Believe me, it is no rocket science to toilet train your puppy. I say this from my experience of 15 years with many dogs.
All you need to do is pay attention to your pup and spend enough time with him/her to create the distinction between what’s right and what’s not. While you do that, here are three Do’s and Don’ts you definitely must keep in mind:
- Follow a fixed routine: Make it a point to feed your puppy at fixed times during the day. Have a plan chalked out. Most of them urinate and defecate within 20-30 minutes of eating their meals. So, in order for them to understand and get comfortable with the toilet training process, ensure that you don’t feed them at wrong times.
- Take your pooch out at regular intervals: Puppies are just like small babies – they might want to answer nature’s call anytime, especially when they are too young. Don’t expect them to give you a signal when the need arises. It will be unfair. Instead, take them out at regular intervals (every 30-40 minutes in the beginning) so that they don’t end up soiling the house. Giving frequent access to the toilet area will gradually make them relate the pattern with their call.
- Reward your puppy for doing it in the right place: Praise, caress and treat – these are sure shot ways of toilet training your puppy. Give your little one the praise he/she deserves when he/she pees or poops where you want him to.
- Don’t give access to mats/rugs: Mats or rugs are usually soft and absorbent like grass and once your pooch pees on them and you don’t discourage that, he/she will continue to do so as it’s a convenient option. This might also make them feel that your drawing room (where it’s common to have carpets) is the go-to spot whenever the need arises.
- Don’t beat or yell at the pup: This will make the puppy fear peeing in front of you even at the right place. Use a spray bottle with water and some lemon juice every time the puppy soils the house. These sprays irritate dogs and they will begin to associate peeing inside with something unpleasant.
- Don’t miss the signs they give you: If puppies circle, try to catch their tails or push their noses to the ground, they might want to pee or poop. Remember these universally identified signs and whenever you notice one, quickly take your pooch outside to the appropriate spot. If and when the pup answers nature’s call, don’t forget to praise him/her.
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