Potty training can be a long process that can take a couple weeks or a couple of months for your dog to master. It’s normal to get frustrated and wonder what could be going wrong but it is best to take a step back and take a deep breath.
Here at Bayside we are ready to help you through this time with different tips and tricks to success!
Tip #1 Ditch the Pee Pads
If you are using pee pads you are inadvertently teaching your pup that it’s okay to pee inside the house. Pick them up so they lose out on a “safe” place to go inside, increasing the chance that they will go outside.
Tip #2 Add a Command
Adding a command name, like “Go Potty” or “Hurry” can help your puppy understand what you are looking for it to do. When they do end up going mark it with “Yes! Good Potty!” or whatever your word is going to be. Just don’t use treats to help reinforce it or your pup might fake squat in order to get a treat.
Tip #3 It’s Okay to Use a Crate
We all have heard that we shouldn’t use a crate as punishment but it can be a very useful tool when doing potty training. Puppies have the natural instinct to not go potty where they sleep, especially in a correctly sized crate. If you take your puppy outside and they don’t do anything, put them in the crate for 10-15 minutes and try again. This is also a good way to get them used to the crate.
Tip #4 If the Puppy Plays, The Puppy has to Pee
By some natural phenomena, it seems like the more a puppy plays, the more they will have to go out. If your puppy has just finished playing, or has been playing for a while take them out immediately to avoid an unwanted accident.
Tip #5 Keep a Consistent Schedule
Like with all things, it’s good to have a consistent schedule. Make sure the puppy has set feeding and sleeping schedule and to let them out after eating and once they wake up. Once they get used to the routine they might even start reminding you that it’s time to go out.
Tip #6 Be Observant
Most of the time, dogs will actually try to tell you that they have to go potty. Dogs can all have different types of signals, such as waiting at a door, whining, barking, and even acting more needy than normal. Keep an eye out and see if your puppy was acting differently before they had an accident so you know for next time.