Potty train your pooch

  Puppy potty training can be a difficult and frustrating experience.  The process will require patience and consistent discipline in order to properly train your pup. Puppies should begin potty training as soon as they are brought home. Like children, puppies usually need to “go” when they wake up, after they eat, and after they play. After these events, get into a habit of immediately taking your puppy outside.  He may not catch on at first, so be patient & wait for him to accomplish the task. Always heap praise on your pup when he “goes” at the appropriate time. If your puppy does not go potty while outside, take him inside so that he’ll quickly associate outside time as toilet time. Watch for signs that your puppy needs to go potty – a puppy will sniff, scratch at the floor, or circle around as if trying to lay down, but won’t lay down. If your puppy does have an accident indoors show them the accident and in a stern voice tell them “NO!” It is not necessary to rub your puppy’s nose in the mess – he will catch on to genuine disappointment quickly and will know when he has done something wrong. Take your puppy immediately outside and, if possible, carry the mess outside to the grass and place it in the grass so the puppy can see where it is acceptable for the mess to end up. Thoroughly clean up the mess inside. Make sure to use ammonia based cleaner to eliminate the smell completely – any remaining scent in the house will only encourage future accidents. Dogs have a natural instinct to keep their living space clean and will not go potty when confined to a small space, especially near their sleeping area.  To keep your puppy from waking up and “going” pin the house in the middle of the night, attach a leash to the puppy’s collar and tie off the loose end to a stationary object next to the puppy’s bed.  Your puppy will not go potty next to its own bedding – expect to be woken up if he really does need to go.  No matter what hour it is, this is an important learning moment for your puppy.  Take your puppy outdoors and be patient until they have finished.  

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