The Beginner’s Guide To Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty training your puppy can be a difficult task, but with the right approach and resources, it can be done. This blog post will provide you with an overview of how to potty train a puppy, as well as some tips for overcoming common problems that arise during training.

We hope that this article provides you with all the information you need so you can easily potty train your puppy!

Designated Potty Area

First, it’s important to find a potty spot. This is where your puppy will go when he needs to relieve himself. Make the spot comfortable and enticing for him so that he’ll want to use it regularly!

A popular option is using newspapers in an enclosed space with some form of carpet or rug on top for puppies who are reluctant about walking on paper directly.

Praise Your Dog

Second, give plenty of praise after any successful potty trip – even if you left them there long enough and they only peed once! They may have had other opportunities while they were waiting but didn’t take advantage because they weren’t sure how you wanted them to behave.

The more approval you show as their trainer, the more likely they will listen and learn.

Disciplining Your Dog

It’s frustrating to deal with a dog that will make messes indoors. It’s important to remember this is just a passing phase and to be patient in these times. If you’re starting to go mad, you can see our tips on disciplining dogs for peeing in the house.

When You Should Take Your Puppy Outside To Do Its Business

At first, when a puppy needs to relieve himself outside, take him out often – once or twice each hour – until he learns the schedule by heart. It may seem like an inconvenience.

It helps to avoid accidents by taking your puppy outside as soon as they wake up in the morning (and again right before bed) until he can hold their bladder throughout most hours of the day without having an accident inside.

Using a Command Word

Your puppy may not know how to tell you they need to potty on their own – so teach them a command word! Choose something that is short, easy for your dog to recognize as action, and doesn’t have any other meaning in common speech.

Potty: Possibly the most popular choice of all because it’s a well-established phrase that dogs will often hear from pet owners or children who are playing with them outside.

The key here is repetition — use this word every time you notice the needs relief until he starts yelling at you when he has to go. It takes around two weeks for puppies up to under six months old, but adults usually only take about three days without mistakes if there is consistency and patience involved.

Potty Training Your Dog When You’re Not Home

There are many different ways to train and potty your dog when you’re not home. The most popular and easiest way is using chew toys with a scent of urine on them that will act as a beacon to attract him towards his designated area if he needs relief.

Another option, for those who want an extra layer of protection in case something gets wet or dirty, would be investing in pee pads — these have been proven successful because they don’t leave anything behind for accidents. This also makes it easier to clean up any messes inside as well!

If You Have Multiple Dogs

The main thing here is keeping all dogs separated until they can both reliably hold their bladder themselves without needing assistance from others around the house.

If You’re Stuck at Work

If you’re the type of person to leave your puppy at home while working, there are some things that can help with potty training – or maybe just housebreaking.

First and foremost is consistency in how often they go out for a walk. Make sure it’s every two hours or so if you can’t physically take him outside yourself, with plenty of water available as well. They’ll need fewer trips than when someone’s actually watching them! If he starts going inside again after having been successful about not doing so, then put him back outside immediately and don’t give any rewards until an appropriate time has passed (maybe five minutes). Shortening the length of time before giving praise will make it more likely for this behavior to stick.

If You Live in An Apartment

You might be able to have more success if you happen to live in an apartment – your puppy will need a potty area but they won’t always understand how close it needs to be. If he has accidents indoors, then put his bedding and toys inside the designated potty room for short periods of time (say, 30 minutes) until he learns that this is where they should go when possible.

First things first, always take your pup outside at least once every hour or so. You should also be making sure that they have access to potty pads or newspapers when indoors. If they start sniffing around or circling their paw then this means that they need a break outside. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, get them out and let them do their business before coming back inside!

During Winter Time

It can be difficult to take your puppy outside a lot when it’s cold outside. It’s not a bad idea to put them on potty pads or newspapers within their designated room during the wintertime if you can’t get outside often enough.

Some puppies are still too fragile to go out in the coldness of winter.

If this is the case, you can use a heating pad to keep them warm. This will also help keep their bladder from getting too full and needing to go potty all the time.

Start Potty Training Your Puppy As Soon As You Bring Them Home

For many new dog owners, potty training can be one of the most challenging aspects of pet ownership. Puppies have small bladders and need to go frequently, making accidents almost inevitable. However, it is important to start potty training as soon as you bring your puppy home. The sooner you start, the easier it will be for your puppy to learn the appropriate place to relieve themselves.

There are a few different methods you can use to potty train your puppy. One popular method is to take them outside frequently and give them praise when they relieve themselves in the desired location. You can also use a crate or indoor potty area to help your puppy learn where it is appropriate to go. With patience and consistency, you can successfully potty train your puppy and enjoy a mess-free home.

Be Consistent With Your Commands And Rewards

A dog is a man’s best friend, but only if you are consistent with your commands and rewards. Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on routine. If you are constantly changing the rules, your dog will become confused and frustrated. For example, if you sometimes allow your dog to jump on the couch and other times scold him for doing so, he will quickly learn that jumping on the couch is not allowed.

However, if you are consistent in your commands and rewards, your dog will soon learn what is expected of him. For instance, if you always give your dog a treat when he sits quietly, he will quickly learn that sitting quietly is a good thing. In short, consistency is key when training your dog. By being consistent with your commands and rewards, you will help your furry friend to understand what is expected of him and create a bond of trust between you both.

If They Have An Accident, Calmly Clean It Up And Remind Them What They Should Have Done

Regardless of how well-trained your dog is, accidents are going to happen. Whether they have a sudden bout of diarrhea or they miss their mark while peeing, it’s important to stay calm when cleaning up the mess. If you shout or scold them, they’ll only associate negative feelings with the experience and be less likely to want to use the restroom in front of you again.

So, take a deep breath, grab some paper towels, and take care of the mess. Then, gently remind them of what they should have done and praise them for being good dogs. With a little patience and positive reinforcement, you can help your furry friend learn to use the restroom like a pro.

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Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the owner and editor for Puppy Leader. He has two dogs and loves to train them daily. Every day, Peter takes his dogs to the park and lets them run around and play together. He also trains them each day with different commands and tricks.