One important step to take as a new pet owner is to teach your puppy how to defecate in the right place. Did you know that dogs often get abandoned and left at a shelter because of problems with soiling inside the house? Only a few owners are willing to deal with the stink dogs leave behind.
There are several methods you can use that can help you potty train your dog. I’m sure you don’t want to resort to abandoning your dog. So here are the methods you can use. Continue reading.
Crating for potty training
A lot of people frown at the thought of putting their puppy in a crate, but after several days, they are convinced to use the method. Making your puppy get used to a crate has several benefits. They will be easier to travel with, visits to the vet will be easier too, and lastly, it provides your puppy security.
If a crate is the just the right size, they won’t have room to potty. If they feel the urge to do so, they will give you a signal. The mindset behind this lies in the fact that dogs don’t want to be near their poop as well. You are training them to know where they should defecate.
Using paper and puppy pads
This might seem tricky because you are giving the dog options to choose from. Usually, you want to train your dog to do their business outdoors, but that’s not always possible. When you leave your dog at home, you need to have a designated area for them to do the deed. That’s where puppy pads come in.
You need to do this if you want to be successful in house training your dog. Dogs have a particularly tiny bladder. This means that what goes in moves really fast and goes out quickly. To calculate how often a puppy is going to potty, use their age as a guide. Usually, one-month-old puppies can only hold it for an hour and so on. But don’t expect a 9-month-old dog to hold it for 9 hours.
Observe and supervise
Each puppy displays varying body language when they want to potty. It’s your job to observe and judge when these signals are being sent out. During a play session, your puppy may suddenly stop, or you might see a sudden change in behavior.
A puppy’s digestive system hasn’t fully developed yet so beware of giving too much food. Feeding a puppy usually involves three small meals per day. Always check if you’re feeding your dog high-quality dog food. Check their stool if it’s healthy. If it comes out bulky and with a stronger smell, talk to your vet about it.
Lashing out at your puppy is not going to work. They’re just going to get confused and think you’re going mad. Don’t try to use the old methods of rubbing poop on your dog’s nose as well – that’s just cruel.
Instead, use the power of praise and positive reinforcement when they do the right thing. Give them rewards every time they pee in the right place. Your dog will remember this.