Congratulations on your new puppy!
However, beyond the fluff and the cuteness is a living creature that needs proper care, training, time, and affection. Remember that having a puppy also means being a responsible fur parent. And this starts at home. For your pup to live a happy and healthy life, housetraining is important.
Here are some quick tips to remember.
Feed your puppy with a superior brand of dry puppy food. Do not give him table scraps and as much as possible, do not change brands. If you need to change, introduce gradually over a period of four to seven days. Do not feed him with tinned food as it loosens stools and makes housetraining more difficult. An hour after eating, most puppies will defecate so you can control his elimination time based on your feeding schedule.
In order to housetrain your puppy, you have to supervise him at all times especially when outside his crate or newspaper covered area. When he starts sniffing the floor, circling or running around, he is giving signs that he needs to eliminate so bring him immediately to your properly designated area.
If your puppy defecates in the wrong place, stop him by saying NO in a loud and assertive tone. Apply deodoriser on places where he eliminated so he will not go there again. The potty place must be free of distractions, your pup must not consider play a part of potty.
When your puppy is left alone in your home it is recommended that he be placed in a crate or confined area. Confinement is a good way to keep your puppy safe and prevent housetraining accidents.
However, it should not be used as a form of punishment, for isolating pets for a long time can be very detrimental to them. Confinement can be the source of behavioural problems like excessive barking, self-mutilation, digging and hyperactivity.
Puppies also need the essentials like exercise, daily companionship and playtime.
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Keep these things in mind and your puppy will definitely be a little bouncing ball of joy!