How to Potty Train / House Train your new Puppy
Do you have a new puppy and need to start potty training?
Is your puppy having accidents even after some initial house training?
Toilet training your new puppy can be a difficult and frustrating process for you and your puppy if done incorrectly or inconsistently.
Here are some Tips to make the process easier for you and your puppy.
1. Feed and provide water on a schedule at the same time each day.
Puppies usually need about 3 feedings per day so having a consistent schedule for food, water, playtime, and bathroom breaks, will make things a lot easier. Watch closely and you’ll start to pick up on the signs of when your puppy wants to go to the bathroom.
As a rule of thumb, a puppy can hold his/her bladder for about 1 hour per 2 months of age. So if your puppy is about 2 months old, feed him and let him out in about 1 hour to go to the bathroom.
Once feeding time is over, remove access to the food and water.
2. Use a crate to create a “Den”
Use a puppy’s natural “den” instinct to your advantage. Puppies like to sleep in small enclosed spaces and will generally not use the same area as their bathroom. A crate is a perfect tool to provide a secure “den” with just enough space that they can sleep, but not enough space to walk around use as a bathroom. Always keep in mind a puppy’s age and bladder capacity when using a crate. Never leave a puppy in a crate if you can’t let them out on a regular basis.
3. Choose an area in the yard or are in the house for a pee pad / paper.
If outside, use a leash to keep your puppy in the general area you want them to use as a bathroom.
4. Give bathroom breaks on a consistent schedule
For a 2 month old puppy, 30 minutes after eating and drinking as a general rule is a good place to start. It’s also advisable to let them out in the morning, every few hours during the day, and once before going to sleep.
5. Associate a simple word for going to the bathroom
Condition your puppy to recognize a “go to bathroom” command of your choice like “go potty” for example. Say the phrase while your puppy is going to the bathroom and praise & reward your puppy after he’s done.
6. Never scold or punish your puppy for accidents
(Do NOT rub the puppy’s nose in an accident)
Your puppy is trying its hardest to adapt to unfamiliar human rules. Be as patient and supportive as possible. Keep the experience positive. If there’s an accident, clean it up right away and try again. If you catch your puppy in the act right when it’s about to happen, make a noise or action that startles your puppy a bit (something that will interrupt what he was about to do) and then take him to the bathroom spot you’ve designated. Scolding, yelling the puppy’s name, or saying no will only frustrate and confuse your puppy.
Use an enzymatic cleanser to clean up any accidents immediately to eliminate any odors or smells that may linger and entice another accident in the same spot.
7. Praise your puppy for steps in the right direction and provide positive rewards and feedback for each success!
As you can see, it takes time, patience, and consistent effort to properly potty train your new puppy.
What if I can’t watch over and let my new puppy out every 2 hours all day or feed him on a consistent schedule due to my work schedule?
We understand that not all owners have the time to properly initiate and oversee the potty training / house breaking process.
A Puppy Kindergarten can be a great help in starting the Potty Training / House Breaking Process!
What is a Puppy Kindergarten and what can it do for my new puppy?
Our Puppy Kindergarten is a Puppy Training School where you drop off your puppy at our location, and we start the process of:
- Potty Training – crate training with pee mats
- Socialization, – puppy socialization / human contact and handling socialization
- Basic Obedience – sit, stay, come, stand, heel, and proper leash walking
- Reduction of Nuisance Behaviors – barking and jumping on people
- Owner Training and Guidance – so you can continue the training at home
Enrollment of your Puppy in our Basic Puppy Kindergarten allows for (24*) full day sessions (9am to 6pm) at our location and (6) 1 hour private lessons for the owner! Most puppy owners choose to use about 2 sessions a week but 3 sessions a week is recommended for very young puppies..
How is your Puppy Kindergarten service different from the Big Box Store and other Dog Trainer Puppy classes?
1. We spend a lot more time with your puppy – 9am to 6pm over 24* sessions!
Short training sessions spaced throughout the day are the most efficient way to train a puppy while keeping things fun and enjoyable.
2. Your puppy gets a lot more individual attention.
We work with a limited number of puppies at a time so all puppies get the utmost attention.
3. We are able to repeat lessons and positive experiences over a longer period of time.
This makes it easy for your puppy to develop positive habits and enjoy the process at the same time.
4. Playtime is constantly supervised by our trainers
Our small location works to our advantage as we are better able to constantly observe and control playtime and the puppy socialization process.
5. We offer human contact desensitization as part of the daily routine.
We handle, brush, touch, examine the puppies every session not only to assess their health, but to get them used to being examined and touched by vets, groomers and other people.
6. Our training is customized to meet the needs of the owner and puppy.
We provide detailed progress reports and updates to owners each session so that we can track progress over time and make adjustments as needed.
7. Our Puppy Kindergarten class covers the full spectrum of needs – potty training, basic obedience, puppy socialization, human handling socialization and desensitization, leash walking, bark reduction, jump reduction, and owner training.
We provide the structure, constant supervision, and consistency required to positively train your puppy!
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*The number of sessions depends on the age, breed, and temperament of your puppy or dog. 24 sessions over a 2 month period is our basic course. We also offer 36, 48 and 60 session packages along with discounts for dogs that would like to repeat.