Getting a new puppy is maybe one of the greatest joys of life. You have a new member of the family, the joy of having a new puppy also comes with a responsibility and of them is to give your puppy toilet training or popularly known as potty training. Putting your puppy into a toilet training is difficult but a job that must be done by every puppy owner. There is really no time frame for you to successfully potty train puppy, by having a routine from the time you bring them home and be consistent on it you will be on your way.
There are lots of ways to train your potty train your puppy, but it is very important to start early so you can build a foundation. Here are some very helpful steps for your puppy toilet training.
Step 1: Set up a Routine
- One of the most important parts of the training is setting up a schedule. Both you and your puppy will know when it’s time to go outside.
- Basic rule is that for every month a puppy is old, it can wait one hour to go outside. So for example a two month old puppy will need to go out about every 2 hours. You don’t need to cut things close, but prepare to take your puppy outside every two hours.
- Give your puppy meals on a regular schedule so you can take your puppy outside after eating. But always check with your veterinarian it’s alright for your puppy to eat food all day.
- Avoid giving your puppy water two hours before bedtime. This will help your puppy to make through the night without accidents. Be conscious that very young puppy may still need to gout during the night, but those who are already four months and older will definitely make it through the night.
- Be sure to take your puppy outside when he wakes up from a nap and always lead your puppy outside with a leash.
- When you give your puppy toilet training, make sure you go the same similar spot, which will help tell your puppy as to what he should do. Use similar word to tell your puppy to relive himself. This one of training your puppy to relieve himself on command.
- Do not forget to praise your puppy every time she relives herself outside. Do it immediately after your puppy relieves and do not wait to be back in the house.
Step 2: Treats not Punishments
Treats are very helpful in potty training your puppy, but don’t allow it to be the reason to relieve himself. It is always a good encouragement to puppies when you praise them. But everything that’s too much is always not good, it can upset your puppies stomach if you him a lot of treats. As we all know giving treats is not just use when giving your puppy toilet training but also when giving him other training.
Lastly: Handling Accidents
During potty training accidents will still happen, but always handle them without derailing your toilets training efforts. If you will catch you puppy will in an accident, stop him immediately and quickly take him outside but never scream or hit your puppy to stop the accident. As I have mentioned in the beginning potty training your dog takes time. There are puppies that are only potty trained when they are 1 year old. Don’t focus on how long the process takes, be patient, have fun playing with your puppy and sooner or later you are done giving your puppy toilet training.