House Training a New Puppy

5 Helpful Tips for Toilet Training a New Puppy

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House training a new puppy is typically the thing that new owners look forward to the least. However, it is important to start the training immediately because it can take up to 6 months or more before the puppy is fully house trained. To help make the process smoother, here are 5 helpful tips for house training a new puppy:

1. Avoid using discipline

Since the puppy is growing, it needs time to develop bladder control. Because of this, it is important to avoid scolding or scaring your pet when it has accidents because you will associate normal bodily functions with negativity. Instead, you need to heavily praise the puppy whenever it goes in the right place to make it a positive experience and help build a bond. It is also crucial that you never rub a puppy's nose in the mess it made. This is unhealthy and uncalled for, and will do nothing for the training process and building a positive bond.

2. Maintain a regular feeding routine

Feeding your pet at set times can help make it easier to know when it will need to relieve itself. It is recommended to not let the food sit in the bowl outside of feeding time because it will not help maintain a regular schedule. The puppy may also not necessarily see you as the provider of food, and this can lead to leadership problems further down the road. However, water should always be available for your pet.

3. Keep an eye on your puppy at all times

To help prevent accidents, you need to keep an eye on your puppy whenever it is roaming the household. If you cannot keep an eye on it at night or while doing housework or running errands, keep your pet in a crate, pen, or room. In its holding area, you should line the floor or bottom with papers and change them promptly when soiled.

4. Look for signs that your puppy may need to relieve itself

The signs to look out for when a puppy may need to use the bathroom include circling, sniffing in certain areas, and whining. However, if the puppy needs to urinate, it may happen without any warning at all.

5. Take it slowly

If you are house training a puppy, accidents are sure to happen now and again. However, it is important that you do not let the setbacks get you down. Instead, just take a few steps back and start over again to help your pet along. As it was mentioned earlier, it can take up to 6 months or more before your puppy is fully house trained. By remaining calm and patient, you will eventually have a happy and housebroken pet.

These 5 helpful tips for house training a new puppy can help you have a housebroken pet with less stress. However, just remember that each puppy will become housebroken at a different pace, so you need to have plenty of patience and provide lots of love during the process.

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