A few months ago we added a new addition to our family, one day I thought it would be a grand idea to get a third puppy. My dogs have always been very compassionate towards me along by journey with chronic pain and they are great teachers for my kids in so many ways. If you have a puppy, you will quickly realize that they are very similar to raising your very own children and you have to work to potty train them if you plan on allowing your dogs to stay in the house. My older two dogs were very easy to potty train but my newest addition is a bit stubborn and I have heard that this is typical for Yorkie’s or Yorkie mixes. Today, I wanted to share some tips on how to potty train your puppy.
This is Buddy, my Yorkie/Dachshund Mix. He is 7 months old and is still having accidents in our house. I hope that he will be fully potty trained in the next few months.
Depending on the age of your puppy, he or she will be prone to having accidents in your house. A puppy under 12 weeks old doesn’t have the proper bladder or bowel control so give them some time to adjust as you are training. Just like potty training your toddler, it is important to be patient with your puppy. As they get older they are able to maintain better control over their bladder and bowels things will gradually improve.
If your puppy has an accident, you should correct your puppy so that he or she realizes that they can’t use the bathroom inside your home. Don’t ever discipline them in a manner that could scare them or hurt them. Most of the time a firm “no” is enough for them to understand. If you have a stubborn dog, like my Yorkie, you might have to find alternative ways to motivate your puppy to tell you when he or she needs to go outside. My puppy tries to let us know that he needs to go outside, but he doesn’t always get our attention and will have an accident. We usually tell him “No” and toss him outside or put him in his kennel.
If a firm “no” doesn’t work, try using a spray bottle filled with water (WATER ONLY, never spray anything else on them). Simply try using a firm “no” and squirt them with water. This usually gets their attention quick and it doesn’t hurt them.
You can use praise and reward system, taking away their favorite toy, or doing something else to distract them from their bad behavior.