When it comes to potty training a new dog, patience and consistency are key! While you may be questioning how to start, we put together this simple guide to simplify your potty training experience. We know what you’re asking and no, literally nobody has ever looked forward to potty training a new dog. But just remember, the work you put in now will save you years of carpet cleaning, indoor marking, and general frustration.
Follow these tips to successfully reach your potty training goals!
6 tips for potty training success:
Pick a potty spot outside.
While on a leash, take your puppy to that spot each time you want him or her to relieve themselves. You should use the same phrase each time you bring them to the spot such as, “go potty” or “ok go.” Make sure you keep it consistent and short to help reinforce the action.
Make a schedule.
A general rule of thumb is that dogs can control their bladders for the number of hours corresponding to their age in months – up to nine months or nine hours. Be prepared to go outside frequently with young pups, even at night.
Take away the water two hours prior to bedtime.
Puppies process food and water quickly. Each time your dog finishes eating or wakes up from a nap you should immediately take him or her outside to your designated spot. By taking away the water at night, it reduces your pup’s need to go to the bathroom (thereby allowing you to sleep longer between potty breaks!).
Reward your dog.
When your dog goes to the bathroom outside, reward him with a treat and verbal reinforcement. Positive feedback is key to reinforcing good behavior.
Watch for cues.
Eventually, you will start to notice when your pup needs to go. Your newly developed dog-parent senses let you preemptively take your pup outside and prevent an accident. Remember to stay outside with your dog until they are finished, then bring them back into the house.
Lastly, be patient.
Your dog is not going to learn all of this overnight. It will take time for him or her to understand that you want them to go to the bathroom outside. Just remember that your dog will only be a puppy for a short period of time – so stick with it and don’t get discouraged!
Follow these tips and your pup will be potty trained in no time!