Potty Training your Puppy


Aren’t dogs amazing!?  We are continually impressed with their abilities.   Wouldn’t it be great if every dog was as brilliant as this.  Or better, if we were all a dog trainer extraordinaire like the trainer above clearly is!  Sigh.  That is just not the case!  If you are like the majority of pet owners, potty training can be a very frustrating time.  It doesn’t have to be and here are some great potty training tips to help you through:

  • Consistency is key!  Build a routine for the mornings, afternoons, and evenings and your puppy will set his internal  clock to match the frequency.  Initially you will need to offer puppies under 3 months of age a chance to potty every 2-3 hours.  Exhausting, we know!  After they have grown a bit, you will be able to go 30-60 minutes longer between each break, every two weeks.  Factors include water and food intake, environment, and stimulation.  If your puppy is loose in the house, it may not make the extra 60 minutes provided it has had a lot to eat and drink.
  • Feeding should be done near the same time(s) everyday, and it’s okay to pick up the water bowl in the evening to avoid accidents overnight. Your puppy will also need to use the bathroom (#2) right away after eating using this routine.  Which is GREAT because you can take them out, know they will do their business and they feel good because they’ve gone where they need to. Outdoors!
  • Crate Train.  Oh!! The whining, the yelping, I know.  It’s painful the first night. Or two.  Stick to your guns and by the third night, it’ll be smooth sailing from there.  Don’t crate them as punishment and allow them to be in their crate as part of your family while you are home, too.  Not just when you are away.  Bring the crate into the living room while you are cooking dinner, or take the crate out on your patio while you entertain guests.
  • Take your puppy out first thing in the morning.  Preferably leashed from the crate, or carried if you are still in the beginning stages.
  • Go to the same spot.  For now, in the potty training stages, it’s beneficial for them to have a designated place.
  • Reward them for going outside.  For God’s sake, give the dog a bone!  They have been working just as hard as you.  Positive reinforcement is the way to go!  Let them know they’ve done a good job.
  • Stop and smell the roses.  Enjoy your time dog walking, it’s a great benefit health benefit to you both.

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