Petiquette With Jim Burwell: 5 Big Mistakes Puppy Owners Make in Potty Training Their Puppy

Potty accidents don't need to happen

Potty accidents don't need to happen

Who doesn’t love a puppy, but, did you know that most new owners do almost everything wrong when first beginning to potty train their puppy?

Up until the time you get your new puppy, their entire world pretty much consisted of their litter mates and the area where they were kept by the breeder.

One of the very first things a new puppy owner needs to do, of course, it to train their puppy to be potty trained. As easy as this should be, people tend to make it difficult on themselves and their new puppy.

Puppy owners tend to think that a new puppy will think and act like a mature dog but they don’t, they are simply puppies. The connection between the brain and the bowels and the bladder is not strong until a puppy is closer to 5 months of age.  It is vital that puppy owners be proactive when house training their puppy instead of reactive.

There is a common thought process among new puppy owners about the problems of potty training that sabotages an otherwise easy process. The problem is, this incorrect thought process confuses the new puppy and will guarentee puppy potty accidents.

Here are the incorrect ideas about their new puppy as it relates to potty training a puppy:

1.  Having accidents every day in their home is part of the puppy potty training process it’s just what puppies do.

2.  Leaving the puppy in the back yard to potty is good puppy potty training and it is easier for the puppy.

3.  The new puppy should be able to give them a sign or some type of signal when it needs to go potty.

4.  Hitting a puppy with a rolled up newspaper or magazine or yelling, or scolding  for potty accidents is how best to correct your new puppy.

5.  Leaving the puppy’s food and water down all day for it to eat and drink is easier for the owner and better for the puppy.

These 5 thoughts could not be further from the truth.  These 5 mistakes will surely encourage your puppy to have potty training accidents.  Whether you are at your wit’s end with your new puppy, or just beginning your puppy training efforts, you must understand immediately what you need to do to help your puppy be successful now, and in the future.  Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are the teacher of your children.  And remember:  “Opportunity Barks”

Jim Burwell