When potty training a puppy

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Answered by: Brandon, An Expert in the Care for Dogs and Puppies Category
When you get a new member of the family it is important to help teach them new things as they grow up.

They need help when learning where and when to poop or pee and even a furry family member is still just a puppy and doesnt know the basics.

It is important to be patient when potty training a puppy.

Although they do not know where to pee they still have to go when their little bladders are full.

To help potty train your pup it is important to take them outside on a regular schedule, any time as long as they are able to go at least once every few hours.

Potty training a puppy is a full time gig and if you are not able to give the time, then it is important to get a dog who is a little older and is already potty trained if you do not want to come home to a little puddle.

Giving a puppy praise when they go outside or even stand by the door will help reinforce their behavior and as they grow up they will go towards the door more often to let you know they need to go.

It is also important when you are outside walking your new family member to give them praise when they use the bathroom outside in the grass as that will also help reinforce that kind of behavior.

Taking the puppy outside after eating, playing, and napping will help train your dog, as well as using words that would associate using the bathroom when outside.

If you do catch your puppy doing the deed inside the house, it is better to make a loud noise and stop them while they are in the act, just proceed to take them outside and do not punish your puppy as it will be to late for him to understand why you are punishing him.

It is better for you when you do end up cleaning up accidents it is better to use a enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odors that might attract the puppy back to the same spot.

Having a crate may be useful to help in the short term at least, as it will help you keep an eye out and teach them to learn to hold it in until you open the doors and let them outside.

When using a crate it needs to be big enough for the puppy to lie down, stand, and turn around easily. However, it can not be big enough for them to use a corner of the crate as a bathroom.

It is important to let the puppy have access to fresh water if they are put into a crate as they will get thirsty easily, if you find that you can not be home when your suppose to be house training them.

Make sure someone else will be able to give the puppy a well need and deserved break in the middle of the day for at least the first 7-8 months.     

Some signs that the puppy may need to use that great big bathroom outside are if he is whining, circling, sniffing, barking, or if you leave your puppy outside of a crate, barking and scratching at the door, are all signs he needs to go.

If you see this take him out as soon as possible.

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