Potty Training Your Puppy....


The first issue you'll need to deal with is potty training your dog. Apart from the fact that you'd like to keep your house clean and relatively germ free, potty training your dog will make him happy, too.

Most dog trainers suggest that crate training is the easiest way to housebreak your puppy. It's in a dog's nature to avoid eliminating near their sleep area, so using a crate for potty training purposes is ideal.

This may seem cruel to some, but dogs will grow to feel secure within the confines of their crate. Of course, the crate should be large enough to accomodate the size of the dog with room to move around comfortably. It should be seen as a doggy bedroom.

As a general rule, puppies around three months old need to go potty every two to three hours. It's best to not confine your dog for more than two hours at a time.

Leaving a puppy in a crate for longer time periods than they can hold it will force them to relieve themselves in the crate. So never use a crate to punish your dog because this will backfire.

If you consistently lead your dog to a specific place outside every two hours or so, they will learn the schedule and be able to regulate when they go to the bathroom outside.

As they grow older, you can increase the time between their potty breaks. The more routine you can make this dog potty training process, the easier it will be on you and your dog.

For example, go outside through the same door each time, lead them to the same spot each time, go out at the same time each day, etc. Pretty soon your dog will be able to tell YOU when it's time to go out.

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