When it comes to potty training your pup, it is important to remember that this is a team effort. Your dog is the student and you are the teacher, and if you teach the right potty habits, your dog will quickly learn the rules of your home.

Perhaps the most effective training method is the development of a schedule. Directly after playtime, eating, and drinking you should take your puppy outside to develop the potty time part of your schedule. Dogs are instinctively habitual, so feeding and potty time will coincide with each other to make training much easier. Because dogs don’t like to potty where they live, it is also important that if you have to leave them alone, you confine them to a room or crate along with food, water, and toys. Young puppies shouldn’t be left unattended for too long, especially since their bladders aren’t as easily controllable like an older dog’s.

The most personal, but most powerful technique is your ability to learn to read your dog’s body language. Dogs do speak, and most of it is through body language. Circling, sniffing, and even barks to get your attention can be attempts to let you know that they need to potty. Spend time with your pup and listen to what they have to say.

Something to keep in mind is that you should make potty time a mission. Avoid playing when it’s time to potty. Young puppies won’t always remember what to do in their potty area, and much like a child, they will want to play before anything else. Permit them to sniff, explore, and eventually they will associate the area and time with the mission to eliminate. It is also important to develop a familiarity to the potty area. When it’s you want them to eliminate, take them to the same spot every time. Do keep the area clear of poop though. A dirty potty area will dissuade them from wanting to use that spot.

Positive reinforcement is the most powerful tool when it comes to potty training. Dogs inherently like to please their companions, so when they succeed at a good job, treat them with your words, play, and other goodies. Potty training your dog doesn’t have to be a long grueling task. With the right technique and some quality time, you can learn to teach your dog the manners of your home.

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