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The arrival of a new puppy in the house is one of the most joyful occasions for a family. Puppy is a little bundle of joy but also brings with it certain responsibilities.Teaching your new puppy to potty at the right place and time is one of the most important steps you have to take for a long happy life together. That is why it is necessary to make sure you do some research in advance and decide which method will work for your situation so that you are ready with a plan when your new puppy comes home. Initially, you will have to build your routine around your puppy’s needs.
Puppies have poor bladder control and need to urinate every hour or two. Potty training a puppy requires hard work and patience. It typically takes 4-6 months to potty train a puppy but some puppies may even take a year.
In the beginning, it is important to recognize the signs which indicate that your puppy needs a toilet break. Many times your puppy may bark persistently, scratch or sniff the floor. These signs indicate that your puppy is about to excrete.
To potty train your puppy, the first step includes controlling their diet and schedule. This is required because puppies normally pass urine within 15-30 minutes of a meal and stool within 30-45 minutes. So with a consistent feeding schedule, your puppy should be taken for regular trips outside.
The second step is taking your puppy for frequent walks outside in the morning, evening and during the day if possible after meals. When your puppy discharges in the house, keep a newspaper at that place.
Thus, the third step involves convincing your puppy to excrete on the newspaper or any particular place in the house. Puppies and dogs often eliminate at the same spot again and again due to the familiar scent. It is necessary to set a routine for the puppy. Every morning bring your puppy to the same area. It is important to remain consistent so that your puppy develops a habit.
The last step is praising your puppy every time they discharge on the newspaper for positive reinforcement. This involves cheering, clapping and even giving them treats. This way they remember where to relieve themselves.
Puppies should not be punished for an accident, they have to be handled gently. It is also important to remember that if during the first few weeks there comes a situation during which your puppy squats to urinate or defecate, the way to deal with the situation will be to quickly pick your puppy up and take them to the place where you want them to excrete. Once they excrete at the right place, they will remember it.
Puppies are playful and loving pets who need to be trained with affection, care, and patience just like human babies. In the end, all the hard work definitely pays off.
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