Hi everyone! If you have a new puppy or thinking about getting one, then you are going to want to read my post on “How Hard is it to Potty Train a Puppy?” In today’s Post I am going to be covering the following:
- At What Age Should You Start the Potty Training Process
- 6 Steps to Potty Training Your Fur Baby
- The Setbacks of Potty Training
- Let’s Talk About Potty Training Your Pup-The Do’s/Don’ts
Now, of course, this will be for the pet parents that plan on keeping the puppy inside, but if they are going to be an outside dog then you really don’t need to worry about potting training.
Before we get started on the topics I mentioned above, I just wanted to let you know that potty training your puppy is not that bad of a deal and not as bad as it seems. But, it will require a lot of love, patience, persistence and positive reinforcement on your part. If you can do these four things you’re potting training will be successful.
When you bring home that little fur baby, I want you to be assured that if you follow my steps to potty training your puppy, you both will be very happy indeed.
At What Age Should You Start the Potty Training Process
Experts have said that the best time to start potty training your puppy would be between 12 and 16 weeks. By this age they have complete control over their bladder and bowel movements, so they can learn how to hold it longer.
For me personally, I think it’s like our human babies in that each puppy has different learning capacity. I also believe that can be determined by what breed of pup you have.
I feel that no two breeds of pets learn the same. Some learn a lot faster than others. Take my two bulldogs that I have had the pleasure of owning. My first bulldog was an American English mix. It took him about 6-8 weeks to learn the concept of going outside to do his business.
I am still a proud owner of a French Bulldog. It took him just a couple of weeks longer than it did my first bulldog. So, that’s why I say that no two breeds are the same. Just like our human babies, I feel that little girls are easier to potty train than little boys.
Now take my daughter’s Chihuahua that we bought her for Christmas about 10 years ago, he was the hardest little to potty train that I have ever seen! Until this day he will not pee in the house, nor will he poop in the house.
So, you can see why it takes a lot of love, patience, persistence and positive reinforcement to train your little fur ball.
6 Steps to Potty Training Your Fur Baby
- Never ever punish your pup if they have an accident- You have to keep in mind that your furbaby is just starting to learn something that is new and this is where your patience is going to come in handy. You DO NOT want to yell at your puppy if they have an accident in the house, and they will, just simple clap your hands gently and pick them up and carry them outside. Once you have your puppy trained it will be well worth it. Don’t forget to give your fur baby lots and lots of praise when they potty outside.
- Don’t Use Puppy Pads or Newspaper-If you use puppy potty pads or newspaper either one you are asking for major problems! We want the puppy to go outside and potty, not in the house. Using puppy pads or newspaper is going to prolong the training process and confuse the puppy. This is only going to not only frustrate the puppy but you as well.
- Keep Puppy on a sleeping, feeding and playing schedule–When the pup wakes up in the mornings you will want to take them outside to pee and poop. Then feed the pup and play with them for about 30 minutes and take them back outside again to the same area and let them to their business again. You will also want to take them out after naps and right before they go to bed. After they have peed and poop give them lots of praise, a treat or go for a nice walk.
- Use a crate at night–If you use a crate at nighttime then you will be able to hear our puppy crying if they need to go potty. Most pups want use the potty where they are sleeping. But, if they have an accident it’s easier to clean up and you don’t have to worry about your carpet being soiled. If you decide to use a crate make sure it is big enough for them to lie down and move around, but not big enough to use a corner to potty.
- Signs your pup needs to potty–When a puppy has to potty they will usually walk in circles, whine, scratch at the door or bark. They may even do all of these things. If they do one or all take them outside immediately! Remember to always give lots of love and praise for a job well done.
- Always, always make sure to go outside with your fur baby- The reason you need to do this is so when your pup potty’s outside you can praise him, encourage him and let him know that he did a great job. Just think, when your puppy is trained to go outside and potty you will be so grateful and so will they.
How Hard Is It To Potty Train A Puppy? It’s not hard at all if you will follow these simple yet very effective steps and your fur baby will be potty trained before you know it:)
But remember it can take 4-6 months for your pup to be fully potty trained. Some pups can take up to a full 12 months.
The Setbacks of Potty Training
I know what you are thinking “setbacks, really?” The answer is yes. Your puppy is going to have an accident from time to time and that is normal. When my pup Chance had accident’s I would simply tell him “no, no we go outside to potty.” I would then pick him up and take him outside to the same area to potty. Sometimes he would potty again sometimes not.
These accidents can happen up to the pup is one year old, but if this continues to be an issue make an appointment to visit your Veterinarian to make sure there are no underlying medical issues that you are not aware of.
Let’s Talk About Potty Training Your Pup-The Do’s and Dont’s
Please remember to keep the following in mind while potty training your fur baby:
- Never punish your puppy if they have an accident because it will make them afraid of you
- If you see him having an accident, then gently clap your hands and take him outside. Clapping your hands lets him know that he has done something wrong
- If you find the accident and didn’t catch them in the act, don’t yell and scream at him because he doesn’t understand the connection between what he’s done and why you are yelling and screaming
- Never rub your puppy’s nose in his urine, because he doesn’t understand why you are reacting this way. He’s not intellectually capable of connecting his accident with your anger
- Don’t use a newspaper or puppy pads because I feel that it slows the training process down a lot!
- Do take him outside after naps, eating and playing (30 minutes after eating for sure and play time)
- Do keep up the training even if they have accidents
- Do keep showing your pup love, patience, persistence and positive reinforcement
- Do give them a lot of praise when they do good along with a treat or taking them for a walk
- Staying outside with your puppy a little longer and give him the extra time to explore this may help with frequent accidents
- Make sure that you clean up the area where they had their accident with an enzymatic cleaner will destroy the smell better than ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odors that could be attracting your pup
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Well, there you have it my peeps, “How Hard Is It To Potty Train A Puppy?” If you will follow ALL the advice I have given you in this post, your fur baby will be trained in no time at all.
It may seem like it is taking forever, but just hang in there and everything will turn out great! If you follow the 6 tips I have provided for you, you and your puppy will be so happy once he gets it. I promise that he will;)
Once you get your pup fully house-trained, you will be ready to take them anywhere you want to go without worrying if they are going to have an accident or not. Just think of how happy you will be to have accomplished this task!
Then you will be a happy pet parent and have a happy puppy! If you are married with children just think how happy everyone will be to have accomplished such a rewarding task😉
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