Free Tips For Potty Training A Puppy

It’s so exciting to finally get a puppy especially if it’s your first one. The fun you’ll have with it will last a lifetime. After you get it home though, things can quickly change. You realize that your new best friend is a little messy. If only you knew how to potty train a puppy it would restore the excitement you had before you brought it home with you.

Do you like your house to be clean? If so, potty training your puppy is very important. An untrained puppy can surely make a mess. Now, all breeds are not created equal. Some breeds take longer to train than others. If you haven’t purchased a puppy yet, this is something you should ask the store clerk or the breeder. Once you have this information, it will help you determine if that is the right breed for you.

The younger the puppy, the more you have to have patience. Obviously, new born puppies have minimal control over their bodily functions so when the time is upon them, they’ll end up going as opposed to holding it for any length of time. The main thing you should avoid with these new born pups is to not get angry because they just can’t help it at this age.

Potty training a puppy is best done right after it eats. By taking your puppy outdoors or to the area that you have set up for it, it’ll create a regular routine to follow. You should also take your puppy to this area first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep to help establish this routine.

In order to potty train a puppy, you should reward it with good praise and possibly a treat after it has successfully accomplished the task in the correct area. In doing so, the puppy understands that this was a good thing to do and it pleases you so it will want to keep doing it.

When you go to feed your puppy, make sure you stick with dry food. Make sure that you feed your puppy at the same time each day so it goes potty at the same time each day or evening. Changing it’s feeding times will not allow it to get into this routine that’s so vital when potty training a puppy.

Young puppies need a lot of water. Make sure it has it’s water container filled at all times but take it away about 2 hours before bed time. This way it won’t need to be taken out in the middle of the night.

Lastly, try to keep the puppies area clean at all times. A dirty area may discourage your puppy not allowing it get used to the area. You don’t want to give it any excuses.

Those are a few tips to help potty train your puppy. Hopefully, you have found them useful. If you can just remember to be a little patient potty training will be a thing of the past.


Do you know how to properly approach a dog?

Of course you do not run up to a dog expecting them to be friendly right from the start. Especially those located behind fences, chained in a yard or even in a pet store, approaching them head on with your eyes staring at them may be seen by the dog as a challenge and may result in a confrontation. Turn your body sideways and speak in a low tone never making eye contact with them. This usually will work and you will be able to walk away from a situation easier.

But when you know a dog is friendly and you ask the owner if you can touch their dog, don’t rush up to that dog and try to hug them or start to play with them while they are on a leash. That dog owner would like his pet to behave while walking and not get excited and start barking or jumping.  There is no need for you to extend your hand to a dog’s face, by the time you get in front of them they have already sniffed you out. Also, never hug a dog you are not familiar with, when you wrap your arms around a dogs neck, this could be seen as a challenge to that dog, the dog is just acting as the animal that they are. Humans must remember that, there is a specific order of dominance among the animal kingdom and they see that hug as the challenge in dominance.

Most owners love to have their dog socialize; never assume that a dog is friendly and just walk up to it, always ask permission to pet the animal. strongly encourages people to stop and use good judgment when approaching an unfamiliar dog, this way it keeps you safe and also guards that precious dog you really want to pet.

And may I also suggest when walking your dogs that you be responsible dog owners and clean up their mess. Just for you I recommend Potty Paws, the disposable glove that keeps you clean while cleaning up after Fido.


How to Give Your Dog Medicine

If the veterinarian prescribes your dog a liquid form of medicine, it is often difficult to get a dog to take the medicine.

There are two ways to give your dog the medicine:

1. Making a pouch with the dog’s mouth:

Using one hand, pull out the corner of the dog’s lower lip to make a small pouch.  Tilt the dog’s head back and pour the liquid medicine into the mouth using your other hand.  It is very similar to what I had to do with my bearded dragon diet juvenile.

In some instances, the medicine does not go in right away.  This occurs when the dog’s teeth are clenched too tightly and the medicine cannot flow into the dog’s throat.  When this happens, gently pry his mouth open using your fingers.  If the dog tries to move away, position his rear end in a corner so he will not be able to back away from you.  You can also get another person to help you hold the dog during the process.  Another way of doing this method is to sit on the floor or a bed with the dog between your legs.  Position his rear end toward you with his head facing away.  This way, you can keep him positioned more easily.  As soon as you have the liquid medicine in, induce swallowing by carefully and gently holding the dog’s mouth almost closed and lightly massage his throat.  You can tell that he has swallowed the medication when his tongue emerges briefly from between the front teeth.  You can also make him swallow the liquid medicine by briefly and gently putting your thumb over his nostrils.

2. Prying the dog’s mouth open

Gently grasp the  dog’s upper jaw using one hand and insert your thumb and fingers in the gaps just behind the fangs.  For a tiny dog, just one finger is necessary along with the thumb.  Most dogs will then relax their mouths a little so that you can easily pour the liquid medicine with a dropper or a spoon between his front teeth.  Make sure that his head is tilted back so that the liquid does not run down his throat.

If the medication prescribed by the vet is in capsule or pill form, you will use a different method to get your dog to swallow the medicine. To get a dog to swallow a pill you will first open his mouth by grasping around his upper jaw, just like what you would do for liquid medicine.  Hold the capsule or pill either between your thumb and the first finger or between the first and second fingers.  Use the remaining fingers to press down the lower front teeth to pry the jaw open.

Once the dog’s mouth is open, put the pill into the throat and push it as far back as you can.  Induce swallowing the same as you would when giving liquid medication.  This method for giving your dog pills may seem awkward and difficult at first.  But after a few tries, you will get more experienced and find it much easier and effortless to give your dog the medicine he needs.