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mixed breed dog in trainingYour first step to potty training is knowing what not to do.  As with the other things I teach, we’ll be using positive reinforcement.  In order to do that most successfully, we are going to set them up to succeed.

But first, the don’t list:

  • Don’t punish your puppy after an accident has happened.  They will not relate the accident to the punishment so they won’t learn anything from it.
  • Don’t hit your dog, please.
  • Don’t push their nose in it.
  • Don’t allow your puppy free roam of the house.

If you catch them making a mistake you can make a startling noise and then pick up your puppy to take them to where they can finish going potty.