In this article, we’ll go over several steps you can take to potty train a puppy. I’ll also give you information about a free, step-by-step video series from Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, Doggy Dan, on how to potty train a puppy. I’ve watched the series – it’s the best step-by-step puppy potty training advice available online, and it’s free.
How to Show Your Puppy Where to Pee
The best way to show your puppy where you want them to pee is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out when they need to go and then praise them when they go. You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them an amazing treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this: if the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will start looking for the cheese after only a few pees in the correct place. He’ll remember – it’s true!
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You Have to Take Them Out Often – A Puppy’s Bladder is Very Small
At a very young age, eight weeks or so, a puppy’s bladder is very small and they can only hold on for sometimes 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So you must be vigilant.
After a meal, puppies will often need to go within 60 seconds so always take them straight outside. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, and also the last thing at night before bed.
Be Consistent with Commands
Associate a word that everyone in the house sticks to such as, “go pee-pee!” This way your puppy will start to hear the word and know what it means.
If your puppy does not go when you take him outside, then be aware that he may still need to relieve himself soon and restrict his movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until he is taken outside and actually goes.
Never Rub His Nose in It!
You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach it a lesson. A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a human’s and this will never teach them not to do it again. They will simply not know what they did wrong and do it out of sight the next time – such as behind the couch – to prevent getting the same punishment again.
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