With every new puppy comes the great challenge of potty training. When you first take home your furry little friend, it is expected that they are going to do their business in the house. That may frustrate some owners and yelling is commonly believed to be the last resort.
I know from experience that potty training can be difficult with certain dogs. However, there are more effective methods to training your pup than raising your voice! And so, I am here to lend a hand!
At 12-16 weeks old is the best time to start potty training them. At this age, they are better able to learn to control their bladder. However, it usually takes between four to six months to train them - sometimes a year depending on the dog. The size is a big variable. The smaller the dog, the smaller the bladder, the more frequent they MAY have to go out. Don't worry if there are set backs! All that matters is that they are on a consistent schedule.
First of all, make sure to keep your pup on a regular feeding schedule and take away their food in between meals. This will get their body used to a schedule!
Secondly and most importantly:), take them out to go to the bathroom in the morning and every 30 minutes to an hour. Puppies pee a lot! So by taking them out this frequently, they will learn to do their business outside, instead of on the floor or your new living room rug.
Also, always make sure to take them out to the same spot every time. There scent will trigger him to go. When they go, reward them! Give him a treat, some praise, or a walk so they know that what they did was good!
In the end, potty training is hard but over time they will learn and through the setbacks know that it is okay!