[Beginner Guide] How To Potty Train a Puppy?
How to Potty Train a Puppy: your simple yet beneficial guideline for success
Behind the embellished social media posts and the people who brag about their lovely furry puppies, lies an unseen side full of long term challenges. In this blog post, i will talk about a subject that is so important which is “How to Potty Train a Puppy”.
A life with a puppy has a dual aspect; while it is thoroughly light-hearted to wake up next to an indoor animal, a pet parent may assure that raising a pet is not only about cuddling and playing, it is rather life journey that requires patience, composure and mainly knowledge.
One of the chief challenges that every parent goes through with his newly born puppy is potty training.
― The Greek Dramatist Aeschylus says ‘’Time, as it grows old, teaches all things’’.
Although the pillars of the Greek tradition cannot be shaken by a simple blog post, when it comes to raising a puppy things should be seen from a whole different perspective. Techniques rather than time should be your favorite tutor.
If you want to ensure a healthy life with your dear pup, a number of tips should be taken seriously from his early weeks.
For a working mom, sometimes it seems hard to balance between raising a puppy and working so i made a guide on that too that you can check here: Raising A Puppy For A Full Time Working Mom
Understand Your Puppy’s Anatomy
As with the other mamals’ mechanism, dogs’ digestive system is responsible for collecting and processing food which goes right away to the bladder that stands for the urine reservoir.
Dog’s ability to control the bladder is generally acquired by age. In other words, baby puppies, who were recently weaned from their mothers do generally fail to control their elimination needs for a long period of time.
Let’s make a simple yet practical equation, the average dog/puppy sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours per day (the number of may vary according to the puppy’s energy during the day).
The sleeping hours should bring into question the number of times needed for a puppy to discharge urine.
Never mind, the technique is way simpler than it looks like. Here’s a simple calculation :
- In his first weeks (a pre-month), the puppy cannot eliminate without the help of his mother so avoid bringing a puppy home before reaching 4 weeks.
- The potty training process generally begins from 4 to 8 weeks. At this stage, a puppy should feel the need to pass water every 3 hours.
=> According to the Animal Humane Society : the number of hours equals the puppy’s age : For example a 5 weeks puppy will urinate every 6 hours (age+1)
How to Potty Train a Puppy: Provide the tools Needed
You read it right; stain removers or any cleaner will be desperately needed in the early first steps of the journey. The training period is based on the ups and downs.
There are days when you manage to teach your ways to your little pup. However, others would be nothing but constant failures and stinky odors. A pleasant fragrance will make the matter less stressful.
Choose a large and comfortable crate for your puppy. The crate’s size should allow him to move freely around the place. Economically speaking, opting for a large crate will guarantee an appropriate size until the puppy reaches adult size.
Remember that crates are secondary tools they are just useful in keeping the dog in a closed space in which you can keep your place clean.
Litter Box or the so-called Potty
- Indoor potties: if your dear furry pet is generally kept inside the house then a potty should be the ultimate key for your entire question as it does not only provide a space for the puppy to do his business but will train the puppy to associate his instinctive needs with that small box.
Bear in mind that size is always the answer: you don’t want to end up with room full dirt… Yes, nauseating!
- Outdoors potties: ‘’one size fits all’’ is a failing ‘is a counterproductive description in this situation. Some indoor types of potties won’t work for outdoor use. In this case, you should consider buying two types or just opting for a handy type that fits both the inner and the outer environments.
- PBA rather PETE (a type of plastic): in a world full of deadly diseases, try to avoid any material that can cause your puppy harmful effects. Some plastic materials can release toxic substances. The chemical release can result in interfering with the endocrine system (the part responsible for releasing hormones.)
A Quick tip: for chewer pups, it is preferable to use anti-chemical plastic in order to avoid the harmful substances.
Basic Techniques To Housetrain Your Puppy
As parent pet, it is your responsibility to constantly supervise your puppy and keep a close eye around him while he is trying to figure his ways out.
Keep yourself close to your puppy and anticipate the regular signs. Indications such as soft barking, licking the rear or scratching the door should be clear and easy to notice.
Once these signs take place take immediately your dog to the target spot and wait for him to do his needs then reward him with tasty treats or warm cuddles.
If you are a working parent and you cannot guarantee full-time supervision, try to ask the help of a relative or a friend to housetrain your puppy when you are absent.
Hygiene is important
The litter box can be a messy place if it does not get cleaned once in a while. Clean regularly the soil in order for your puppy to stay motivated to reuse his box/potty. The cleaning process is effortless and does not take much time. However, it is highly important to stick to a schedule for cleaning the spot.
Arrange a schedule and follow it
Housetraining is all about creating a bond with your newly born puppy. This relation should be based on positive reinforcement and affection.
And nothing can ensure positive attitudes and results in more than a fixed plan. This schedule will grave in your puppy’s mind that his daily routine is divided into different activities in which he should abide by.
A simple diary for nutrition
Having a well-fed puppy is certainly a go-to task. However, the food routine should be based on specific hours during the day in order to guarantee a stable urination routine.
Due to the inability to control their urination system, a puppy does generally urinate every fifteen minutes after his each meal. Keeping the feeding plan stable guarantees that your puppy will eliminate at the same time each day.
The right way to Potty Train a Puppy: Rewarding Your Fur Ball
Just like humans, little puppies like to be treated generously. This step plays a pivotal role in teaching the puppy how to develop a urination routine of his own.
On an important note, try not to praise your puppy before he finishes; they are by nature easy to distract and therefore it will useless to reward an unfinished act.
Rewards can be incarnated in food, his favorite toys or simple praising words in a soft and low tone. In order to keep the routine going , try to take the potty outside on your daily walks.
Points to avoid
- Avoid excessive feeding as it will break the planned routine and allow therefore the frustration mood to take over.
- Do not punish your puppy, remember that accidents do happen and that is truly fine for your puppy to fail to adjust himself to the training process. Punishment will frighten your pup and makes it harder for him to urinate in front of you.
- Leaving the puppy on his own for too long; it is truly healthy for your puppy to grow independent from you. However, it is also incorrect to keep your puppy distant from your sight which may force him to go outside to urinate.
Final Notes and Conclusion on How To Potty Train a Puppy
It is safe to say that housetraining is all about patience and consistency it is therefore important to give your puppy enough time he needs to learn. The good habits that every pet parent wants to implement do generally take time but they surely deserve every bit of effort.
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