Potty Training A Puppy Or Older Dog
Potty training a puppy or older dog isn't a complex thing, but it does require some knowledge, a lot of patience and above all consistency.
Housebreaking a puppy, done right, is probably the best thing you can do to start a lasting relationship with your dog pal.
Having said that, many new pet owners seem to get confused about the process. If you are confused, then your dog or puppy is going to be confused also.
Potty Training Areas of ConfusionA major area of confusion when it comes to potty training a dog is how long it will take. Friends may tell you of their experience, but the learning curve for one dog won't necessarily be the same for another. You've heard the expression "different strokes for different folks" - well the same holds true for different dogs. Factors such as type of dog breed, puppy or adult, training a rescued dog or one from a puppy mill, etc., will affect the learning curve in some cases.
So, don't blame the dog if he isn't trained in a certain amount of time, he may be confused by the method or just needs more time. It's far better to stick it out than have a "set" time frame in mind for gauging success or failure.
Another dilemma for some owners is which method to choose - paper-training, using a specifically designed indoor dog potty system, or outdoor training?
Eliminate confusion for "your dog" by picking one method and staying with until your pet is trained. This article discusses the outdoor option. Some owners may have personal reasons for choosing an indoor method or may need to include an indoor option as well if they are gone for long periods during the day.
When it comes to the use of a crate for training, some owners are unsure about the amount of time to leave their dog in a crate. Common sense points toward being logical about this. Too long in a crate is just asking for trouble and can sabotage potty training a puppy or dog.
Bottom line, housebreaking a puppy or older dog is essential if you want to have a companion you can live with and trust to leave in your home without accidents. Since a pet can't train himself, the owner has to make the committment for his potty training no matter which method is chosen or how long it takes.
Potty Training A Puppy Dog Or Older Dog - The Basics
Potty Training A Dog - A Method You Can UseThe following tips are guidelines that you can apply to potty training a puppy or an older dog. Personally, I have had great success using this method with my dogs.
Potty Training A Puppy...In conclusionWhile you are in the process of housebreaking a puppy, try to observe and learn his patterns. Many puppies will want to relieve themselves after playing, after a nap, or if they have been preoccupied chewing on a toy for some time.
In the early days of potty training a dog, give him ample opportunities for trips outside. That might mean getting up at night for a while. This is especially true when potty training a puppy. Remember, a young dog will not have complete control of his bladder until he is more mature. So don't be too hard on him, just keep repeating the process and he will catch on. Take heart, it's nothing compared to how long it took to train your kids!
want to please us, they just need time to learn what's expected. You are the most important part
of the process - you are his leader. A few weeks or months devoted to potty training a puppy are well worth the effort when you consider
the many years of companionship ahead of you. And, think how proud you will be when he graduates from
potty training school.
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