Most people think that potty training is nothing more than taking your puppy out when he or she needs to pee. But there is much more to it. This process is really complex and it is paramount for building your relationship.
There are several approaches when it comes to disciplining your dog but only one is the right one. Like with everything else, you need to approach potty training with love and patience. This is the only way dog will love you and respect you for years to come.
The potty training expert Lene Kaufmann from Kaufmann’s Puppy Training decided to share some professional advice which will get you started.
Let’s start from basics.
As I already said, it is necessary to do everything with love. Pottying is one of the first things puppy will learn so make sure that you give him a good lesson and create the initial bond. Here, I am mainly referring to punishment system. You should never resort to any violence whether physical or mental nor should you “force” puppy to do something. Yes, it should definitely come in a form of a command but you need to be careful how you present it. Petting when done right is much better than slapping when done wrong.
Have in mind that potty training is first and foremost a discipline process. What do I mean by this?
You see, it is something that should make your puppy obedient not stubborn (if done right of course). It is something that sets up a hierarchy for all future training where you’re perceived as a master and need to be obeyed. Needless to say, if done right, the puppy will likely listen to you for other things as well and not just at potty time.
I also have to mention that puppy potty training revolves around persistence. Accidents will happen almost immediately and all you can do is be patient and accept it for what it is. But do not mistake persistence with leniency. You still need to strict and uphold the rules so that puppy could finally learn and start using these things in its daily routine.
Cool daily tips
Here are some things you will have to deal with on a daily basis:
- The dog will need to go out at least 5 times during a day. If you’re not prepared for such a time investment you shouldn’t get a dog.
- Smaller dogs will require even more walks due to their small body.
- Dogs always have to pee in the morning after waking up. Make sure you wake up before puppy because its first natural instinct is to pee when it feels like it.
- The evening is also very important. Just before going to bed, make sure to get your dog out. Even if it doesn’t feel like peeing stay so it does.
- However, do not stay for too long. Puppy will take an advantage of going out and will start wasting your time as it starts playing. This can be problematic for busy people. Make sure it understands you are outside solely so he can do his business
- Meals are important for tracking bowel movement. Same portions every day are recommended. Otherwise, an accident may occur if dog over eats. This is also important for building metabolism and habits.
- The dog will always pee in a similar area, on a similar surface. Make sure to provide something where a dog can do its thing relaxed.
- If you do not have enough time to walk your dog, put it in a box that is used as a kennel. Given that dogs will never soil their own home, they will wait until you come.
- If the dog starts circling or barking this is a good sign you need to rush outside as it’s probably about to burst.