It can quickly become very time-consuming to potty train your puppy and it will undeniably test your patience. As much as you love your little furry ball, constantly cleaning up after it can be rather annoying.
The recommended time to start potty training your puppy is when it’s between 7 to 8 weeks old, if you try to teach it any earlier it might be too early and your puppy might not be ready yet.
Things to NOT do
The most important point here is that you should NEVER shout or scold at your puppy, even if it’s a bit accident. Hitting it is even worse, never hit your puppy.
It is quite often that new pet owners make this mistake unaware of the consequences it could have on the puppy later on in life, despite it not helping the situation. The best way to train your puppy is with patience and encouragement. Not fear.
How do you know when your pup needs to go?
Usually, most puppies need to go to the potty to either mark their territories or eliminate the dinner from earlier. Since you probably keep your poppy at home most of the time, the latter reason will apply here.
The general rule is like this; your puppy usually needs to go potty after it sleeps, eats, or plays. If your puppy is waking up from a nap it is safe to say it probably needs to potty soon.
Puppy training tips
First of all, it is key to have a fixed schedule for your puppy. Feed your pup at the same time daily. Then bring it out for a walk afterward, regardless if it wants to or not.
Most dogs by the time they turn 2 years old should be able to hold their bladders for about 90 minutes up to 2 hours. So, by bringing them out regularly they will understand that outside is where they should potty.
Additionally, you could also use a potty pad that you install at a fixed spot inside the house. After naps, meals, or playing bring your puppy to the spot and let it roam around there until it does number 1 or 2.
Once the duty is done, immediately reward your puppy with a little treat, a pat on the head, and a “who’s a good boy”. It is important that it knows it done a good job, it will encourage your pup to do it again. Most puppies have quite a short memory so don’t delay the reward.
A Crate plays an important role when potty training your puppy. The crate is used as a safe space for your dog, where it can rest peacefully. It shouldn’t be very big but big enough for your pup to stand and move around a bit on.
Generally, your pup will not relieve itself within the safe space. It wouldn’t want to rest so close to its own waste. That’s precisely why the crate shouldn’t be too big.
Encouraging commands like “good job!” should always be said every time your puppy relieves itself where it’s supposed to. Your puppy will then associate that behavior with a good outcome and would want to repeat it.
Observe your puppy, look at its patterns and behavior. It’s quite frequent that it will show the same signs with it needs to relieve itself. This will give you a bit of time to bring it to the potty pad or outside.
Some pet owners choose to use a potty training spray, to help your puppy identify the right potty spot. You might want to give it a try.
If you notice your puppy is about to relieve itself in an undesignated spot, quickly say “No-No!” and bring it to the right place where it can go potty. By taking quick action you would sear the moment into your dog’s mind and it will understand that it should only relieve itself in the pre-assigned spots.
When going for small walks when your puppy it is important that you always bring it to the same spots. While young a puppy needs familiarity and repetition.
Of course, when it becomes an adult you can go for long walks to various places and it’ll find a good spot anywhere.
To sum it up, the tips in this article are proven to be highly effective for potty training your puppy. It is not difficult at all. As long as you keep consistency, and calmly repeat the same actions over and over again, at some point your puppy will learn it.
Dogs are clever animals, pups not as much, but as the puppy grows up it will learn how to hold its bladder until it can relieve itself in the pre-assigned spot, or you take it for a walk.
Most importantly have patience. Don’t rush the process or get too emotional. Your pup wants to see a happy owner and want to please you too. Give it time to learn, be patient.
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman