Hey, my name is Rebecca and this is my blog about how to potty train a puppy.  I’m not technically minded so I had someone help me put this blog together so I could share my experiences and what I’ve learnt since owning little Harry.

Harry is my very first puppy and when I got him I had no experience of looking after a puppy or what to expect as an owner.  As you can imagine the first few days were wonderful but I soon realised that I had a bit of a problem on my hands when I started to find that Harry was fouling on my carpets.

Sometimes I would find the mess immediately but often it would take a couple of days before I would find say a urine patch behind the couch.  I was spending all my time cleaning up after Harry and all my money on cleaning products.  I think the most frustrating part was not knowing what to do and then having to restrict Harry to one room in the house.  It was really hard for me.

This website helped turn everything around for me and I recommend you take a look if you are having the same problems, you can find it by clicking here.

I think the hardest thing about trying to work out the best way to potty train a puppy is the lack of quality information.  Before I came across the website I mentioned above I spent a lot of time reading articles in magazines and on the internet.  What I found is that these aren’t sufficient.  You need to follow a programme that explains the A to Z of how to toilet train a puppy.

Some of the things I’ve learned from the website I mentioned earlier which you can find by clicking here are:

  • The time to start training a puppy to use a potty is between 8 and 8.5 weeks.
  • Don’t confuse your puppy by giving it unclear instructions, get everyone in the household who is involved on the same page
  • Designate a voiding area and take the puppy to this area 10 to 15 minutes in the morning and evening, after a sleep, before and after meals and after a playing session.
  • Avoid the crate training method if your puppy doesn’t like the crate you are using; they may feel scared, restless or uncomfortable in the crate.
  • When your puppy is going to the toilet in the designated area try to reassure them by using soft voice commands.  This reaffirms your approval of their behaviour.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to praise your puppy when he uses the designated area to go to the toilet.  It’s essential for his/her development.
  • Always have an effective odour killing spray on hand in your home for those little accidents.
  • If you catch you puppy going to the toilet in areas other than the designated area express you disapproval with short sharp voice commands – ‘No’ or ‘Bad dog’ and take them to the designated area immediately.
  • Always, always clean up the designated area after your puppy has been to the toilet this will protect you, your guest and your puppy from any worm infestation.
  • Never stop your training until you are 100% sure that your puppy has grasped the new system
  •  Never give you puppy full access to your house until you are entirely happy that they are fully potty trained.

Changing behavior and why it’s important

Breaking the cycle of unwanted behavior is probably one of the most important first steps and is going to require some investment in time from you.

You should assign an area of your house that can be used by your puppy to foul then each day take them to this area.  Try 10 minutes in the morning and evening and after a feed or a nap.  This will get them used to this pattern and to the area.  This small change may seem almost too simple but it is little changes like this that will eventually lead to your puppy seeing this area as the area they are supposed to use when they go to the toilet as opposed to the rest of your house.

Understanding when to toilet train a puppy

It’s very important to understand when is the best time to start house training a puppy because if you start to early your puppy will not respond to your direction and you may get frustrated and give up.  The best time to start house training your puppy is when they are 8 to 8.5 weeks old.

Choose an area that you are going to use as a designated area and get into the habit of taking your puppy to this area regularly, say 10 -15 minutes in the morning and 10 – 15 minutes last thing at night this will help them get use to the area and the time of the day to visit it.

Not all breeds are the same

Did you know that a puppy develops full sensitivity of its bowel and bladder at around 6 weeks but isn’t able to control itself at this time.  But did you also know that smaller or toy breeds of puppy/dogs have a smaller bladder but a much higher metabolic rate so they may need to go to the toilet more frequently.

Don’t lock your dog away!

When I was initially searching for the best way to potty train a puppy I was having to lock Harry in a room overnight and then watch him like a hawk during the day because I was so worried that he was going to have another accident.

Getting it wrong can be expensive

In my opinion the best way to potty train a puppy is to follow the advice of seasoned experts someone who has been working with dogs for a long period of time.

Getting your puppy potty training wrong at such an early stage can cost you a lot of money in floor coverings and cleaning materials but it can also cost you your relationship with your puppy and future dog.

Puppies can get easily confused so they need a clear and consistent message saying the wrong command at the wrong time can confuse things and even make the situation even worse.

I can’t recommend the website I mentioned earlier enough.  Its been of great assistance to me and I know it will help you too.

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