Welcoming an adorable miniature furball into your home does mean having to teach it a few essential life lessons. Such as appreciating life’s simple pleasures like that morning run; succulent, fresh seasonal fruit and loads of dog friendly baked goods – not to mention the importance of growing into a hygienic furry member of its new household.
In this article, we shall be focusing on that all essential issue of hygiene or potty training. We’ll also be providing tips and pointers on how to get your furry friend to take charge of its hygiene habits which include making the most of diapers in achieving that aim too.
Important Steps Involved in Potty Training Your Pet
Training your pet to become accustomed to taking care of its hygiene needs outside your home in a selected spot does require a bit of careful planning and execution. And below we’ve provided tried and tested tips which will enable you to potty train your pet including using dog diapers to help it along.
1. Understand Your Puppy’s Basic Needs
A puppy which has just wolfed down a delightful lunch will need to go to the loo after about two hours and may even need to go within a quarter of an hour. Sleep on the other hand, tends to work wonders for their bladder control: your puppy might just be able to snooze for seven hours without waking up once to answer to the call of nature.
That said, there’s every possibility that their hygiene needs might interrupt their beauty sleep during the night. Hence, you’ll need to be especially attentive following meal times and once your puppy wakes up, since you’ll most likely have to take your pet for a much needed loo break at those times.
2. Set a Schedule and Stick to it
Doing this will go a long way in ensuring your puppy will be able to figure out when it’s meant to visit the loo. A great idea would be feeding it at specific times and taking it to its designated spot soon afterwards, letting it know that it ought to go soon after tucking away a tasty meal.
Pet experts also recommend feeding your adorable little furball regular sized portions since doing so will also help a great deal with its potty training as it will encourage its digestive system to work regularly. As noted above, you’ll also need to take your pet to the ‘toilet’ once it awakens from a full night’s sleep or even a random nap.
Doing so will enable your pet to get used to doing the same for itself and prevent it from deciding to leave dark, wet patches on your new sofa or on any soft plush furnishings regularly.
3. Select a Designated Spot
Choosing a set spot will ensure your pet has a clear idea of just where it needs to go as it becomes more independent. The area selected for the purpose should be convenient for your puppy to get to in order to minimize the risk of accidents occurring. If you don’t have a garden, safety will also be a concern and you’ll need to choose a location close by where there’s no pedestrian, bike or vehicular traffic.
4. Learn When Your Puppy Needs to Visit the Toilet
Knowing when your pet is due a visit to the loo will make all the difference between having to spend most of your spare time cleaning ‘accidents’, and getting it to become steadily independent.
Some of the ways you’ll be able to tell your pet needs to visit its potty include:
- Attempting to sniff its rear
- Scratching the door which is its usual exit
- Pacing restlessly
These queues tend to vary from pet to pet, but you’re certain to learn your own puppy’s means of communicating which in turn will enable you to potty train it effectively.
5. What to Do When Accidents Happen
One certainty you can rely on is the inevitability of accidents happening. And that means you’ll need to be as patient as possible with your pet. Scolding it will only make it frightened of you which is the last thing you want. The best choice of action is thoroughly cleaning up after your puppy since any lingering smells will tempt a repeat performance from your pet.
What if you’re lucky enough to get it in the act? Firmly get the puppy’s attention without frightening it and take the pet to its designated spot so it can take care of its hygiene needs there.
6. Reward Your Pet When They Get it Right
Everyone loves being rewarded for something they’ve done right and pets are no different. And that means handing your delightful furball a tasty treat when they exercise their potty training just like they’re meant to. Especially since doing so is a tried and tested means of ensuring they improve by leaps and bounds until it becomes second nature to them.
7. Use Dog Diapers
Once your pet is almost on their way to being fully potty trained, you’ll be able to introduce dog diapers to prevent accidents and ensure both your furball and your home remain constantly clean. Depending on your preference and budget, you may opt for either reusable or disposable nappies.
Whether you select washable/reusable dog nappies or those of the disposable variety, you’ll need to pay attention to the following important factors:
- Comfort: If your puppy feels uncomfortable, it will refuse to wear its diapers or may work out how to get them off, leaving it more accident prone. Hence you’ll need to measure your pet to ensure you select the right size and your choice of nappy fits snuggly without feeling uncomfortably tight. Your diapers of choice should also come with fasteners which won’t stick to your pet’s skin or fur.
- Absorbency: The very best diapers often come with a super absorbent inner layer, a waterproof middle layer and an outer leak proof layer. Selecting a variety which is particularly absorbent will provide extra protection to surfaces in your home from stains and odors which might take loads of effort to eliminate.
8. Using a Crate
When your puppy is not under your supervision or that of another member of your family, you’ll need to place it in its own special corner. Crates are often selected for this purpose. Its little quarters will need to be large enough for it to turn around in and lie down. If it happens to be larger, the pet may decide to select a corner for its hygiene needs which simply won’t do. A crate which is the right size will prompt the puppy to go its designated hygiene spot each time it needs to use the bathroom.
It’s one of the most important stages of raising your young puppy. And even though potty training can be somewhat challenging, its rewards are certainly worth it. Especially since adopting a set schedule and using dog diapers towards the end of its training will certainly speed up the process and make it easier.
But what should you do if your puppy does not show any marked improvement in spite of your best efforts? Under such circumstances you’ll need to see your vet as soon as possible, as it may be due to an underlying issue. Otherwise, you’ll be able to watch your pet steadily improve and not only discontinue the use of dog diapers but observe as your furry pride and joy plays a role in keeping your home – and itself – fresh and fragrant.