Some dogs are super easy to potty train, it seems that they instinctively know what to do. Other dogs seem completely clueless as to what it is you are trying to train them to do. They have no idea what it is you are wanting from them, and it becomes very frustrating for you, bookurhouse the owner. You had these visions of a cute little Maltese puppy cuddling in your lap, and these daydreams have been wiped out from all the “puddles and piles” you find each day throughout your home.

When I first got my adorable little Maltese girl Emma, I had no idea of the importance of house training from day one. We had mostly wood floors, so wiping up a little puddle here and there was really no big deal. What I didn’t understand was how incredibly annoying I would find this a year later! The other thing I didn’t understand was that I was actually teaching Emma that it was OK to just go bikesncar wherever! The potty training became so much more difficult for me when I was ready to get serious about it because I had basically trained Emma the house was her toilet.

So not only did I need to untrain her what she had already learned, I had to then train her the right way. On top of that, it was deeply frustrating that her potty habits were so specific. She hates going to the bathroom while being watched. I would take her to the toilet area, and the only way she would even consider going is if I looked away. Not only that, tech2gadgets but any kind of movement or sound would totally distract her. She could be in the midst of turning circles, about to go, and then the phone rings! That’s it, she’s not going now! Does any of this sound familiar?

I had gotten advice from friends and even read some popular books on house training puppies, but they were more designed for the dog who instinctively knows to go outside, college dorm party not a stubborn little Maltese like mine with an indoor potty system. I was so fed up. What I didn’t realize is that there was some really key information about house training that was missing in those books. Partially because they gloss over the indoor potty system, and partially because most dogs aren’t stubborn and refuse to go potty at the designated spot, so the author doesn’t need to go over in detail exactly how to do it. There should be a chapter for house training puppies who are stubborn and refuse to cooperate!

The most important key piece that was missing from the books and advice, is the absolute need of immediate and consistent response. When you pup does go in the right spot, encontrasp you need to be ready with enthusiastic praise, delicious treats and loads of attention. Basically, you watch and wait for the deed to happen, and the second your pup gets up or leaves the area, you throw him or her a little surprise party. Seriously, you want to go wild with the praise, have a special treat ready in your pocket, and lavish lots of attention on the puppy. You want your pup to feel like going potty at that location made you super happy and the result is he or she is showered with rewards and attention. This cannot happen five minutes later, it needs to happen immediately after the good behavior. And while you are in the training process, it needs to happen every time. Once your pup has gotten it right, you can begin letting up a bit, with treats only sometimes, but still lots of praise and attention.

When it comes to dealing with Maltese puppies, they make wonderful companions and love to stay curled in your lap for the afternoon. But they can also be challenging to get potty trained. But if you take what you already know about potty training, bedpersonals and simply apply this rule-reward immediately and consistently-you will be on your way to a clean floor in no time at all!