Puppies have no control over their bladder until they are 10 weeks old. So you have to be vigilant if you are having a puppy that is only a couple of weeks old. Read on to learn how you can manage your small dog potty training from this post.
When you have a very young puppy, he is not going to be able to hold his bladder for long and you need to know how frequent he needs to go for his potty. It is important to develop a scheduled feeding time so that you can grasp when he needs toileting.
Two meals a day is ideal, but if your pup can handle one meal per day, that works well too. Feed your puppy using scheduled time daily. This allows you to plan when he is ready for potty. Typically, he will needs to go for potty after each meal or every 2 hours interval.
One way to get a handle on when your puppy needs to potty is to use a timer. It is easy to measure the amount of time between potty needs in order to adjust your schedule accordingly. It is critical that you remain committed to a daily schedule. If you are not consistent with feeding, you will confuse your puppy and prolong the house training process.
Use the same words for going potty. Consistency is vital when you are potty training your puppy. Therefore, try to think of words that you have in mind when you want your puppy to go potty. For instance, instead of saying, “go potty”, try saying “go outside” or “Go poop” , which ever works well for you.
You may want to establish a designated “toilet” area outside as well. At first, you will want to guide your puppy verbally where he is supposed to go. Once he seems to understand, then praise him to let him know that he is doing a good job.
And when you see your puppy doing the right action such as potty in the right spot, praise and reward him instantly. This will encourage him to continue practicing this behavior.
You have to pay close attention to your puppy if you are housetraining him. If your pup has an accident and you didn’t see it happen, you shouldn’t punish him for that. Small dog has short term memory span and if you scold him for event that already happens few minutes ago, he wouldn’t be able to associate back what he had done wrong.
To avoid accidents, you may want to crate train your puppy. Don’t expect your puppy to be able to hold his bladder for hours as he just don’t have the muscle control. A puppy’s bladders and bowels are very small in comparison to an adult dog bladders and the potty can easily turn into a mess. Crate your puppy right after he finishes his meal. Let him confined in the crate for a while. Crate should never be used as a punishment.
Think of the crate as a little indoor den. Your puppy’s crate training will be much more successful if you help your puppy to get used to the crate on him own. Take the time to create a positive association for your dog by putting some of his favorite toys in the crate for him to play with.
Allow your puppy the opportunity to explore his crate. This can take several weeks and it is important that you remain patient and keep a consistent schedule. As your puppy learns what is expected and what is not expected to do in the crate, make sure you teach him the appropriate behaviors.
You can also place puppy pads and a comfy blanket inside the crate to make the area cozy for him. Leave the door open so that your puppy has the freedom to explore and come and go as he pleases. When you are not actively watching him, it’s fine to close the door and keep the crate in the room but make sure he associates the crate with positive things such as toys or treats.
If your puppy is spending an entire hour in the crate, prepare a special treat that you know he will enjoy. At the end of the hour, open the crate door and give him the treat. Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the amount of time he is in the crate and the amount of time you remain in the same room.
You can use the word “No” for negative behavior, that is, if your puppy has done his potty everywhere in the house. We use the word “No” to let them know that what they did was not acceptable. “No” does not mean, “stop doing that”. “No” means, “don’t do that!” “No” is a behavioral consequence, not a verbal penalty.
If you ever catch your dog in the act, show him what you would like him to do, by speaking firmly, in a strong tone, then get him to the designated spot for his potty.
Now watch him closely and make sure he has peed or pooped in the right spot. Once he had completed his potty, praise him and give him a treat. This will make him associate his potty with reward and he would be willing to do the same action again. Of course, on the right potty spot!
If you have a new puppy, you have to keep this in mind. accidents will happen. It is a natural thing. That’s why we need to be patient and loving with our new puppy.