Train with Praise, Not Punishment

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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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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