How to potty train a puppy

Potty training your puppy is about setting a structure of where and when your puppy goes to pee or poop. To achieve this goal of potty training a puppy you need to practice consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. It typically takes between 4 and 6 months for your puppy to be fully potty trained. Some puppies can take up to a year, if this the case with your puppy, just be patient

Keep the space clean and odorless

If your puppy has an accident and goes where it’s not supposed to. It’s important to thoroughly clean and deodorizes the area. You can use a stain and odor remover spray to make the task easier. This will help prevent the dog from wanting to go again in the same place.  Without that scent of urine around, the puppy won’t associate the area with its bathroom area. Is important for your puppy to associate outside with bathroom breaks and learn that inside is not the place go do potty.

Choose an appropriate place in the house for the puppy to go potty

Find a spot that is not visited by other dogs and is easy to clean up. Take your puppy to the same spot each time he needs to go potty. His scent will prompt him to go. Use puppy pads in this process, this will make it easier to clean. Always give your puppy positive reinforcement for going to the right place. If your puppy has an accident where it’s not supposed to go, interrupt it and quickly take the doxie to its potty place. Don’t punish your puppy for going in the wrong place. The puppy doesn’t know it is doing anything wrong. If you take your puppy outside to go potty, always keep him on a leash and avoid areas where other dogs do their business until your puppy has completed its vaccinations.  Once your puppy is ready to do its business outside, move the pads closer and closer to the door your puppy will use to go out. This will build an association in his mind between that door and go to the bathroom and eventually teach him to go potty outside.

Set a Schedule

When house training your puppy is important to create a schedule for your dog. Set times for training, feeding, bathroom breaks, and sleep. Take your puppy outside or to the potty spot right after sleeping, eating, and playing.

Use a crate to house train your puppy

Most people don’t like the idea of putting a puppy in a crate, however, is important for your dog to be comfortable in his crate for vet visits and travel. Crates can also help with house training your puppy. It will allow you to keep an eye on him for signs he needs to go, such as whining, circling, sniffing, barking or scratching at the door and teach him to hold it until you open the crate and let him outside.


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