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As a lot of you already know, we recently bred our Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Lexi, and she had 9 puppies! We had so much fun raising the puppies for the first 8 weeks of their lives and are so thankful they all have amazing forever homes. However, we did decide to keep one sweet puppy for ourselves and her name is Piper. I had to brush back up on how to potty train puppies and with it being Winter, that really throws a wrench in things considering Rhodesians hate the cold!
I am so thankful for Hartz Home Protection Quilted Plus Dog Pads to help make potty training Piper SO much easier! I was amazed at how quickly Hartz Dog Pads absorb liquid! They have fast absorbing quilt pockets with FlashDry® Gel technology and (my favorite part) an awesome clean scent. You can find out more about them HERE. I will also share a video for y’all on my Instagram Stories showing how fast they absorb a cup of water!
I have compiled my top four puppy potty training tips for you:
- Make a potty schedule.
This is SO important. Puppies are a lot like newborns, they do really well on a routine! For the most part, try to take them out at the same times throughout the day. Here are some key times you want to focus on:
-First thing when they wake up
-Always after eating or drinking
-Anytime they wake up from a nap
-After they are worn out from a good play session
-After spending time a crate
-Anytime you see them sniffing around
-Right before bedtime
- Focus on positive reinforcement.
It can be easy to want to scold the puppy when they have an accident (or even rub their nose in it like my parent’s used to say when I was young) but their brains are not developed enough to connect your anger with their accident and it would only cause them to fear you. If you catch them in the act, try clapping loudly to stop them and immediately take them to the Hartz Dog Pad to go.
When they do go potty in the correct area, give them IMMEDIATE praise as well as a treat. Make a HUGE deal about it to the puppy so that they will be eager to please you again.
- Consistency is key.
Take the puppy to the same spot each time to use the restroom. Their scent will prompt them to go. If you are using Hartz Dog Pads like me, make sure to always put them in the same spot in your home. Also, make sure you’re being consistent with taking them to the proper spot EVERY single time they start to have an accident. If you let them start to slip up and do not correct them, they will get confused and think it’s ok to go wherever they want. If your puppy seems to get distracted easily when it is time to go potty, put them on a leash and stand in one spot near their appointed potty spot and do not move until they have gone.
- Don’t give up!
Every puppy is different as far as how long it takes them to be fully house trained, but as I stated above, do not let up. Stay consistent and they WILL get it. A good estimate for them to be 100% house trained is 4-6 months of age so there is an end in sight!
I hope these tips have been helpful! Make sure to stock up on Hartz Dog Pads to help you with the process, whether your pup hates the cold like mine does or you just need a safe spot for them to use the restroom inside when you have to be gone for a long time. I order them on Amazon because I love the convenience, but you can also get them at Walmart, Chewy.com, or your local grocery store! Plus, the patented FlashDry® Gel technology turns the liquid into gel, preventing leaks and making clean up SO easy.