Hello World! Welcome Friends! Many people love dogs, but never actually decide to adopt one. There are various reasons for this, such as allergies, not having enough time to look after a pet, or not being financially ready for this adventure. Still, a surprisingly great number of people are reluctant to get a puppy because they are afraid that housebreaking is something too complicated and that they will end up with a puppy that will destroy their furniture, make a mess around the house, or even use their sofa as a toilet. Luckily, training your puppy may not be a piece of (urinal) cake, but it’s something that you can successfully do. The most important factors are your patience, consistency, and using positive reinforcement.
Establish a routine
Dogs are creatures of habit, and the easiest way to train them is to introduce a daily routine that will make them feel safe and comfortable. Setting up a schedule is excellent for teaching your puppy when it’s time to eat, play, sleep, go for a walk, and go potty. When it comes to using the little boys’ or girls’ room, with every month of age puppies can control their bladder an hour longer. This basically means that three-month old puppy will be able to hold it over a period of approximately three hours. Still, make sure to never let your puppy wait for long or break the established schedule because that way you can prevent incidents.
The digestive system of a dog is very simple and quick. You’ll notice that half an hour after your puppy has eaten, he’ll do number two, which is great because you can, practically, schedule toilet activities by serving his meal at a particular time. For example, if you go to work and 9 a.m., you can always feed your puppy at 7 a.m., knowing that his bowel movements will occur while you’re still at home. As for water, it’s a good idea to remove water dishes approximately two and a half hours before your puppy’s sleep time in order to prevent any potty incidents during the night. Puppies usually sleep for about 7 hours without having to use the toilet, which means that you don’t have to worry if you take these measures of precaution.
Incentives are very important
Who’s a good boy? Show your puppy that you’re proud of him for doing his business outside by giving him his favorite treats. The problem with treats is usually that many of them are something like fast food for humans, which means that they’re not exactly the healthiest things to feed your puppy, and that you’ll get him used to something that isn’t good for him in the long run. Still, there are healthy options, such as tasty Royal Canin training reward treats, jam-packed with protein and various nutrients. However, accidents will happen, you can count on that, but you should by no means punish your puppy when something like that occurs, as that can lead to negative associations about this whole process.
Don’t be impatient
Your dog can sense if you’re nervous or upset, and that negative energy will affect his behavior. Think of puppies like babies that require all your love and attention in order to grow, develop, and learn. Avoid using a high-pitched, squeaky tone and a loud voice as that is a surefire way to distract and stress your puppy out, which is the last thing you want to do during the training. The best thing is not to talk at all and let your puppy find his own pace. Another important thing is to make sure that your “potty walks” have the same or similar trajectory, as puppies like to relieve themselves at the same spot because they smell their own scent there.
As you can see, housebreaking your puppy isn’t rocket science, and there’s no need to deprive yourself of some lovely company only because of that.
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