THE RIGHT TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT AWAY!
Welcome to Puppy Parenthood! Bringing home a cute, cuddly, totally adorable puppy is a LOT like bringing home a tiny little human bundle of joy. They’re both great…when they’re sleeping!
It’s fun to be a parent, but it can be a lot of work, too. Unfortunately, poor potty training is one of the top reasons that dogs are taken to shelters every year. Don’t get off on the wrong foot with your newest family member. Set up a proper potty training regimen right away and he’ll be potty trained in no time!
You’ve got a couple of different options for potty-training your little friend. Consider your schedule and the age of your puppy as to what’s right for both of you.
Every 30 Minutes: Frequent trips outside remind your puppy that when he’s got to go, that’s the place to do it! By taking him outside every half an hour when he’s very young you have the chance to walk him around, get his gears going, and catch him in the act!
If you can reward him when he’s doing what you want him to do, he’ll soon remember. Rewards can be praise, a treat, or a lot of love and pats on the head for a job well done. Remember to be consistent with the reward so that he doesn’t get confused with what you want. If you get lazy he will, too!
Crate Training: As a new puppy parent, you might think that locking him in his crate all day while you’re at work is cruel. You wouldn’t want to be shut up in a tiny little box; so why would he? Dogs don’t think the same as humans, though.
Their instinct when the pack is away is to find shelter in a cave-like setting. Something that is small and tight feels secure. Left alone to roam the house, your puppy is likely to act out as a result of anxiety. That can mean chewing up furniture, shoes, or doing his business on your floors.
A dog won’t mess where he sleeps. So, crate training also helps with potty training. When they’re very small, they won’t be able to hold it all day. So, you’ll need to leave a spot where they can relieve themselves and a separate space where they can sleep.
Paper Training: If you have an area in the garage where the dog stays while you’re gone, this can work as well.
Putting down paper or a pee pad gives them a defined space for doing their business, separate from the blanket or crate that they sleep on. It still says, “You only go here.”
WHAT ABOUT THE UT-OHHHH’s?
Potty training is not a perfect process! When Ut-ohhh’s happen, take your dog to their mess, point to it, and very sternly say “NO!” Then take them outside and tell them to go potty there.
Clean it up, and after a few minutes has passed, make sure you make up with him. Forgiveness is an important part of any relationship!
BEING THE PACK LEADER:
With each training method you want to establish control as the pack leader by providing a set schedule, consistent rewards, and boundaries for their behavior.
Your dog will be happier when he knows what he can and can’t do- and so will you!