what is potty training?
Potty training your puppy is an important part of a puppy's training. It involves teaching him not to urinate inside the house. He should wait to go outside or, ultimately, tell you he wants to go outside. It will require patience and perseverance. Always remember that your puppy is not peeing on your rug to annoy you. He simply does not know any better.
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how long will it take to potty train my puppy?
It normally takes between 4 and 6 months to fully house train a puppy, however some puppies could take as long as 12 months. Size is normally an indicator. Smaller breeds will need to urinate more frequently because they have a smaller bladder. Your puppy may have come from a home where it was allowed to urinate when and where it wanted and will consequently need some retraining. This will take additional time.
Be consistent when potty training a puppy. Young puppies will often urinate and defecate whenever they get the urge. If they do, don't punish them, simply clean up and remove any odor Then, take him to the bathroom area and allow him to sniff.
When he does use the correct area, give him a treat. It will take some time for him to understand exactly what it is that you want him to do. You will make faster progress if you use positive reinforcement and reward him when he does get it right instead of yelling and punishing him when he gets it wrong or simply has an accident.
If you catch your puppy when he is just about to eliminate or even if he has already started, distract him and then take him out to the designated area. When you catch him you can clap loudly to let him know he is doing something wrong and then take him outside. Reward him with a treat when he does it in the right place.
what about crate training?
If you don’t seem to be making progress with this method, you can try crate training.
Crate training is based on the fact that ancestral dogs were cave or den dwellers and they kept their home clean. The principle of the training method is that if a puppy is confined to a crate or other small space, it will not eliminate inside it. They will wait until they are released from the space before urinating or defecating. Of course, a puppy with a small bladder can’t wait for ever.
While you are around, and you can keep an eye on your puppy, you can let him come and go as he pleases. You would need to watch him and when he shows signs of eliminating, take him to the potty place and reward him for his efforts.
While you are away, you keep the crate closed. As soon as you return you should give your puppy an opportunity to relieve himself in the potty place. And, as usual, reward him when he does so.
When you are potty training your puppy, patience will be rewarded. Do your best to overlook mishaps and give praise or a treat for success.