|Potty Training Your Puppy
by Timothy Robinson
A new puppy is a joyous addition to any home. Who can resist
that cute little bundle of lovable furry fun? Wouldn't it
be great if puppies were potty trained and came into our homes
without any mess or bother? OK, reality check here.
Just ask any dog owner what the hardest task
at hand is, and most will agree, that potty training is high
on the list of unpleasant tasks. Actually, potty training
is a simple task, requiring merely a little patience and diligence.
First, be mindful of puppies as infant dogs,
not children. Dogs are creatures of Habitual Re-enforcement.
Start early with the basics, and you will have a well trained
and obedient friend for many years.
A sure fire method of potty training, at least
in the opinion of a kennel and breeder friend of mine, is
to simply catch the puppy in the act of relieving itself.
First, you need to decide where you want him
to go to the bathroom. Immediately approach your puppy, pick
him up gently but firmly, and tell him "No No" with
a firm clear voice. Carry your puppy immediately outside,
preferably to a pre designated area, and set him down on his
haunches, holding him firmly for a few moments. If he still
needs to relieve himself, keep him in that spot and pat and
praise him when he's finished. OK! Not so hard, eh?
Guess what, he will do it again. So, make a
game out of it, get the kids involved and when he starts to
go, repeat the routine, acting immediately and firmly.
Puppies tend to be the center of attention at
first, especially with kids, so there is usually someone at
hand to scold the puppy in a gentle manner and immediately
remove him to the designated site.
This method is a quick and effective method
in toilet training any puppy, who, with the right amount of
attention and praise, will be toilet trained in no time at
It's important to catch the puppy in the act.
Coming home and finding the mess a couple of hours later and
then getting upset and scolding the puppy will only make your
job harder and confuse the puppy. What then, you may wonder?
Well, a method that has worked for me is to carry the puppy
to the offending deposit, gently but firmly placing his nose
into the substance and saying firmly "No No or Bad Bad",
you get the drift, and immediately carrying puppy out to the
site. This method is not the favored method, but it is effective
if done properly.
About the Author
Timothy Robinson is the owner of http://www.PetGiftsandToys.com.