Preparing for a New Puppy
While you are waiting for your puppy to be less dependent on his canine mama, there are plenty of things you can be doing. Just like human parents must baby proof the house, you should puppy proof your house! The purpose of puppy proofing is to make sure you remove anything that could be hazardous to your new pet such as cleaning products, electric cords or breakable glass. It’s also a great way to make sure that possible items that may make appealing teething rings and chew toys are put away out of puppy’s reach. If there are children in the home, removing favorite stuffed animals and their toys might be a very good idea as puppy may not be able to distinguish between his play items and theirs.
As you go through your home, also keep in mind where your dog will sleep. Most new dog owners use a crate in the beginning; but there are still a few owners that I see that feel that crating a dog is inhumane or constitutes a negative situation. Here is my take on crating.
Crating the puppy creates a soft warm home and prevents your puppy from getting into trouble while not being watched. Reinforcing this behavior early on through crating can actually do a lot of good, as long as it is being used correctly. Another important thing to focus on is puppy potty training.
How Long Does it Usually Take to Potty Train a Puppy?
Training a puppy takes time and there are factors at play such as the breed of the dog and whether or not you’ve trained a dog before. There is no concrete timeframe for potty training a puppy, but in general most puppies can be trained properly within 2-4 months. It may take a bit longer than that for some dogs and if it does you should not be discouraged. Consistency in your training routine will eventually achieve results. If you aren’t sure you are doing things correctly, a professional dog trainer can help get your dog on track.
Starting your potty training routine early (at 7 or 8 weeks old) is always a good idea. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is going to be as those early weeks are when dogs have the easiest time learning new behaviors.
Puppy Potty Training Services
Puppy potty training is one of the most crucial aspects of training a new puppy. Nobody wants to deal with a dog that goes to the bathroom wherever they please within your home. Positive reinforcement is the best strategy for puppy potty training, but if you have never trained a dog before it may not be so simple. Working with one of the professional trainers from Michael’s Pack will make sure your puppy learns the rules of when and where they should go, whether that be outside or using Wee-Wee pads in the house. We’ll help you learn to effectively communicate with your puppy to reinforce good behaviors and discourage bad ones.
Contact Michael’s Park for Puppy Potty Training
It is a good idea to train your dog to properly do their business as early as possible. Contact Michael’s Pack today to discuss our puppy potty training options. We’ll use our dog training expertise to get you quick and lasting results for your new furry family member.