Puppy Potty Training 101

It’s a part of adopting a puppy… 

There’s nothing like walking through your living room and stepping on a wet spot. Before you get annoyed, know that all puppies do this. It is a stage that, with proper training and patience, will pass. 

Most puppies do not have full bladder control until their six-month mark. They are growing and learning. This does not mean that they will pee in your home every day for six months, but do expect accident mishaps within that time frame.

Here are some tips and tricks in helping to get your puppy properly potty trained and what to do after an accident takes place. 

Get Into A Routine 

Develop a routine and consistent potty schedule for your puppy. The schedule should begin first thing in the morning when he wakes. Open the door and encourage him to go outside and do his business. After each meal, your pup should also be allowed outside to do what he has to do. An evening potty session before bed is also a great established time for this. This does not mean that other times of the day are not needed, but three to four sets of times are a solid schedule foundation. 

Proper Cleanup 

After an accident takes place, deodorize the contaminated area and areas around it. Cleaning a several foot span around the area will help eliminate any spots that may have been affected. Remember, pups tend to “re-peet” on areas that they marked as their own. By removing the scents, they are less likely to consider that particular area theirs. Shop for special cleaning products that break down proteins in urine and neutralize odor for cleanup. These tend to work the best in the sanitizing process. 

Good Job!

When your fur-legged friend does pee outside, be sure to vocally praise him with an excited and happy voice! Your pup knows the difference between happy and unhappy, and by using positive reinforcement techniques, training will progress quickly. When your pup does have an accident inside, never yell at him or use any physical means of training. A stern face and a lower toned voice will help him understand that he should not have peed inside. Remember, he’s just a baby and is still learning. Be patient! 

Don’t Confuse Him

Avoid pee pads. Think about think. You are telling your puppy not to pee inside, right? Yet, you are enabling and encouraging him to use a pee pad and pee inside. This can confuse your puppy. If possible, always allow him to do his business outside in nature. Besides causing confusion, you are spending money on a product that is not necessary. Use that money and buy your pup a new toy after he completes his potty training. 

Your Pup Is Happy When You Are Happy

Never forget, your puppy wants to make you happy. He loves you as much as you love him. Treat him with kindness, love, and be patient. This stage is only temporary, and easier potty days are ahead. When you are happy, your puppy is happy! 

Don’t Hesitate To Contact Your Stores’ Puppy Care Specilist

Reputable puppy adoption stores have a team of trained and knowledgeable puppy care specialists. These staff members know a lot about puppies and are happy to help you. Never hesitate to contact them with any questions or concerns. They are professionals and can offer very good information which can be of great value.

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