How To Potty Train A Puppy Successfully
When To Start Potty Training A Puppy
The ideal time to start potty training your puppy is when they are 12 to 16 weeks old. Simply put, the earlier you start, the easier it will be for your pup to grasp. Early training is essential if you want to avoid behavioural problems later down the road.
Frequent Bathroom Breaks
Tiny puppy bowels and bladders can’t hold in too much at one time. Taking them out every two hours will make it much easier for them to hold it in and avoid accidents. Choose a place that is close enough for you to take your pup to several times a day. If you choose an outdoor area, ensure that it is protected from wind, rain, debris or anything that could hurt delicate baby paws. Once you’ve chosen a spot, it will make it easier to rush there if your pup looks like they need to go. Once it smells familiar enough, they’ll have an easier time getting used to relieving themselves there.
Timing is Everything
Your little champ is more likely to poop or pee immediately after meals, waking up from a nap or during playing. So be vigilant, and make sure to take them to the designated spot at these times. Even though you will be taking them out every hour or two anyway, you need to be especially careful after chowtime, naptime and playtime!
Try to stay around your puppy constantly once you begin potty training. Pay attention to their cues. If you spot them starting to circle and gearing up for a sneaky pee or poop, take them to their spot immediately. Consistently doing this will help reinforce the idea that they have a special place to conduct their business. With this, your pup will also need validation; so accompany your fur-baby when you are potty training them and reward them so that they look at it as fun rather than a chore.
If you catch your puppy in the middle of peeing/pooping, startle them with a loud “No” and immediately take them outside to finish up. Once finished, reward your little one immediately.
Remember to shower your pup with praise and treats every time they relieve themselves in their spot. This will reinforce good behaviour. Carry extra special treats with you when you go out on walks so that you can reward your smart munchkin immediately. Be diligent about maintaining hygiene in your neighbourhood, the streets or parks by picking up after your pooch.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It may take weeks, which might feel frustrating to you and confusing to your puppy. Hang in there and focus on the little wins.
Even if you can’t smell where your puppy had last created some art, they certainly can. And they’ll want to continue working on that masterpiece! When your puppy has had an accident at home, soak up all the liquid with toilet paper and clean it with enzymatic cleaners to completely remove the smell.
We know that with a bit of time, patience and perseverance, a whole lot of treats, praise and rewards, your little one will be potty trained in no time. And after that, there’s a whole world of wonder out there for them to explore!