Introducing a new puppy into the home can be an exciting time for any family. However, pet owners need to take into consideration how difficult training their new puppy can be before letting them loose on their rugs. In many ways, puppy training is similar to potty training a toddler, in that you must be patient and be consistent.
Can’t you just see it? Pet owners getting a new puppy and being thrilled with their new pet for the first few days. However, after the excitement wears off and their new puppy begins having little accidents around the home, many pet owners are then ready to give their new pets away or worse yet, send them to the pound.
But here are several tips for pet owners to keep this from occurring:
Communicating With Your Puppy
It is no big secret, but oftentimes pet owners seem to forget, puppies do not understand English. One of the key elements to puppy training is teaching your puppy commands along with the words you speak. Pet owners will often exclaim, “My pet does not listen!,” but for the most part it is the pet owner who is to blame.
When taking your puppy out to go potty and you ask him different ways each time, then he will become confused. For example, “You have to go potty?,” “Let’s go pee,” “Want to go outside?,” or “Go use the bathroom.” If you drove home a different way each time, then would a small child remember the way home? It is the same basic concept.
In order to teach your puppy what you want, then you must teach them commands. When we want them to go potty pick up their leash and walk to the door. Teach all family members to say the same phrase each time regardless of what it is. The point here is to be consistent while you are puppy training.
The frequency in which your puppy has to go potty depends on a number of factors such as their age, breed size, and their consumption of food and water. Your new puppy is growing, which means they will be requiring food and water to provide their little bodies with the nutrients and fuel it needs. However, this also means they will need to go potty more frequently as well.
It is not unusual for a young puppy to have an accident indoors, but the key is to not punish them for it. Going out regularly will help with puppy training. It is recommended to take a puppy out once every hour until they are at least ten weeks old, which by this time they should be completely house broken if you have been consistent.
The best times to take your new puppy to potty is as soon as they wake up, after each meal and after bathing. However, there will be times when they automatically will let you know they need to go out. A key sign of when your new puppy needs to go potty is when he starts sniffing around the floor. When you start your puppy potty training it is a good idea to take the puppy to the same area in the garden each time so that they get used to the fact that this is their spot, and where they need to do their business.
Puppy training only becomes a hassle if not enough time is put into at the beginning. It is actually quite amazing how quickly a puppy will take to doing its business outside. Just make sure that each member of the family is training the puppy in the same way so that it does not get confused with different training signals.