Puppies are a cute, cuddly new addition to your family – but they also come with a lot of challenges, especially when it comes to potty training. If you are considering getting a new puppy, then this is going to be one of the first things you’ll need to prepare for. While it might not always be the most straightforward process, with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, you can make potty training your puppy easier. Keep these five simple steps in mind when starting out.
Establish a Schedule
Establishing a regular potty schedule is the first step to take when it comes to training your puppy where they should do their business. It’s important to bear in mind that puppies have small bladders, so they do tend to need to go to the toilet quite frequently. Get to know your puppy and figure out when they’re more likely to need to go – after walking, eating, and playing are common times.
Crate training your puppy can also help with establishing a schedule. Puppies are unlikely to go to the toilet in a crate, so having them sleep in it overnight, before letting them out to go to the toilet in the morning can help you avoid accidents.
Choose a Designated Area
Pick a designated area where your puppy can go to the toilet. Choose somewhere away from the home, such as at the bottom of the garden, and designate it for your puppy’s use only. Take them to this spot each time they need to go. They will soon learn that this where they’re supposed to do their business.
Look for Cues
Watch your puppy and pay attention to their behaviour and body language. Most puppies will show some signs of needing to go to the toilet, such as circling, sniffing around, barking and whining. If you see these signs, take your puppy outside and to their designated potty spot immediately.
Practice Positive Reinforcement
When it comes to successfully potty training your puppy, positive reinforcement is a very powerful tool. Avoid reacting to your puppy if they have any accidents indoors. Instead, whenever they successfully go to the toilet outside, give them lots of praise and rewards, such as playing with them or a treat. This reinforces the good behaviour and encourages your puppy to repeat it.
To potty train your puppy successfully, you need to be consistent. Make sure that you take your puppy to their designated potty area at the same time each day and get into a structured routine with them. With the right amount of consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement, your puppy will soon learn what is expected of them, and before long they’ll be at the door letting you know when they need to go out and do their business.
Potty training can be one of the most challenging parts of getting a puppy. It can take a bit of work to get it right, but by following these steps, you can do it successfully.