Potty training your new puppy can be a trying process. Patience, understanding and commitment are essential for success. Read over Pawderosa Ranch’s tips and tricks for bathroom behavior training and arm yourself with the knowledge to make your efforts worthwhile.
Most importantly, be proactive. Instead of waiting for your puppy to have an accident, empower him or her to go in the right places primarily. Your energy is an important factor when housebreaking your animals. Try to avoid feeling nervous or impatient and use a neutral tone that isn’t loud or high-pitched.
It is important to note that adult dogs can be house trained in the same way as puppies. The old phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is a misleading myth, so don’t be discouraged if your pup is older.
Potty Training Tips
- Establish a routine. – There are times to eat, times to play and times to go to the bathroom. Take your dog to the same general area so he or she can develop a habit that they will remember and stick to.
- Use positive reinforcement. – Reward Fido’s good behavior after they have successfully gone to the bathroom. A simple quiet approval or a small treat will get the message across.
- Take your puppy outside frequently. – This conditioning will help to gently remind your dog where is appropriate to do their business.
- Remove your puppy’s water dish. – Reduce the likelihood of having to go during the night by removing your dog’s water dish about two and half hours before bedtime.
- Supervise or restrict to a particular area. – Try to keep the puppy in your sight at all times. When you are away or unable to watch your dog, confine him or her to a small area – just big enough to comfortable stand, lie down and turn around. Crate training is an option.
- Accidents happen, so don’t be upset. – Don’t punish your puppy if you find a soiled area. It is too late at that point to administer correction. Clean the area thoroughly. If you catch your dog in the middle of eliminating in the house, make a startling noise or say “OUTSIDE” and take the pup to their outdoor potty space.
Understanding your dog’s behaviors is one of the best ways you can be a better, more effective owner. That’s why at Pawderosa Ranch we work closely with owners and their pets to ensure there is understanding and education throughout our dog boarding process. We want to meet your dog’s individual needs and make them excited about staying at the Ranch. Contact us today for more information!