Puppies are still young and lively compared to more mature dogs. Even their metabolism is fast, that is why they can digest their food much faster than adults. Thus, a puppy is more likely to cause an accidental potty in your household more often than trained adults. This critical age is also the best time for teaching your puppy the correct potty training.
Usually, dog owners tend to just punish their dog every time they dump in the wrong place. However, this practice is frowned upon by many and is actually the worst ‘training’ method that you could devise to make your puppy learn to poop and pee in the right area.
Proper potty training for puppies require lots of patience and consistence. Usually, it’s difficult to maintain a proper decorum in front of your puppy while potty training him, because it is very frustrating to clean up their mess especially if there’s a lot to maintain.
The good thing is, there are proper training methods that you could follow to make the training go smoother. But aside from that, there are some tips that could also help potty training your puppy go easier.
1. Do not yell or spank your dog
Some dog owners have wrong misconceptions in taking care of our beloved canine companions. They tend to spank their dog and yell at them if they made an accidental potty. However, this method is bad and should be discouraged
First of all, the accident could have happened even before you were in the area. Plus, puppies are still young and does not have a much-developed brain. They might have forgotten what they did.
Punishing your puppy in this way will only make him confused with what he did that deserves such treatment. Also, hitting your dog in a strict manner might injure your dog. If you really love your dog, you wouldn’t do such a thing.
2. Do not physically rub their face in it
Getting your dog to bury his face to the waste that he made is actually a cruel move, not just disgusting. You should never do this to your dog. It will not teach your dog anything, and also it will not give your canine companion the proper training etiquette that you want.
3. Be calm
Whenever a puppy had an accident, try to stay calm by inhaling deep breaths and focusing with the matter at hand. This will help you get rid of your frustrations towards accidental potties.
Showing that you are calm will make your puppy listen more to you, rather than showing that you are angry. Being calm makes yourself an approachable dog owner, so you can teach your pup proper potty training in a more amiable manner.
4. Be patient
Patience is a large requirement for dog owners especially when training their dogs. Enough patience brings success to the training itself, so make sure that you are prepared to give your patience wholeheartedly for this. This comes in along with consistence.
If you are patient with your dog, then being consistent with the training will be easier. Think that your puppy is just learning as a baby, do not treat him like an adult that understands everything quicker. Treating him like an adult will only make the training regimen go shaky and your pup might not learn anything instead.
5. Remember that your puppy wants you to teach him what to do
Your puppy poops and pees because in their mind, they really need to. At that point, they don’t know anything yet. You have to teach him what to do or what is correct in your household. You can’t expect him to learn if you do not teach him anything.
Introduce him his special place, show him the proper pooping area, and immediately clean up his accidental wastes every time. This is to remove the residual odors that have stained the area, and your puppy won’t be able to smell the waste in that area again. In time, your puppy will learn, and he will never lay waste in that area again.
Proper potty training process almost always starts with conceptualization. What do you want your puppy to attain in this training? How are you dedicated with the training? What are the usual potty areas of your puppy? When does he usually poop and pee?
These are some of the questions that is recommended for you to have answers with. Below are some basic training methods that you could stick on to.
1. Going potty outside
This revolves around the idea that your puppy should go potty outside rather than to make mess inside the house. To do this, properly clean up the areas that he went potty with inside your house before.
Afterwards, every time he makes a mess, show your puppy the mess and say words like “No, this is not your potty area.” If you are observant with your puppy, you would know the signs and signals that he usually displays whenever he wants to go potty.
If you notice any of these signs, lead him the way outside your house to go potty. Wait until he finishes his business before letting him enter again. In time, you will be more alert whenever he wants to go potty so you will be able to bring him outside immediately. He will soon learn to poop outside instead of pooping in your house.
2. Letting your puppy learn that it’s time to go potty
This is more of a conditional response for your puppy to learn. Every time he shows signal for pooping and peeing, try to ring a bell or produce a clicking sound before letting him in his special area.
Be patient and consistent with whatever sound you are conditioning him with. He will learn to associate the said sound to pooping and peeing time. This makes it so that whenever he hears the click or bell and you open the way to his special area, he will immediately think that it’s time to go potty.