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Tips for Training Your New Puppy

Mia Morales Feb 14, 2020
It can be such a thrill to bring home your newly adopted puppy. Your furry new family member can be a wonderful joy, and just like any other young creature will require a certain level of attention with varying needs. To help you take on this new challenge, consider this advice on potty training your puppy.

Time

Timing for your young pup will vary significantly. Just as toddlers may be potty trained at different times during a developmental stage. One who is 10 weeks old will vary significantly in their development and abilities in comparison to a 6-month-old. On average, dogs are often fully potty trained within 4 to 6 months, however, this can vary significantly.
For example, a dog who has been in shelters or kennels for lengthy periods may need to unlearn the behavior of releasing their waste in a crate or indoors. It is common to begin potty training between 12 to 16 weeks of age, however, consult your vet if you have any questions or concerns about your training schedule.

Create a Schedule

Your canine can learn schedules and be trained to understand and exhibit certain cues. Setting a schedule to take them out first thing in the morning and approximately every hour, maintaining a regular feeding schedule and ensuring they can be taken out during the middle of the day can be important components of the potty training process.
It is useful to give your pup ample time and consistent outings outside as you begin the process, as their bladders are often very small with little control during their early years. It can also be beneficial to walk them to the same spot to conduct their business, as this helps enforce familiarity with what happens at that location.

Crating

Crates can be questioned by some, but these can be a comforting place for your puppy. These spots create a safe space that belongs to your dog and your dog along, serving as a space similar to a den. Crates can also be a great potty training tool, especially to those who are just beginning in the process.
To keep the crate as a positive space, it is important not to use the crate as punishment. When you first introduce their crate, it is important to show your dog that this area is theirs and a good place for them to go. As your puppy begins to grow, they’ll begin to use the crate space as a spot to rest and relax and not want to use it as their bathroom.

Positive and Negative Reinforcement

Potty training, when done successfully can yield significant benefits. The process can be frustrating for any new pet parent, so remain patient. It is important to reward your pup for good behavior and not punish them for their accidents, as stress or negative behavior can result in further complications of the process and detract from the process.

Cleaning Up

The potty training process can often be messy and come at inopportune times, so it can be useful to consistently keep cleaning products on hand. Additionally, as your new pup navigates new foods, their little tummies may also experience some trouble and even may also need to be cleaned up.
If you do not have bathing products on hand, consider ways to diy dog shampoo and conditioner for both your sake and their health.

You Can Do It!

Potty training your new four-legged family member can prove to be a lengthier process than you were anticipating, but it is a necessary component of their growth and development. Modifying your process it can help you ease the stress of teaching them this skill.