Puppy Potty Training
Having a new little puppy in your home can be
a delightful experience. It can also be very messy! Slipping in and having to clean up a puppy
"accident" in the middle of the night is disgusting no matter how cute your puppy.
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It is hardly surprising that puppy potty training is the first priority for most
owners of a new puppy. You should not expect miracles overnight. Depending on the puppy, it could take several
weeks before he gets the idea.
To speed up puppy potty training, you would need to be on duty 24 hours
a day, which is highly unlikely in most households. A more realistic expectation is that your puppy is likely to be
fully housetrained by five to seven months of age.
This, of course, depends on when the training is started. Puppies grow very
quickly so they eat and drink a lot! As puppies have still to develop control over their bodily functions,
you should expect plenty of "bathroom breaks".
There are a few things you should know when potty training your puppy.
Firstly, do you know what you should do when you are not at home? Your puppy should be closed in a
dog-proofed single room and the floor should be lined with newspaper to catch any accidents. His bed, food, water
and special toys should be there with him.
In the beginning, your puppy will have no sense of where he should poop or pee. He
will probably romp in the newspapers, chew them and scatter them all over the room. It is extremely important that
the newspapers are changed every day to maintain good hygiene for your puppy.
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When your puppy is in his room lined with newspapers, he will begin to realize
that he can only pee or poop on the paper. As he gets older, certain areas of the paper-lined room will be
preferable to him. Once a routine has been established and he has chosen a permanent elimination area in the room,
remove some of the newspaper from the perimeter of the room. Over time, slowly take away more newspaper until all
that is left is the paper in his favorite "bathroom" spot.
Once your puppy understands that he is only to relieve himself on the newspaper,
you can eventually move his elimination spot to your chosen location. This is the reason for using newspapers for
potty training a puppy. Don't forget that this is a slow process, which should not be rushed. If your puppy misses
the newspaper when you remove it, move it back for a few days. With time and patience, you will be able to move
your puppy's elimination spot to your preferred location.
When you are home, continue the above-mentioned routine for puppy potty training.
To take a more active part in his potty training, you should physically take him to his elimination spot every
forty-five minutes or so. This should be done immediately after eating and drinking; right after play time
with you; and also right after waking from a sleep.
Make sure you heap love and praise on him when he eliminates in the appropriate
spot. However, do not get upset and shout when he has an accident. After all, he is still a "child" and is
still learning. Don't become overly confident as he potty trains. He should be slowly introduced to
other parts of your home. When you cannot physically take him to his potty spot or watch him, be sure to place him
back in his newspaper lined room. This will avoid "accidents".
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