Dog Potty Training Tips
Best Potty Training Tips Ever!
Potty training seems like a daunting task! I know people who avoid getting puppies just to skip this process, and in some ways I totally understand that! Puppies really are a LOT of work, and it is not just potty training!
And, the good news is that if you have an older dog that needs a little help in this area, that is no problem at all, even old dogs can learn a few new tricks!
You wouldn’t bring a baby home from the hospital and expect no dirty diapers and you wouldn’t smack your toddler in the face for having a bad day or an accident or two. So expect that your puppy is going to make mistakes.
Puppies gain bladder control and the ability to control their bowels at different times. Some puppies are very proficient when they are very young and some puppies take longer to gain this control and understanding.
If you expect it, you won’t be surprised or livid when it happens and you will be prepared to deal with it appropriately!
Don’t Get Angry or Lose Your Temper
If you catch your puppy going potty in the house don’t freak out!
Simply, and calmly say “no” or “ehh!” and scoop your puppy out and take him outside.
If you throw a fit and scare your puppy he associates YOU with something bad, not having an accident or going potty in the house.
From your puppy’s point of view… he has to go potty (right?) so he doesn’t understand why you get so upset at something that is so natural for him to do and something he needs to do. By yelling you are teaching him to avoid going potty “in front of you” you are not potty training him!
This is why so many dogs sneak out of the room to urinate or defecate, not because they are ashamed or they know it is wrong to potty inside… it is because they have been taught not to go potty in front of you (which makes this process so much harder!).
Crate Training is Your Friend
Crates are not devices of torture, they are tools to help you with potty training and other things (like keeping your puppy from eating things he shouldn’t).
Utilize a crate and make your life easier. People who bring their puppies straight home and allow complete access to the house, have the most trouble with potty training.
Utilize a crate and the process will be easier for you both.
Pick a Specific Spot Outside
Remember earlier how we talked about losing your temper when your dog goes potty! If you do that, this step will be painful for you both.
You need your puppy to be comfortable going potty in front of you so that you can learn his schedule.
Pick a certain place outside in your yard and be sure to take your puppy to it each time you take him outside! Be sure to go with him and watch him and calmly praise him when he goes. Don’t go crazy praising him, or he is liable to stop, just calmly let him know that he is good!
It doesn’t matter if it is 100 degrees or 10 below zero; raining or snowing, if you don’t go outside and monitor your puppy you will not know if or when he is going potty outside which means he is likely to come back inside and go potty.
Puppies would much rather play with leaves and bugs than go potty, if you aren’t there to see that you won’t know your pup needs to go back into his crate and come out again 5-10 minutes later!
He will learn to sneak away, and have accidents inside.
If you leave him outside for an extended period of time, chances are when you bring him back in he will need to go outside again soon or have an accident.
Establish a routine
Routines make your job easier and help your new puppy get use to your lifestyle.
Feed your puppy at the same time each day.
Give him naps in his crate regularly at the same time so your pup gets use to a routine and gets into a habit.
Take him outside and play with and train him on a schedule so he gets the attention he needs.
Take him out about every 2 hours (if he is awake) to go potty.
Supervise your puppy at all times. Supervision means he can’t sneak away and go potty in another room or behind furniture. It also means that he won’t be chewing on items he shouldn’t or getting into other trouble.
Supervision is imperative with young puppies!
I recommend an inside tether (never leave him alone on a tether) and keeping him with you on a leash if you need to at all times!
If you can’t watch him, crate him even if it is only for a few minutes.
You would never leave your baby crawling around with open outlets and dangerous things to chew on why would you leave a puppy?
It is All About YOU
Stop thinking that potty training is about your puppy! Potty training is all about you and it is your responsibility when he is young to help him be successful. Get him outside about every two hours, monitor him outside and when he is inside and be diligent!
Sure, accidents happen but if you make it your goal to ensure his success you will both be happy in a short amount of time!