Although a new puppy is cute and cuddly, when he starts soiling the carpet and leaves behind smelly surprises, you’re most likely not a happy camper. As a loving puppy parent, it’s your job to teach your pet companion right from wrong. With some simple tips you can effectively get the job done.
Have a Set Schedule
Just like babies, puppies function best when they’re on a schedule and have a set time for eating, playing, sleeping and going potty. Feeding your puppy at set times makes it more likely that he’ll have to go potty at consistent times. Always take your puppy to go potty after playing, after eating or drinking and after he wakes up. Keep in mind, most pups have to go potty every 30 to 45 minutes.
Pick a Designated Potty Area
The designated potty area is where you take your pup each time he has to go potty. If you life in a high-rise, this can be a portion of the bathroom that’s covered with newspaper. If you have easy access to outside, a nearby, grassy area will do. The key is being able to take your puppy to this area in a moment’s notice.
Watch Him like a Hawk
Observing your puppy during the potty training period is essential to teach him right from wrong. If he seems restless and is profusely sniffing, pacing, circling, scratching at the door or barking, take him outside to his designated potty area, because these are all signs that he has to go potty. Keep your puppy in the same room that you’re in, or tether him to you so it’s easier to keep an eye on him. If you catch him in the act, make a noise to startle and stop him in his tracks, take him to his potty area, and tell him “go potty,” so he finished doing his business.
Reward Proper Behavior
Each time your puppy does his business in the right area, throw a little party. Cheer, hug and pet him or give him a treat. This will make him want to repeat the good behavior.
Avoid Punishing Your Puppy
If your furry pal has an accident inside, don’t blame him, it’s your fault for not watching him more closely. Instead, clean up the mess and vow to observe better. Avoid scolding or hitting your puppy, because this might scare him to the point where he’s afraid to do his business while you’re watching; he might soil the house when you’re not watching.
The Humane Society of the United States: Housetraining Your Dog or Puppy
Perfect Paws: 5 Day Puppy Housebreaking