Excitement & Potty Training

When a new puppy comes home, you can only imagine how overwhelmed he or she can feel. New sights, smells, sounds, and feelings are now surrounding that little canine, overloading the senses and causing so much excitement. And then it happens. Your puppy eliminates on the floor.

Puppy excitement is a common happening in many homes with new pets, however, few owners realize that the associated potty troubles that come along with it are all very normal. Your puppy’s body, much like a human child, is prone to accidental elimination in environments of high stress or excitement. Not to mention, any kind of food or water goes through your pup in under a half hour.

Should your puppy have an accident after being excited, don’t discipline. The puppy cannot control it at this time. Simply ignore it, clean it up, and continue on as if nothing happened. When you treat your pup calmly concerning his potty training habits, he should grow out of spontaneous elimination within just a few months, usually once the dog reaches the ages between 4 and 7 months

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Potty Training Tip: Set Aside Potty Place

When training your puppy, it’s important to give your pup a sense of security and direction. Setting aside a specific area for your dog to do his business will not only make potty training easier, but also faster than if you had tried to use multiple potty places.

To set aside an appropriate place for elimination, take a look at your home. Do you have enough space to accommodate your puppy indoors and outdoors? What areas can you use according to your neighborhood guidelines? Do you have a yard that’s fenced in or is safe for your puppy to use? All of these questions are things you must ask yourself when potty training your pup.

For indoor security during colder months or for spaces that lack porches, consider paper training as a safe bet. Set aside a specific area in your home with newspaper and instruct your dog to do his business. If you happen to have a bit more space or if you have porch access, you can always try the Porch Potty as an option. This compact potty training area is easy, convenient and perfect for your puppy.

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Potty Training Tip: Accidents Happen

When potty training your pup, it’s important to remember that accidents happen.

Much like a small child, your puppy is going to have accidents because of sheer biology. Within 15 to 20 minutes of taking in food or water, their bodies tend to want to eliminate. Sometimes they just can’t make it in time or they are still learning how to tell you when they need to go. Whatever the reason, it’s still important to remember that any new puppy is going to have accidents. However, it’s the way you deal with the accidents that’s so important.

If your pup does have an incident, quietly clean it up in a matter-of-fact way. Yelling or punishing the puppy for making an accident may not be the best policy, as it may result in negative behavior. Being supportive and understanding isn’t the right option always either, as it may reinforce that having an accident is “okay.” Instead, ignore your dog as you do it and walk away with patience. It’s going to take a little time.

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