Housebreaking - Training your puppy to use an indoor lawn
Introducing an appropriate size indoor lawn for your puppy is a great way to start housebreaking before they are fully vaccinated and safe to be outside.
Choose an appropriate location for the indoor lawn.
Ideally, the area you choose should be close to the door. This will help your puppy associate the indoor lawn with going outside to a real patch of grass to relieve themselves.
Train your puppy to use the indoor lawn.
You can start by keeping your puppy in a limited space with the indoor lawn as their designated potty area. When the puppy shows signs that they need to go, guide them to the indoor lawn and reward them after they've used it.
It's important to establish a routine so that your puppy knows when they should be using the indoor lawn. Take your puppy to the indoor lawn at regular intervals, such as after meals and naps, and whenever they show signs that they need to go.
Use positive reinforcement.
Reward your puppy with praise and treats when they use the indoor lawn, and be patient when accidents happen. Over time, your puppy will learn that using the indoor lawn is the desired behavior.
Be prepared to clean up accidents.
Accidents are inevitable during the housebreaking process. Be sure to thoroughly clean any messes to prevent your puppy from detecting the scent and using the same spot again.
Remember that every puppy is different and housebreaking takes time and patience. With consistency and positive reinforcement, you can successfully housebreak your puppy using an indoor lawn.
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