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How to Potty Train a Puppy

The top reason why dogs end up homeless is house soiling.  Owners can get frustrated not knowing how to potty train their dogs. That’s why it is important to teach your puppy where and when to potty. No one likes dealing with a dog that leaves a stinky mess on the rugs and flooring.

Making a plan, researching, and deciding what is best for your situation is the recipe for success. The two main methods of potty training include crate training and paper training.

Many new owners are reluctant to the idea of confining their new pup in a crate, but it’s a fact that crates make life easier. Canines are den animals and they need their own canine cave, so they’ll start loving the crate in no time. The crate has to be the appropriate size where the dog can stand up, lie down and turn around with ease.  Prior to potty training your dog, it is likely that you will have accidents.  You may want to be prepared and if you have carpet, find a professional carpet cleaning for pet urine.

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How do you stop a dog from peeing and pooping in the house?

Remember to give praise and possibly a reward whenever they potty at the appropriate spot!  Decide on a special treat that your puppy/dog will only get when after pooping or peeing outside.  Keep the treats handy (near the door) each time you take the dog out.  Treats should be small (about the size of your pinky fingernail).   You will need at least three to five treats for each potty break.

How can I stop my dogs from peeing on the carpet?

Mix lemon juice (commercial or freshly squeezed) with water and sprinkle it on your carpets. This smell is pleasant for people but will keep your dog at bay. Citric acid is also effective if you want to clean and remove urine odor from carpets.

How long does it take to potty train a dog?

Potty training is an important step in training your dog. Training a puppy to pee outside takes 4 to 6 months on average, but it can be a lot quicker if you are very consistent about taking your puppy outside every few hours. Some puppies can be potty trained in as little as two weeks.

Crate Training

Dogs are clean creatures and they don’t want to urinate and defecate in their living space. If you get a very large crate the puppy might make a mess at one side and lie down on the clean side. But if the right size is picked, whenever it feels an urge the pooch will let you know he has to go. That usually includes excessive whining and scratching. Once the dog starts signaling, you must take him out as soon as possible. Otherwise, he will think that it’s okay to mess up his own living space and leave small packages around the house in the future.

Puppy Pads

Puppy pads are the second most popular option. This method is simple and includes putting pads in an approved spot inside the house where the dog can relieve himself. As he matures the pads or paper can be transferred outside and afterward completely removed once the dog learns.

Watch for Signs

Every puppy is different and you must train it according to its usual habits. Every owner must carefully observe when the puppy needs relief. Some do it first thing in the morning, others at night. Maybe the dog prefers letting it loose after a nap or after a meal. When you discover the crucial minutes take him out to the appropriate location. When they are young they fulfill their urges several times a day. That means if you are not able to be around every time the puppy wants to pee, you should hire a dog walker or pet sitter to keep up with the schedule.

Except for the timing, owners have to be aware of body language and specific signals. Some do it when they are overexcited and some after few rounds or circling around. Since they have immature digestive systems it’s best to break the feedings into smaller portions. The dogs should be fed high-quality food according to their breed and age at the exact time each day. In no time you will know when to expect ‘a puppy in need’ situation after he has been fed.

Male Dogs: How do you stop a dog from marking inside the house?

In order to keep a dog from marking its territory, it can be helpful to have them neutered or spayed. Redirect a dog that is practicing marking behavior with help from a dog trainer in this free video on pet care and obedience training for dogs.

  1. Spay or Neuter your dog.
  2. Vet check to rule out sickness.
  3. Make sure he’s getting enough potty breaks. …
  4. If he is marking in just one spot repeatedly: Soak the area with pet urine enzyme cleaner and let it fully dry. …
  5. If he is marking in multiple spots inside: Get a bandana and put some of his urine on it.
  6. If he only does it when you’re gone: Try a dog appeasing pheromone collar, diffuser, or spray available from your veterinarian.
  7. Belly bands: Smaller dogs can wear “belly bands” (kind of like a boy diaper) which protect your belongings indoors, and can also discourage the behavior and help with training as dogs are less likely to mark when they feel the wetness against them.

Originally posted 2022-09-19 18:37:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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