Potty training your new puppy can be a very daunting task that takes time, energy, dedication and most importantly consistency. By combining all of these things you can have a very obedient puppy who alerts you when its time to go!
Lets get started: The first step in the training process is realizing when your puppy needs to potty. Look for sniffing, restlessness and squatting. These are usually signs that your puppy is looking for a place to do his business.
Once your able to recognize your puppy’s signs, designate a “potty-spot” outside. It is important that every time you take your puppy outside to potty, you use his potty spot. Next, pick a potty command- Outside, Lets go potty, or something to that effect. As soon as your puppy alerts you that it is time to go, use your potty command and immediately take him to his potty spot. Remember, it is crucial that the same command is used every time your puppy goes outside, regardless of who is taking them potty.
Don’t be alarmed if when you take your puppy outside, he does eliminate right away. It can take your puppy any where from 10 to 15 minutes to fully empty their bladder and bowels. Your puppy may even go potty several times when you are outdoors. It is important to take some treats with you every time you take your puppy outside. Positive reinforcement is a great way to train your puppy that going potty outside is exactly what he should be doing. Remember Pavlov? As soon as your puppy eliminates, give him a treat and show him affection by petting or rubbing him.
Accidents are bound to happen. Many sources say that puppies can only hold their bladder for roughly one hour, per month of age. Every puppy is different. If you catch your puppy going potty, immediately attempt to interrupt him by making a loud sound, preferably his potty command or clapping of your hands. (Try your best not to scare your puppy. This can lead to problems mentioned below.) Leash your puppy and take him directly to the potty spot. Allow him to finish going potty, this could take awhile, and then immediately give him a treat. Never spank or swat at your puppy for going potty in the house. These actions, as well as rubbing his nose in a urine spot, can cause your puppy to develop fear of eliminating in front of you, even once you get him outside. Although we all try to watch our baby puppies closely, lets face it- they tend to sneak away. Do not be frustrated when you find an accident after your puppy has been off wandering. The best thing you can do at this point is simply clean it up. Try getting a cleanser that eliminates the enzymes in the puppy’s urine and feces. The odor of an old accident is more likely to make your puppy potty there again.
How can you prevent some accidents? Easily. There are several times when your puppy is going to need to potty due to natural bodily responses. Catching these will help you develop a routine with your pet.
-After your puppy plays or is active- Time to potty.
-5 to 30 minutes after your puppy eats or drinks- Time to potty.
– When your puppy wakes up form a nap or in the morning- Time to potty.
-After your puppy has been crated- Time to potty.
-Watch for your puppies potty signs- Time to potty.
Patients is key. Take your time. Praise your pet when he does well. Never scold him for going potty inside. Always continue to show him love and affection. A combination of all these things will lead you and your puppy to a happy, stress free life together. Oh, and a better smelling house!