**How To Potty Train A Puppy**
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So you have brought the puppy home to the delight of the entire family, especially children who would be over the moon. While it’s exciting to welcome this new addition, don’t forget that dogs are bound to make a mess, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. It’s imperative that you begin to potty train the new member on the very first day itself.
When you see the puppy raise its hind leg, you know it’s about to pee. Since you are anticipating it, be on your guard. As soon as you get the cue, take it to the spot where you want it to urinate. Once this has been successfully accomplished, it is a just a matter of keeping up a regular routine. Usually puppies get adopted when they are about three months old. This would have made them capable of holding their bladder for about three hours. But do not wait for three hours to be up before taking it out again. Accidents are better avoided at this stage. Make it a point to carry the puppy out to the same spot every two hours. This will establish a regular routine for you and the puppy until it learns to do it independently.
Puppies tend to relieve themselves immediately after a meal. So take your puppy to its potty place after every meal. After you have played with it for a while, take it to the spot. When it wakes up from a nap, take it there again. This will help it get into the habit of visiting the spot often enough. It is of utmost importance that the same spot is used and the same routine is followed always to avoid confusing the dog. It helps to establish regular meal times and nap times so that a lot of guess work is removed. If an accident happens, as it is bound to happen sooner or later, cover the area with a newspaper to absorb the urine and then take it to the toilet spot. This will reinforce the idea that it has to use the toilet spot only.
Every time the puppy successfully manages to use the right place, praise it. Positive endorsements a go long way in making the puppy understand that you are pleased when it goes to the spot and does the job. Repetitions, routines and rewards – that’s the key to training a dog.
Puppies younger than 4 months may need to go to the toilet once or twice at night too. Don’t withhold water at bed time, but take it to its toilet spot one last time before bed and again in the morning to make it part of the routine too. It takes a lot of patience, but consistency is very important. Take heart though, it won’t be long before the puppy becomes old enough to make it through the night without needing to empty its bladder. Eventually it will learn to go to the spot without your assistance too.
By adopting a puppy you’ve taken up the responsibility to bring it up properly. It is a life-long commitment, but the most difficult time is the initial period. You need to devote a lot of time and energy to housebreak a puppy, but in the end it’s well worth it. A well-trained dog is a happy dog and that will make you just as happy too.