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How and when to potty train your puppy?

Training your puppy to be housebroken requires patience, regularity and consistency on the part of the owner. You have to start as soon as the animal arrives in the family, i.e. on the same day. And in order to minimize the number of incidents, it is important to observe your puppy because he will adopt a very particular attitude when the urge to relieve himself is imminent. If you anticipate this, there shouldn't be many accidental pees inside the house.

Knowing your 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 should follow until bedtime, making sure he can relieve himself outside after drinking and eating, but also after a play session and of course at bedtime.

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

Anticipate to avoid accidents

When a puppy wants to relieve himself, he looks around the room for a place he thinks is suitable. He starts sniffing here and there, walking in circles and looking around. These are the signs to look for and he must have access to the outside soon. But if the owner is not sufficiently reactive, there is a great risk that the animal will relieve itself on the spot. Anticipation is therefore necessary to avoid accidents.

Little by little, the outings can be spaced out 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 could be inconclusive. You can start by shifting the time of the walks by 5 or 10 minutes, then by 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

It's important to give the puppy a signal every time he goes out to let him know he's allowed to do his business. This requires that his owner 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 owner, the latter must tell him a very firm "No".

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 regard, it is useful to know that a caress is a reward and is better than too many treats (even if they are adapted) 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 excrement is found inside the apartment or house, it's certainly not by dipping his nose in it, hitting him or punishing him that he'll understand why his master is angry. On the one hand, you should never use violence towards an animal, and on the other hand, in order for the dog to understand his trainer's attitude, he must be caught in the act. In this case, a firm word is enough and here again, the same vocabulary should always be used.

Professional trainers advise against cleaning up 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 contain him in another room while you mop. It is necessary to use an effective product which disinfects but also eliminates the odors perfectly so that the dog does not choose again this place to make its needs.

Be strict and routine

Teaching your puppy to potty is a delicate period, certainly demanding, but if you don't deviate from the rules you've set up and if you respect the routine you've accustomed your little companion to, you shouldn't have to deplore many accidental pees (or others) in the house. This routine concerns outings, but also playtime, mealtime, getting up and going to bed. By respecting this point, we obtain 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 pleasant, especially when you have children who like to play in the lawn or the sand pile...