Solutions to Your Puppy Potty Training Problems Part 2
Many people experience problems while potty training their puppies.
If you’re new to being a puppy parent, and you’re getting frustrated with the process of potty training your puppy, you’re not alone. Puppies learn at their own pace, and you have to be incredibly patient and consistent in order to properly train them, which can be a challenge all on its own. At Mednet Direct, we offer high-quality puppy potty training pads that can help to make the process easier, and we’ve also set out to help you find solutions to some of the most infuriating puppy potty training problems people experience.
Problem: Your puppy has an accident right after you come back inside.
Have you ever taken your puppy outside, patiently waited for them to do their business to no avail and then, the moment you bring them inside, they have an accident on your carpet? This can be enough to make anyone want to pull their hair out. And, many people have experienced it time and time again while training their puppies.
Solution 1: Limit the distractions when you’re outside.
Puppies are curious and active little creatures who are eager to soak up as much as they can about the world around them. And while, yes, puppies have small bladders and can’t hold it for long, if their bladder is half-full and there is something fun or exciting going on, they may be too distracted to go. Take your puppy away from the excitement, and make it as quiet and as boring as possible for them until they do their thing.
Solution 2: Give your puppy plenty of time.
Puppies won’t always go the moment you let them outside, and it pays to practice a little patience while you’re potty training them. Some puppies may do their business within two minutes of being outside, while others will take 10 or 15 minutes to go. So, try giving it a few more minutes, especially if your puppy has recently ate or drank, has recently woken up or it’s been an hour or two since they were last outside.
Problem: You can’t get home to let your puppy out often enough.
A whopping 44 percent of Americans own a dog, and many of them also have full-time jobs as well. Ideally, when potty training your puppy, you should be able to let them out every hour or two. But, that’s simply not possible for many people. And, when you can’t get home, and your puppy can’t hold it long enough yet to wait until you do, accidents are bound to happen. Plus, it’s much harder to get your puppy to learn properly.
Solution 1. Find someone to help.
Your very best option when you can’t get home yourself to let your puppy out is to have a friend or neighbor help you out. This way, you won’t come home and immediately have to clean up your puppy’s accidents and your puppy is still learning how to do their business outside. If none of your friends or neighbors can help, consider hiring a puppy sitter or, if they have all of their vaccinations already, enrolling them in a puppy daycare program.
Solution 2. Designate a space in your home for your puppy.
If you read our last blog, then you already know that putting your puppy in a kennel for eight hours while you’re at work is not acceptable. Crate training can be a valuable tool, but puppies should only be kept in their crate for short periods of time until they get used to it. But you should still never keep a dog of any age in their kennel for that long, especially not every day. So, instead, you’ll need to designate a spot for your puppy. Corner off an area where you can put a bed, toys, water and, of course, a few puppy potty training pads. These pads contain a pheromone that entices your puppy to do their business on them, so you’ll have a much smaller chance of coming home and having to clean up a mess.
Problem: Your puppy keeps going in the same spot in the house.
Your puppy’s urine has ammonia in it, among other things, and when it breaks down, the ammonia actually becomes more and more concentrated. If that ammonia is not properly cleaned up and removed, your dog will be drawn to keep going in that same spot over and over again until they can no longer smell it. It’s for this same reason that you should never clean up your puppy’s accidents using ammonia.
Solution 1: Use a vinegar solution to break up the ammonia and deodorize.
Vinegar is one of your best weapons against this problem, because it actually helps to break down the ammonia in your dog’s urine. Plus, it’s a wonderful deodorizer that shouldn’t damage your carpet, but it’s always smart to do a test run somewhere hidden before you use it out in the open just in case. Check out our previous post to learn how to use vinegar to deodorize and discourage your puppy from going on that same spot again and again.
Solution 2: Set up their bed, food bowls and toys in that area.
Puppies, like most animals, don’t like to do their business in the same place where they eat, sleep or play. So, if your puppy keeps going in the same spot, try to dissuade them by setting up their bed, food bowls and toys in that same area.