The sooner you potty train your puppy, the better. You want to establish good habits from the beginning. And, a dog that has never used the bathroom in the house will never consider the house as a place * to * go to the bathroom. I have always found that puppies we buy from real working farms (NOT puppy farms) were the easiest to house train. They only wanted to go to the bathroom on the grass or hay as they had only gone to the barn or outdoors. Often they wouldn’t even go to the bathroom in a parking lot; we would need to find green areas on the way home so they can go to the bathroom.
Here are some home workout tips to help you, as long as you follow them consistently:
1. Closely supervise your puppy while potty training. Do not lose sight of your puppy while he is loose around your house! Look at it like you’re caring for a very young child who could get into trouble if you don’t watch him. A puppy is the same as a young child in this regard. Keep your puppy in a crate to prevent him from getting into trouble when you can’t watch him closely.
If you see your pup start to sniff, take him outside (or to the selected potty area) immediately. If you want the potty area to be outside, try to make the area outside from the beginning; And if for some reason you can’t do the outside area from scratch, at least make the area near the door. This way, when you are ready to move into the house, you can take your puppy outside whenever you see him start nosing near the door. * When you cannot supervise your untrained dog, keep him in a crate *. Make sure you have the right size box too. Your puppy should be able to stand up and roll over, but no bigger. If you bring your puppy to buy the crate, the personal store should be able to help you select the correct size. Some people have tied their dog’s leash around their waist while potty training, but you still need to * pay attention *. (I once told my daughter that her problem with potty training the puppy was that she wasn’t paying enough attention. One day she called to say she must be right: her puppy had two accidents that day, both in his foot!)
2. If you find your puppy eliminating in the wrong place, interrupt him by saying “NO!” in a high-pitched tone of voice – then immediately take it to the appropriate place to finish. (If you don’t catch it, you’re not watching it closely enough.) It might help to put the paper towel you clean the mess with where you want it to go to the bathroom, so it has the smell there. Make sure to * thoroughly * clean and deodorize the potty area around the house. Use special products made for this purpose, or you will go there again. In fact, watch him * more closely * and / or take him to his place to go to the bathroom when he starts sniffing around those areas.
3. Pick a place to go to the bathroom that is free from distractions. No play of any kind is allowed until the puppy has gone to the bathroom. DO NOT make potty time playtime until after he uses the bathroom. When he goes to the bathroom, give him a treat and then PLAY with him. Reward him generously and immediately!
4. Set a schedule. Maintaining a routine will help establish good habits. Control when your puppy eats and drinks. Feed your puppy 3 times a day when you first bring him home (or as recommended by his breeder). You can decrease this to once or twice a day as it grows. Make sure you always have fresh water to drink. Take your puppy to his bathroom area about once an hour, and always take him to his bathroom area within 10 minutes after he eats or drinks, wakes up, and after exercising or playing. Allow absolutely no games or distractions until you’ve ‘done your job’. Once you’ve gone to the bathroom, you can start taking him outside about once an hour for a very young puppy, and extend the time between “potty breaks” as your puppy grows and develops good training habits at House. But be sure to * watch your pup carefully * whenever he’s not confined or in an ‘OK to potty’ area.
5. Reward your puppy as soon as he goes to the bathroom in the right place. Give her some very tasty special treat. Say: “Yes! Good Guy! “And play with him! Make potty time the time when the good and fun things begin. Dogs love good things; and they will usually do whatever it takes to get it. Then everything what you really need to do is make sure your dog knows what you expect of him, what it takes to get the ‘good stuff’.
This is a lot of work at first until habits are formed. But in reality, it is the most effective, and sometimes the only way to do it. Be sure to take your puppy out as much as possible to increase his chance to relieve himself outdoors. If it doesn’t come out, DO NOT take your eyes off it when you bring it in. Most importantly, praise him generously, reward him, and play with him when he’s out. With the use of patience, persistence, consistency, and generous reward, you will both succeed! For more information, free tips and advice on dog training, as well as free information on dog care, puppy care, canine health and nutrition, and free canine cooking recipes, visit: [http://www.e-dog-training.com].