This is where the fun starts. But remember, animals pick up on things very quickly, so it’s essential that your household to work together to act responsibly and above all, consistently. As anyone will tell you, accidents happen. However, rather than disciplining your pet, instead encourage and reward good behavior and ignore the accidents. Puppies have weak bladders, so take them out to a specific area, such as a designated part of your yard, every half hour to an hour. Set you alarm at regular intervals during the night for the first few weeks.
You will soon learn when your pup is likely to go to the potty; this tends to be when they wake up, after meals, and following playtime. Always praise them after they go to help reinforce correct behavior. Read more about puppy potty training.
Of course playtime is important for puppies and kittens, but they also need plenty of rest. It may be difficult to tear yourself or family members away, but sleep is essential for their wellbeing. Make sure they can nap and try not to overtire them. At this point, you should start getting them accustomed to being alone for short periods of time.
If you already have another pet, don’t forget to give them plenty of love too, and make sure any introductions take place in a safe, gradual, and calm manner.
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