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How to Potty Teach Your Puppy

Starting the potty process
Potty training a puppy takes patience, kindness and a little planning. Before you begin, have these helpful tools readily available:
A crate can be an acceptable way to keep the non-housebroken dog confined for short intervals when you must leave him or her home alone. Dogs instinctively won�t do their business in their own space.
Training pads are absorbent, leak-proof and disposable, perfect to put on the floor in an inside spot where you�d like your pup to go.
Pet-specific stain and odor removers contain enzymes that help remove, not only mask, odors from pet messes.

Create a control and an incentive

Establish a command that your pup can understand. Say, �Go potty� while your pet is doing their business. This phrase association can help your dog figure out how to go once you say those magic words.
Whenever your pet is performed, say �Good potty!� and give lots of praise. Resist the temptation to praise this behavior with a treat, though.

Timing is everything

Set up a consistent timetable for potty breaks. First, keep the dog�s nourishing times constant and remember to remove leftover food between meals. This will help your dog create a natural, predictable rhythm for elimination.
Suggested potty break times:
> First thing each day
> After naps
> 10 to 20 minutes after every meal
> Before going to sleep at night
> At least one time at night (until your puppy is five a few months old)
> When you notice your puppy sniffing an area while turning circles around it - that means they have to go NOW.

Teach your dog where to go

Dogs are creatures of habit; so the sooner they understand where business should be done, the earlier they�ll stop heading elsewhere. To greatly help speed up the process:
Take your dog to the same spot for every potty break.
Keep your home and yard environment the same during potty training. Redecorating or renovations might confuse your funny dog.

Potty problems

Some dogs learn faster than others, if a puppy appears to be having a unique amount of accidents, there may be a physical or psychological reason. Your dog may worry, depressed, frightened, thrilled, or could have a urinary tract infection. A male dog may be marking his territory. Consult with a veterinarian who are able to help identify and treat these issues.

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