When becoming a proud owner of a dog you need to take into consideration that a dog is nowhere near a cat and they cannot just go in a litter box they have to be taken outside otherwise you might have a messy situation in your home. When it comes to puppies they are a lot like teaching a young child to use the potty, you have to be consistent on taking them to the potty every 30 minutes to make sure that they know that the potty is were they need to go every time they have to go number one or number two, the same goes for dogs as well. Below are some tips to help you learn what to do as soon as your bring your puppy is brought home.
Before we begin, let it be known that potty training is one of the most arduous tasks in existence and it is a herculean achievement to get it done by a child so the less said about pups the better but there is an important link between master and pet where they get to form a bond so let’s get into it.
First Steps To Take Potty Training A Puppy
When coming home from picking up your brand new puppy, the first thing that you should do is take them to a spot that you want them to do their business outside. Keep in mind this is going to be the spot that they use to go to the bathroom every time so it is not a good idea to put them right in front of your door because that will only cause to have to watch your step going outside. I would suggest that you either look into putting them towards the side of the house or towards the back so that you do not have to watch every step you take. Once they do their business in that spot, then you have to make sure that as the owner that you take them to this specific spot every time. If you do not then you give them the impression that it is ok for them to go were ever they want to.
How Often You Should Take Your Puppy Outside
When it comes to getting your puppy outside to go potty it up to you to watch for specific signals that tell you that they need to go. Watch your puppy and make sure they are not circling one spot or that they are not sniffing the ground because chances are that is the time that they need to go outside. Remember also this is a puppy and so you might get lucky and they will scratch at the door when they have to go, but chances are they have not developed the association with outside and potty so they may not do this. It is better to look at the other two signals, if you catch your puppy squatting then chances are you are too late to get them to go outside, but if you catch them sniffing or circling then pick your puppy up and take them straight out to their designated spot. Puppies have small weaker bladders and so it is best to take them outside every 30 minutes because this will limit the accidents that occur in the house.
Potty training a puppy may not seem easy because it is all about consistent and having the time until they reach about a year old to take them outside every 30 minutes, but in the end you will be happy that you got a head start on it while it is still a puppy.