I am just a little puppy and this is my first home with a real family and they’re wonderful to me. I live with a mom, dad, young boy, and young girl. They miss me a lot when they go to work or school. I love it when I hear the car roll up and they rush in to see me. I am out of the crate getting hugged and smothered in kisses. I get to explore the house and play with the kids. When I am all tired out, I love to cuddle and fall asleep.
We do have a problem, though. I can’t seem to remember what I am supposed to do about the potty episodes. I am having fun and then I have to go, and so I just do. My family gets kinda mad but not for long because I am so cute. We could have a big problem if we don’t do something soon. Any ideas?
I am happy you found such a loving home. That alone is a good reason to comply with a few house rules. Keep in mind, good behavior is not too much to ask. That goes for babies of all ilk. The time to instill good behavior is when you are young – no matter how cute you are. Bad behavior tends to bring on human forgetfulness. Your cute little personality may fade as your people realize they are going through paper towels at a record rate.
Everyone knows it takes time for your body to gain control over your urge to drop and go. Your humans will be pleased with themselves and you after taking the time to observe your behavior and learning the signs of pending messiness. I suggest your housemates take turns on “puppy watch.”
Each puppy has his own reaction to a sudden urge to go. The most common signs are sniffing, circling around, or backing up. The puppy watcher should attach leash and escort puppy outside to a designated spot immediately. Once your duty is done, you should get praise and a nice treat. If very small children are given a turn at puppy watch, they may also require a treat. Do not take advantage of the treat as they will catch on very fast – this goes for the children as well. The treat is only for successful elimination.
Signs are much more apparent at different times in a puppy’s day:
Every time they wake up – even if it is from a nap
After they eat or drink
After romping and hard playing
My friends at the Humane Society have wonderful information for you – go to Puppy Training.
Think about it, Carly. You can give a whole new meaning to the human expression “Way to Go!”