The Dos and Don'ts of Potty Training
There are many dos and don'ts that every puppy parent should keep in mind while potty training.
For people who have never gone through the process of potty training a puppy, it can seem fairly easy and straightforward. But, in reality, it can be a long, frustrating process that, at times, will be difficult. However, the steps you take along the way can have a huge impact on how difficult the entire process will be, and doing things the wrong way will only draw it out longer and make it even more frustrating. Luckily, your friends at Mednet Direct are here to help. Here are some of the many dos and don’ts to keep in mind while potty training your puppy:
Reward and praise your puppy when they do their business outside or on the puppy mat as you’re training them to do. Giving them a small treat, a cuddle or even just a word of praise will be a great motivator for them, and they’ll quickly learn that they will get rewarded when they go outside or on the puppy pad. There’s even concrete evidence to back up positive reinforcement for training dogs. In 2005, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association started incorporating positive reinforcement in their training methods, and the pass rate went from 50 percent to 80 percent.
Punish or scold your puppy when they have an accident inside. Keep in mind that your puppy simply can’t hold it for very long, and since they don’t yet know how to tell you that they need to go out, accidents will happen. But, despite what many dog owners think, puppies aren’t having accidents inside out of spite or on purpose, and punishing them for it will only confuse them and make them afraid of you.
Use puppy pads to make potty training easier for both you and your puppy. When you have puppy pads in place, it won’t matter if your puppy has an accident inside, because you can simply toss the mat in the trash and be done with it. Plus, when you can first train your puppy to go on a mat, it will make it easier to train them to go outside, and you can learn how to do just that by reading our step-by-step guide to potty training your puppy with the help of a mat.
Expect that your puppy will be potty trained overnight. While it’s true that every puppy can be housebroken and properly trained, it’s also true that each puppy learns at their own pace. Potty training will take time and consistency, and a little (or a lot) of patience will go a long way towards making it less frustrating and stressful for both you and your puppy.
Crate train your puppy or, if can’t be there to let your puppy out every few hours, section off a small area for them in your home. This area should be stocked with everything your puppy needs, which will include food, water, toys, a place for them to sleep and, of course, a puppy pad or two.
Give your puppy an overabundance of freedom, at least at first. You want your puppy to be able to explore and to get to know their new home, but giving your puppy free reign of your home, especially if you’re not there to supervise, is a recipe for accidents, chewed up shoes, and other mishaps that are best avoided.
Keep a close eye on your puppy to watch out for signs that they need to go potty. These signs might include walking in circles, sniffing around, whimpering or whining. It’s up to you, as the puppy mom or dad, to read the signs and take them outside or put them on a puppy mat. If you don’t, it’ll be much harder to catch your puppy before they have an accident inside.
Wait for your puppy to “tell” you that they need to do their business. This is something that your puppy will learn how to do over time, but if you’re expecting your puppy to simply know how to communicate their needs to you right off the bat, you’ll be sorely disappointed. There are steps that you can take to train your puppy how to do this, and since young puppies are like sponges when it comes to training, it’s the perfect time to do so.
Keeping these dos and don’ts in mind while your training your puppy will go a long way towards making the whole thing as easy and as painless as possible. And, if you’re searching for the right puppy pads to help you train your new furry friend, shop Mednet Direct today. Our pads are the most absorbent on the market, hands down, and they are able to absorb as much as eight cups of liquid without leaks.