Getting a new puppy is very exciting. It doesn’t take long, however, to realize that a new puppy takes more patience than you may have thought. Potty training a puppy, including teaching him to go outside requires a lot of effort on your part. The biggest question new owners ask all the time is how to potty train a puppy.
If you try potty training your puppy to go outdoors too soon, say at one month, you will probably meet with little success. Wait until your puppy is at least two months old to get started potty training in the great outdoors. If the puppy is with its mother, you may have an easier task of training, as the puppy will tend to take its cues from the mother. Otherwise, one thing you need to do is establish a routine.
Instead of running your puppy outside every few minutes, start with thirty minute intervals. The times between going outside can be longer or shorter depending on your dog. Then, take your puppy out around mealtime, so that your own meal will not be interrupted to jump up and run outside with your puppy.
Establishing a training routine and sticking to it will help you train your puppy more quickly. It’s hard to accomplish without a schedule. The sooner you establish a training schedule with your puppy, the better you will feel about your puppy and the more at ease the puppy will become.
Don’t think of a routine as overly ridged or harsh. Working out a schedule may seem like more work than it actually is. The point is, however, that in the long run your puppy will learn faster. Routine and repetition are keys to your puppy’s potty training.
Sometimes you have to try to determine why your puppy doesn’t want to go outside. This is difficult, but not the worst problem you will face. There are other issues like puppy whining and barking. Take one thing at a time. Don’t give your puppy sensory overload. Get him accustomed to pottying outside first. This will be your most pressing task. Keep up and be persistent. In doing so, you will learn how to house break a puppy.
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