Potty training is one of the toughest parts of raising a puppy. While older dogs are already trained, puppies need to be taught with patience and consistency. There are many articles out there on the best training methods so we won't go into too much detail here other than to reiterate the basics:
- Use positive reinforcement, do NOT use negative reinforcement - physical or verbal abuse will only make your puppy scared of you and encourage them to go potty when you can't see them.
- Keep your puppy in sight at all times. As soon as you see them sniffing around or starting to squat, immediately pick up your puppy and move them outside. Even if they peed on the way out the door, if they pee outside even just a little bit, congratulate them like they won the lottery.
- Stay on a schedule, if possible. Very young or small puppies typically need to go outside approximately 15 minutes after they eat or drink.
- Be patient - with your puppy and yourself. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Puppy training can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months or more.
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