First thing to do is take a big ole swig of patience. Accidents are going to happen and constantly scolding your pup will make her nervous. Instead, praise good behavior. Pet her, tell her she's a good girl and reward her with a healthy treat such as Milk-Bone® dog treats. Every. single. time.
It wasn't always the case, but now I am a firm believer in crate training. My first 3 puppies were not crate trained and then the next 4 were. Using the crate made potty training much easier. But let me first dispel the myth that dogs will not soil where they sleep. Puppies pee and poop everywhere. That said, I'd much rather wash a crate tray, a few towels and a puppy, than purchase new carpeting or couches.
What worked for us was to only let the puppy out of her crate to pee and poop at first. We did this every hour during the day, a few times at night, as well as immediately after meals. Woke the puppy up, carried her outside, plopped her in the grass and waited. And waited some more. When she was successful, we praised and petted, socialized, and returned her to her crate with a Milk-Bone® treat to enjoy. If she was not successful, there was no treat waiting in her crate. After a few days we extended the time between letting her outside as well as the length of time we would play with her before returning her to her crate. Using this method shortened the potty training for us, but keep in mind each puppy is different and your results may not be the same.
Whatever you do don't confine your puppy to a crate for long periods of time without any attention. Dogs are very social animals and need companionship. A responsible pet owner will take good care of their puppy by showering her with lots of love and affection which includes feeding her healthy food and snacks, consistent obedience training and of course having your pet spayed or neutered.
As a result, you will have a faithful companion for many years.
I've put together this gift package filled with Milk-Bone® Treats, Pup-Peroni dog snacks and Milo’s Kitchen home style dog treats for make it easy for Penny's family to reward their new baby with tasty, healthy snacks. I've also added a few fun toys as well a nail clipper. Clipping your dogs nails is important to good health too and doing it at home can save you money you can use on other dog necessities.
Now for this cold to go away and the weather to let up, so that Bella, Gracy and I can go for a visit.
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