Trouble with potty training your puppy

Potty training a new puppy is a very important task that could a bit tricky. Many puppy owners have trouble potty training their puppy, so keep calm. First of all, you are not alone. Secondly, most problems can be solved quickly.

Here are some common problems that might come up when potty training a puppy, and our suggested solutions for you.

Remember that in puppy training, patience is everything so stay patient and hopefully this article can help you get on the right track.

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Getting started

House training your puppy is absolutely a thing you'd want to do, running around the house and cleaning all day long is not ideal to say the least. But, and this is a big but, your puppy will not be completely house trained until it is 6 months old, so keep that in mind and don’t get discouraged if any accidents happen during your training. You can start the training process from the first day; you can set boundaries and "house rules", but don’t expect a perfectly potty trained pup at the beginning and don't punish you pup if it has accidents inside. Keep in mind that it is possible for an accident to happen, even if you think the puppy is completely house trained.

"Surprises"

Puppies are simple creatures, they eat, sleep and... well...  poop, and they do it a lot and in unexpected times. This is a big problem for a lot of people, and luckily it is one of the easiest problems to solve.  One thing you can do is have a puppy potty training schedule. The schedule includes regular feeding times followed by regular walks and a bed time. Your pup will get used to the set times and you will see results quickly.

The second thing you can do is know the signs: your pup will naturally sniff the ground and walk around restlessly when it needs to go potty.  If you learn to pay attention you will be able to take the pup outside before an accident happens.

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Shyness

Some puppies have trouble going outside, especially if you have a young pup that gets scared easily. In some cases, these pups will "go" as soon as you get home, inside your house or in your garden. This is normal, and it suggests that your pup has a confidence problem. These things tend to get worse over time and even lead to an aggressive adult dog, so you should address this problem as soon as possible. You can try a number of things like taking extra long walks when you pup will have to go outside, socializing with other confident, calm, adult dogs, and rewarding your pup with treats and a lot of love when you are outside, to make it feel more comfortable.   

Remember, all dogs have den instincts, they will prefer not to go potty in their homes if it is possible. Try not to leave your pup inside for long periods of time, especially when potty training because that might lead to an accident and a set back in the training process.

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