You just got a puppy, so there’s no doubt that it’s an exciting time in your life. Bringing a new puppy into your home can feel similar to having a baby in that you have to adjust your home and your schedule to accommodate your new love. Now that your puppy is home, your hardest but most rewarding task is about to commence; potty training your puppy! Just like raising a child, there is a multitude of ways to potty train your dog, and everyone will have an opinion about which way is right. Below we are going to share a few different potty training techniques. We hope you find an option that works best for your new family member!
One great way to train your puppy is by crate training. This technique requires a crate, cage or small kennel. The dog will be kept in this space at night, or when you’re not at home. Animals instinctually don’t like to sleep where they use the rest room, so this is a great way to reinforce that thought process. It is also important for the animal to have a safe place they can call their own. Crates bring a sense of security to puppies, and there are definite perks to getting your dog accustomed to crate life! When you have to transport your furry friend, they are much more used to being in a small space so they won’t have as much anxiety as a dog that hasn’t been crate trained.
If you can’t be at home to supervise your dog all the time, absorbent mats are going to be your go-to method of training. These can be purchased at your local pet store or online. After you teach your dog that this is the place for them to use the restroom as a puppy, you will eventually want to retrain them to be able to use the restroom outside.
Hand House Training
This method of puppy potty training is the most intense and also the most rewarding in terms of time’s sake. If done correctly, it can take just 3 days. This technique requires that you are home with the puppy all day. You have to put a collar and leash on the puppy so you can be together at all times. Every hour your puppy should be taken outside to use the restroom. If they go to the bathroom, this behavior must be rewarded with positive reinforcement in the form of a treat. If he or she doesn’t go to the bathroom they don’t get a treat. If an accident takes place in your home, the time between potty breaks must be shortened. If no accidents occur on the second day, you can increase the time between bathroom breaks a little bit in order to encourage your puppy to hold its bladder longer.
Time to Train
We hope these techniques will make potty training your puppy less overwhelming. The most important thing to consider is making sure you choose the technique that is ultimately the right fit for both you and your animal. Do you have a puppy you’re currently potty training, or a dog that you’ve already potty trained? We’d love to hear which method worked for you in the comments below!
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