How to Potty Train a Puppy

Make Use of Crates

A lot of new dog owners freak out at the idea of confining their new puppies inside a dog crate, but after a few days of using the crate, the reluctance tends to disappear. Crates are necessary to make your life and that of your pet easier. For instance, when you travel or go for a visit to your vets, you will need to place your pet inside a crate at some point.  Not just that, because dogs are den animals, they tend to look out for a canine cave for security purposes whether you buy them one or not. Thus, it becomes relatively easier to train your dog to like her crate. It is important to ensure that you get the right size when doing your crate shopping. The crate should just be big enough for to allow your dog stand up, lie down and turn around. The crate should not be too large, to avoid your dog thinking it is okay to use one corner for elimination and mess up. When your puppy feels an urge to relief himself, he will signify you by scratching or whining.

Make Use of Paper Training and Puppy Pads

Dr. Burch is of the view that paper training and making use of puppy pads can be tricky because you are providing two options for the puppy. The ideal solution is to teach the puppy how to hold it when indoors and eliminate at a specific spot. You can start out with a puppy pads to give the dog the option of relieving herself while indoors. You can incorporate the outdoor business after some time.

Prepare and Follow a Schedule

In order to successfully potty train your puppy, you need to learn to create a schedule for your door. Puppies have tiny bladders and water just flows through them. The same is true for solid food. It just goes in and out. But a puppy can control her bladder for number of hours, but this depends on the age of the puppy. A puppy that is just 6 months old can hold for up to 6 hours. So you need to make it a habit to let your dog out at these vital times; After playing, last thing at night, first thing in the morning, after waking up from a nap, after drinking or eating, or after chewing a toy or bone.

Control the Diet

As mentioned earlier, the digestive systems of puppies are not matured. So they cannot afford to eat a lot of food at a time. That is why you need to break down the feeding of your puppies into three small meals divided all through the day. You should also be aware of the food itself.  The food need to be of a high quality. Also, make it a habit to check your puppy’s stool regular to know the best time to change a diet. You may need to switch to a new food if the seat is loose or stinky.