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Three Essentials for Puppy Potty Training

May 28, 2009

When you bring home a new puppy, you want to be sure that potty training is as fast, easy, and painless as possible. By keeping in mind these three essentials, you can be sure that your pup transitions into proper elimination without hassle or too much difficulty:

Crate

If used properly, their crate, or den, can become their favorite spot in the house and it helps control toileting because dogs will not use their crates as a bathroom. However, you have to pay attention to the size of your dog’s crate. Make sure it’s large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lay down in comfortably but not so large that they can use a corner as a bathroom. Where you put the crate is equally as important. Dogs are very social and want to be part of the family activity. The crate should be in a bright area of the home where people are.

Diet

Your puppy’s diet is also very important in housebreaking your dog. A good premium food (no fillers, additives) will provide the nutrients your growing dog needs while ensuring their toileting isn’t compromised. Dry kibble is best, but you can use a little wet food every now and then. Be sure to feed your dog at the same time every day to control potty habits.

You

Be supportive, active, and encouraging with your pup. This is a new and exciting time for the both of you. Use potty training best practices and soon the transition will be over!

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K9HealthSolutions.com for a Healthy Pup

May 28, 2009

At PorchPotty.com, we love dogs…a lot. When we visited K9HealthSolutions.com, we found a site that may love dogs just as much as we do. This dog health store showcases a ton of useful, natural products to delight your dog, no matter what his age. From puppy to grown up, K9HealthSolutions.com has you covered with the toys, grooming supplies, supplements, and dental health tools you need to keep your pet happy and healthy. Not to mention, their site was inspired by a police dog named Rakker – very cool!

K9 Health Solutions logo

But besides the K9HealthSolutions.com store, you should also check out their blog. They have a lot of great information on how to improve your dog’s health and well-being as well as some Q&A sessions on a lot of common dog issues. Even if you’re a seasoned pet owner, K9HealthSolutions.com can offer a lot of great information on how to help your dog live a long, healthy life. Check them out!

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Try the Porch Potty for Puppy Potty Time

May 26, 2009

If you’re like many pet owners, you don’t really have a huge backyard to indulge your pet’s need to roam…or to do his business. When it comes time to take your dog outside, where can you go without having to worry about leaving the house and your plans? Sidewalks can be okay, sure, but what about when it comes time to clean it up? It just seems like there’s never a break for dog owners who don’t have access to a yard. To solve this issue and to make your life a lot easier, PorchPotty.com has the solution.

Porch Potty Standard

Porch Potty Standard

The Porch Potty Standard offers the convenience that dog owners need when they’re lacking on space. Using a unique design that employs synthetic grass and drainage systems for easy cleaning, the Porch Potty Standard is the perfect fit for the dog owner that doesn’t have the time or the space to worry about puppy doing his business. In addition to offering a space for your dog to eliminate, the Porch Potty is also incredibly easy on the owner. It’s easy, compact, and makes the most of small spaces. Not to mention, it’s incredibly durable and easy to clean. Simply set it up on your porch, terrace, or yard for an easier, better solution to your puppy potty problem.

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Don’t Pause on Puppy Training

May 18, 2009

Bringing home a new puppy can be incredibly exciting, but remember that those little puppy paws need to be trained as soon as they come through your door. Too often, new pet owners forget about proper training until after the excitement of a new pooch has worn off. The worst thing you can for you pup is to wait on training. By encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative ones, you’re setting an early example for how your puppy can fit into your daily life. Ensure that you’re giving the right impressions early on to prevent further difficulties in training or behavior. This is especially crucial when it comes to potty training.

Puppy Playing

Training your puppy to do his business can be a challenging task, seeing that most pet owners suffer from the frustration of frequent accidents. There’s no real quick fix to this, but you can take positive measures to prevent them. Keep on top of your potty training and be sure to take your dog out to his elimination area frequently. Don’t ever rub his nose in an accident. Simply clean it up and keep going. Puppies have a hard time differentiating between positive and negative reactions and are in constant need of attention. Show you pup it’s wrong by ignoring him when he does it, giving him a sharp “no”, taking him outside, then telling him where he should go.

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Two Paws Up for Barkability

May 18, 2009

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Love finding that extra special something for your pup? Or how about finding the perfect gift for a dog lover in your life? At Barkability.com, you can definitely find something for them to bark about! This incredibly fun and informative dog shopping blog delivers a great selection of top dog products and more to delight both pet and owner. Not to mention, they really dig deeper to sniff out some of the best dog products on the net – something that we give two paws up!
So who’s behind Barkability.com? Dog owner Chris Ray, who is addicted to finding new and interesting things for his golden retriever, Mackenzie. Ray spends a ton of time looking for top dog products in categories ranging from grooming to treats to training and back again. Plus he’s always up for suggestions on how to improve his site for pups and puppy lovers just like you.
Give Barkability a visit and you can be sure to find something special for your furry friend!

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Train with Praise, Not Punishment

May 5, 2009

Most new puppy owners face a difficult decision when it comes to potty training their pups. Should praise or punishment be the technique of choice for reinforcing positive behavior?

According to a study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, researchers confirmed that praise works for new puppies learning potty training, while aversive training does not. Veterinary behaviorists surveyed 140 dog owners about their different training methods and their effectiveness as part of the study.

Of those who rubbed their dogs’ noses in the house-soiled areas, not one person reported that the technique was beneficial. In fact, 89% stated that it had no effect, and 11% said it actually made matters worse. With these type of findings, any pet owner can see that praise is clearly the more successful route to go in.

Start to incorporate positive reinforcement into your house training program, and talk with your dog trainer or veterinarian about other reward-based techniques to successfully train your dog to do his business out of doors.

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