When and how to potty train your puppy?

Toilet training for puppies requires patience, regularity and consistency on the part of the master. It must begin as soon as the animal arrives in the family, that is to say the very same day. And so that there are as few mischief as possible, it's important to know how to observe your puppy because he adopts a very particular attitude when the urge to relieve himself is imminent. If you anticipate, there shouldn't be a lot of accidental peeing inside the house.

Knowing the puppy's needs
A puppy should be taken out every two hours because he urinates frequently. The first outing should take place when he gets up and the others follow until bedtime, taking care to allow him to relieve himself outside after having eaten and drunk but also after a play session and of course at bedtime.

He really needs to be able to rely on his master because the young dog does not know how to restrain himself, especially during the night, and this lasts about until he reaches the age of 6 months.

Anticipate to avoid accidents along the way
When the puppy wants to go to the toilet, he looks for a suitable place in the room where he is. He starts sniffing here and there, circles around and looks around. These are the signs to look for and he must have imminent access to the outside. But if the master is not reactive enough, there is a great risk that the animal will relieve itself on the spot. Anticipation is therefore essential to avoid accidents.

Little by little, the outings can be spaced further apart so that the puppy learns to wait a little and therefore to hold back. However, be careful not to go too fast because this step may not be conclusive. Start by staggering the hours of walks by 5 or 10 minutes, then 15 or 20 minutes and so on until the puppy has grown enough to be satisfied with 3 or 4 walks a day.

Firmness and rewards
At each exit, it is important to give the puppy the signal to know that he has the right to defecate. This requires that his master always uses the same vocabulary, otherwise the animal would not understand what is expected of him. If he relieves himself in a different place than the one chosen by his master, the latter must say a very firm "No" to him.

On the other hand, when the animal waits to be in the authorized area, it must receive a reward accompanied by a word of congratulation, again always the same. In this respect, it is useful to know that a caress is a reward and is better than too many treats (even adapted ones) because they expose the animal to the risk of obesity. For his own good, it is better not to get him used to nibbling.

No inappropriate reprimands
When a puddle of urine or feces is found inside an apartment or house, it is certainly not by plunging his nose into it, hitting him or punishing him that he will understand why his master is angry. On the one hand, one must never be violent towards an animal, on the other hand, in order for him to understand the attitude of his trainer, the dog must be caught in the act. In this case, a firm word is enough and here again, the same vocabulary must always be used.

Professional trainers advise against cleaning in front of the puppy if he has forgotten himself inside the house because he might take it as a game and start again. It's best to keep him in another room while you mop the floor. It is necessary to use an effective product that disinfects but also eliminates the odours perfectly so that the dog does not choose this place again to do his business.

Be strict and routine
Teaching your puppy to be clean is a tricky and demanding period, but if you don't break the rules and respect the routine you've got used to, you shouldn't have to deal with a lot of accidental (or other) peeing in the house. This routine applies to outings, but just as much to playing, eating, getting up and going to bed. By respecting this point, you get much better and faster results.

You can also take advantage of this period to teach the dog to relieve himself in a specific place in the garden so that he doesn't do it just anywhere. This is more enjoyable, especially when you have children who like to play in the lawn or the sand heap...

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