House training your puppy can be one of the most difficult trials of dog ownership. Whatever method you choose to employ - kennel, bell, newspaper, litter, or artificial grass - here are 5 training tips to help you along the way.
1. Refrain from Scolding
It can be very frustrating when your puppy repeatedly makes the same mistakes. The natural impulse is to scold your puppy. However, this approach can be more harmful than good. Scolding can increase your puppy's anxiety, which can in turn cause submissive behaviours - including peeing! If your puppy makes a mistake, use other forms of negative reinforcement, instead, such as placing in the kennel (but only if you catch them right after they make the mistake). And always remember to reward proper behaviour with a well-deserved treat.
2. Pick a Special Treat
Reserve a special treat that your puppy loves and use it only as a reward for when your puppy "goes" in the right spot. Eventually, you can offer these treats only occasionally. Food is a great incentive for a young puppy, but make sure the treat is natural and healthful, so you can give a few per day.
3. Clean Completely
Dogs will smell to find places where
they have peed or pooped before. This is why it is integral to clean up
after accidents thoroughly. Use of a natural enzyme cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle will remove stains and odours cleanly and effectively.
They also work great on or any organic stains, including blood, food,
and even wine.
4. Use Training Aids
Training sprays and pads are products designed to help you and your dog with the training
process. Training sprays range from attractants that can encourage your
dog to defecate, to deterrents to keep your training dog away from the
couch or the garden. Outdoor products such as the Pee Post encourage
your dog to poop and pee in a single area of your lawn.
5. Be Patient
House training takes time. Puppy bladders are small, and they lack full control until they are older. Remember your puppy is still growing! Also, changes in routine, stress, illness, and weather conditions can all cause setbacks and accidents.Take your time with your puppy and be understanding.
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