When it comes to training your dog, it’s never truly too late, but you’ll undeniably experience some diminishing returns. There is, after all, a reason why the phrase “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” exists. Dogs, just like humans, can slowly become set in their ways, which can be problematic if they have behavioral issues, such as poor potty training. It is for this very purpose that we’ve created our signature product, puppy pee pads.
We advocate the idea that it’s best to start training your dog at a young age, when they’re still a young puppy. While conventional wisdom has dictated that dog training should start at six months, more and more research is supporting the idea that puppies can (and should) be trained as soon as possible. Here are some reasons why it’s a great idea to start training your puppy earlier rather than later.
Puppies, much like young children, are learning from every experience they go through. This is a major developmental phase in their growth, so every experience teaches them something. Even though they will still have much to learn by the time they hit six months, they will have already developed some habits by that point, and possible expectations about certain elements of their life.
While there’s no reason why you can’t train them at this point, it’s even better if you can build them up from the ground up, helping them to form habits. That way, training doesn’t even feel like a change for them — it’s just a natural part of their life that they’ve always known.
Puppy pads are great for this! By getting them used to going potty in a certain spot, you’ll be able to potty train them super early in their life, avoiding the hassle of dealing with a dog later on that can’t control their bladder.
It’s a fairly well-known fact that young children excel at learning new languages, while adults tend to struggle with it. This is due to the way the brain works; at a young age, it’s easier to internalize new experiences and learn permanent knowledge that will shape your world as you grow; the brain is quite literally in a stage of development where that is the sole purpose.
It’s similar with dogs; dogs can be trained at just about any point in their lives, but after a certain age, different for each dog, it just won’t be as easy as it used to be.
The last perk of training a dog early is the simple convenience that’s in it for you. No matter what kind of training it is, it’ll make your life easier if your dog knows it sooner rather than later. This is particularly true for potty training and barking. If you’re ever considering whether to wait or not, just ask yourself — would you rather have your dog be potty trained for the next six months, or would you rather wait for an arbitrary reason, having to clean up after his accidents? The answer seems obvious. The sooner, the better.
As much as we love our dogs, it can be an exhausting burden to have a pup who can’t contain their bladder. You won’t relish cleaning up their business day after day, which is why you should consider picking up one of our Puppy Pee Pads! Whether you get one in the reusable variety, or a pack of disposables, it will help your dog greatly to know when and where to go. Check out our online store today!