Potty Training Your Puppy
Potty training is not optional. If you have a new dog, have to potty train it. The very first thing that you are going to want to do is to teach him to go to the toilet outside, and not all over your home!
Here are some tips for dog potty training
1. The main element in dog potty training is to watch him. Keep an eye on him and on the time. Every hour or so you need to take him out. Look out for the signs he needs to relieve himself. If he stops chewing his favorite toy and starts sniffing the floor, he needs to be taken outside.
You will soon begin to see signs that he needs to relieve himself and take him outside. This way you can praise him for performing where you want him to – the more you praise him, the more he will want to please you.
2. After every meal take your dog to the area you want him to use as his potty. Young puppies will always want to pass urine and open their bowels after meals. Once he has performed again, make sure to give him lots of praise. Praising a dog works wonders.
3. Your dog will sleep a fair bit – as soon as he wakes up, take him straight outside as he will, in all likliehood need to go.
4. Never punish him if he makes a mistake. Any mistake he may make is really going to be down to you, for not getting him outside quickly enough. Potty training a dog takes patience, but it will happen with perseverance on your part.
5. When you want him to pass water or open his bowels, use the same phrase over and over again, whatever your chosen phrase may be, he will soon get used to it, and associate it with what he has done. Eventually he will be able to perform when you say the command. Don’t change the phrase, make sure everyone that is involved in his potty training uses the same one, otherwise you will have one very confused dog!
6. Be consistent, be kind and be considerate as he learns what you want him to do.