At around three weeks old, your puppy is readily able to adapt to new situations and because they are one of the smartest creatures by nature, potty training puppies will not be too difficult for anyone.
As a new puppy owner, you have an option of whether you want to confine your dog or not. Most puppy parents prefer to use a crate to prevent accidents at night or when they have to go away for a period of time. However, some would want to train their puppies to become more responsible by giving them access to everything but with restrictions and limitations. This may seem a little more difficult than the other way considering their uncontrollable urges and playful behavior, but if you decide to apply this, here are tips you might want to consider:
You may get your puppy to learn to do its business indoors or outdoors on news papers. Nevertheless, no matter which method you pick, you need to be very consistent. You can also use paper training for a short time or until your puppy is learning to do its business in the right location outdoors or indoors, but you must teach your puppy step-by-step until it finally learns its potty routines.
No matter whether it’s in doors or outside, you must pick a spot for your pups to go potty. Get your puppy to sniff that spot and wait until it finally relieved itself and take the puppy to the same spot each time. The scent that stayed will help stimulate the puppy to use the same spot again the next time it needs to go potty.
With young puppies, you must carry them or take them out on a leash to the designated location within 20 minutes or right after each meal, play session, and rest time. Scheduling is the key to an effective puppy house training so again, you have to be consistent. Use the same routine every day and be sure to watch for the indications that your puppy needs to go potty.
During each and every potty break, give your puppy a command such as “go potty” or “go pee” to establish an association between the command phrase and the dog’s potty break. Do it over and over again quietly as many times as it is necessary until your puppy gets used to it. This way, it’ll be easier for him or her to grasp and follow the same command the next time it’s used.
When potty training puppies, you can expect that there would always be mistakes and accidents. A puppiy can be just like a baby because they can’t tell if they need to go potty or not. Its a good idea to constantly watch for the warning signs like squatting or sniffing then distract them right away by stamping your foot or clapping your hands while leading them away from the restricted area.
Finally, praise your puppy with an encouraging words like “good puppy” or “good job” when he performs in the right spot. Let him or her know you are pleased by giving a small reward like allowing the puppy to play inside he house. When your puppy becomes more dependable and responsible, you can allow him or her to move freely about the house.