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Is It Normal for a Nine-Week-Old Puppy to Keep Peeing Inside the House?


Dear VetBabble,

I have a nine-week-old puppy that keeps peeing inside the house and not outside. Is this normal? Should I enroll my puppy in a local puppy class? And should I consult a pet store associate about my puppy’s food?

Understanding Your Puppy’s Potty Habits

Congratulations on your new puppy! Potty training can be a challenging process for any new pet owner, but rest assured that it is completely normal for a young puppy to have accidents indoors. Your puppy is still learning and needs time and guidance to understand where it is appropriate to relieve himself. Be patient, as proper training will help set your puppy on the right path.

Training Methods for Your Puppy

We understand the frustration and inconvenience of having a puppy with accidents inside the house. Thankfully, there are some excellent resources available to help you and your puppy during the potty training process. VetBabble offers some comprehensive articles on the topic, including tips for How To Toilet Train Your Puppy in 3 Days and another article detailing a similar approach on How to Potty Train Your Puppy in 3 Days. These articles provide helpful tips and guidance for efficiently training your furry friend.

Enrolling your puppy in a local puppy class can also be an excellent idea. Puppy classes not only provide important potty training advice, but they also help socialize your puppy, teach basic obedience skills, and offer guidance on other common dog training topics. Check out our article on Basic Dog Training for more information on getting started.

Addressing Potential Nutritional Concerns

As a responsible pet owner, it’s important to ensure that your puppy is receiving the proper nutrients from his diet. Dogs who eat items they shouldn’t may be lacking essential nutrients or could just be curious. Consulting with a knowledgeable pet store associate may be helpful in determining the right diet for your puppy. Be sure to share any specific concerns you might have, as well as your puppy’s age, breed, and activity levels, to help pinpoint the proper food choice.

Dealing with Puppy Accidents

While house training your puppy, it’s crucial to handle accidents calmly and with understanding. Punishing or scolding your puppy might create anxiety and fear, potentially causing more issues in the long run. It’s important to clean any accidents thoroughly with an enzyme-based cleaner to remove any residual odors and prevent your puppy from returning to the same spot.

Remember, patience and consistency are key when potty training your new companion. If you continue to have concerns or experience issues beyond the typical potty training process, it may be helpful to consult with your veterinarian. In our article, Why Is My Dog Peeing on the Bed?, we address the potential causes for this behavior and when to seek veterinary assistance.

With time, patience, and proper training, your puppy will learn the appropriate places to relieve himself, and both you and your furry friend will be much happier for it!

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