Now that you have your puppy safely settled in your home, it’s time to start potty training. Puppies are usually easy to train and eager to learn, but they are distracted. It is not easy to potty train a puppy. It will take some time and patience. Puppies are very active and if you are not consistent in what you do they will get confused and lose their place. When you are potty training a puppy doesn’t give up! Keep up your consistency and soon your puppy will start to understand what you want from them.
Be Patient And Develop Routines
When you bring your pup home, it is important that you always put them on a leash. This will help to prevent accidents inside the house while you are away for a potty break. Many dogs will just sniff, make circles, walk off, whine, or even sit in the corner to signal that they need to void their bladder. Put your puppy on a leash for potty break times.
Positive Reinforcement. A common mistake new pet owners make when trying to potty train a puppy is to use negative reinforcement, such as screaming or hitting. Although this may work for a short period, positive reinforcement is more effective over time. Positive reinforcement works because puppies crave consistency and praise. A puppy that knows they get a certain kind of reward for doing their job will do it to get it.
Create a “clawprints” pattern. Before starting your potty training, take a piece of paper and outline a puppy cage for them to figure out where they will go to do their business. You should create this pattern with different colored lines. These lines can represent where they should go, what they should be looking at, and other things that will help your pup to remember their place in the pecking order.
Potty Training a Puppy in a Crate
Using a crate during potty training is very important. A small crate (big enough for your pup to turn around in) is the best way to begin crate training a puppy. Dogs naturally do not like being confined to a small space, and it helps them develop a sense of belonging and responsibility.
Give Your Dog “Free Time”. Dogs are active creatures. They have been domesticated for millions of years and are used to living in a home and interacting with their family and friends. Because of this, it is very important that you leave them with their free time. Dogs do not want to be confined to a house all day by themselves. A lot of times puppies get through this stage without much problem, but then it is back to the same old thing, or the same behavior problems.