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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

3 Reasons Your Puppy is Still Peeing Inside

Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting and joyful experience. Yet, along with the cuddles and playtime comes the responsibility of housetraining. If you're finding that your adorable pup is still having accidents indoors, despite your best efforts, there could be a few underlying reasons for this behavior.

Let's explore three common factors that might be contributing to your puppy's indoor potty mishaps:

  1. Lack of Routine and Schedule: Puppies thrive on routine and predictability. Without a consistent schedule for potty breaks, your puppy might struggle to understand when and where they're supposed to go. If you're not providing them with regular opportunities to relieve themselves outside, accidents indoors are more likely. Establish a structured routine for feeding, playtime, training and potty breaks to help your puppy develop a reliable bladder control pattern.

  2. Lack of Reinforcement for Appropriate Potty Behavior: Puppies are more likely to repeat behaviors that are positively reinforced. If your pup goes potty in the right place, but there's no immediate positive feedback such as a high value treat they might not understand that they're doing the right thing. Make sure to offer enthusiastic praise and treats as soon as your puppy potties outside to create a strong association between the behavior and positive outcomes.

  3. Lack of Proper Supervision: Puppies need close supervision, especially during the house training phase. If you're not closely monitoring your puppy's movements, they might sneak off to a hidden corner and have an accident before you even realize it. Utilize crate training or keep your puppy on leash in the same room as you when they're not crated. This way, you can catch any signs that they need to go out and guide them to the appropriate spot.

By addressing these three factors—establishing a consistent routine, reinforcing proper potty behavior, and providing vigilant supervision—you can significantly improve your puppy's house training progress. Remember, patience and positive reinforcement are key during this process.

If you're looking for professional guidance and personalized advice on house training and other puppy challenges, reach out to us at Phone: 301-231-1907 or Email: Our team at Best Buddy Dog Trainer is here to support you and your furry companion on the journey to becoming a well-mannered and well-trained member of your family.

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