Potty training can be tough for both you and your puppy. The goal of house training is to encourage desirable elimination and reduce opportunities of improper elimination. The focus should not be teaching where he/she is not allowed to go.
- Select a spot that has an easy and direct access to the outdoors. Puppies may more easily learn where to eliminate if a single location is used.
- Take your puppy to its selected elimination area within 30 minutes of sleeping, eating, playing or drinking.
- Most puppies need to eliminate every 3 to 4 hours during the daytime, even if they sleep all night.
- Give verbal encouragement or tasty food treats for the first few times then intermittently afterwards.
- When indoors, your puppy must be supervised so that you can see early signs like circling, sneaking off, or squatting. Leaving a lead leash attached can help you interupt the behavior and give a verbal reprimand before taking them to the proper elimination site.
- The puppy should be confined to its confinement area when not supervised and then immediately taken to the elimination spot once they are released.
- Puppies will generally avoid soiling their crate if they use their crates as a sleeping or play area.
- Puppies that are disciplined and punished for indoor elimination rather than reinforced for outdoor elimination may soon begin to fear to eliminate whenever you are present, regardless of the location.
- There is no point in punishing or even pointing out the problem to the puppy if them eliminate indoors. Only if the puppy is in the act will it understand the consequences (rewards or punishment).
- Generally your puppy should be error free around the house for about a month before you can begin to decrease your confinement and supervision.
If after all these steps have been taken if your puppy is still urinating or defecating around the house, please contact Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008 for further recommendations.