When you first get a puppy you are both going to need to learn how to potty train a dog. You will have to learn the patience required and your dog has to learn how to get the job done right.
You will need a few things to get started as you learn how to potty train your dog:
• A crate
• A bell or other sound you control
• A leash
• And a lot of loving patience
The Crate will serve as a place for the puppy to live when it’s time for bed at night or when you must be away from the little one. Make sure the crate is only large enough to turn around and sleep comfortably. If it’s too large, he will simply do his business in the corner and that is definitely NOT what you want.
Crating time should be limited according to the age of the puppy. Younger puppies around 2 months old will need to potty about every 2 hours, but older dogs 6 months to 8 months old will be able to “hold it” for as much as 6 to 8 hours if need be.
The bell or other sound is your cue it is time for your dog to go do his business. In the beginning you will need to carry him and ring the bell, but in good time you will be able to ring the bell and he will be ready to go.
The leash will help you direct your dog to go where you want him to go do his business. If you attach the leash to yourself when he is not in the crate, you can keep him with you so you can watch for his pre-potty behavior signs such as circling, sniffing, or a certain “look”.
Plan the main potty times for right after meals. Rather than leave food out all day, feed the puppy at specific times, and then take him out within 10 to 30 minutes after he finishes. This will help regulate his bowels, too.
Do your best not to get angry when accidents WILL happen. Instead, stop the action with a firm, calm voice and take him outside to finish. Clean the area immediately with enzymatic cleaner to rid the area of his scent so he won’t go there again. Punishment confuses the dog and frustrates you.
In no time, you will both be well trained and live as a happy human with a confident and happy dog.