You love your new little addition to the family but he won’t stop peeing on the floor! This is a big problem many families have a new puppy. People are so stressed and overwhelmed when it comes to housetraining a puppy that it even leads some families to get rid of their pets. It doesn’t have to be this way. Housetraining your new puppy doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful for you or the dog. It will take a lot of consistency, however. You must be fully committed to the methods you use and willing to stick it through until the end. If so, your pup will thank you for it and you will be happy that there are no more accidents happening in the house.
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That said, here are six tips for housetraining your new puppy:
- Pick a technique. There are many dogs housetraining techniques out there and no real proof that anyone is better than the other. It all comes down to what works for you and your family. You should research the different techniques and then pick one that seems like you can commit to it the best long term.
- Gather any supplies. Most housetraining techniques will require at least some supplies. You may need puppy training pads, bells, a crate, or some other items to make the training process work. You probably also want to pick up some cleaning supplies for when accidents happen. If your puppy smells himself on an accident spot, he’s more likely to use that same spot again so cleaning is vital.
- Give your puppy frequent access. Always give your puppy plenty of opportunity to go in his designated spot. Take him out or to his training spot at least once every 2 hours. Always give him access to food and drink.
- Feed your puppy on a regular schedule. The faster you get your new puppy on a regular feeding schedule, the faster he will get his potty training routine down too.
- Be patient. It may be hard at times, especially if your puppy doesn’t seem to be getting it at first but the more you can keep your patience, the better this will go. Praise him greatly when he does what you want. Don’t ever scream, yell, hit or kick for accidents.
Now that you have these tips in mind, you’re ready to start puppy housetraining right away. There is no reason to wait or delay because the sooner you begin; the sooner your puppy will start understanding what you expect from him. Remember, don’t stress if an accident happens and try not to show anger to your puppy. He’s a baby and still learning but if you’re patience, he’ll get it and you’ll both be super happy for many years to come.
What other tips would you add to this list?