New Dog Owner: A Word on Dog Potty Training
So you’ve decided to adopt a puppy and bring some cheer into your life, it was all working out great until you got your precious carpet peed and pooped all over; now what? Well, first of all, breathe in, breathe out and relax. It’s important not to get angry and yell at your puppy even though it would be the only thing you want to do.
You must understand it’s like having a child and yelling only results in more pee accidents, more cleaning and more stress. What you should do instead is invest in dog toilet training products, from dog nappies to synthetic toilet mats and pads, and your time and patience in waiting for the training to be a success.
This is essential both for you and your dog so you’d count on a great relationship and a clean home, hassle free. Since not every dog is the same, you must know it’s a process that might take some months, or even a year, depending on the breed, the size of the dog as well as its previous living conditions.
One condition though is to wait until the puppy is at least 12 weeks old otherwise you can’t count on it to be able to control its bladder and be obedient when you ask for it to hold it in. Also, don’t forget the essence of routine because being consistent with the mealtime would encourage the dog to be consistent with the toilet time outside, both first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
For this you have to regularly take your dog for walks too, spend as much quality time outside as possible. Speaking of meals, you have to make sure the food is of quality and adequate for your dog; while older dogs can and should eat more, puppies aren’t to be overfed, because you’d risk making it difficult to stick to the training.
In case you don’t always have the time to go out in the regular day and night timing, then at least train your dog where it’s allowed to pee or poop inside with the help of dog toilet training products like the mats and pads.
Same as with people, some dogs can hold it longer than others, for instance some can hold it for six hours and others more or less, so you should pay attention to your dog to be able to adjust the training and the routine to its specific requirements. Last but not least, don’t forget to praise when you see improvement! Who doesn’t like a good praise, right?