Animal shelters across the country are affected by the pandemic. Many are unable to open and, therefore, rely on foster families to help while they are closed. Many people have stepped up to become a foster parent to these pups, clearing out the majority of shelters.
If you are currently fostering, go beyond just giving your new dog a home. While short-term fostering teaches the dog important social skills about interacting with humans and potentially other animals, you can take it one step further: Commit to potty training your foster dog.
Establishing potty routines with proper training techniques is crucial in the puppy stage, as retraining an adult dog can be extremely difficult. If you’re fostering a young dog or puppy, work with them on potty training.
Pros of Potty Training Your Foster Pup
Fulfills Your Dog’s Sense of Purpose - Dogs want to please their masters. By giving them this new task to complete, they’ll be eager to please you.
Fills Your Free Time - Lots of people want to foster but don’t often have the time it takes to do so properly. One unexpected benefit coming out of the pandemic is that dog lovers now have the time to potty training their foster dogs.
Adoptability - While all dogs deserve a loving home, many families are looking to adopt a dog that will fit seamlessly into their existing lifestyle. They are more likely to choose a dog who is already potty trained and has an established potty routine.
For best results when training a puppy, animal experts recommend using the confinement method; creating an enclosed space for your dog that contains food and water, a bed, BrilliantPad, and some room to play.
This makes potty training easy! Place your puppy on BrilliantPad:
10-15 minutes after eating, playing, sleeping
If you notice pacing, circling, or sniffing
Every 2 hours to reinforce training
Remember to always use positive reinforcement when training your puppy. When they successfully use BrilliantPad, shower your puppy with praise and reward them for doing so. Should they have an accident, simply clean it up and use an enzymatic cleaner like BrilliantPad Tidy Shot and continue the above potty training methods until a potty routine is established.
For more puppy potty training tips, watch the video below!
They are the ones who never cease to give us a warm welcome when we walk through the door. They have kept us company and became our work companions over the last seven months of the pandemic. They never complain about only having us as their best friends. Who are They? Our dogs.
BrilliantPad Smart’s technology allows you to better monitor your dog’s health by alerting you when your dog goes potty. Why is this important? The first (and most accurate) indicator of sickness with your dog can be a change in potty pattern or the consistency or color of their stools. Keep an eye on these three things to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy for many years to come.
#BrilliantPadPups can be found across North America; so many pet parents are finding that BrilliantPad is the best indoor potty solution for their dog. Some appreciate the health monitoring system and companion app. Others love the hands-free operation. Your dog? They love that they can potty whenever they need to and don’t have to worry about braving inclement weather.