When bringing your new pup home for the first time, there may be many factors to consider, including potty training. No matter what time of year you want to train your pup, it can be a challenge. Fortunately, we got in touch with the Trupanion veterinarian, Dr. Caroline Wilde put together to learn more about how to potty train a puppy in winter and what other dangers to be aware of when taking your furry friend outside.
How to help potty training a puppy in winter
Puppies are curious and may want to explore when they are outside. Wilde recommends these tips when teaching your pup potty training during the winter season.
- If it is safe for your puppy to go outside, your puppy should still be taken out as often as possible while it is studying. Dog coats and ankle boots can also protect your puppy from the elements.
- Try to have a basic pattern for outside. For example, like first thing in the morning, before going to bed, after every meal and after an intense game.
- When taking your puppy outside, try to stay outside until your puppy goes to the bathroom, and then reward your puppy with either treats or praise.
- Never leave your puppy unattended while they are being potty trained. Some trainers recommend tying the puppy to you so that it doesn’t migrate and have an “accident” or crate training. Your vet can advise you on the pros and cons of each method.
- Watch your puppy carefully for any clues he may need to use the bathroom, such as: B. Wandering or sniffing in certain places. When you see these behaviors, take them outside immediately so they can be rewarded for the desired behavior.
- When training a behavior, it is important to use positive reinforcement instead of negative reinforcement. This may include always rewarding your puppy for the desired behavior, rather than punishing him for undesirable behavior.
- Be patient. Potty training takes time and consistency.
It can be helpful to create schedules to help your new furry friend get started with the routine. It can also take your new best friend some time to get used to their new room, new home, and potty ritual!
Of course, it’s a new experience for your whole family. Give everyone the right time to adjust to changes and shared responsibilities.
Also, it can be helpful to go back to the same place every time you go outside so your best friend can familiarize themselves with the scents and sights in the area. Further information on hiking tips for winter dogs can be found here.
The benefits of potty training a puppy
Whether you’re a new or established pet owner, no pet owner wants to clean up clutter after your furry friend. Although accidents can happen after potty training your puppy, training your pet from the start can still be helpful.
In addition, “an immediate start and a constant posture can facilitate the training process and be a connecting experience for the owner and his new puppy,” says Wilde.
Exercising is a great way to bond humans and pets and develop positive behavioral traits in your furry friend.
Dangers to winter animals
Each season of the year has different dangers to watch out for when making furry friends. Wilde points out some seasonal hazards to consider before going outdoors with your best friend.
- Keep in mind that puppies can take some time to develop the protective cornea on their paw pads. Put on boots or shoes to protect your paws.
- The salt on sidewalks can be poisonous if swallowed and irritate the paw pads. After a walk, you might want to wipe their paws and pay attention to where your furry friend steps outside.
- Watch out for dangers to winter animals such as puddles, snow and ice.
- Different breeds of dogs have different cold tolerances. Ask your veterinarian if it is safe for your pup to be outside.
Every puppy is different and can react differently to winter weather. Keep in mind how long you will be outdoors and consider short trips outside. Pet clothing like a sweater, jacket, and ankle boots can also help keep your furry friend happy and warm.
Potty training a puppy any time of the year can be challenging
It may take time for your puppy to adjust to the weather, as well as to the new routine or schedule. Some puppies will potty training right away, while others may need more time to adjust. But with a little patience, love, and help from your veterinarian, your best friend can be trained in no time!
Have you potty trained your puppy over the winter? Tell us in the comments below!
For more information about puppies, see the Ultimate Socialization Checklist for New Puppy Owners
About the author
is a digital content writer and publisher for Trupanion. She spends her work day writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, getting inspiration from pets, and luckily hanging out with her rescue dogs all day. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been published on the DOGTV blog, the KitNipBox blog, the Get Your Pet blog and Fansided, among others.