5 Potty Training Tips For Training Puppies5 Potty Training Tips For Training Puppies

We recently got a new 10-week old Irish Terrier puppy to replace a beloved dog we lost last year.  He is our 4th dog.  So of course training him young was very important to us to avoid any bad habits in the future. Toilet training your puppy as early as possible is always a better idea. It always feels good to see your new puppy well trained and behaved; however this can only achieved with a fair amount of persistence and patience. Although dogs are supposed to be very clean animals; their animal instincts can drive them to relieve themselves wherever they find it convenient. This can be very frustrating for the new dog owner and we know what it feels like to  have your floors and carpets soiled and messed when least expected. But with a fair amount of training, your puppy can be perfectly potty trained. Mentioned below are a few tips that will help you to toilet train your puppy and in all probability you would no longer need that carpet cleaner.

1)      Patience and Persistence Pays Off

It is important to take note of the fact that the younger the puppy; the longer he may take to learn and get into the mode of habits that is being taught to him/her. Therefore; it is important to be patient and with a fair amount of persistence; your dog will gradually learn the rules and form toilet habits when trained on a daily basis. Remember, that every dog has his own individual learning curve. So, spanking your dog every time he makes a mistake is not going to solve the problem.

2)      Get Your Puppy into a Habit Mindset

Many animal behaviorists believe that by getting the dog into a habit mindset is the key to perfectly toilet train your new puppy. It is therefore recommended that the dog owner takes the dog out every few hours as well as 30 minutes after he eats his meal. Choose a specific spot outside where you would be taking him on an everyday basis. Also, praise the pet now and then or when he obeys well. If however, he refuses to go outside; try again in 15 minutes. Gradually, he will understand that going out is a sign of going to the bathroom. Also, pay attention to the dog’s body language. If he/she starts to sniff or circle around; it is a sign that they need to relieve themselves. Select a designated spot each time you notice that your new puppy needs to relieve himself and take him/her to that spot every time.

3)      The Proper Way to React to Potty Training Accidents

Like mentioned above; every dog has its own individual learning curve. This learning curve is greatly affected by the puppy owner’s reaction to the accidents they have. Each time your puppy displays symptoms of relieving himself; call out his name or clap in order to distract his attention. Constant control on his activities will help you determine his/her behavioral patterns as well. Make sure that you don’t vent out your anger or frustration on the new puppy if he does cause an accident. Carefully clean up the mess and ignore him completely while doing so. If he/she does try and approach the accident area; make sure you don’t yell at him. Simply ignore him or he may not be able to bond with you. The key is to potty train the puppy and not instill fear in him.

4)      Using a Crate to Potty Train Your Puppy

At times confining your new puppy is the best approach towards their toilet training. Large crates or cages are used to confine the new puppy. A dog usually refrains from reliving himself at the spot where he sleeps or sits as they are essentially sanitary creatures. So whenever, Mother Nature calls; a dog would instinctively move out of the cage or crate in order to relieve himself. This gradually would become a mode of habit for him. However, it is important to ensure that you get large sized crates and cages to confine the puppy so that he/she has enough room to move about. This helps in creating a pattern that the dog will follow even after he is no longer confined to a crate or cage.

5)      Successful Use of Repetitive Commands

The home owner would need to use a certain set of words for the dog repeatedly till the dog understands what exactly it is a sign for. So for example; if you take him outside; you could say “go potty”. Dogs have a keen ear and a sharp learning curve. They would gradually understand what exactly the owner is signaling at. Use of these commands on a regular basis is important so that your new puppy becomes familiar with it and would gradually start to follow them.

by G Bankston
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I am a huge animal lover and currently have 4 dogs.  We just got our 4th puppy, an Irish Terrier last month and have been successfully working on training him.  For more helpful puppy training tips and other resources, visit our puppy care blog.
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