The Top 5 Things to Remember When Potty Training
Potty training a puppy or even an adult or older dog can be daunting and overwhelming this list is to help you get back to the basics and get on the right track!
#5 Crate Training is Your Friend
Utilize a crate and make your life easier. People who just 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.
There are many types of crates from indestructible police K9 type crates to mesh crates (although I don’t recommend these for puppies or at the beginning of training). There is something out there that will help you and your puppy become successful.
#4 Establish a routine
Routines make your job easier and help your new puppy get use to your lifestyle. If he eats and drinks at about the same time each day, chances are he will urinate and defecate also at the same time each day!
#3 Pick a Specific Spot Outside
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. 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.
If you leave your puppy out for an hour or two...he will probably have to go potty again soon! Just because you let him in 10 minutes ago doesn't mean he went potty right before you let him in!
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 types trouble. Supervision is imperative with young puppies! I recommend an inside tether and keeping him with you at all times, unless he is in his crate! Although it is a lot of work, it pays off in the end!
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! Be kind, puppies are like babies, they gain bladder control at different times. Although you can stop the flow of urine by quietly startling your pup and then getting him outside. Do not scream or shove his nose in it, be kind so that he will be willing to go outside in front of you.
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!
Good luck and as always reward your puppy for correct decisions and doing the right thing and have fun together! Don’t focus on the mistakes, focus on the positives and moving together toward probably your first big goal!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.