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How to Potty Train a Puppy

How to Potty Train a Puppy

We will tell you straight up: if you think that potty training a new puppy once takes throwing a stack of newspaper at him, you have it wrong. Learning how to potty train a puppy takes lots of patience, commitment, and love. However, the results are entirely worth it; not only are you going to be free from having to clean up your dog (well, eventually) but a housebroken puppy is more enjoyable and less likely to incite some owner resentment. It is best to start potty training as soon as your puppy comes into your home. This makes it easier to set certain expectations. Usually, it will take several weeks to complete housetraining although there are some breeds which will need to train longer. To get started on puppy potty training, read below:

  1. Potty training a pup is somewhat similar to potty training a toddler and establishing a routine makes everything more effective. A regular schedule of eating, playing, and potty time should be established. Aside from the comfort of knowing what to expect at specific times of the day, a regular feeding schedule also means a regular pooping schedule, so you can easily pinpoint when you need to watch out for a potential potty training session.

  2. When it comes to balder holding capacity, a one- month old puppy can hold his bladder for around an hour. After he gets a few weeks older, he will be able to hold for two to three hours. Space toilet breaks every two hours so that you can avoid accidents as much as possible. If your schedule takes you out of the house for longer than two hours at a time, arrange for a dog sitter while training is still in progress.

  3. Choose a designated outside spot where your puppy can relieve himself. Always put your puppy in a leash and lead him to that spot for every outside bathroom break. Use the consistent command like “go do your business” or “potty time”. Go for walks or playtime only after he has finished.

  4. Give the puppy a tasty treat every time he goes potty in the designated outdoor spot. Do it immediately after, without waiting until you have gone back to the house. An immediate reward reinforces the connection between the desired behavior and the reward. Also give him lots of praise after he has finished, not during or before.

  5. The rest of the time, watch your puppy so that he does not poop or pee where he is not supposed to. The minute that you see signs of having to go (being restless, squatting, or circling) take him leashed to the outside spot. If you cannot supervise him, humanely confine him in a small pot that is just enough for him to turn around, lie down, and sit in, like a crate. He will be less likely to make a mess if he knows that he will be doing it on his space.

  6. Expect some accidents to happen. If you do catch him in the act, try to interrupt him by making a loud noise (not to scare or threaten him though, just to get his attention) and take him to his elimination spot. If he continues outside where he left off, give him praises and a treat.

  7. If he managed to make a mess indoors, clean it up thoroughly. Otherwise, the smell of urine and feces lingering in that area will make him more likely to do it again. Your local pet shop should have cleaning materials especially designed to take out all odors.

  8. After cleaning up, place the soiled rags or papers in the spot where he is supposed to go potty. This will help him recognize that spot as the right place to do his elimination.

The old school take on how to potty train a puppy used to recommend that whenever your pet has an accident, you should go and rub his face in it to teach him a lesson. This is not only demeaning to animals but it can actually hamper your potty training progress. Treating your puppy in this manner will only make him afraid to go potty in your presence, increasing the probability of an accident the moment that your back is turned.


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