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Mistakes Made in Potty Training a Puppy: Common Issues to Avoid

We at Classic Heritage Golden Retrievers know potty training a puppy can be a challenge. Though we set our puppies up for success through the potty training work we do before you take them home, avoiding common mistakes can make the process smoother and quicker. Here are some mistakes that puppy owners often make when potty training their puppies:

  1. Lack of Consistency. Lack of consistency in the potty training routine can confuse your puppy and slow down the progress. Stick to a regular routine for potty breaks and make sure everyone in the household follows the same schedule.

  2. Not Taking Them Out Often Enough. Puppies have small bladders and need to go outside frequently. Neglecting to take your puppy out often enough can lead to accidents in the house.

  3. Punishing Accidents. Punishing your puppy for accidents can cause fear and anxiety and may not be effective in correcting the behavior. Instead, interrupt the accident and immediately take your puppy outside to their designated potty area.

  4. Not Paying Attention to Signs. Puppies may show signs they need to go, such as sniffing, whining, or circling. Ignoring these signs can lead to accidents in the house. Pay attention to your puppy's cues and take them outside as soon as you see them.

  5. Using Scents or Sprays. Using scents or sprays to cover up accidents can confuse your puppy and make it difficult for them to recognize their designated potty area. Clean up accidents thoroughly using a neutral-scented cleaner.

  6. Rushing the Process. Potty training takes time and patience. Rushing the process can lead to stress for both you and your puppy. Give your puppy time to learn and be consistent in your approach.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can help ensure your puppy's potty training goes smoothly and they learn to do their business outside in a timely manner.

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