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How to Potty Train a Puppy


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How to potty train a puppy

Having a dog can be a veery rewarding experience but so can keeping your furniture in one piece. If you’d like to preserve the state of your home when you bring that puppy home then you need to learn how to potty train a puppy and you need to learn quickly.

From the first day after you bring your puppy home the training should begin. The younger a puppy starts to learn the easier it will be for both of you. Older dogs can be trained (regardless of what the old saying is) but it will take longer and requires a stronger trainer. 

We’ve covered several techniques elsewhere on the site for things like how to potty train a puppy, how to litter train a puppy and how to house break a puppy but I’d like to share a few ‘what not to do’ tips.

I’d like to be clear here. These are what not to do when learning how to potty train  a puppy. What not to do.

First of all (believe it or not) I have known dog owners who give up in the effort of potty training and allow their puppy to defecate indoors and i don’t mean on dog litter. They actually assigned an empty guest room for the dog and would occasionally clean it up. Aside from being strange behaviour this is not sanitary and unsafe to both you and your puppy. It will make potty training a puppy that much harder and leave your house a mess. This should be common sense but apparently there are some that don’t get it. Don’t do this.

With so many methods of dog training around some trainers may try to do too many things at once or swap between methods. The key to successful training is consistency.

Others have been told they can train a puppy by rubbing his or her nose into an area where they urinated. This has unfortunately been passed around a lot but it’s simply not true. In fact rather than helping you understand how to potty train a puppy it teaches your puppy to be afraid of you. Teach by praise not punishment.


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  • About us

    Hello, Chris here and thanks for stopping by. I hope I'll be able to help you learn how to potty train a puppy without too much of a headache!

    There's nothing quite like living with a dog and I've potty trained a fair few in my time. I put this site together to help people who were having problems potty training a puppy.

    It doesn't have to be as hard as people make out and the guides you'll find here should make things nice and easy for you.