It’s great to have a new member in your home. What’s come next is the training. Certainly, potty train your puppy will be your prime priority task. And if you are against the idea of using crate for your potty training, read on as I have some great ideas for YOU!
Puppies have very small bladders, so they may need to go potty frequently. They may not be able to “hold” longer than adult dog. So make sure you watch him like a “hawk”.
Most puppies will probably need to go out within 15 minutes after eating or drinking, immediately upon waking up in the morning as well as following a nap. And if he is under 3 months old, every 2-4 hours. If your puppy is an older ones, then you may reduce the frequency.
Your puppy will not let you know, so you have to be observant. In other words, watch out for behaviors that may indicate he needs to go for his potty. You should take him outside in these situations to make sure that he does not use the bathroom in the house.
Common behaviors exhibit from your puppy that he needs to go for potty include:
- Your puppy is sniffing the floor, circling and moving around.
- Your puppy is making lots of whining or barking.
- Your puppy is pacing and seems to be looking for a place (of course, for his potty)
- You see poop or urine on the floor (that might be too late…)
- Your dog seems to be acting like he hasn’t had a bath in a long time.
A good idea is to take your puppy outside to his potty spot when he wakes up, about an hour after eating or drinking, and after playing or training, especially if he is alone. He will get used to going potty outside. Be kind and firm when you take your puppy out, and praise and reward him when he goes to the right spot.
Also, say a potty command, such as “go potty” so that he can associate his act of going potty with getting that praise and treat.
If you do catch your puppy going potty in the house, clap your hands or make a sharp “Ah-ah-aaah” sound, then take him outside. Praise him if he goes potty outside. He will know that when he goes potty in the right place, he gets praise and gets a treat. The praise and treat should be enough to reward him.
And if you take him to the same potty spot every time and reward him for going, he won’t want to go potty anywhere else except this designated spot. Keeping him on the same potty schedule is also critical. It won’t take long for him to realize that when he goes potty outside, he will get praise and a treat.
If you can get your puppy on a schedule where he eats and drinks at specific times, then you won’t have to take him out that frequent. That way, he will know when to go potty. By taking him out at the same time every day, he will learn what to expect.
When your puppy messes up, don’t ever be too harsh on him. He will not understand what he had done wrong. He would not be able to recall that he had “wet” himself, so he probably won’t understand what you are angry about. And, you certainly don’t want to scold and punish him for something he can’t help. Find out what he did wrong, fix it and move on. It won’t help his behavior to dwell on the past.
You should use treat as a reinforcement for helping your puppy to learn that he should relieve himself in the proper area. Be careful that you don’t treat the entire house as a potty area. If you do, you will confuse your puppy, resulting in future problems with potty issues.
When potty training your puppy, it is important to keep a keen eye on him to learn the signs that he needs to go potty. If he sniffs around in a certain area for a while, go and get him. This is one of the signal that he is giving to you – “Take me out for potty!”.
If you catch him in the act of going potty where he’s not supposed to, in a stern voice, say “No” then pick him up and bring him outside. When you pick him up, make sure you tie him to the leash so that you have more control over him. When he finishes going potty, make sure you praise him, and give him a treat.
If you prefer indoor potty training for your puppy, look for a small area, perhaps a tiled area, or you can set aside an area in the kitchen because this is often a favorite spot for dogs to relieve themselves and you can readily use this spot each time. A puppy’s potty area should not be foul-smelling. Knowing this is a good way to avoid accidents.
Of course, there are bound to be accidents, so don’t freak out. Just clean up, earn your puppy’s confidence and trust. Most of all, have lots of fun and play with him.
Using a collar and leash to chain or tie your puppy when you are not right beside him can have a negative impact on his potty training. He will associate his leash with discomfort.
When you are unable to watch your puppy, place him in his designated potty area and place an opacity covering (like paper or puppy training pad). If your puppy begins to potty in his designated area, give him the praise and treat. The more often he uses his designated potty area, the quicker and easier it will be for him to learn.
Puppies learn better when you are positive and gentle, patient and loving, rather than when you are strict and mean. Your puppy will learn better and love you more. This helps the bond between you and him.
Remember, dogs love to please their owners. The better they are trained, the sooner they will be know how to please you.