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Potty Training Your Puppy

potty training It's a job you think will never be accomplished: House breaking your new puppy! Don't worry, nature is on your side. Dogs don't like to soil their den area and will try to avoid it. Your job is to show your new puppy where it's appropriate to relieve herself.

Puppies will need to go after first thing in the morning, after they wake up from a nap, after a play period, and before they sleep for the night. If your puppy spends nap and sleep time in a crate, make sure you pick the puppy up and carry it to the spot outside you've selected as the potty place. Most puppy bladders are tiny and if you let your puppy walk out of the crate he or she may not make it to the outside before nature calls.

When you can't keep an eye on your puppy pal, keep them confined in a small area and check on them frequently. A crate can serve as a 'den.' A rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold their urine an hour for every month old they are. So a three month old puppy could go three hours between potty breaks.

If you can catch the puppy making a mistake you can quickly scoop it up and deposit it in the potty area. Don't yell at the puppy. And never swat them with a newspaper or your hand if they've made a mistake. It just doesn't work.

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