How to Potty Train Your New Dog
What Not to do When Potty Training Your Dog
Buying is always an amazing experience, whether you're a first time owner or a veteran. From picking the specific puppy from the litter to driving home, buying treats, or even simply naming the dog, the whole ordeal is always unbeatable. However, most owners tend to over look, or under study what it means to be a pet owner.
Potty training a puppy isn't the most fun part by a long shot, but in due time you'll have your own method or one from this guide down. Teaching your dog/puppy where to go to the bathroom can be one of the worst yet most beneficial issues you’ll encounter with your dog. Starting as early as possible is the most important and rewarding method to go with.
One of the biggest mistakes that pet owners make when potty training their dog is putting the dog’s face in their mess or yelling at the dog. This won’t train the dog good habits at all, but what it will do is confuse your dog and make them think that they’ve lost your love. Dogs don’t naturally possess spite, and therefore they will never do something to bother or irritate you, especially not when it comes to potty training. There are several methods of potty training your puppy, with the main 3 ways being pads, powders, and simple command and discipline.
The Potty Pad Method
The pad method is probably the best way to go and it’s also the easiest. Many stores carry bathroom pads that are either brightly colored or have a certain unique material that a dog will recognize. Since a dog naturally won’t consider moving into another room or going outside to pee or poop, try placing the pad near the back door. Definitely consider getting a doggie door so your dog can leave the house to go to the bathroom outside.
Every week or so, move the pad closer to the door or even outside if you have a doggie door. The dog will remember to follow the brightly colored/textured pad and feel that they must go to the bathroom wherever the specific pad is. Eventually, leave the pad wherever you want them to go to the bathroom outside for about a month. Remove the pad eventually and the dog/puppy will understand that they have to go to the bathroom in that one designated spot.
The Command/Discipline Method
The second most popular method is the command and discipline method. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it sometimes takes a little bit longer. All you have to do is continuously pick up your puppy and move him or her whenever they start going to the bathroom. It can be a messy process but you can definitely get the point across.
Maintain a commanding voice and verbally tell your dog queue words that you can stick to each time they have to go to the bathroom. Eventually, you simply mutter those queue words and they’ll understand the deal. Finally, they’ll know what to do without being informed. Again, this process can take a little while longer than most others, but it’s the cheapest!
The Powder Potty Training Method
Finally, there’s the powder method. Powder for dog training is slightly rare, since it isn’t really extremely sought after. The way the powder method works is you have to put the scented powder wherever you want the dog to go to the bathroom at. Like the command and discipline method, verbally inform and place the dog where the powder is. For the next month or so, put the powder wherever you want the dog to go to the bathroom at, and remove the powder eventually.
Have Fun w/ Your Dog, Even Through the Messy Times!
All dogs take different lengths of time to be potty trained. For example, yorkies tend to take much longer than other dogs, whereas labs will catch on rather quickly. Don’t base your decision of owning a dog on potty training, because it is such a short amount of time and effort compared to how long you’ll be with the dog. Be persistent, and like all other things with a dog, be loving.
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