You got a new puppy! Congratulations! You’re about to embark on one of the best (and cutest!) adventures of your life. But now what?
You’ll need to address your puppy’s new potty routine. While this is one of the less glamorous parts of being a pet owner, it’s one of the most essential, for both you and your dog.
The rule of thumb when it comes to potty time is to use your own routine as a frame of reference. When you wake up in the morning, make sure your puppy gets up and is encouraged to go potty. The same goes for at night; when you’re ready to go to bed, be sure your puppy goes potty before turning in for the night too.
The tricky part is during the day. There are a few indicators that can help your puppy establish a potty pattern when training to use BrilliantPad.
Place your puppy on BrilliantPad 10-15 minutes after:
Depending on the activity level of your puppy, this could mean that potty time is dozens of times every day! The key here, though, is to ensure that your puppy associates BrilliantPad with potty time. By identifying the times of day when your dog is most likely to go, that is when you make sure that they have access to BrilliantPad and are encouraged to use it. (Protip: Using treats and showing praise for positive behaviors is essential to helping the potty training process along.)
You may be feeling slightly intimidated by the number of times we’ve described that your dog should potty, but don’t worry. As your puppy gets older and gets acclimated to your household’s regular schedule, your dog’s potty pattern will change and adapt over time as well.
The best part about BrilliantPad is that it is always ready for your dog, even when you can’t be there. It is critical to start potty training with BrilliantPad early in the puppy stage because this is when your dog is able to most easily learn new behavior. Consider your training time as a small investment with a big payoff: a healthier, cleaner, and happier home throughout your dog’s entire life.
Just like when you start anything new or unfamiliar, the first step is the hardest and it all seems just way too overwhelming or intimidating. If we’re talking about your first time owning a dog, though, you’re in luck! BrilliantPad is here to help.
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