How To Potty Train a Puppy in 5 Simple Steps

Sometimes you might ask yourself: how to potty train a puppy the proper way? This might seem very hard and you might say it’s impossible at a certain moment. Well, if you are discouraged right now, let me tell you that it’s not as hard as it seems to be. You just need to follow some basic rules and to know the essential needs of your puppy.

Puppies usually eliminate frequently and it’s  important to establish a schedule that both of you need to respect. As a pet parent, you must be aware of the fact that a puppy must defecate between five and thirty minutes after eating. In most of the cases, a puppy can hold for as many hours as his age in months. So, having a strict program, your puppy will learn to control himself and not to eliminate all over the house. Here are 5 simple steps that you need to follow if you want to learn how to potty train a puppy:

  1. Take your puppy for a walk in the morning in the same area so that he becomes comfortable and used to the places where he eliminates. Take him out for walks at regular hours – after eating, after a nap, and before leaving him alone at home for several hours.
  2. Leave him at a small place where he can spend the time when you are not at home. You should try to find a place in your house where your puppy has easy access and make a toilet for him. One option would be to use any type of temporary fencing for dogs. As the time passes, if you see that your dog doesn’t eliminate all over but only in the special place where you fit up his toilet, give him more space. Continue to do so until you can leave him free in the whole house.
  3. When you go out with your puppy for eliminating, you must know that some dogs tend to eliminate immediately, but others need to be taken for long walks and you might even have to keep them active first.
  4.  Always reward your puppy when he eliminates in the right place. This way you will encourage him to repeat the things he was rewarded for and the training will progress at a faster speed. You must keep in mind that even when you consider that the puppy is well trained, accidents might happen from time to time. But you should not lose heart.
  5. If you find your puppy eliminating inside, you should not punish him immediately or shout at him to scare him. This won’t solve your problem, I’m afraid it’s going to make things worse. It’s better to clap to make him stop and take him outside immediately, where he can continue eliminating and this way you teach him what he has to do next time.
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You have got to be patient if you really want to know how to potty train a puppy the right way. If you are persistent and really want your puppy to be well trained, you will see progress. As puppies grow older, they will be able to hold for a longer period of time. You must know that if you follow these rules, at about the age of six months, your puppy would have learned it all about potty training.

Was it hard the first time you potty trained a puppy? Let me know in the comment section below.

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  1. Lora Jackson