When you bring home your puppy, it can be an exciting time. Their cute little faces seem to put humans in a trance. Their cuteness can wear off quite quickly when you realize how difficult it can be to train a puppy. As hard as training can be, it is vital in keeping your puppy from ruining your home. You will not regret putting the time in to get your puppy potty trained. Carpet Dry-Tech is here to share our best potty training tips to make the process as painless as possible.
Set a Good Puppy Potty Training Schedule
As you bring your puppy home, it’s important to remember that a puppy can hold their bladder for about an hour for every month it is old. If you have a puppy that is three months old, you can count on that puppy being able to hold it for about 3 hours. If you don’t take your puppy out often, you are almost always going to have an accident. Your puppy is going to thrive most when there is a schedule in place. As your puppy starts to be able to expect what will happen next, you will find that it helps your puppy learn when and where to go to the bathroom.
Give Puppy Praise & a Treat when He Goes Potty Outside
Whenever your puppy uses the bathroom when he/she is supposed to, make sure you give it the praise it deserves. Most dogs are looking to please their owners. When you praise them for a job well done, along with a small treat, you can bet your puppy is going to want to repeat that behavior next time. Positive reinforcement is going to get you much further than negative reactions will; similar to dealing with a toddler.
Does a Crate Help with Potty Training?
Crate training your puppy can be a great way to control the situation. You aren’t going to be able to be with your puppy at all times. When you have to leave the house or are going to bed for the night, putting your puppy in a crate will help you avoid accidents. When a puppy is in a confined space that it sleeps in, your puppy will not go pee. Whenever your puppy is in the crate, you need to remember to take the puppy directly outside after you let the puppy out.
How Long Does it Take for a Puppy to Become Potty Trained?
One thing you can be sure of is the fact that your puppy is going to make mistakes. No puppy is perfect. When your puppy does have an accident, don’t reprimand the puppy. If you catch it in the act, take it right outside. If you don’t catch the puppy in the act, clean it up and move on. It usually takes around 4 -6 months to potty train a puppy.
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