All BH communities are pet-friendly and we love our residents furry friends! However, with owning a pet comes responsibility. Each kind of pet comes with different responsibilities. For instance, cats require very little training (have you ever tried to train a cat?) whereas dogs need more authority and direction when it comes to things like potty training. Sidenote, cats are the authority in a household.
Our training coordinator, Allie Bartz, recently got a puppy and along with a cute bundle of fur named Bruno, she got some late nights, early mornings and new knowledge about house training.
In light of this, Allie has shared her insight.
“Get a puppy they said, they are cute they said. Little do you know that there will be plenty of barking, taking your dog outside three times a night, and most of all POTTY TRAINING.
Studies show that a puppy can control their bladder one hour for every month of age. Here are some helpful tips on housetraining your furry best friend.
- Establish a routine, once you bring your puppy home it is very important to teach your dog times to eat, play, and do their business. Try not to go outside of this routine or they’re guaranteed to have an accident.
- Reward your puppy every time they go outside. Once they relieve themselves, praise or give treats immediately. Rewarding your dog for going outdoors is the only way to teach what’s expected of them.
- Potty bells are also a necessity! Every time you prepare to take your puppy outside walk them over to the bells and have their paw hit the bell.
- There are also potty pads. Many have found these to work, personally I was worried that Bruno would think he could go inside.
Every puppy is different and will learn at their own pace. There will be accidents along the way so take a deep breath, have your spot shot ready, and have fun!”