A Quick Note on Potty Training Dogs in Apartment Buildings

Potty training a puppy isn't the same every time, so even if you're experienced with pets, you should still do a bit of research and form a plan. Puppies are like snowflakes or fingerprints; some are alike, but no two are identical. Each puppy comes with his own set of variables, like socialization, home size, breed, and of course their personality. For example, Yorkies and Chihuahuas can take longer to train because they're so independent and intelligent.

Potty training a dog in an apartment is a lot different from a doing it inside of a big home, especially if your abode is a few floors up. You’ll need a few supplies and a lot of patience, but it is possible to have a perfectly trained, housebroken pup inside of an apartment building.

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What to Expect With Your New Puppy – Part 1 of 2

After talking to a few friends, I realized that there is a lot of hearsay about dogs, specifically about what you can expect with their ages. It inspired me to put together a brief, yet informative collection of what to expect with your new canine pal. The first post in our two-post session, covers what to expect with a new puppy. Check back tomorrow for the final post in this session, covering what to expect as your dog heads into his old age.

When you first make the decision to get a puppy, you’re distracted by the fact that you’re getting a new furry companion. Then, as you start to think about your new pup, you’re distracted by decisions, like where to get the pooch, and which breed suits you best. Then the supplies you need, cute outfits, and adorable toys distract you. Then when you get the puppy, that unconditionally loving face and big endearing eyes distract you. The point is, in the midst of all of the excitement and love going around there is little time for preparation, including thorough research on what to expect. Understanding what to expect at each age will make your life a lot easier, and  it won’t take hours of reading or watching videos to accomplish. Simply, follow the chart below to learn what you can expect from your puppy, from the time you bring him home until adulthood.

Why Start at Eight Weeks?

Most breeders keep newborn pups until about eight or nine weeks. Chances are, unless you breed dogs, you won’t get a puppy younger than seven or eight weeks old. Any care prior to eight weeks, you cannot learn in a small blog post, the puppy needs professional care at this stage.

8-12 Weeks – Cute Baby Stage

Your puppy is developing his motor skills. This is when he begins to understand human emotions, and he begins to react to commands and reprimands. This is the best time to train them, because this is the age where they learn what behaviors you will and will not tolerate.

This is also when the puppy learns his place, and the ideal time for you to show that you are the alpha. This will make training easier. The puppy should watch you eat, and learn that you only feed him after you’ve eaten. The same idea holds true for walks, make sure the puppy learns that he does not walk ahead of you. These principals will make training much easier in the future.

The wonderful part is that this is when your puppy realizes that you are his family. Your new companion will warm up to you and want a lot of attention during this stage. This is the best time to introduce the puppy to people he will see often.

13-16 WeeksTerrible Twos

This is your puppy’s defiant phase. YAY!

Be prepared for a lot of this –

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However, the things that occur during this time are equally adorable as they are annoying, making this an endearing time for you and your puppy. Even though he knows what behavior is okay and what isn’t, he’ll push the limits. You have to be a bit more strict during the training process, because that is what he’s testing, your reaction. If you let him get away with it the first time, you bought yourself a whole life of headaches. Don’t get lenient or lazy with ridiculous behavior, if that picture up there is any sign of things to come, you’ll never eat cabbage again.

Moreover, during this time…. your dog will need you, as he’ll be teething. Distract your pooch with plenty of love and tough dental toys, as this will become his first, full-blown chewing phase. Luckily, most dogs go ballistic over a few of the treats listed below, so this phase doesn’t have to be a destructive one.

Beyond 4 Months of Age – A Dog!

At this age, your puppy will start to seem more like a dog, in terms of hunting behavior and mating instincts. Even if your puppy behaved well on a leash, he might not behave every time as an older dog. Until neutered, dogs may run after a mate, or another dog. This is also their exploration time, so a retractable leash is ideal; dogs need the freedom to explore, but also protection.



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Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, IL