Potty training your puppy is about positive reinforcement. You have to be consistent. This takes a lot of patience. The goal is to build a loving bond with your pet. This will instill good habits. It takes around four to six weeks to fully train him. Some breeds take longer. Small breeds have smaller bladders so they need to go out more. A large breed puppy will have a bigger bladder so he won’t have to be taken out as much. They will have accidents once in a while so you need to let them know this is not acceptable. Some say to start training around 12 to 16 weeks.
Best Way To Potty Train Dog
You should confine your puppy to a crate or small room like the bathroom in the beginning. Preferably some place without carpet. As he progresses and starts to know he has to go out, you can gradually give him more room to play around.
- Keep your puppy on a regular feeding schedule and remove his food between meals.
- Take him out to potty first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour. Always take him outside after meals or when he wakes from a nap. Make sure he goes out last thing at night and before he’s left alone. I was fourunate enough not to work when we were training our puppy. I would take him out in the middle of the night when I heard her moving around in her bed. She would potty most every time I took her out.
- Take puppy to the same spot each time to do his business. He will smell his scent and this will prompt him to go.
- Stay with him outside, at least until he’s house trained. I still go out with our dog so I know what she did. That way I knew if she peed or pooped.
- When your puppy potties outside, praise him or give him a treat. A walk around the neighborhood is a nice reward. The older they get they will do anything to get a treat.
Crate training is a good idea in the beginning. You can keep an eye on him and watch for signs that he needs to go out. Here are a few guidelines to follow.
- Make sure it is large enough for the puppy to stand, turn around, and lie down, but not big enough for him to use a corner as a bathroom. If you crate train, you might want to get one with dividers. This will grow with him.
- If you are using the crate for more than two hours at a time, make sure puppy has fresh water, preferably in a dispenser you can attach to the crate.
- If you can’t be home during the house training period, make sure somebody else gives him a break in the middle of the day for the first 8 months.
- Don’t use a crate if puppy is eliminating in it. Eliminating in the crate could have several meanings.
- He may have brought bad habits from the shelter or pet store where he lived before
- He may not be getting outside enough
- The crate may be too big
- He may be too young to hold it in.
Puppy Needs To Go Out What To Do
Some signs that your puppy needs to go out are whining, circling, sniffing, barking, or, if your puppy is unconfined, barking or scratching at the door, are all signs he needs to go. Take him out right away.
- If you punish your puppy for having an accident, it will teach him to fear you.
- If you catch your puppy in the act, clap loudly so he knows he’s done something unacceptable. Take him outside by calling him or taking him gently by the collar. When he’s finished, praise him or give him a small treat.
- If you don’t see him in the act, but have found evidence, don’t react angrily by yelling or rubbing his nose in it. Puppies aren’t capable of connecting your anger with their accident.
- Staying outside longer with puppy may help to curb accidents. He may need the extra time to explore.
- Clean up accidents with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odors that might attract the puppy back to the same spot.
Living Around “Go Potty” 24 Hours A Day
Remember large puppies can hold it longer than small puppies. Even different breeds are easier trained than others. You can probably find this out online. Make a list of your puppies schedule. What time he eats, what time he naps, what time he spends in his crate and what time he goes out. You will have to let puppies schedule be your schedule for a few months. Watch for his signs that he has to go. If he makes a mess, please don’t get angry or rub his nose in it. This will only teach him to fear you. Pick a word that he can associate with going to the bathroom. I use to this day ” Go Potty.” Please don’t leave him in a crate 4-6 hours. If you have to work, which I’m sure you do, See if you can arrange for someone to come and take him out.
If you choose not to crate train, put potty pads at one end of the room and his bed and water at the other. Dogs prefer not to go around where they pee or poo. This training may take longer than crate training.
Remember These House Training Rules
- Keep a solid routine. This is very important.
- Praise him when he goes outside or on his pads.
- Never punish him physically when caught in an accident.
- Do not correct him unless you catch him in the act.
Never give up. House training may take several months. Remember that your puppy wants to please you, he just needs to learn how. Be clear with him when you praise or correct his actions. Eventually, you will see results. If you don’t see results by a year, take him to your vet. He could have something physically wrong with him.