How To Potty Train Your Puppy Easily
House training a puppy is a little bit more involved than most people imagine. Today I'll illustrate the steps you need to take in order to make the process as smooth as possible.
One of the first things that you can do to set up your new pup for success is to feed them on a consistent schedule. This will make it easier for you to determine when your pup will have to go out to do his business.
It's our responsibility as people to show our dog where they can and can't go. House training is a months long process, but it is a good opportunity for you to become consistent. Dogs aren't born knowing where they should or shouldn't relieve themselves. House training success is fastest achieved when you get extremely good at controlling your dogs environment and supervising them really well. Our goal is to get our puppy to understand that our house is their house. Instinctively dogs don't like to do their business where they live and sleep, but it can take a while for a puppy to generalize an entire house as their primary residence.
It takes months for your new pup to understand that the entire house is their house. Take very small steps. First get your pup to understand that the crate in the corner of the living room is their home. And then when they understand that you can start to help them understand that the rest of the house is also their home. You do that by giving them access to the rest of the house under heavy supervision overtime, along with taking them outside very often.
The best way to control your dog's environment is to just attach a leash to yourself and your pup. This way your dog can't wander off into another room, and you're in a better position to take cues from your dog that they might need to go outside.
Baby gates or puppy play pens are a great way to control where your pup can and cant go. This will give your dog a fair amount of room when you want a break from heavy supervision from time to time. No matter how you decide to control your dogs environment, make sure they are having a great time in whatever environment you choose.
A crate is a good way to give your dog a cozy place to hangout when you can't really supervise them. Since a crate is pretty small relative to a big room, your dog is less likely to do their business inside of the crate, and they'll be more likely to accept it as their primary living space.
**Understand though, the crate is not a dog sitter. It is simply a way to keep your dog safe and out of trouble for short periods of time when you absolutely can't supervise them. You want to introduce the crate delicately, to ensure that your dog enjoys being inside of it.
First, to introduce the crate to your pup you should let them smell it, explore it, walk around it and hangout by the crate. Give your dog some treats for hanging out next to the crate and for smelling it. You do not want to force your dog inside the crate. You want him to walk inside it voluntarily.
Open the door to the crate and give your dog treats as he approaches the door. Then, you can start to put some treats inside the crate and have him go inside the crate to get the treat. Let him walk in and out as he pleases. You want your dog to know that the crate is a good time, and it will always be a place for him to relax and hangout.
Next, continue with the treats but this time have your dog stay in the crate a little bit longer. Close the door to the crate as he is inside and give him treats from outside of the crate. Let him know that even though he is inside with the door closed, the fun can still continue.
Leave your puppies crate next to your bed overnight to eliminate any anxiety that your pup might get right before bed when you put him in his crate. He might wake you up a few times during the night to go potty but that is just a part of having a puppy.
A good rule of thumb for how long your dog should be in the crate is roughly one hour per month of age. However, you really want to avoid having a dog stay inside a crate for more than four or five hours at a time at any age (with the exception of overnight.)
**Before leaving your dog alone for hours at a time, do your best to give them proper exercise before you go (20-30 minutes of exercise).
You should take your new puppy out at least once an hour for a potty break. Make sure you take them outside immediately upon getting home from work and once you have woken up in the morning. Be prepared to stay outside for about five to ten minutes. It's okay if your pup does not go potty each time you take him outside, but it is very important that you continuously give them the opportunity to go.
When your dog finally does do his business outside, as soon as he finishes going, reward him big. Exaggerate to the maximum degree. Maybe give them a treat, or pet them at a high level of excitement, or offer a short play session. Make it so that, when your pup goes potty outside, it unlocks the most fun version of you to him. Creating a positive association in this way will actually make your dog want to go outside to do their business.
**Now if your dog does have an accident inside the house don't punish them. This is about as effective as punishing an infant for going in their diaper. If you do catch your dog in the act, pick them up and rush them outside. Do your best to clean up and get rid of any odors.
Once your dog can go one to two months without any accidents and several hours between potty breaks then congratulations! You have yourself a well potty trained pup!