If you have a new puppy or plan to bring one home soon, you know that they are just bundles of happiness and energy! Of course, you probably also know that puppies can be quite challenging at times, especially when it comes to potty training.
Often, puppies just can’t wait to use the bathroom outside. They’re just too excited and distracted to pay attention to where they are and aren’t allowed to go – yet, anyway. But, the good news is that they will learn to go outside with a bit of training. And, to speed that process up, we’ve put together some basic potty training tips to help them learn to go outside to do their business. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Spend Lots of Time with Them – It’s important to spend as much time with your pup as possible in those early days. This helps build your bond, yes, but it also allows you to catch your pup when they try to go to the bathroom indoors so that you can correct their actions immediately, and take them outside. They’ll learn pretty quickly that doing their business indoors is bad and won’t want to continue to do it in front of you.
- Stick to a Schedule – All pets need a routine. You can start by taking your pup outside every day at the same time, whether they have to go potty or not. Get in the habit of taking them out first thing in the morning, when you come home from work in the afternoon, before bedtime, etc. This will teach your pup that there are specific times when they can expect to be let out to use the bathroom.
- Take a Potty Break After Every Meal – To help your pup get a hang of his or her routine quickly, get in the habit of taking them outside after every meal or snack, and wait for them to go to the bathroom. This solidifies the need to go outdoors to do their business.
- Designate a Potty Spot – When you first start training, always take your puppy to the same spot outdoors. This helps them to associate a specific area with potty time.
- Reward a “Job” Well Done – If your puppy goes to the bathroom outdoors, give them a reward for a job well done. Praise and treats lend to positive reinforcement for good behavior.
- Crate Train – When you’re out of the house, train your puppy to stay in his or her crate. Dogs won’t go to the bathroom where they sleep, so this is a good way to keep everyone and everything happy and clean. Then, when you let them out of the crate, take them outside immediately so they can go to the bathroom.
- Get Rid of Odors – Your puppy will have an accident indoors. It’s kind of a given. But, when they do, clean the area immediately to remove stains and odors. This ensures that they won’t return to the same spot to potty again.
Raising a puppy is a wonderful experience, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. They require great love and care and will look to you for guidance. One of the most important things that you can do for them, as well as yourself, is to train them early on. Teach them to be housebroken, so they can live happily and comfortably by your side for many years to come.