Let's be clear from the start. A potty is not used when potty training puppies. 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.
- Don't look on potty training puppies 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.
- Start potty training as soon as you get your puppy home. But remember they don't yet have full control of their bladder and bowel functions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure to praise the puppy and reward them with a little playtime every time it does “the business".
- 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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