Being a puppy parent for the first time is exciting; getting a dog is like getting a furry best friend for life! But bringing a pup home requires lots of preparations too, and one of them is learning how to potty train your pet. This can be challenging and time-consuming, but with patience and perseverance, potty training is paw-ssible!
You might wonder how long this could take. With consistent effort, you can potty train your dog within six months. However, some puppies can take longer – possibly a year before your carpets finally stop getting soaked! Dogs are usually intelligent and learn quickly, but the time taken to be fully trained depends on several factors, such as your dog’s size, age, temperament, and old lifestyle.
Young dogs have smaller bladders and need to relieve themselves numerous times. Also, puppies previously used to taking a leak in their cages may take longer to unlearn this habit.
The key takeaway is to be patient and consistent with your efforts and enhance the training process with praise and rewards. The first step towards training is knowing when to begin.
When to start?
Puppies younger than 12 weeks have no defecation or bladder control. Wait for your puppy to be 12 to 16 weeks of age to pick up the training faster.
How to Potty Train a Dog
Before starting potty training, ensure you have all the supplies. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need!
- A dog crate (It is advised to use confined spaces during the initial training)
- An enzymatic cleaner to prevent your dog from using the same spot over again due to odors
- Puppy pads
Once you’ve got all the potty-training supplies ready, you can start the tedious but rewarding process of training your pup! Here we have shared some easy steps to help you get started.
The Steps You Need to Take
- Follow a feeding schedule
Give meals to your puppy at the same time every day and set a daily routine for their excretion. This helps keep your dog’s digestive system on track and enables your puppy to understand the exact time it needs to go.
Normally, it takes about 15 minutes for a puppy to digest food, so wait for the digestion process to take place before you head outside.
- Take frequent trips outside
The most effective way to train is by setting a routine. Use repetition to achieve your goal. Regular trips help your puppy understand that it needs to go outside to pee and poop.
Dogs need to go every 2-3 hours, so making frequent trips helps avoid accidents. Also, ensure you take them out:
- First thing in the morning
- Before bedtime
- After naps
- Before playtime
- If you plan to leave them unsupervised for some time
- Designate a spot
Using the same spot every day will make your puppy learn where to go when needed.
- Positive reinforcement
Every time your puppy relieves itself in the right spot, immediately give a reward. It reinforces the idea that peeing in the same spot is good. This is an important step as it helps strengthen your training.
Learn what your puppy enjoys the most and use it as a reward. It can be anything from taking a walk to a toy, a favorite treat, or praise with many cuddles!
- Use a crate
The best thing about utilizing a crate for potty training is that dogs normally do not defecate at the spot where they sleep. Confining your furry friend to the crate forces it to view the crate as a homely space that helps prevent accidents.
Never use the crate as a tool to punish your puppy.
Ensure that the crate you’re using is of the right size. Small crates are uncomfortable, and if they are too large, your puppy may find itself a corner to defecate.
- Be consistent with the commands you use
Choose a word or phrase to use as a cue for your puppy. Use the same command to let your puppy learn the connection between the phrase and peeing.
Stay consistent and keep it simple, like “go” or “pee outside.”
- Make sure to clean up.
Accidents are inevitable. If your dog pees or poops inside, clean the spot thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner. This help gets rid of the odor so your puppy won’t be able to sniff and use the same spot again.
- Limit the use of puppy pads.
We know you want your floors to stay spotless. But don’t forget that puppy pads are optional, and your dog shouldn’t always wear them! Using it for longer periods will make your puppy dependent on the pads and make the training process more difficult for you.
Only use them if you will be away for a long time and must leave your puppy unsupervised inside the house.
These steps will help you house-train your puppy, especially if you’ve never trained a pet before! Another crucial point is knowing when your puppy needs to take a leak.
Below are common indications that your dog needs to relieve itself:
- Scratching the door of the crate or the room
- Sniffing around
We have shared a few tips and hacks that make house-training your furball more effective!
Training your fur baby can get overwhelming. Try these hacks to improve your pup’s potty-training routine:
- Bell training is another great way to train your puppy. This involves hanging a bell by the door and teaching your puppy to ring it when it needs to go.
- If your puppy relieves inside the house, use loud claps to signal that this is prohibited (do not show aggression).
- Don’t offer water to your puppy before bedtime. Remove the water bowl a few hours before sleeping to avoid taking trips during the night.
- Stay quiet while your puppy is peeing or pooping. This keeps your puppy from getting distracted.
Remember, you should stay calm because accidents can happen occasionally. Keep supervising your pet, especially in the early days of training to keep your house clean.
Advantages of Potty Training
Potty training is a crucial part of keeping a pet. While it is intimidating and takes time, it has numerous positive results in the long run. Let’s take a look at the advantages of potty training:
- Discipline your dog – With proper training, your dog learns good behavior and follows commands. As a pet parent, this is important in establishing communication between you and your fur baby. It also helps you keep your pet safe.
- Strengthens your bond with your pup! Nothing is more desirable for dog lovers than having a great connection with their furry friends. The frequent interaction, patience, and positive reinforcement help foster friendship between pet owners and puppies.
- You get to have a clean home. Nothing like your furniture not being wet with your dog’s urine! Training prevents accidents, and you get to have a spotless home. That is a win!
Now you know why training is important. Stay calm, and remember that every dog is different. Each puppy learns at a different pace, so be patient and remain consistent. Good luck!
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