One of the most important training aspects owners want covering for their dogs and puppies is house training or toilet training. Puppies up to 12 weeks of age have little control over their urge to urinate and defecate. This is both Physiological and Psychological i.e. they have not yet been taught the right training techniques, nor has their bladder sphincter developed properly.
This inevitably means your puppy is going to have accidents and toilet mishaps until they have been trained to toilet where you want them to go. With a little time and effort on your part you can transition between the accidents on the carpet and constant cleaning up.
Dogs naturally want to separate living and sleeping areas from toilet areas so you first need to teach your puppy which areas to use and for what. Provide your dog or puppy with a bed (this can be moved around the house so that your pet can sleep in different places). Show your dog where the toilet area is by taking them there every time they need to use the toilet. Once your puppy uses the designated toilet area praise and reward him/her. It is important not to punish your dog for accidents and mistakes.
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