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How exactly to Potty Teach Your Puppy

puppyStarting the potty process
Potty training a dog takes patience, kindness and just a little planning. Before you begin, have these helpful tools on hand:
A crate can be an acceptable way to keep your non-housebroken dog confined for short intervals when you must leave her or him 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 in an inside spot where you�d like your pup 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 command that your pup can understand. Say, �Go potty� while your dog does their business. This term association can help your dog learn to go once you say those magic words.
Whenever your dog is done, say �Good potty!� and present lots of compliment. Resist the temptation to incentive this behavior with a treat, though.

Timing is everything

Create a consistent timetable for potty breaks. First, keep your dog�s feeding times constant and remember to remove leftover food between meals. This can help your dog develop a natural, predictable rhythm for elimination.
Suggested potty break times:
> First thing each day
> After naps
> 10 to 20 minutes after every meal
> Before going to sleep during the night
> At least one time at night (until your pup is five weeks old)
> When you notice your puppy sniffing an area while turning circles around it - which means they need to go NOW.

Teach your dog where you can go

Dogs are creatures of habit; so the sooner they understand where business should be done, the sooner they�ll stop heading elsewhere. To help speed up the process:
Take your pet 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 dog.

Potty problems

Some dogs learn faster than others, but if your smart puppy appears to be having a unique variety of accidents, there could be a physical or emotional reason. Your dog may worry, depressed, frightened, excited, or could have a urinary tract infections. A male dog may be marking his place. Consult with a veterinarian who can help identify and treat these issues.

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