Tips to Potty Train Your Puppy
Pet potty training is complicated by a number of factors, not the least of which is your dog's unwillingness to cooperate. Dog parents are not immune to making a few blunders now and then as well.
Many dog owners aspire to potty train their pets. Tutorials can make them seem a little easier than the actual process. When you begin to find that commanding and giving treats or praise isn’t as straightforward as depicted, it can be quite the challenge to go through.
However, pet potty training isn’t just hindered by a lack of compliance from your pooch. Dog moms and dads can also make a few blunders here and there. Guidance and care are what your pet needs most, though.
Here are a few mistakes that you should look out for and correct when potty training your dog.
1. Ignoring Your Hounds’ Age and Health
Potty training can occur at different stages of a dog’s life. There are occurrences when you need to retrain them too, like when you move into a new place or your pet starts treating certain spots as their own personal bathroom. Their age can also play a huge part in their comprehension. Always take that into consideration when placing down your pee pad spots.
Aside from age, health history is also something you need to keep in mind. Some dogs can find it hard to potty and make a mess regardless of what you say. Try to be understanding and remove any hindrances that may delay a pet’s potty time and cause any accidents.
2. Disregarding Your Pooch’s Preference
Some time over the course of training, your pup may have formed a preference on where they would like to go potty. This might be in contrast to the initial potty spots that you’ve laid out for them, but it’ll be much easier if you incorporate those preferences than working against them.
There are dogs who just love to potty around the indoor plants you’re taking care of. Exercise a lot of patience and have pee pads with fake greenery to help your dog make that connection. Appealing to these preferences can usually result in a better compromise and a successful potty training session.
3. Keeping Your Dog’s Eating Schedule
Pet owners often make the mistake of going into potty training without really changing their dog’s time for eating and drinking. The times that you feed your dog affect when they need to pee and poop, though. If both aren’t adjusted with one another, that can complicate the potty training.
Remove that challenge by changing up when your dogs’ feeding schedule is. Even if they’re free-feeding, try to change when and how much food and water. By leaving an adequate amount at the right time and having treats ready during potty training, your dog can develop a good potty routine even when transitioning back to free-feeding.
4. Refusing to Find Solutions for Your Pupper
It can be frustrating on some days to potty train your pet. However, don’t be too discouraged and give up right away. You and your dog are a team, so tapping out will only leave your pets feeling more confused. Experts say it usually takes two to eight weeks of training to form a proper routine, so take your time.
Be involved and put effort into combatting the different hindrances in your pet’s potty training. Get in touch with other dog owners and check out more articles. There might be specific ways about how you can make potty training easier for your dog, depending on their size, breed, and learning capabilities.
The potty training experience can be quite different for many people, so search for tips and persevere until you and your dog are clear of any messes in your home. It’s surely a matter of time until your dog is well-trained in the art of taking a potty.
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