New Year, New Puppy? Here’s How to Potty-Train Your Puppy This Winter

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Potty-training a puppy is hard enough as it is, but when it’s wintertime, there are elements that can make it even harder. Luckily, the dog training experts at Perfect Pooch have come up with four tips to help you potty-train your pup this winter!

Put Up With the Cold Weather and Take Your Pup Out
While both you and your puppy may not be too keen on going out into the freezing cold, simply letting them outside on their own isn’t going to cut it. To ensure their potty-training is a success, you’re going to have to take one for the team and go outside with them. Not only will you be able to monitor if they’re getting preoccupied by the weather or being proactive, but you’ll also be able to give them verbal commands that will encourage them to do their potty business. A helpful tip? Clearing a space outside and having them go in the same area will give off a smell that can help promote potty-training progress!

Stay as Cool as the Winter Temps
If your puppy isn’t going to the bathroom outside, it can be frustrating (especially when you’re freezing your tail off in freezing temperatures!), but it’s important to not lose your cool—they can be affected by Jack Frost nipping at their nose as much as you! For instance, when the temperature drops below 20 degrees or when there’s salt on the ground, the pads on their feet can get aggravated; keep this in mind when they’re freezing up on freezing cold walks. Another thing to keep in mind? If there’s a lot of snow on the ground, don’t expect your tiny pup to march through it; instead, clear a path or area for them to make going to the bathroom easier.

Prepare for House-Training Like You Prepare for Winter
Just like you buy flashlights, snow salt and non-perishable food items to prep for potential winter storm outages, you’re going to want to be ready at the wag of a tail when potty-training your puppy. What does this entail? Keeping the leash (equipped with waste bags), a winter coat and a pair of boots by the door, so you’re ready to go as soon as your pooch is!

Consider Winter Backup Plans
We all struggle some days to go outside in the winter and your furry friend may have days like this, too. However, if you notice that they’re resistant to going to the bathroom outside more often than not, then you may want to consider implementing a backup plan. For dogs who hate the cold as much as snowbirds, using a litter box can be a helpful, short-term solution; for a solution that helps dogs adapt to going on grass, consider using a puppy patch instead.

Once your puppy is potty-trained, it’s time to move on to bigger and better skills. From learning to listen to commands to having better behavior with people and animals, Perfect Pooch can train your puppy from here! Contact us today.

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We can’t wait to welcome your pet to their new home-away-from-home.
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