Potty Training (www.the-puppy-dog-place.com)
Housebreaking is at the top of the list of priorities when you have a new puppy in the house!
If you're a first time puppy owner, or it's been a while since you had a young puppy, you're probably going to be surprised by how many times your pup needs to 'go'.
And when the urge strikes, you'll also soon find out that he has no qualms about 'going' just about anywhere.....
That includes (but is not limited to!) under the table, on the Persian rug, behind the sofa (or even ON the sofa if he can climb up there), in the bedroom/kitchen/study.... as you can see, I really do mean anywhere.
Your puppy has no idea that this isn't the way we humans do things, and is totally oblivious to the fact that we think this behavior is unacceptable.
So, it's up to you to help him learn where you expect him to pee/poop as quickly as possible, with love, patience and understanding.
Start Out The Right Way!
The good news is that if you follow my simple, step-by-step guide guide, you'll be able to avoid the majority of 'puddles and piles' and both you and your puppy will be happier!
But don't expect to housebreak your puppy in 5 days, or 7, or 10.... those kinds of expectations are unrealistic and no matter what anyone promises you, it is extremely unlikely that your puppy is going to be housebroken within a week or two.
Of course there are always exceptions, and your little one may be a really quick learner, but it's best to expect the whole process to be ongoing for some weeks to come.
Your pup learns through repetition and by linking cause-and-effect.... when you help him make the right connections (by anticipating his needs and showing him what you expect), he quickly gets into the right habits - ones that he'll follow for lifetime.
BUT, if he's allowed to build up bad habits (such as peeing on the living room floor) it will make life much more difficult than if he gets into the habit of feeling the grass in the backyard on his paws before he lets loose!
Puppy potty training begins the minute you bring your 'baby' home, so being prepared beforehand is always recommended. Here's a look at what you need to get started....
First of all you'll need the following:
This is because most owners have this as their final aim anyway, and if you teach a pup to pee/poop indoors it simply makes the whole process much more confusing, and frustrating, for everyone.
But of course, sometimes there are good reasons for having to potty train a puppy to pee/poop indoors, or on a balcony or porch.
If you're trying to potty train a puppy and you live in a high rise apartment building for example, or if you're disabled or have mobility issues, or if your pup is a very small breed and the weather is extremely bad etc. etc......
In these situations you have a couple of options - pee pee pads, a doggie litter box or an 'indoor doggie toilet'. The pee pee pads are probably the cheapest option in the short term (but they're still not cheap, especially if you plan to have your pup 'go' indoors 90 or 100% of the time)
However, puppy training pads do have drawbacks that make them my least favorite choice personally, although many other dog owners swear by them! A lot of puppies see them as toys, and often prefer to drag them around and chew them up rather than pee on them!
You can find reviews of, and information on, many popular brands of puppy training pads here - Best Puppy Training Pads
A doggie litter box may work better than the pee pads, but some pups prefer to play in the litter (or eat it!).
The third choice is an indoor doggie toilet which is more durable than the pee pads, and not as messy as the litter box. Several of them have 'fake turf' for the pups to use which helps them when you want to transition over to peeing on REAL grass later on.
The initial outlay is a bit more than the first two options, but when you're trying to potty train a puppy you need all the edge you can get!
Cleaning Up Housebreaking Accidents
When you're trying to potty train a puppy there are always going to be occasional accidents - no matter how careful you are or how smart your puppy is!
Whenever this happens you need to clean it up immediately using a special cleaner/deodorizer such as Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover to remove every trace of urine/feces.
Puppies are attracted back to the same areas by their own smell and ordinary household cleaners simply won't do the job of removing all the lingering odor. Although YOU may not smell it, your puppy will, so always use a product that's been specifically designed for the purpose.
Although there are a whole host of dog urine cleaning products on the market today, some are better than others.
You can find a full list of the ones that I personally recommend on my Dog Urine Cleaning Products page.
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