Never hit or yell at your dog – this is NEVER a positive behavior and only teaches your puppy to fear you.

Remember, potty training is a learning process for you and your puppy! Have some tips? Share them with us!

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