Potty Training your Puppy the Easy Way
Potty Training Your Puppy the Easy Way
Potty training your puppy can sometimes be frustrating and stressful for you and your puppy, but it shouldn’t have to be that way. With just a simple and easy routine you need to follow, you’ll be having your puppy poop where they should in no time.
Things You Should Know in Potty Training
Every puppy has their own different challenges especially with different breeds. Just so you know, a puppy can’t be fully housetrained until they are at least 6 months old. This means that even though you’re training your puppy into perfection and showing progress, there will always be that slight chance of potty mistakes. But not to worry, it happens and it’s actually normal for puppies to go rouge once in a while. Just stay focused on the progress of your puppy’s potty training and sooner or later, you’ll be having a potty-free floor.
How Often do Puppies Poop
Most of the time, puppies need to eliminate waste around 30-45 minutes except when they’re asleep of course and thankfully they do it a lot during their puppy days. You should also take note on when they last ate and drank water; these activities will affect their elimination schedule and might not be on par with your routines. Usually, puppies are ready to eliminate waste 10 to 20 minutes just after eating and same goes with its peeing after your puppy just drank water.
Since these are the usual schedules for a puppy to eliminate, the better way to know your puppy’s schedule is by following her around and observing its every move. This way, you’ll be adapting to its schedule instead of the puppy adapting to yours.
Making Sure Your Puppy is in Good Health
One of the most important factors when potty training your puppy is making sure that your puppy has no health problems whatsoever. It may cause and contribute to some inappropriate elimination behavior. The best thing for you to do is to provide your vet some of your puppy’s fecal and urine samples to rule out physical causes of this behavior and, of course, making sure your puppy’s in very healthy shape.
Things to Avoid in Potty Training your Puppy
While you may think that you’ve already done the best you could and yet haven’t gotten any good results, there are many factors that affect their behavior that you may not know of
- Feeding your puppy variety of foods. Some breeds don’t respond well to different types of food.
- Over-feeding affects your puppy’s schedule to eliminate.
- Under-feeding also affects your puppy’s schedule to eliminate.
- Wrong or irregular time in feeding your puppy may result in overnight defecation.
- Salty foods can make your puppy drink more often than it should.
- Ammonia based cleaning products may smell similar to urine and will affect how your puppy behaves.
- Punishing a puppy may cause it to be scared defecating in front of youm both inside and outside your house.
- Free access to rugs, carpets or any absorbents. Your puppy may think it as grass.
- Expecting your puppy to tell you it is poopy time is unrealistic, so make sure you stick to a schedule taking them outside.
- A lone puppy outside may not know if it did a good job pooping when there’s no one there to reward it for going outdoors.
- Free access outside may seem to be a good idea at first, but your puppy might think that it’s just part of its playground instead of a place to poop. Until that day comes, it may not be a good idea giving it free access outside.
- Associating your praise words instead of separate cue words when your puppy did well.
- Laziness on your part can erase all that you’ve taught your puppy, make sure you commit.
Starting your Potty Training
Now that you’ve known a thing or two about your puppy and its schedule, let’s get headed onto training your puppy to poop where it should.
1. Regular and Scheduled Feeding
It’s an important factor to feed your pup on a regular and timely schedule. It would mean having a regular schedule in feeding will most likely come out on a regular schedule. Take note however, every pup is different and so it may take around 20-30 minutes before defecating but some may do it immediately. Also, do not to leave food out all the time as it will also make your puppy pooping schedule random at best. It would also think that you aren’t associated as its provider of her food, meaning it would be harder to earn your puppy’s respect and trust.
2. Designate a Specific Potty Spot
Make sure you have an area just for your puppy to poop on, and then always take your pup there to potty. Try not to pick a place that’s too exciting in the eyes of a pup, as much as possible, pick a place that’s too boring for your puppy to play on. Introduce the area to your puppy as soon as you get him home even before you take him inside your house.
3. Have a Predictable Routine
Probably the most critical step in potty training your puppy, especially since puppy’s adapt to habits fast and so goes with its bad habits. Make sure you have a schedule in feeding your puppy and its playtime. You will then have to incorporate your potty schedule for every 30 minutes passed since a puppy needs to eliminate faster than an adult one. Sooner or later, you will then have an easier time predicting when it needs a potty break. On the brighter side, it will also make your puppy feel secure and learn to love its schedule.
4. Don’t Leave your Puppy to Run Indoors Unsupervised
Everyone should know that when starting to train your puppy how to potty, you should never leave your pup to run around the house unsupervised. Dogs will naturally incorporate your house as its den and will likely do their best not to soil it, but since your house have way more space than a regular dog’s den, it may take some time for your puppy to realize that it needs to keep it clean. So when you do let your puppy loose inside your house, watch and observe and you might catch the first sign when he is ready to go potty. Some of these signs may mean whining, circling in place, intense sniffing, squatting. When you do find your pup doing one of these, carefully carry your pup to its potty spot. If you however have no time to watch your pup running loose around your house, put it in his crate, better than letting your pup loose and might defecate wherever.
5. Choosing a Cue Word
Not a praise word, but a trigger word/phrase. This way, you can use your praise words whenever your puppy did good or whenever you see fit. Your trigger word on the other hand will be incorporated when it’s poopy time for your puppy. Choose something like ‘Poopy Time’ or simply ‘Poop’. Over time, the little bugger will come to associate your trigger word/phrase when your pup’s actually pooping or peeing. This effect may soon cause your puppy to have a desired reaction when hearing your trigger word/phrase. An upside to this is when you’re waiting for your puppy to poop on a cold weather and don’t want to stand outside for too long.
6. Rewarding Your Puppy if Potty is a Success
Never forget to reward your puppy when he goes exactly where you want him to go. A dog’s instinct almost always wants to please you and hearing or getting a reward from you will let it know that it did well and will likely do again what your pup just did. You can give your puppy a tiny, tasty treat as a reward or simply pat him on the head. Take note however, not to give your puppy too big of a reward since you’ll be expecting it to do the same routine a lot more times and feeding him big treats every time your puppy poops may mean irregular feeding schedule.
7. Don’t Punish Your Pup if it made a Mistake
Usually, puppies won’t know why you’re scolding or punishing it especially when the deed is done. Unless you caught it in the act of pooping or peeing where it shouldn’t be, then there’s no point in scolding your puppy. It will not only make your puppy be scared of you, but the respect and trust may have been altered. If you do catch him in the act of pooping/peeing, you can just scoop your pup up and carry it to its designated potty spot. Remember to reward it later on and not forget to say the trigger word/phrase. This will let your puppy know that the designated potty spot is where it’s supposed to go do its business.
One thing to remember when potty training your pup, is when they do make a mess on your floor or wherever they’re not supposed to, they’re not doing it out of spite or just because they’re upset with you or whatever you did. They just can’t comprehend that it’s a bad or a wrong thing to do. They simply do not think that way. The best solution to avoid these kinds of situations is to give your puppy the proper potty training and commit to it. It may seem a lot of work at first, but having a poop-free house in the future is its reward itself.