One of the first things asked by new puppy owners is, "What am I going to do about potty training?" The good news is that it's much easier than you think. Here are three tips for apartment training a puppy and saving your carpet before the trouble begins.
1: Designate An Indoor Bathroom
When you first bring a puppy home, they're much too young and frightened to understand the concept of housebreaking. You need to give them a safe, clean area where they can do their business without fuss until they're psychologically ready to take the next step. Newspaper in the corner works in a pinch, though some pet stores also sell puppy pads.
2: Don't Punish Accidents
Just like flies are more attracted to honey than vinegar, puppies respond much better to positive reinforcement than negative. Don't yell, scold or "rub their nose" in their mistakes. Instead, lavish praise on them for doing it right, which will give them a much greater incentive for repeating their good deeds.
3: Be Consistent
Nothing will throw off a dog's training more than conflicting or wishy-washy demands. Set your boundaries, make your rules and then stick to them. Don't let laziness or indecision set a precedent where your puppy knows he can get away with bad behavior. These habits will follow him into adulthood, and then where will you be?
These are just a few useful tips in house-training your new dog. As long as you remain patient, disciplined and loving, your pooch is sure to catch on quickly!