Friday, October 09, 2009

Potty Training your Dog

Here are a few helpful tips when it comes to potty your new puppy or dog.

- Buy a dog crate. This is by far the number one thing that you can do to help potty train your dog. Dogs do not like to soil their "home". A dog's crate will soon become their home and they will hold their bladder until they are let you. One piece of advice though is make sure that you get a crate that is the correct size. If you get one too large, the dog will use one area as their sleeping area and one area as their potty area. If you have a puppy that will grow into a large dog as an adult and only want to buy one crate, many brands of crates will come with a divider panel you can add so that it makes the crate smaller and can grow with the dog.

- Keep your dog in your site at all times. When you are not home or can't wait them, put them in the crate. This is not cruel.

- When you have the puppy out and can watch it, put them on leash and tie it around your ankle, this way you will have an eye on your dog at all times. The important thing for potty training is to catch them before they have to go potty. Most dogs will have a signal that will tell you that they need to go to the bathroom.

- Don't punish the dog for doing insides, instead make going outside the greatest thing in the entire world. Praise, give treats, and praise more. Dogs love to please, they will know that going outside is what you want.

Good luck!

When your dog finally has become potty trained, don't forget to get them a dog bed that they can call their own!

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

Great tips! I like to bring the pup to the same spot every time so she gets used to a routine.

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