1. Puppy & Mother Weaning.
Just like children, puppies learn valuable social skills from their mothers that are essential for everyday life. Taking a puppy away from it’s mother before it is 8 weeks old increases the chance of having behavioral issues. A puppy should be at least 8 weeks old (ideally 11-12 weeks) before leaving to go to a new home.
2. Failing to Crate Train.
Much like humans, canines will prosper more successfully in a place that feels safe and secure. A crate is a perfect spot for a new puppy to den and rest; dogs prefer not to soil in their eating and resting area. Feed your puppy in their crate for the first few months as well as have them sleep in their crate at night. Your crate size should be just big enough for the dog to stand up and be able to turn around. If the crate is too big, your puppy may pee or poop on one side and rest on the other. DO NOT leave your puppy in the crate for longer than 6 hours at night and 4 hours during the day.
3. Failing to set a routine potty schedule.
Puppies require the need to be taken outside every 4 hours until their bladders are fully developed. As soon as you open the crate, pick up your puppy and carry them to their designated potty area. Whenever they use the restroom in the correct place, be sure to praise them and give them a treat so they will recognize they have done a great job. We recommend carrying the puppy to a grassy area the first month to help prevent an accident on the way to the grass. After a few weeks, the puppy can be walked to the grass after a routine has been established.
4. Unsupervised play time and free-range of the home.
Unsupervised time and/or uncontrolled access to your entire home will increase your puppy’s chance of having an accident. Puppy proof one room and use baby gates to prevent them from having accidents throughout your home. This will also prevent the puppy from destroying household items like furniture and shoes!
5. Failing to set a routine eating schedule.
Remember that you are trying to establish a schedule for your puppy. The puppy needs to be on a strict routine in order to sync their intake and outtake of food. Free range eating is not healthy for a growing puppy because their consumption cannot be monitored.
6. Hitting or pushing their face in the poop.
Neither hitting your puppy or pushing their face into the poop/pee is recommended. This behavior will create unnecessary anxiety and fear. It will cause them to attempt to “hide” their poop in unsuspecting places such as a closet or under a bed. Remember your puppy is very young and is looking to you for guidance on what they are supposed to do. Show patience with them and if you see them in the midst of an accident, simply give them a stern “no” (without yelling) and lead them to the appropriate grassy area.
7. Scolding after the fact.
A puppy has no concept of time. As soon as their accident is complete they do not remember that they have just made an error. Punishing them after the fact only leads to more fear and anxiety and will once again make them want to hide when they use the restroom. Only scold them if you catch them in the act.
8. Not being patient.
Remember to be patient with your puppy but firm with the schedule. A puppy carries the desire to please their owner, so always remember to practice patiences in these difficult times when you get angry as an accident occurs! When an accident does occur, we recommend Urth Pet Oopsey Poopsey Stain Remover & Deodorizer. This spray is comepletely pet safe and contains all natural ingredients.