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Tips For House Training A Puppy

Getting a new furry family member is so exciting, but with great fun comes great responsibility! And first up on the list is house training. This might seem daunting, but with patience, consistency, some LIPSMACKIN™ treats to bribe (we mean encourage) them, and our guide on how to house train a puppy, you’ll have it nailed in no time!

Create a routine for your puppy

Dogs are creatures of habit, so routine and consistency are key to house training puppies. This way they can eagerly await their next walkies or tasty meal, and trust they’ll get regular toilet breaks, so there’s no need to soil the rug!

Find a spot for their toilet training

As a youngster, your pup needs to be taught where to do their business, and where not to (like the new rug you naively bought the week before bringing them home)! Assign a specific spot as their toilet, such as a corner of the backyard or on some puppy pads and take your pup there each time nature calls.

Make it part of their daily routine

Potty breaks should be part of your pup’s routine, such as first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after naps and meals. Puppies have small bladders, so it’s best to take them to their spot at least once an hour to begin with, gradually leaving it longer as they get older.

Making sure the training sticks

House training a puppy can feel like a rollercoaster, one day you think they’ve got it all worked out and the next you’re mopping up an accident. But this is all part of the process! The trick is to be patient and make it fun for them so they want to keep up the good work.

Treat them when they're successful

Firstly, be your puppy’s cheerleader! Whenever they successfully use their toilet spot, sing their praises, and reward them with something delicious, like some SCHMACKOS™Tasty Bites or SCHMACKOS™ PUPPY STRAPZ™ Treats. This should help establish their training, as they’ll associate it with a tasty treat and hearing what a good little doggo they are!

Don’t get mad at mistakes

Try not to get mad while house training a dog. If your pup has an accident inside, know that they’re still learning the ropes and mistakes happen! Telling them off could make them feel anxious and set back your dog’s house training, so it’s best to reinforce desirable behaviour instead. If you catch them in the act, simply pick them up and move them to the right spot. House training a puppy may not always be a walk in the park, but with the right approach, you and your pup will have it mastered soon enough. Be sure to check out the rest of our Wonderful Side of Wacko™ blog for more tips to help your pup live their best life. 

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