Tips for Potty Training a Puppy
Getting a brand new puppy to add to the family is always an exciting time. It’s also very important to teach him lessons that will last for life, including potty training.
Potty training is among the top reasons why dogs lose their homes and wind up in animal shelters around the country. Very few people are willing to put up with a dog that destroys the owners home or who leaves a poppy mess that you have to clean up after a tough day at work.
This is why it’s so very important to teach your new puppy house training in his first few months and to continue throughout his life. There are a few methods for training your new puppy, including:
- Crate training click for link
- Frequent outdoor trips
- Paper Training (although I would not recommend this one)
It usually takes about four to six months for a puppy to be fully housetrained, but some puppies may take up to a year or longer. Size can be a factor of this since toy breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms, leading to more trips outside to go potty.
Making a Schedule and Sticking to It
This is vital if you want your puppy to succeed at house training. A puppy can only hold himself for up to six hours so it is imperative to take him out regularly. With very young puppies, you should expect to bring them out:
- Always, first thing in the morning
- Last thing at night
- After playing and being very active
- After waking up from sleeping
- After eating meals or drinking water
- After spending a long time in this crate
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