● Yell or shout
Your puppy can pick up on how you are feeling at any time, and if you are angry and yelling about an accident, you will succeed in nothing but scaring your little dog. She may become frightened of you, thus damaging the relationship between you both.
● Force or rub the puppy’s nose in her accident
By grabbing your puppy and forcing her head in her urine or faeces, or rubbing her nose in it, you are accomplishing nothing more than teaching your puppy that going to the toilet is wrong. Your puppy will be likely to pee or poop in private spots, such as behind the couch, to avoid your anger and physical abuse.
● Discipline your puppy after the accident has happened
Dogs live in the moment, especially puppies. Their short-term memories mean if you don’t use positive reinforcement methods right after an accident has happened, it’s too late to do it. Your puppy won’t make the connection between the accident and your discipline. Clean up the accident, and keep a closer eye on your puppy around the house.
● Have unrealistic expectations
Be patient with your puppy. She is just a baby, and she does not have sufficient bladder or bowel control just yet. Keep a schedule, be consistent, be positive, and watch your puppy closely, and in time, she will be housebroken.