Dogs are on the same level of development as small children. This is especially true when they’re little. Lessons which you teach them during this period will last for a life time. On top of that, they will also affect dog’s persona.
The puppy training experts from KaufmannsPuppyTraining advise to be careful how you train your puppy!
Potty training is one of the most important lessons you can teach your dog. It is crucial for hygiene especially if you have a larger breed. But at the same time, it builds a relationship between two of you.
Here are some tips that can help you out.
The main thing when it comes to potty training is consistency. You need to create a routine and take your dog out in precisely same time every day. If you don’t have discipline, don’t expect that your newborn dog will have it.
When you go out, make sure to keep your dog on a leash. You also require a command that will tell your dog when it can relieve itself (for example “go potty”). This way the dog will create a habit and it will know when it should relieve himself.
Never use force or punishment! This will only have a counter effect. Instead, make sure to do everything with love. After puppy is done, you should encourage it with praise.
As previously mentioned, routine is every bit as important as other aspects of the training. Given that the puppy is still young, this will develop discipline and positive habits. Here are some tips that can help you out:
- Dogs usually have a stronger urge to pee or poo after getting excited or waking up from a nap
- You need to go out as soon as it wakes up. Make sure not to cuddle or get the puppy excited as this will only increase the urge
- Take your dog outside 5 to 30 minutes after lunch
- Potty training should always be performed in the same area. The dog gets accustomed to scent
- Always use one and the same surface such as grass
Dog’s dietary habits are also important. It is necessary for a puppy to eat at the precisely the same time each day and you should remove any access food after it’s done.
- How to recognize whether your puppy needs to potty
If your puppy is restless, this is a good sign that it needs to go out. Sometimes the dog just wants to play and it might trick you by doing this. However, if you followed the tips from the previous section, you can easily recognize when it’s the right time.
Nevertheless, going in circles, stomping the ground or sniffing may be a good indication that the dog is about to burst.
- Get prepared for accidents
Punishing your dog for relieving itself is the worst thing you can do.
It is important to recognize the fact that your dog may pee or poo by accident. If that happens and you start beating it, this will create a sense of insecurity. In terms, your dog may become afraid of you, afraid of relieving itself or afraid of relieving itself in front of you. This can only make matters worse.
- Find a proper area
Dogs get accustomed to a certain turf and a certain smell. So if the general area around your home has a particular smell, your dog will learn to relieve itself in an area with the same smell.
The same goes for turf. This is why it’s crucial to teach your dog to always relieve itself on grass.
Hopefully, these tips will help. Just make sure to create an environment of love and caring so that your dog always feels good when relieving itself.