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Italian Greyhound puppy potty training

10 tips for Italian Greyhound puppy potty training

It's an exciting time when you bring your IG puppy home, but a new pet also comes with challenges. One of the first and biggest challenges that you may face is that of potty training. Some puppies will learn this quickly, while others will struggle with it for a while. During this training period, always remember to be patient, remain calm, and be consistent. If you stay positive and follow these guidelines, potty training can be a simple process.

1. Introduce your new Italian Greyhound pupy to its new home, family and their role.

Just like when you are new to a place or group, your new puppy may be bursting with curiosity, excitement, fear or joy. Now is the best time to lay out the foundation for a good and pleasant relationship with your pet. For a puppy to settle in and learn to trust and respect you and everyone at home, it is very important to establish your expectations of your puppy and be consistent with them.
Only show your puppy the areas where it is allowed to be. Initially do not let your new puppy roam and explore on their own, especially, if you don't want them to go do their business there. For example, if the upstairs area or bedrooms are off limits, close them off and do not allow your puppy to explore there.

2. Understand your puppy's particular breed behavior and needs.

Research and ask the breeder about your dogs breed traits and special needs or any behavior that you should be aware of and look out for. For example, for a tiny little Italian Greyhound puppies - their bladder are very small and they will need to urinate more frequently; accidents will happen in puppy and junior age even if they are well trained.
Although most IGs are highly intelligent, they don't think like humans do. It is often a problem when we expect them to understand simple command words or tell you that they need to pee or poop. For this reason, you must be willing to understand how they communicate with you and study the clues they give and get from you.

3. Keep an eye on your Italian Greyhound puppy.

While potty training, it is ideal to keep your puppy where you can watch it at all times. This will allow you to look for early signs that it needs to go and help to prevent accidents. Signs when they might go are when they start circling, scratching, and sniffing.
Some of the signs to look for include whining, circling, sniffing, barking, or any sudden behavior change. When you see any of these signs, immediately lead the puppy to a potty zone.

4. Choose a potty zone.

It is best to pick a certain area in the home or outside (if you want to train your puppy to potty outside) and take your dog there every time it needs to go. You should pick a spot that is easy to get to and quickly to clean up.
Your puppy will remember the smell of urine and start to associate the area as its "bathroom."

5. Prevent accidents.

If you catch your puppy trying to start urinating or defecating in not correct place, make a sudden noise such as a clap, and say the word "no." Then, quickly lead the puppy to the potty zone.
You want to startle but not to scare the dog. The intent here is to get their immediate attention and know that you disapprove marking or pooping in the home. You also want to be consistent, using the same word and/or noise each time.
Don't interrupt when your puppy is already in the process of urinating or defecating, because most puppies will not be able to stop this.

6. Behave correctly in case of accidents

You will not be able to prevent all accidents. If puppy did an accident, let it know you are upset and disaprove such begaviour. Use upset, blaming voice that lets the puppy know it has upset you. But do this only if you has caught the puppy right after an accident.
Never punish your puppy for accidents. The puppy does not know it is doing anything wrong. Your puppy could only understand that you get mad when you see them potty and will hide from you when they need to go, most likely in places that are hard to reach for you.
Do not force your puppy to smell or keep reminding them of their actions. They will not remember and could possibly become scared of you.

7. Choose a specific sound or word command.

Every time you take your puppy to potty zone or outside to their area, use the word "go," or pick another command. This will teach it to go in that specific location.
The dog will begin to recognize the command and understand what you want it to do. This will help the dog to learn when and where it should be urinating or defecating.
Use that command only when you want them to go. This will avoid confusion

8. Praise successes.

Always praise your puppy every time it uses the appropriate area. Use a cheerful, happy voice that lets the dog know it has pleased you.
Being consistent with this will give them an emotional incentive to do their business in the correct place.

9. Make potty time a relaxing and rewarding event for your Italian Greyhound puppy.

To encourage your puppy to patiently hold and wait until you allow them to go they must first enjoy it.
Going out for a walk and relieving themselves should be an awarding experience every dog should enjoy.
Do not interrupt your puppy if they are doing their business where you want them to go. Allow them to relax, loosen up and relieve themselves.
You can also give your puppy a small treat afterward to help encourage it.

10. Clean up accidents right away.

When your puppy did an accident inside, it is important to clean the area thoroughly. This will help prevent the dog from wanting to go again in the same place.
Use an enzymatic cleaner. This will help to get rid of the odor and the dog's attraction to the area.
You can also use white vinegar to counteract the smell of urina.
Author: Lesya Smykovskaya
Used matherials from www.wikihow.pet