You’ve just recently brought home the newest addition to your family – that spunky, adorable little puppy that just loves to run around and play all day long. After reading through How to Puppy Proof Your Home, you’ve probably taken all the necessary steps to keep your puppy safe and prepare your home for his arrival. Now it’s time for the hardest task of all: Puppy potty training.
Simple Steps to Potty Training Your Dog the Right Way
There are lots of books and articles written on puppy potty training, but the most important lesson you can learn is that consistency is the key to successfully potty training your dog. During the first months of his life, you must constantly take your puppy outside to potty train him and get him used to a routine. Set up a time that you will be able to take him outside to potty and stick to that time religiously. If you are going out of town, it’s important to let your doggie daycare or your neighborhood doggie sitter know the time that you have specified for your puppy to go potty. In the beginning, your puppy will need to get up in the middle of the night to go potty – his bladder is small and he will need to go often. To help give you a little more rest at night, it’s best to put the water bowl away about 2 hours before you tuck him in for bedtime and take your puppy out just before you turn in for the evening.
While you are in the midst of potty training your dog, you should give him encouragement as he does his business and make sure you use the designated word that you will want to use when he gets older. For example, say something like “good potty”, and possibly even give him a treat while he is going, so he is reassured that what he is doing is correct. In the future, you will be able to just use the word “potty” and he will know it’s time to go outside and take care of his business.
It is also very important to know that when your puppy has an accident in the home, it is not his fault and he should not be corrected for it. Usually, it will be your fault for either not taking him outside when he needed to go potty or ignoring the subtle signs that he gave off when he needed to go.
If you have to leave your puppy in the house during the day while you go to work or run errands, you’re going to want to place an Indoor Dog Potty in a strategic location in your home so your puppy will know right where to go if he needs to take care of his business indoors. The Indoor Dog Potty will save your carpet and flooring from the unwanted mess and will give your puppy a clean and secure place to go. With the Indoor Dog Potty, hard waste stays on top of the 2-piece fitted grate for easy disposal, while urine passes through to the base of the pet potty – simply line it with newspapers and discard daily.
I don’t know how they do it, but some dogs have a built-in door scratch mechanism that kicks in when they need to go outside. If your dog likes to scratch your door to tell you he needs to go potty, you can protect it by attaching a pleasant-sounding Dog Doorbell to your door handle. Just hang the dog doorbell onto your doorknob and since it has bells at 2 different heights when your dog goes to scratch the door, he will hit the doorbell instead, alerting you that it’s time for him to go outside.
For maximum protection, while training your dog to use his own doorbell, you may want to attach a clear plastic Door Shield over your door. Virtually invisible, it attaches to your door with sturdy double-stick tape (included) and can be cut to fit your specific door measurements.
Once you’ve got your puppy potty trained to go outside, you’re going to want to designate a specific area for him to go. Some dogs will leave dead, bleached-out circles on your otherwise beautiful solid green grass when they go potty. If your puppy has this amazing ability, it’s time to add a Pooh Stone to your yard. A poo stone is a puppy potty training device that has a special, built-in scent that will not wash away and will motivate your dog to use it to relieve himself. This puppy potty training rock is made from a pumice stone.