Train Your New Puppy And Eliminate Pet Odors

New puppies are a bundle of joy but a ton of work! You’ll need to teach them how to sit, stay, go to the bathroom outside, and behave politely around other animals and people. To get yourself—and your puppy—off on the right paw, follow these tips below.

1. Use the month-to-hour ratio.

Your puppy has a baby-sized bladder. Avoid accidents in the house and reinforce potty training with the help of the month-to-hour ratio. What do we mean by this? Well, if your puppy is four months old, then the longest he/she can wait before a potty break is four hours. Once they’re five months old, that time expands to five hours—and so on. Abiding by this rule will speed up potty training and prevent your pup from feeling embarrassed when he/she has an accident.

2. Limit free range eating and drinking.

Set your puppy up for potty training success by regimenting mealtime and limiting the amount he/she eats and drinks. Doing so will get your puppy’s digestion on a schedule so you’ll know when it’s time to go outside.

After 7:00 p.m., pick up the water bowl. Your puppy will be plenty hydrated from drinking all day, so it’s not mean. Limiting water intake will actually help your puppy sleep through the night without needing multiple pee breaks. The same goes for food. Puppies typically need to use the bathroom immediately after eating. Once you feed your puppy, take him/her out into the yard to do his/her business. Always let your pup out right before you leave the house too or use pee pads if you’ll be gone a long time.

3. Teach your puppy the difference between toys and hands.

A lot of people love to play with their puppies and encourage them to bite their hands. This is a bad habit to teach! Avoid turning your dog into a nipper by encouraging him/her to chew on toys when you’re playing. You can still rough house and play tug-of-war, just not with your own hands.

4. Stay strong and calm during crate training.

It’s hard to say no to a puppy when he/she is whining in its crate at night. But stay strong! Establishing boundaries will actually help your pup acclimate quicker to your home. Teaching your puppy that the crate is a safe space will also decrease separation anxiety when you have to step out for errands or work. Here are some tips on how to make your puppy’s crate a calm and peaceful environment.

5. Remove odors from pet pads.

When puppy training, pet pads can be a life saver. You may not always be up to walk them when they need to go to the bathroom, but if you can train them to use a pee pad, then at least you won't have a mess on the floor. For smaller dogs, pee pads can also be helpful to use. Sometimes you just won't be able to make it home from work fast enough to let them out on time. Rather than having your dog have to hold it for several extra hours, use a pee pad in a consistent spot that they can use in an emergency. However, these pads can smell quite bad, so place an air purifier near by to keep the air fresh until you can change the pad.

6. Keep your home clean.

Puppies get into everything. Pick up tiny objects your puppy could ingest or choke on, hide electrical cords, and gate off dangerous areas of your home. Also consider something that could impact your pet’s and family’s health, the air.

Animals add an enormous amount of dander to your home—something that could give you allergies. Likewise, pollen, dust, and other impurities could give your beloved pooch health troubles. Consider buying an air purifier to take care of these problems. When you use an odor filter with an air purifier you’ll cut down on unsavory smells that result from inevitable accidents during housebreaking training too.

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Congratulations on your new puppy! With the right training, your pup is sure to be a loyal, friendly, and well behaved best friend.