Potty Training Your Puppy: Six Questions You Need to Ask

Congratulations! You now have a new puppy at home. There are so many imaginable things you can do with your puppy.

Play, teach them new tricks, and more. What do you do, though, if they relieve themselves on your new carpet?

In this article, we will tackle concerns such as when to start potty training, steps to potty train, and whether you should use potty pads or crates. So, what are we waiting for?

Let’s begin.

1. What Happens to an Untrained Puppy?

Untrained puppies are bearable. Sooner or later, though, they’ll transition to untrained dogs. And by then, that’s when they become a problem.

That’s why you need to start potty training your puppy. It teaches them manners, and cliché as it is “manners matter!”.

2. When Should You Start Potty Training?

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Potty training is a long process and can take months to accomplish. It’s good to remember that you should start potty training your puppy when he already knows how to control his bladder and bowel movement.  

Be sure to be consistent when potty training your puppy. It should always be on a fixed schedule. Having a consistent schedule communicates to the dog when it’s time to eat or when it is time to relieve himself.

3. What Are the Signs That Say Your Puppy Needs to Go?

Since puppies are animals, they can’t verbally tell you that they need to go to the toilet. So, it’s your responsibility to introduce them to a proper place where they can discharge.

Here are some signs that your puppy needs to go:

  • When they start pawing the door signaling that they want to go out
  • They start moving in a circular pattern
  • They start sniffing
  • They do a squat position

Puppies usually relieve themselves after a meal. So, it’s also important to feed them in a regular schedule so that you will have control over the puppy’s bladder and bowel movement patterns.

Some owners give their puppies a treat right after they successfully defecate in the right place. This encourages the puppy’s behavior. And sadly, they would do the same act next time they need to go.

4. Should You Use a Crate?

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They say that crates are “cages” for dogs. And it has a negative ring to it.

But, don’t focus on the negative ring. Crates are good.

They operate as a second home to our furry friends. It can also be a safe area where they can relax when there are anticipated elements that can cause them to get stressed such as fireworks or really loud music.

As crates become their second home, dogs won’t naturally soil places where they reside.  Using a crate can be beneficial in potty training since you can be sure that your puppy will not soil just about anywhere inside the house.

5. Should You Use Puppy Pads?

Puppy pads are made of porous material that can suck in a puppy’s bathroom litter. What’s great about puppy pads is that they are permeable and that they are very convenient most especially for owners who aren’t able to take their dog out as much. These pads act as their bathrooms when they are inside the house.

They help deal with incidents when your puppy can’t help but relieve themselves — or when they’re experiencing submissive urination.

Submissive urination is when a puppy urinates in submission — when scared or anxious. Don’t worry, most puppies leave behind this kind of behavior as they grow up.

They tend to do this as an attempt to avoid confrontation or punishment. Urination commonly happens when they are being scolded. However, urination can also happen on positive occasions such as when they are being greeted or when someone approaches them.

6. What Are the Things to Do & Not to Do When Potty Training?

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Most people have a misconception that they can train their puppy in three days and then they are good to go. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.

A lot of poop-picking and pee-wiping days will have to happen first. But, rest assured, with proper practice and a whole lot of patience, your training will soon pay off.But always remember to practice positive reinforcement and be sure to develop a good and lasting relationship with your pup rather than forcing him with aversive techniques. Puppies are smart creatures and scolding or shouting at them will not help them in any way possible.

Here are the top 10 things you need to remember when training your canine friend: 

DO’s

  1. Give praise or treats when they have done a good job
  2. Create an atmosphere where the puppy will know where it’s safe to go
  3. Use positive reinforcements to gain their trust. This will also allow them to build confidence
  4. Use a “mark” such as a clapping sound to let the puppy know that’s it’s time to go potty outside
  5. Be consistent when training the puppy. Your puppy’s potty training achievement or failures will depend on your ability to teach

DON’T’s

  • Don’t miss taking them out during scheduled walks
  • Don’t rub the puppy’s nose on manure
  • Don’t shout or scold then when they make accidents because it will not eliminate bad behavior — only scare them
  • Don’t drag them by the leash outside
  • Don’t place a puppy pad inside their crate. It will confuse them whether they can soil inside the crate or not

Now, How Do I Go about Potty Training?

Follow these three steps:

Step 1 – Create a plan

First, you want to choose a method to use: Will it be the crate or the potty pad technique. Then, create a common pathway to lead the dog where to potty.

Always use the same path to walk them towards their “bathroom”. So, they will remember where to go, the next time around.

Step 2 – Execute your plan

Let them explore around a bit. Wait for the puppy to show signs that they are ready to go.

Walk them around and let them explore the textures of the ground. Wait for them to relieve themselves. Then, praise them for it.

Step 3 – Be consistent

Remember their schedule of eating and discharging hours. There will be accidents ahead and more chances to learn but it will just give you more time to get to know your puppy. The important thing is to never give up on your precious pup!

Wrapping It Up

Potty training can really test your patience. But, the training will not only test your patience, but it will also test your consistency and your leadership as a trainer.

The puppy’s potty training, whether it turned out to be a failure or a success, is all on you. It reflects how you are as their trainer and leader. If the puppy fails, try again. And hopefully sooner or later, you’ll be hearing yourself saying “good boy!”

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