Potty Training Your Puppy

Few things are more aggra­vat­ing than step­ping in a warm pile of dog doo first thing in the morn­ing. If you have a puppy, how­ever, and neglect to prop­erly toi­let train him, there’s a very good chance that exactly this kind of thing will hap­pen and prob­a­bly more than once. For the sake of your feet (as well as your floor cov­er­ings), here are a few tips that can help you effec­tively train your potty train your puppy.

  • Expect Acci­dents - Your puppy is going to mess in your house. It’s a vir­tual cer­tainty. Until he learns to con­trol his bow­els and blad­der, acci­dents are always a pos­si­bil­ity. So accept that fact. You’ll be bet­ter pre­pared when your puppy has an acci­dent and maybe keep your cool a lit­tle better.
  • Keep Your Tem­per - Get­ting mad won’t help your puppy learn not to pee on your favorite chair. In fact, it will likely make things worse. Yelling and scream­ing can scare your dog, and cause him undue stress that can severely hin­der the train­ing process.
  • Rou­tines Are Key - It’s a good idea to come up with a reg­u­lar sched­ule and then stick to it. Estab­lish­ing reg­u­lar feed­ing, play, and out­side times will help your puppy know what to expect and con­trol his blad­der accordingly.

    A rule of thumb is that, gen­er­ally, pup­pies can con­trol their blad­ders one hour for every month of age. For exam­ple, a two-month-old puppy can be expected to be able to “hold it” for about two hours. Take your puppy out­side fre­quently, and imme­di­ately after he wakes up, after play, and fol­low­ing eat­ing or drink­ing. If you work out­side the home, you may want to hire a dog walker to take your puppy out for breaks while you’re away.

  • Super­vise - Keep an eye on your puppy when he’s indoors. Don’t give him a chance to soil the rug. Make sure he does his busi­ness when you take him out­side. Keep him on a leash so he can’t just take off, and with­hold play until he does his busi­ness. Learn to use voice com­mands such as “Go potty” to help aid in the process.
  • Jail-Pup Blues - Your puppy shouldn’t have free reign of the entire house when you first get him home. Keep him con­fined to a small room or a pet pen until he’s been prop­erly trained.
  • Reward Suc­cesses - Be sure to reward your puppy every time he suc­cess­fully pot­ties out­side. Give him a treat or reward him with play time. Rein­force that reward come with proper behavior.
  • Instant Puni­tive Actions - If your puppy has an acci­dent, it’s impor­tant to pun­ish him only if you catch him in the act. That way, he will asso­ciate the pun­ish­ment with improper behav­ior. If you rub his nose in it after the fact, he may not under­stand why he’s being pun­ished. You don’t want him to think he’s being pun­ished for play­ing with his chew toy.

Remem­ber, the most impor­tant fac­tor in potty train­ing your dog is con­sis­tency. Come up with a rou­tine and stick to it. For more help, check out the video below:

Puppy Potty Train­ing Tips