How To Potty Train Your Puppy

19 June 2017
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Training your puppy to do just about anything can be frustrating. They're a bundle of energy and have no idea what you're trying to tell them. They want to chew everything, sleep most of the day, and potty everywhere. Remember that this tiny puppy is still learning and to be patient with your puppy when training him. It is especially frustrating when attempting to potty train. See below for some tips to help you when potty training your new fur baby.

Let Him Out Often

Allow your dog to go outside often to relieve himself. For the first week or two, you may want to let him out every hour or so. Don't be surprised if he goes outside, then comes right back into your house and relieves himself as soon as he walks in the door. This will probably happen more than once. Sternly tell your dog "no", then take him back outside and tell him to potty outside.

Positive Reinforcement

When he goes potty outside, be sure to tell him "good boy" and give him a small treat or a small piece of his dog food. Positive reinforcement will go a long way, so be sure to always reward good behavior in your puppy.

Crate Train

Some people think that using a crate is mean to your dog, but it's actually a great way to train your dog, and it helps keep them safe during the day when you may not be home. Your puppy can get into just about anything when you're away, even things that can be harmful and dangerous to them. The crate will help keep them safe, while also helping with potty training. Keep the crate big enough for your puppy to fit inside, but small enough so he only has room to lay down and turn around inside. If the crate is too large, your dog will potty inside the crate, but if there isn't a lot of room, they will hold it. Dogs don't potty where they sleep, so keep the crate small.

Limit Water

Limit water to your puppy if you are going to be leaving him for the day, or right before bedtime. Taking the water bowl away during these times will help prevent accidents throughout the night, and while you're gone. Your puppy will eventually learn not to drink too much when they get to know the day to day routine around your household. 

Potty training can be frustrating, but you can accomplish this in a short time. Reward good behavior, use a crate, and be sure to give your dog enough time outside to relieve himself throughout the day. Be patient during this training time and remember that your puppy is still learning. Contact a training school, like DePaul k9 Academy, for more help.