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    Potty Train a Puppy | Dogs and Puppies

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011
    Potty training a puppy is not always the easiest of things to do, it can become quite frustrating at times with people complaining about waiting outside for their dog to go to the bathroom for ages. This article should help you to find all of the solutions to your problems and advise you on the best way to potty train a puppy.

    How to Potty Train a Puppy

  • A puppy should be kept in a crate when he is dozing or at night.

  • By keeping your puppy in a crate you are minimising the risks of urination in the house. Dogs do not like to go to the toilet in the area where they sleep so by crating the puppy you are utilising its natural instincts to your advantage.

  • When you take your puppy outside to go to the toilet make sure you keep him on a lead.

  • Take some treats outside with you so if your puppy urinates or defecates then you can reward him.

  • The lead you use must be long enough that the puppy can move around freely.

  • Keep watching your puppy when he is inside, if you watch him then you will notice if he needs the toilet or not which means less chance of carpet accidents.

  • Don’t leave food down all the time for your puppy to snack on.

  • You will however need to give your puppy water regularly.

  • When you puppy is active during the day you will need to take him out to relieve himself about once an hour when he is little.

  • You need to get your puppy into a regular routine; every time your puppy becomes sleepy you should put him in the crate. After the puppy has slept you will need to take him outside immediately.

  • If your puppy makes a huge fuss at night when in his crate then take him outside, if he goes to the toilet then you can treat him and put him back to bed.

  • start to use a word like ‘toilet’ whenever he goes outside that way your puppy will associate the word with the action; this is the best way to potty train a puppy. When he understands the ‘toilet’ command this will also shorten the amount of time you are outside with him.

  • Just be patient and your dog should go within 20 minutes.

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