Potty Training Doesn’t Have To Cause Stress

New puppies are a ton of cute and loads of joy and fun, but let’s face it: when it comes to potty training it can be the worst!  It doesn’t have to be!  With these tips, you can go through the potty training process with more ease and less frustration.

Establish a regular feeding schedule

Establishing a regular feeding schedule will cause your pup to get into a regular routine of eating and elimination.  It will make the process of potty training go much easier on both of you.

Take your puppy out frequently while potty training

Your new puppy has a tiny bladder, not to mention no control over his bladder at this young age.  Taking your pup out frequently will help him understand that going potty outside is a wonderful thing to do that gets him praise and treats!  It’s best to take your dog out right after meals, naps, and playtime.

Use a designated potty area

Choose a place in your yard where you would prefer your puppy to use the bathroom and always take him to that area to eliminate.  This will help your puppy understand that this is where they are supposed to go.

Choose a consistent command

Every time you take your puppy to the area you’d like him to use the bathroom, use the same phrase or words to help him to understand and associate his behavior with the act of going potty.  Some people say, “Go potty” or “Go pee pee” – the words you use are not as important as your consistency in using the same phrase.

Use positive reinforcement while training

Praise goes a long way with puppies!  Anytime they do something you are trying to train them to do, lavish the praise on them!  (Treats help too!)

Keep your puppy on a leash

The more control you have over your playful pup, the better.  If he is on a leash, this will help you guide them to the designated potty area.

Be patient with potty training

Potty training takes time and you can expect your puppy to make mistakes.  Don’t give up and be patient.

Supervise your puppy

Always keep an eye on your puppy, especially during the early stages of training.  You will start to pick up hints that he is about to go and you can scoop him up and take him outside to the designated spot.

During potty training, confine your puppy when unsupervised

Many people wisely use a crate or playpen to prevent accidents when you’re not around.

Clean up puppy training accidents promptly

Make sure to clean any soiled areas with an enzyme cleaner to remove the scent and discourage your puppy from pottying in the same spot again.

Avoid punishment

The potty training process can be frustrating.  Avoid scolding or punishing your puppy for accidents.  It will only confuse them and make potty training more difficult.

Be consistent during potty training

Stick to the same routine and schedule every day to establish a routine for your puppy.  Make sure everyone in the household (including your mid-day pet sitter) is following the same routine and phrases.  Here is another great resource for helpful potty training tips.

Gradually increase your puppy’s freedom

Start with a small area and gradually give your puppy more freedom as they become potty trained.

Adjust feeding times

If your puppy is having accidents during the night, adjust their feeding and watering schedule so they have time to potty before bedtime.

Seek professional help to help with potty training if necessary

If you’re struggling with potty training, consider consulting a professional trainer or behaviorist for help.  If working during the day is making it harder to potty train your puppy, consider hiring a professional pet sitter to come (possibly several times) during your workday to offer play and potty time to your new friend.

It will be worth it

Potty training a puppy can be a challenging but necessary task for any new pet owner. It requires patience, consistency, and a positive approach to help your furry friend learn the appropriate behaviors.  Remember that every puppy is unique and may require different methods and timelines for potty training. With dedication and persistence, your puppy will eventually learn to go potty in the appropriate place, making for a happier and cleaner home for both you and your furry companion.