Three Tips For Potty Training Your Puppy

Are you considering bringing a new puppy into your home? While it's extremely fun and exciting, it can also be incredibly frustrating since puppies do not come potty trained. This is why you always need to think about the effort of training your puppy and whether or not it's something you can handle. Here are three tips to help you train your puppy with a bit more ease:

  1. Use a Kennel: While it's difficult to put your new puppy in a kennel at night and during certain times of the day when you would much rather cuddle them, it's vital for proper potty training. Dogs, much like humans, do not like to be dirty, which means if they need to go to the bathroom, they will let you know, at which point you can take them outside where you want them to do it. This is going to become a habit for them much easier. Just be sure that the kennel is not large enough for your dog to sole one area and then move to another. 
  2. Learn Your Puppy's Schedule: During your puppy's first year of life, they are going to need to use the bathroom more frequently, at least every couple of hours. You should learn when these times are so that you have a better idea of when to get ready to get your puppy outside. Having a schedule makes it easier on you and teaches your puppy how to follow it. 
  3. Use Praise, Not Punishment: This is a difficult one for many people because of the belief that punishment is effective when actually this isn't the case. Praise is much more effective since puppies want to please you. If your puppy does have an accident in the house, be sure that you catch them in the act or show it to them and say no firmly then take them outside. Once your dog does go outside, show praise to ensure that they see you are happy with them, which is something they thrive on. 

When you consider these three tips, you are much more likely to be successful. If you're still having a hard time, consider talking with your puppy's vet or animal hospital about possible problems your puppy might have health wise or visiting a training to help get your puppy on the right track. Outside help is the best way to cope with the frustration of getting your puppy potty trained.