Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty Training

Potty Training San DiegoThere are many important steps to take when potty training your new puppy. The first one is to limit your dog’s freedom and space. By doing this you are not allowing your dog to have too much access to your house. The best way I have found in potty training my dogs is to purchase a crate and crate train at the same time. Here are the steps to follow when potty training your dog.

When you first get your new puppy home immediately take them outside for a few minutes until they have gone potty. Secondly, you will want to have some soft-chewy treats on hand to reward your dog immediately after that have gone potty. (Literally, right after your dog has finished squatting. Say, “Good Boy/Girl!” and give them the treat right then and there.)

When you go inside you will want to monitor your dog’s water intake and food schedule. By doing this, you will have an idea of when you’ll need to take your puppy back out to go potty. The more water they drink, the sooner they will need to go. My general rule of thumb for a new puppy is potty break every 35-40 minutes after water is consumed. And about an hour after they eat. The more trips outside the better-this gives your dog less of an opportunity to have an accident inside. One accident is too many.

For the first few days, it will be an adjustment for you and your dog. It’s important to remember  to be patience with him or her, since this is all so new to your dog. Also, watch and monitor your dog for signs that they may need to go. Some dogs cannot wait 35 minutes to go back outside. These signs include:

  • Sniffing the ground
  • Circling
  • Squatting

If you catch your dog in the act of going potty inside, try to clap and interrupt them going. Quickly bring them outside so they can finish in the correct place – outdoors.

*DO NOT put your puppy’s face in it – That old potty training myth does not help your puppy understand that they should not go potty inside. In fact, you may have the reverse effect on the dog. Stay calm, be patient, and consistent.

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