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cat parents vs dog parentsHow exactly to Potty Train Your Puppy

Starting the potty process
Potty training a puppy takes patience, kindness and a little planning. Before starting, have these helpful tools on hand:
A crate is an acceptable way to maintain your non-housebroken dog confined for brief periods of time when you must leave him or her home alone. Dogs instinctively won�t do their business in their own space.
Training pads are absorbent, leak-proof and disposable, perfect to put up the floor within an inside spot where you�d like your puppy to go.
Pet-specific stain and odor removers contain enzymes that help remove, not simply mask, odors from pet messes.

Create a control and an incentive

Establish a control that your pet can understand. Say, �Go potty� while your pet is doing their business. This term association can help your dog learn to go whenever you say those magic words.
Whenever your dog is done, say �Good potty!� and give lots of praise. Resist the temptation to reward this behavior with a delicacy, though.

Timing is everything

Create a consistent timetable for potty breaks. First, keep the dog�s feeding times constant and be sure you remove leftover food between foods. This will help your dog develop a natural, predictable rhythm for elimination.
Suggested potty break times:
> First thing in the morning
> After naps
> 10 to 20 minutes after each meal
> Prior to going to sleep during the night
> At least once during the night (until your puppy is five weeks old)
> When you notice your pup sniffing a spot while turning circles around it - which means they need to go NOW.

Teach your dog where you can go

Dogs are creatures of habit; therefore the faster they understand where business should be done, the sooner they�ll stop going elsewhere. To help speed up the process:
Take your dog to the same place for each potty break.
Keep your home and yard environment the same during potty training. Redecorating or renovations might confuse your pet.

Potty problems

Some dogs learn faster than others, if a puppy appears to be having an unusual number of accidents, there could be a physical or psychological reason. Your pet may be anxious, depressed, frightened, excited, or could have a urinary tract disease. A male dog may be marking his territory. Consult with a veterinarian who can help identify and treat these issues.

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