When you first get a dog or puppy, potty training feels as though it will take forever. In fact, some dogs seem to take pleasure in urinating on your favorite things. They don’t, of course, but that does little to curb your frustration. Fortunately, there are things you can do to get your dog potty trained quickly and efficiently. In fact, you can potty train your dog in one month or less.
Potty training in one month
The first thing to understand is that dogs are programmed to follow your lead where potty training is concerned. Dogs don’t want to pee or poo in the house simply because they are taught that same thing from day one by their mothers. Dogs are naturally going to go outside to use the bathroom if you manage to get them there at the right time.
The first part of potty training that you have to get through your head is that potty training is far more about you than about the dog. You have to set the schedule, follow the schedule and encourage the puppy.
Start off your potty training by having a regular feeding schedule. Dogs are predictable in this way. Within a half hour after eating, they will need to go potty. Make sure they eat at the same time each day and that you take them out at about the fifteen minute mark. Take them to the same place and create a regular routine for them. This routine will act as a reminder to them and they will naturally begin to go in the same areas most of the time.
Keeping to this schedule and taking them out at intervals each day will easily teach your dog the process of potty training. When you actually do take them outside, you should actually do very little communicating. Take your time and make sure your dog is relaxed. Rushing your dog will distract them, stress them and generally mess up the potty training process. Let them finish completely before rewarding them or praising them.
Finally, when the dog makes mistakes, don’t make a big deal out of it. The last thing you want to do is yell and scream at your dog. First of all, it won’t do anything but make the dog nervous. It will in no way teach them not to pee inside. Instead, correct the behavior assertively but calmly and take the dog to the daily pee area. Eventually the connection will be made.
The key here is your regular energy and attention to detail. Make sure you do the same thing every single day and that it is enough. If they are still eliminating in the house, increase your trips outside. Yes, it is a pain in the neck sometimes. The end result, a well trained puppy, is well worth the efforts.