Bringing home a new dog can be both the most exciting experience and the most frustrating.
I moved to New York with my Frenchie from Miami, where she had a large back yard to run around in, abundant grass to roll around in and do her business in, and a deck to simply sunbathe in. Which she absolutely adores. Not to mention, this top heavy bat-pig-dog, loves the water and loves to just sit in the pool and soak in the relaxation that exists in Miami Beach.
About five months after I first brought her home, we made our way to New York. Now I can tell you I thought it was going to be hard, but it was tedious for two weeks.
I want to share what we went through so if you have any questions, hesitations, or need advice you know where to go. I also want to let you know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It will get better, it will be worth it, and ultimately it will be a bonding experience for you and your dog.
So, Ziggy’s first two weeks consisted of walking up and down, around our neighborhood for hours at a time. With no grass in sight, this little puppy had no clue what to do. So the minute we got back inside the apartment, she would squat on our couch. This was the not so fun part. But after walking with her, introducing her to other dogs, showing her that it was normal, and bringing A LOT of treats on each walk, Ziggy never had an accident again. She learned that grass isn’t always necessary. In fact, now when we travel back to Miami, she still uses the street or sidewalk instead of the grass.
This was Ziggy when i first brought her home. She still loves to soak in the sun.
High five after a job well done! New York City potty training complete! Good luck!