Bringing home a new puppy is fun — until he starts making messes all over your house. One of the most difficult things in life is house training a puppy, but with a few puppy potty training tips, it will be much easier. When you initially bring your new puppy home, take him outside immediately to the area where you want him to go to the bathroom.
This is a good time to begin potty training your puppy because he will be excited about the new sights and smells. Make certain not to play with your puppy in the area where you want him to relieve himself so that he doesn’t connect that area with play time. Once he starts to go to the bathroom, say a short phrase such as “go potty” or whatever you like so that he will know to do his business every time you say those words. When he is finished, give him oodles of praise and maybe even a treat. Once you take your puppy inside your home, the potty training should start at once.
There are a number of different methods of house training a puppy effectively, so you can choose the one you like.
1. Crate training is possibly the most common technique. This is basically utilizing a crate, which is a dog kennel or cage, to keep your puppy in at those times that he is not being supervised. As a rule dogs do not like to sleep in the same spot where they have gone to the toilet so they will customarily not relieve themselves while in the crate. For this reason, it’s crucial to make sure the crate it not too big so that your puppy can slumber at one end and go to the bathroom at the other end.
His movement must be limited to his sleeping area inside the crate. Your puppy should be confined to the crate at all times except when he is being supervised. If he is permitted to roam freely through your house, he will end up using the bathroom inside and will most likely do it over and over again. Crate training puppies can take several months and requires patience.
2. Paper training is another technique that can be used to house train a puppy. This technique teaches your puppy to use the bathroom in the house but only on paper (usually newspapers) and only in the area you want him to go. Paper training and crate training should not be used at the same time because your puppy will get bewildered. If there are reasons why you can’t take your puppy outdoors to go to the bathroom, then paper training may be a better choice.
Paper training in a nutshell is spreading thick layers of newspapers over a sizeable area in your house where you want your puppy to use the bathroom. You gradually shrink the size of the area until your puppy is going to the bathroom in a smaller area. Unfortunately, paper training is not suitable for all dogs. It works best for small male dogs and small to medium female dogs because bigger dogs make too much waste.
3. Yet another technique to house train a puppy is to use a fairly new idea — an indoor dog potty. This is comparable to paper training but can be used for dogs of all sizes and is wonderful for traveling. It’s also not as unpleasant as using newspapers. You merely spray the training spray on the indoor dog potty so that your dog will know that’s where he is supposed to go potty. Once he has relieved himself, you give him praise and a treat and then scoop up the feces, pour water over the surface of the indoor dog potty, and then empty the reservoir underneath.
No matter which process you select, you must be patient and persistent until your puppy has been completey house trained.