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How to Potty Train Your Puppy : 5 Simple Steps

How to Potty Train Your Puppy : 5 Simple Steps

Bringing a new puppy or dog into your home is always an exciting and happy event. One of the first tasks for a long, happy life together is to potty train puppies at the right time and place. Maintaining good supervision and following a few general guidelines will lead to rapid puppy potty training success with few accidents along the way!

Crate training is a vital part of potty-training success. As den animals, dogs can appreciate crates as a safe space, and as clean creatures, they’ll often want to keep that sleeping space clean. A crate of the proper size is important, as one that is too large may convince the pup they have space to both sleep and eliminate.

Set up a confinement area:

dog in crate

This area is where your puppy should be most of the time while he’s at home until he is fully potty trained. The reason is that it works with your dog’s instinct of not soiling in the same place where he sleeps. Therefore, crating your dog during the potty training period when you have to be away from home is extremely useful.

Determine a puppy potty training area outdoors :

puppy pooping

Before bringing your new dog home, select an area of your yard or near your home that will be consistently used for your dog’s elimination. Take your puppy outside frequently so that he can eliminate it in the appropriate place. Puppies should go out approximately every two hours, depending on their age. As your dog grows older, the length of time it can hold will also increase. Each time that you take your new puppy or dog outside for elimination, use the same door and take her to the same general outdoor area. Many owners introduce a phrase such as, “Do you want to go out?

Keep a strict schedule:

dog schedule

Dogs thrive on schedules and routines, so keep as tight a schedule as your personal schedule allows. Take your puppy out first thing in the morning, preferably at the same time each morning. Feed your puppy around the same time each day and take him out right after he has eaten. If your dog is a heavy water-drinker, chances are he'll be a frequent urinator as well. To rule out any accidents, take your puppy out shortly after drinking during the puppy potty training phase.

Praise and give treat on success:

dog having treat

Every time your dog pees or poops outside it needs to be celebrated. Give them baby talk or a treat, cheer, clap, jump up & down, pat their little heads & remind them of how brilliant that decision was. When you consistently praise your puppy for going potty outside, they’ll start to understand that it’s the correct decision and one that leads to super fun happy time. Reward your pup with one of his favorite Milky Chew treats. Make sure they’re nice and small, easy for your puppy to digest.

Clean-up and react calmly:

picking dog poop

People often overlook this crucial aspect of potty training. Dogs have a much keener sense of smell than we do. This means that should your puppy have an accident while learning, you must clean the area thoroughly and in such a way that the dog will no longer detect a trace of that accident. While the area may smell clean to you, your dog’s keen sense of smell may tell him otherwise. If your puppy is well supervised and taken outside frequently, accidents should be rare. However, if you do find an accident or observe your puppy eliminating inside, never punish or reprimand her in any way.