Let’s be clear from the start. A potty is not used when puppy potty training. What we are talking about is house training your puppy so that it eliminates outdoors or in a designated indoor area rather than anywhere in the home.
1. Don’t look on puppy potty training as the unpleasant or messy side of owning a puppy. Rather see it as the first stage of a bonding process. One that will result in a happy and healthy relationship. That is the real reward of house training a dog.
2. Start potty training your puppy as soon as you get your puppy home. But remember they don’t yet have full control of their bladder and bowel functions.
3. Feeding should take place at the same times every day. Do not feed with four hours of bedtime and withdraw the water bowl two hours before bedtime. A routine is essential. That means you too have to stick to a routine by getting up and going to bed at the same time every day.
4. Take the puppy outside into the yard or for a walk first thing in the morning, 10 to 15 minutes after every meal or drink and last thing at night. Do not play with them until they have eliminated.
5. If after 10 minutes there is no action take the puppy back to its crate. Wait 10 to 15 minutes then take them out again.
6. Be sure to praise the puppy and reward them with a little playtime every time it does “the business”.
7. Restrict your puppy to rooms with washable floors until he is house trained.
Simply taking your dog out in the backyard a few times every day is not the way to potty train a puppy. After all, how do they know what they are being taken outside for?
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