How to Potty Train a Puppy

There is nothing quite like having a new puppy in the home. It is one of those treats that we only get to experience a few times in life but we tend to remember it with a smile on our face. It seems as if life is good when there is a puppy around but sometimes, you do need to look at it rather objectively. After all, when you have a new puppy, you need to train them to go to the bathroom outside.

When you try to teach a new puppy to go to the bathroom at the right place and at the right time, it can be somewhat frustrating at first. Unfortunately, many puppies even lose a home because they don’t stop going to the bathroom inside as quickly as what their owners would like. It certainly is true that they can leave behind a stinking mess but if you are just consistent with your efforts, you might be surprised with how quickly they can be trained.

One way to potty train a puppy is to use a crate. This is something that will benefit them throughout their life, not only when they are learning where to relieve themselves. Picking the right crate is going to go a long way in helping this to be a success. You want a crate that is big enough for them to stand up and turn around but not so big that they can relieve themselves at one end and sleep in the other. They will hold it for quite some time and then you can quickly usher them outside.

Another option that you may want to consider is training them with newspapers. Admittedly, most of us don’t have a newspaper delivered to the home anymore but it will be worth your while to go buy one at the store and have it on hand. You put the newspaper by the door where they go outside and then teach them to relieve themselves on the paper. Eventually, they know to go to the door when they have to relieve themselves and you can just take them outside to do it properly.

One other option is to keep a close eye on the dog and take them outside as soon as you recognize that they are going to relieve themselves. It may require that you take them for frequent visits to the great outdoors but it will be well worth it in the end. In addition, when a puppy eats food, drinks water or stops playing, it is time to get them outside immediately.

As long as you’re consistent in your efforts, you will find that it is quite possible to potty train a dog very quickly. They may have a few accidents along the way, and that is to be expected, but your efforts are going to make them quite comfortable in their abilities to hold it till they get outside.

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