Have a new puppy and need some assistance with the house training process? We’ve got some tips for you!
Did you just adopt a new puppy, but do not have the slightest clue on how and when to start house training? At Pet Releaf, we came up with 6 tips and tricks to start your new little fur buddy off on the right track!
1. Pet Releaf Edibites
We all know that adopting a new member of the family can be a stressful time for both parties. While your puppy is trying to adapt to a new environment, it could be beneficial to add on our CBD-infused Edibites! As CBD does not discriminate against age or illness, your fur friend could easily benefit from taking Edibites daily. These can work as an overall superfood supplement and can help calm your pup when the house training process gets a little too tough to handle.
2. Follow a Routine
From when you wake up until you fall asleep, it’s important to establish a daily routine for you and your puppy to follow. As soon as you wake up in the morning, make sure to take your puppy along with you for an early morning walk. With your puppy most likely holding in their bladder throughout the night, it’s important to take them out as soon as they wake up to ensure no special gifts are left for you in the morning. When first starting out, it’s recommended to take them out about every hour or so, just to get a feel for how often they may have to go. Once you get a feel for this, you can start tailoring the times based on how frequent their urination is. Also, make sure to take them outside to the same spot as their scent will help remind them to go!
3. Watch for Signs
In almost all situations, your dog will show little signs here and there that they need to go to the bathroom. Whether it be barking, scratching at the door, sniffing the floor, or pacing back and forth, it’s necessary to always react by taking them outside. If you were to avoid these signs, it’s possible that stepping in some doo-doo will be in your future!
4. Set Mealtimes
Dogs usually need to use the grass potty at least 15 minutes after eating a meal. So it’s vital to set these mealtimes in stone when you know you’ll have time to take them outside almost directly after eating. This would essentially include snack times too, so you are able to create a schedule and figure out what times you need to dedicate to your pup’s potty time.
5. Accidents Happen
Hey, accidents happen! When you notice an accident in the home, it’s definitely not beneficial to scold your new fur baby. Instead, clean up the mess quickly so that the smell is gone and they do not think that is a new glorified potty area. If you catch your puppy in the act, immediately redirect your puppy outside to finish their business. When you yell at your new buddy, they’ll only be confused and it could only result in more messes in the home or they could fear going to the bathroom in your presence. It’s significant to have patience during these times as house training cannot be perfected in a day.
Each time your pup goes to the bathroom outside, it’s important to praise the behavior by saying “great job” with a pat on the back. This showcases that they are in fact doing an amazing job and that will only further them to want to go outside more. It’s also necessary to wait until they are completely finished doing their business before giving them praise. Since puppies have short attention spans, this could only result in them easily forgetting what they were doing and finishing business in the household. Also, why not reward them with another Edibite to compliment a job well done?