Tips for Potty Training Your Puppy
Puppies are tiny and, as such, have small bladders. With an average bladder control of about an hour per month of age, you will need to stay on top of getting them regular potty breaks.
Keeping this in mind, you can see how much of a time investment proper potty training can be. But it is essential and can save a lot of stress and mess in the future. Here are a few critical tips to help this process go smoother and quicker for you and the pup.
It is essential to set a routine schedule for anything your new puppy does. Early on, your potty training schedule will be based heavily on these beats. You should be trying to take your puppy out for a potty break when you wake up, come home from work, or go to sleep. Learning your sleep schedule will help the dog throughout its time in your home.
Additionally, make sure to take your puppy outside whenever they eat or drink a significant amount. Dogs should be allowed to go outside within 30 minutes of eating to promote good bowel habits. Though, if you had not noticed, this still wouldn’t be enough potty breaks for the youngest puppies.
Consider setting a recurring alarm on your phone a few times between these more natural moments. You will phase these out as the puppy grows, but having that alarm now can save some mental stress from remembering when they went last.
If you have ever had a dog before, you know they tend to favor one location for doing their business. Take potty training as your chance to help set that location. When you take your new puppy outside, try to take them to the same spot every time.
3. Be Patient
Potty and, in general, house training a new puppy can take from a few weeks to a few months. Be patient and consistent with your treatment of the good and the bad moments.
Remember, they are learning a whole host of new skills. And a puppy that learns in a patient and safe environment will be less likely to develop behavioral issues in adulthood.
4. Crate Training
Use either a crate or a small pen for times when you can’t directly supervise your new puppy. Dogs inherently do not like to pee or poop in areas where they spend a significant amount of time.
While not foolproof, crate training at night and making sure to spend time in all areas they can access will disincentivize the pup seeking out an ill-used corner to do their business while you aren’t looking.
5. Figure Out the Signs
Most dogs will show signs or try to alert you of a need to go outside. Pay attention if your puppy begins to pace near the door, whine, or eventually squat when they need to go. Even if they have started the process, immediately interrupt and get them outside.
Keep a leash near the door and be ready for quick intervention. If they know you are paying attention, the puppy will get in the habit of letting you know when they need to go.
This one is super easy, positive reinforcement. Verbal praise, treats, or a petting session can all be great ways to let your puppy know they have done the right thing in the right place.
7. Plan for Bad Weather
Rain, snow, wind, or extreme temperatures can all be off-putting to normal dogs and even more so puppies. Make sure to be prepared for weather events where you live and have an umbrella and towels at the door to help keep your puppy dry, clean, and comfortable.
You can’t expect them to hold it now or in the future in the case of inclement weather. So getting them accustomed to a quick yard visit in bad conditions will make life much easier when they are adults.
8. Accidents Happen
Inevitably, you and your new furry friend won’t make it outside in time at some point. Accidents will happen. The important thing is not to scold or punish the pup. If you can interrupt and calmly move them outdoors to finish, do so.
Otherwise, move them to a new spot and clean up the area with as little fuss as possible. Make sure to use pet-safe enzyme cleaners to get rid of the smell entirely, so they do not begin to associate the area with going potty.
You Don’t Have to Go it Alone
Those first few months are critical to your puppy’s development. Here at Avery Creek Pet Hospital, we can give you the support and tools necessary to help them grow into well-mannered, healthy dogs.
If you live in the south Asheville area, schedule an appointment today, so we can get you started with more nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization information. We look forward to meeting your new family member.