Puppy Potty Training Tips

If you have just brought home a new puppy, there are specific training programs that you and your pet will have to engage in to make the transition into his new environment easier. One of the first training regimens your puppy should undergo is potty training. Starting as early as possible can help prevent messy accidents inside the house.

Puppies are easier to train than adult dogs when it comes to potty training. However, this does not mean that adult dogs cannot be potty trained. You just need to exert more time, effort, and patience to gain positive results.

An indispensible tool to every dog training activity is positive reinforcement. Dogs under training have been shown to learn at a much faster rate when given rewards for desired behavior.

Treats are often given as rewards during training however this is not advisable when it comes to potty training. Giving food other than the puppy’s scheduled meals can create unpredictability when it comes to peeing or pooping. Instead of giving treats, your puppy will still be happy with lavish praise, extended playtime, and belly rubs.

A puppy or dog usually needs to go to the potty area after eating, after exercise or play, right after waking up, or when it is excited or stressed. Dogs usually exhibit specific signs that indicate they are about to go pee or poop. Once you notice any of these signs, take your pooch outside immediately. It is best to have him on a leash when bringing him to the designated spot in the yard. After he has done his thing, be quick to praise him. Never wait until the time that you’re both back inside the house to offer positive reinforcement, so your pooch will understand that you are rewarding him for doing his thing in the proper place and at the proper time.

When pets are fully housetrained, they will head off to the designated potty area without any assistance. However, some dogs sniff at certain areas around the house where they have had accidents before and pee or poop there again. As a creature of habit, a dog associates specific scents with particular behaviors. So if you fail to clean up thoroughly after a potty accident, or you didn’t notice your puppy urinating in a specific part of the house, you will soon find him returning to the area and doing his thing. With frequent accidents in the house, the household may soon be overwhelmed by traces of dog pee or poop odor.

To pinpoint any dried urine or feces around the house, many pet owners use the black light or UV flashlight. The ultraviolet light causes the chemical in dried urine or feces to glow, making them visible to the human eye. It will be easier to do this when there’s little or no light inside the room. You can do this in the evening or with blinds closed and lights turned off.

When you find the exact spot, you will be able to clean it thoroughly, removing any trace of urine or poop stains so your pet won’t be attracted to the same spot again.

Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker