“Doe-eyed Poopy Machines” – this is what puppies should be called. Of course, they’re cute, but when it comes to cleaning them (any dog owner can attest to this), they are a nightmare. Imagine this scenario.
You have just returned home from work and opened the door of your house. You’ve been missing your puppy all day and are prepared to cuddle and play with him. As you enter your house, you’re greeted by an all too offensive smell.
You find out that your favorite pooch has made a toilet of the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and all of the rooms in the house. Many dog owners are familiar with this scenario. It sounds scary, right? Well, worry not. There are ways to deal with this situation. Here, you will find information on puppy potty training that every new pet owner should be aware of.
Puppy Potty Training Basics
To start with, there is one thing you should know. Despite the training of your puppy, there will be some instances where the pup will poop somewhere not wanted by mistake. Reason? Well, it takes 6 months for pups to fully absorb the training and learn things.
The reward method of training usually works. Positively reinforce a puppy’s instincts by giving him a treat whenever she poops in the right place.
Further, reinforce this by giving positive physical and verbal rewards. You may use words of praise, such as “Good boy/girl!” and may pet him thereafter. If you are not happy about something, negatively reinforce that habit by saying, “Bad girl!” and ignoring her for a few minutes.
Dogs are social creatures and they simply love attention. When you do not pay them attention, you are sending out strong signals that they should not indulge in a certain type of behavior.
At the start of the training, maintain a diary about each activity of your pooch. This should include where and when he has pooped. Try to time the periods when he should go out or where his regular poop place should be.
You can make it a lot easier for yourself by maintaining a regular feeding schedule. Puppies usually need to be fed twice or three times daily. The last meal of the day should be scheduled so that you wouldn’t have to stay up late, waiting for the pup to move his or her bowels.
Training can be a tedious and time-consuming task. But if you don’t want to spend years enduring soiled carpets and floors, then you should take the time to train the puppy while they are still young and their behavior is a lot easier to mold.
Remember, puppies, just like other animals, show instinctive behavior and actions. By repetition of positive reinforcements, you will eventually be preparing your pooch to eliminate at a designated place, so that you can live in a poop-free environment.
Puppy potty training need not be a lifetime task. Start training while your furry baby is still young to avoid problems in adulthood.