How to Potty Train a Dog
Today we’re going to talk about! The first step in puppy potty training
To prepare for potty training, you need the puppy of course. Some treats. I use these little “Zuke’s” treats because they are tiny.
A leash and if you are going use the bell method, you’ll need some bells, One of the things to remember when successfully potty training your puppy, is that you want it to be a positive experience.
Reward the puppy whenever they do good behavior, You’ll also need to understand a puppy needs to go out frequently, They say that the general rule of thumb, for every month old the puppy is, that’s about how long they can hold their bladder without having to go to the bathroom.
If your puppy is eight weeks old, generally they can hold it for about, two hours. You really should be letting them out for about once every hour just to be safe. Generally they can hold it for about two hours. When you are taking your puppy out to go potty, generally I’ll use a leash, That way you can keep the puppy within a certain area. Another good tip is to always take the puppy potty training to the same area.
You pick the corner of your yard and we start out in that corner of the yard. That’s where you always want go, when you take your puppy outside to potty. They will recognize the smells once they start peeing there and will kind of stimulate them when they smell so they would go to the bathroom.
Potty time with the puppy will generally last anywhere from ten to twenty minutes. You want to give them ample amount of time to both pee and poop. As soon they are done going to the bathroom, you want to immediately take them back to the house.
You want them to associate potty time and playtime as two different things. When you go back in the house after they are done going to the bathroom, go back inside for ten to twenty minutes or so, then comeback outside for playtime.
While outside try to get your dog to go into the bathroom, we always say “Go potty! Go potty!” Once your dog knows what this command is and what you want them to do, when you need to take them outside, and they need to go potty You just say “Go potty! They’ll know exactly what you want them to do.
This is convenient when you are outside of your home,like you would take your dog on vacation with you and stop at roadside parking. You need them to go to the bathroom and helps them to know what they’re supposed to be doing. Of course, when your dog does finally go potting, we always immediately reward them with a treat.
Praise them like “Good Girl/boy!” Make sure you pet them and give them lots of love tell them “Good girl/boy! That’s a good girl/boy! So that they get that positive reinforcement and they know they did something you wanted them to do.
Another tip for successful puppy potty training tips, Take a feeding schedule and stick to it Puppies when they are really young, should actually eat three times a day. early in the morning, Usually I’ll do mid afternoon and then, once in the evening. No later than like six o clock (PM) because you don’t want them to go to the bathroom. after you go to bed.
A Couple more basic potty training tips that are really important. As soon as your puppy awakes from a nap take them out to go to the bathroom. First thing in the morning, take them out first. Before you even go to the bathroom, take your puppy out to go to the bathroom.
After they have had a good play session, take them out to go to the bathroom. While you are at home, is best to keep the pet in the same room as you. Actually keep them confined to that room. In our house we have the baby gate so, when we’re in… If we are in the living room, we keep the puppy in the living room with us. If we’re in the kitchen, we keep them in the kitchen with us.
How to Potty Train a Puppy
That way we can keep an eye on what they are doing, You can kind of watch for certain signs, of them needing to go to the bathroom most times, they’ll sniff and circle multiple times. Usually a pretty good sign they need to go outside really fast.
There’s really no point on punishing your dog, because dogs live in and out and they are not gonna remember what they did wrong and why you punish them.
You need to catch them in the act. That is usually the most effective way to train them in what they are not supposed to be doing. At night, we usually wake up two to three times during the night, if we don’t hear her crying, to actually let her outside. You really want to do this until they’re about 16 weeks old. By then, they should be able to make it all night, without issues.
Without having any accidents, as long as you let them out right before you go to bed and first thing when you wake up in the morning. By the time of sixteen weeks old, they should be able to make it thru the night. Biggest tips I can give you guys… Praise, praise, praise! Always praise and reward the puppy for doing the right thing. Lots of treats, lots of love, lots praise.
Eventually they’ll realize “Well, this is really cool and I like it when you pet me and when you feed me. I’m gonna keep doing these things you want me to do.” You also need to remember that puppies cannot control their bladder, so accidents do happen! Most puppies aren’t completely trained until they are about six months old.
So you will have access from time to time. Just remember to clean up immediately. Use a good cleaner to make sure to clean everything up, so the smell goes away, so they don’t continuously, wanna go, potty there. There are many different ways to potty train a puppy.