Potty Training and Food Management

Don't you just love it when there is a free buffet? Guess what? Your little puppy loves it too...

One of the most prevalent mistakes that our clients make when potty training their puppy is food management. They leave the puppy's food and water down all day long and then they wonder why the puppy is always going to the bathroom at indiscriminate times.

Except for health reasons (consult your vet) or hydration reasons (hot, exuberant play inside or out), your puppy does need to have their food and water down all day long. If you really think your puppy needs extra water, leave 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in their water bowl during the day.

Many times a puppy will drink or eat out of boredom.

"I have nothing to do. Look! There is a bowl of water! I think I will wonder over there and have some water..."

This leads to the puppy over eating and over drinking. They will go to the bathroom more frequently with less predictability.

Put the food and water down at meal time and then pick it up when the meal is done. I normally like to leave the bowls down for about 30 minutes. This will allow you to clearly manage the amount of intake and the time of intake.

If we now know when our puppy eats, we can determine when he has to go to the bathroom. Success!!

Please note: This is only part of the Potty Training process, contact your local Bark Buster for additional, complete information.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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