Toilet training a puppy can be frustrating, time-consuming and—it must be said—more than a little stinky. There are a few basic steps that must be followed with any puppy toilet training, no matter whether you live in an apartment 10 stories up or in a house with a big yard. Those steps are:
- Teaching the puppy that it’s not acceptable to go to the bathroom wherever it wants;
- Teaching the puppy that it’s acceptable to go to the bathroom only on the toilet training pad (or similar device);
- Teaching the puppy that it needs to wait until you can take it outside to go to the bathroom;
- Teaching the puppy that it needs to wait until you reach an appropriate area (such as grass, the park, etc.) before it can go to the bathroom;
For many people, the hardest step is actually teaching the puppy to use the training pad or similar device. Puppies are simply not wired to associate the training pads or similar devices with their daily business, so they have to be encouraged and prompted to use them.
Traditionally, the way that this is done is by noticing when the puppy has to go to the bathroom (or is in the process of doing so) and lifting it up, before placing it on the pad. But did you know that there is another, much easier and much more effective way of getting your puppy to use their pad? And that way is by using a puppy potty training spray!
A puppy potty training spray is a spray designed to help your dog learn where they should go to the bathroom while in your house. The way that a training spray works is that it is made with an odor which puppies associate with urinating and defecating. So when you use the spray in the area where you want the puppy to go to the bathroom, like the training pad, the puppy will be much quicker to catch on than without the spray in place. The pheromones in the spray are more or less like a gigantic “BATHROOM!” sign for your dog.
A puppy potty training spray can actually be used outdoors as well, if there is a particular area of your yard or the surrounding area of your home where you want the puppy to do their business. This is especially helpful if your puppy decides to use the bathroom on your concrete patio, in your garden, or other unwanted areas of the yard.
These types of training sprays are especially ideal for people living in apartments or other homes where accessing the outdoors can take some time; they are also ideal for puppies who are having trouble getting used to using training pads or other acceptable areas for their bathroom business.
You can purchase puppy potty training sprays at many major retailers and pet stores for a reasonable price. Just remember to keep the spray out of reach of children and avoid letting pets consume the spray.