If you start with some tricks of the trade then you should find that it doesn't take long before puppy is letting you know when he wants to go outside to do the deed.
Some Tips to get you Started with Potty Training a Puppy
- As soon as you bring your new puppy home, decide on an enclosed area in the house that is relatively confined and preferably tiled.
This will make the night's activities easier to clean up in the morning.
It can also minimize any damage to carpets while puppy is being toilet trained.
- It is important to thoroughly clean this tiled area so that there is no hint of an odor left that will make puppy think that this is his toilet.
- Be consistent with where you want puppy to "go" right from the outset.
Choose a corner in the yard that can be easily accessed by puppy.
Make sure that this spot is accessible for you as well; otherwise you will put off taking him outside when he needs to go.
- Take pre-emptive action with your potty training.
Make it a habit to go outside with him first thing in the morning, straight after he has eaten, frequently during the day and last thing at night.
Wait with puppy in the specially selected spot so that you can praise him as soon as he obliges.
There will be times when you take him to this special place in the yard and nothing happens.
In that case, after you have waited a reasonable length of time, you can take him back to the tiled enclosed area for a spell and then try again later.
- Be consistent in your praise so that puppy knows every time he has "done it correctly" or more importantly every time he has done it in the correct spot.
Give him a little treat and spend a few moments playing with him.
- Try to plan puppy's meal times so that you will have enough time to go with him straight after eating.
- Use the same verbal responses after he obliges so that he comes to recognize these special words as praise and knows when he has in fact done it in the right spot.
- Make it a habit to pick up after puppy each day so that the yard is not littered everywhere.
If you do this, it will encourage puppy to go to the designated spot rather than just anywhere in the yard.