New puppies or new dogs can be very exciting! But sometimes, whether you get a puppy or a shelter dog, you might have trouble getting your new pup to go outside or on their Fresh Patch. Here are some tips for getting your dog housetrained.
1. Use a Crate
The use of a crate is helpful for housetraining your dog. Why? Because dogs don't like to go to the bathroom where they sleep or eat. Imagine going to the bathroom in your bed - it wouldn't be pleasant! Make sure that the crate is big enough for your dog to turn around in, stand up, and lie down. Make sure it isn't too big, either, because your dog might feel like they could go to the bathroom in one corner and avoid it.
2. Don't Scold - Praise
Don't yell at or smack your dog for making a mess in the house. It just creates a sense of fear and mistrust. And often, dogs don't make the connection of what you're yelling at them for. On the reverse, when they do go outside, praise them and/or give them treats.
3. Ample Breaks
Give your dog at least six bathroom breaks a day when you're first houstraining them. A good schedule to follow is to take them out first thing in the morning, before you leave, twice during the day, once after dinner, and the once before going to bed. You can then limit that to four breaks a day once they're trained.
4. Pick a Spot
Pick a spot outside that you want your dog to go in. To encourage them to go there, no matter how long it takes, just try to stand there with them until they go.
5. Use Commands
Use a repeated command, like "go potty", when your dog begins to go. Then, they will start recognizing this command and you'll be able to encourage your dog to go as soon as you command them.
And of course, if you find yourself too busy to take your pup out during the day, Fresh Patch is an ideal option. Because of its real grass, your dog will feel natural going in it and going outside in the grass.