Each puppy picks up this skill at a different pace but all dogs are very capable of learning how. All members of the family need to be
on board to let puppy outside at frequent predictable intervals, and everyone needs to help supervise puppy closely indoors.
If close supervision is not possible, even for a few minutes, keep puppy confined to a crate! The number-one goal of potty training is to prevent accidents, and this can only be done with close supervision.
For your best chances of success, take your puppy to the designated potty area:
- First thing in the morning
- 5-15 minutes after meals or drinking
- Anytime you take him out of his crate
- Immediately after play or an exciting event
- After naps
Feeding and offering water to puppy at exact times will increases your chances of success as well!!
If you find an accident, remember: It’s not the puppy’s fault! Never punish puppy for accidents, as he will not understand why you’’re upset. Instead, clean the accident area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any lingering odor that may draw him back to the same spot. Remember, you need to be with puppy when he does his business in the right place, and immediately reward him with lots of praise and yummy treats!
Some puppies develop the disgusting habit of eating their own poo – yuck! This is very common and does not mean he i’s suffering from a nutritional deficiency. While there are products to sprinkle on his food to deter this habit, the best approach is to prevent his access to feces altogether, and he should eventually outgrow this habit