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So you have a new puppy in your house? Well, then your hands are definitely full. You have a new furry bundle of love who is running around your house, chasing dog toys, and chances are having a couple of accidents on your carpet. Potty training your puppy can be a challenge, and you need to know what to expect.

Potty training your puppy is not really something that you can expect to do until you little guy has hit about the six month mark. Any younger than this, and it is not really reasonable to expect them to be able to control their bladders like an older dog would.

When you begin to potty train your pup, you need to come to the realization that you will not be able to monitor your little guy twenty four hours a day. There will be times when you need to leave the house. To prepare for this you will want to make sure that you have prepared the room that you are leaving your puppy in. You will want to have the entire floor covered in paper. Then you also want to make sure that your puppy has food and water, his bed, and his dog toys in there so that he can stay busy.

As your puppy gets more familiar with the potty training ritual, start to reduce the amount of paper that you have on the floor. Your puppy will have gotten into the habit of going potty on the paper, so as you shrink the amount of paper on the floor your puppy will begin to resist the urge to go potty on it. Eventually, you will want to remove all of the paper. However, before you do this you will want to get your puppy used to going to the bathroom outside.

To do this you will want to get your puppy on a very scheduled going outside schedule. Typically, you want to aim to take your puppy outside anytime that he needs to go to the bathroom. On average, this tends to be approximately every forty five minutes. You will also want to take your puppy out after every time they eat, drink, wake up, and after a big play session with their favorite dog toys.

Make sure that when your puppy succeeds in going potty in the right area that you praise and reward him. This will make sure that your puppy learns that if he wants to get treats and good attention then he needs to go potty in the right places. Though it may be frustrating, you have to be careful not to get angry at your puppy when he makes mistakes. At his young age, he may not understand why you are yelling or punishing him, and that will not help you in the potty training process. Instead, you should focus on the positive reinforcement. Of course, positive vocal praise is a great way to encourage your little guy. But don't forget about pulling out their favorite dog toys so that you can have a vigorous play session, or about giving them a tasty dog treat. If you can focus on those types of reinforcement your new puppy will be potty trained in no time!

Authror : Kelly Marshall
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