Are you having difficulty potty training your puppy? Have you tried puppy pads, but they haven’t worked? Is your puppy pottying in her kennel? Is your puppy pottying on the floor? If so here are the basics of a simple puppy potty training routine that will set you both up for success. It is best to get a new puppy when you can take some time off work. If that is not possible, have a friend or pet sitter come over to take your puppy out for potty breaks. Crate training your puppy from day 1 is the best way to potty train and prevent other puppy issues. Always make the kennel a happy place. Never scold your puppy in the kennel. Take your puppy out on a schedule. Take your puppy to the same place in the yard each time you go out. This will teach her to potty in the same place all the time. This makes it much easier to pick up her feces throughout her lifetime. Praise and give her a treat when she potties.
The general rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold it for as many hours as she is months old, plus one–for a three-month- old pup, that’s four hours, etc. But to prevent accidents in the crate, which make housetraining harder, as well as urinary tract infections, most experts recommend taking your puppy out every one to two hours during the day.
Your puppy will need to go out to potty:
- As soon as she wakes up in the morning
- Right after her breakfast
- Right after her lunch
- Right after her naps
- Right after taking her out of her crate
- Right after a play session
- Right after your training sessions (goal should be 5-6 short training sessions per day)
- Right after her dinner
- Right after any snacks of much size
- Right before bedtime
- If she whimpers in the middle of night
Praise her and give her a treat when she goes potty outside. If she won’t potty after several minutes, take her back inside and try again in 5-10 minutes.
When she does potty where you don’t want her to, quietly clean it up using a good enzyme cleaner if it is on carpeting. I usually recommend Natures Miracle. This isn’t a time to talk lovingly or scold her; essentially ignore her while you do the cleanup.
When you and her are both home, keep her with you as much as you can, whether at your side (a leash can be handy for this), in a confined area, or in a crate, or otherwise nearby.
Potty training dogs isn’t always fun, but patience is the key.
Puppies vary in how old they are before they are completely potty trained so expect a month or two of accidents.
With patience and consistency, your puppy will be potty trained in no time.