The time to properly potty train a puppy starts right when you arrive home with your new puppy. It is important to place him in a crate, let him sniff around and check out the environment. He will see that the crate is his den, and did I also mention that this is also his very own “special” place? Remember to put lots of toys in the cage as well.
Crates should be made puppy-proof by being soft and big enough for your puppy to stand up, sit down and turn around. All puppies are naturally curious and playful, so ensure his safety by batching down any loose electrical cords, poisonous plants and medicines, closeable objects, etc. near the crate.
If you need to leave your puppy at home alone, make sure you place him in a cage, with food and water available. It is important that the cage is not too small so that he is able to move around. Cold water should be available for the puppy to drink at night.
Reward your puppy when he goes potty outside. You should never punish him for going to the toilet in the home. Although it may not have been your intention for him to do potty indoor, but if you punish him, it will only confuse him. He will won’t understand what you are trying to teach him.
For example, if you catch your puppy defecating indoors, and you rewarded him when he does the potty outdoor, he won’t understand why he is being punished for the same potty action. This is because it is not clear to the puppy why he is being punished. Punishment will also take longer for your puppy to understand the situation so avoid scolding and punishing him for any accidents.
Not only should you avoid the urge to punish your dog, you should likewise use treats as a reward in conjunction with praise and encouragement while training your dog.
Here are a few tips for ensuring that you and your puppy have a positive experience in potty training:
1) Slow and steady wins the race. Create a schedule and be sure everyone in your household will use that schedule. The reason for this is that your puppy will be in a habit to go potty on regular timing.
2) Your puppy will need to go to the bathroom after eating! You will need to consistently take him outside for potty in the morning, 15-20 minutes after meals and before bedtime.
3) Control how much and when you feed your puppy. Puppies need to eat many meals per day, so you will need to make sure that you control when and what they eat. For example, they need to eat about 4 times a day and they need to urinate pretty frequently.
4) Take your puppy out for breaks every couple of hours. Once he reaches a specific age, you should be able to control how often he needs to go for potty.
5) Give your puppy plenty of attention. Don’t just play with them when he wants to. Pet him, talk to him and be affectionate with him. This will help your puppy to understand that playing is a necessary part of being a good dog.
6) Bad behavior. The reason your puppy will exhibit certain behaviors, like going to the bathroom in the house, is that he is losing bladder control. Don’t punish him for this as he will end up reacting negatively to this punishment.
7) A desire to please you. This is common in all dog packs. Good dogs know what is expected of them. They look to their owner for guidance, especially for puppies. You must continue to provide guidance to your puppy and basically show him what you want them to do.
8) Your body language. By this I mean the body language that you project. Your puppy learns to read your body language. This is even more important than knowing what your voice sounds like. Your body language will help your dog understand what you want him to do.
9) Be consistent. Don’t confuse your dog! Use the same command words for the same behaviors. Get your entire family involved in training so that they know what to do and what not to do.
Should you encounter a mistake while potty training your puppy, don’t scold and ignore your poor pooch. Make a fast, sharp sound, repeating the word “no” while looking at your pet. Then move off to a spot where you want your puppy to eliminate and wait for him to do the action.
Potty training doesn’t have to be a source of frustration and anxiety for you and your pet. In fact, if you take the right approach, it can be a positive and rewarding experience that will give you and your dog plenty of wonderful memories.
Puppy training can be accomplished at home or through private training in a group setting. Your puppy will find it easier to learn if he knows another dog. At times a group training course will be a necessity when doing puppy training because your dog may be difficult to train and it may be harder for someone else to train him. Remember, there can be only one “leader of the pack”.