With your puppy’s cute face, tail and mannerisms it will be easy for you to fawn over everything it does.
I warn you not to easily give in to your puppy’s charm.
If you do, you practically give your puppy permission to be the “master” of the house. I quickly realized my mistake when my puppy left messes around the house.
Let your puppy know who is in command by the first series of training events—potty time.
A Personal Space for Potty
Puppies love familiarity. This makes it easier for you to designate a potty area in your garden.
Always be on high alert. When your pup makes these sounds, it may be signaling it wants to relieve itself:
- Scratching the floors
- Sniffing the floors
- Circling in one spot
Stop what you’re doing and take your puppy outside immediately. When your puppy smells his or her scent on the grass—from previous sessions—he or she will feel comfortable to relieve itself there.
Knowing how to potty train a puppy will prevent mistakes that could lead to bad habits.
Be prepared: It’s a long process for your puppy to build up this familiarity.
A Feeding Schedule
We, puppy lovers, want them to be well nourished. We may leave a bowl of water and treats out for the whole day.
When your puppy is potty training this may not be the smartest idea. When younger it doesn’t fully grasp the concept that potty time only happens outside.
You must implement a feeding schedule. Feed your puppy at the recommended times according to food portions suited for the age & breed.
After feeding time wait 10-15 minutes and take your puppy outside. The time may vary according to how quick your puppy’s digestive system works.
With time your puppy will think “my tummy and bladder are full let me go outside”. Your puppy will build a tolerance and will not feel pressured to mess inside your home. It will go outside automatically. Remember to leave a door open to prevent any indoor messes.
Once you feel your puppy has built up this tolerance you can leave a bowl of food and water. If your puppy continues to leave messes, remove the food and begin this training again.
I’m sure your puppy will also sleep inside the house.
Remember to take your puppy out every morning and evening before bedtime. This simple gesture that’s repeated daily teaches your puppy to still go outside even if it’s not after feeding time.
Consistency is key!
Once the habit is formed your puppy will go outside after waking up and before bedtime without you guiding it.
Associate Commands with Potty Training
When your puppy grows older you will realize it’s smart and responds well to cues. You can teach your puppy these potty cues. Every time you take him or her outside firmly command “go potty!”
Your puppy will link the command to the action.
This command is practical for when you’re in bed. You can simply yell the command. Your puppy will go outside without you leading the way.
Give Treats As Rewards
It’s not always easy for your puppy to learn proper mannerisms because it doesn’t understand your wishes from the start. Reward it with a treat when it potties outside.
Your puppy will love the taste and want more. Therefore it will always try to potty outside. If you can’t give treats constantly, an alternative is to shower it with affection. It’s ideal to switch between the two. It teaches your pup not to always expect a treat for having good manners.
It’s a long process for your puppy to be fully potty trained. I never gave up and neither should you. Hard work always pays off. And you will also be happy with a mess free home.