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dogHow exactly to Potty Teach Your Puppy

Starting the potty process
Potty training a puppy takes patience, kindness and just a little planning. Before you begin, have these helpful tools readily available:
A crate is an acceptable way to keep 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 pup to go.
Pet-specific stain and odor removers contain enzymes that help remove, not just mask, odors from pet messes.

Create a command and a reward

Establish a control that your pup can understand. Say, �Go potty� while your pet does their business. This term association will help your pet figure out how to go once you say those magic words.
Whenever your dog is performed, say �Good potty!� and give lots of praise. Resist the temptation to reward this behavior with a delicacy, though.

Timing is everything

Set up a consistent routine for potty breaks. First, maintain your dog�s nourishing times consistent and be sure you remove leftover food between meals. This will help your dog develop a natural, predictable rhythm for removal.
Suggested potty break times:
> First thing each day
> After naps
> 10 to 20 minutes after each meal
> Prior to going to sleep at night
> At least once at night (until your pup is five months old)
> When you see your puppy sniffing an area while turning circles around it - that means they have to go NOW.

Teach your pet where to go

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

Potty problems

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

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