Trying to get your puppy to potty train is among the most frustrating obstacles of dog ownership. It takes effort on YOUR part to properly train a puppy to not potty indoors, but once your puppy gets the concept down, they should be able to go potty outdoors within just a few days. Here is how to potty train your puppy.
Consistency is key. This means, every 2 hours on the hour, you need to take your puppy outside to go potty, whether they need to go or not. This is teaching your puppy that the outdoors is where they want to be, and allows them to sniff around and stake out their new territory. Even at night, set your alarm to allow your puppy outside to potty. Praise your puppy like they just won a million dollars every time they actually do go potty, and encourage them with soft, happy tones as they sniff around. Your puppy will get the hint very quickly that going potty outside is fun because they get attention and positive praise just for using the restroom, and will soon begin going potty outside completely on their own without your help in just a few days.
When you do take your puppy outside to potty and it isn’t urgent (as in, they’re not already peeing down your arm), stop at the door prior to opening it and say, “outside” and allow the puppy to sniff at and scratch at the door. As they show interest in the door (any interest, a bark, whine, sniff, scratch, etc) praise them proudly and say “outside” again, and open the door. This teaches your puppy how to ask to go outside for when they have the potty training down.
Any time your puppy starts to sniff around the house or start turning in odd circles, particularly after eating or drinking, take them outside as well. They may be looking for a place to go potty in your house. Never ever discipline a puppy for going to the bathroom indoors; rather, simply pick them up (even if they are still going) and rush outside so they can finish their business in the grass. Puppies are just like small children when it comes to potty training- they will have their accidents, but if you can get them to their outdoor “toilet” as quickly as possible when they do, they will learn very quickly that they are meant to go outdoors.
Clean up all puppy accidents as soon as you can so your puppy is not encouraged to use the house for a bathroom since their scent is already around. Not thoroughly cleaning up puppy messes indoors will just confuse your puppy overall on where he is supposed to go, since his smell is both inside and outside.
Unless you want your puppy to always go in the house, avoid those puppy potty training pads meant to be laid inside. If you insist on using them, place them outside on the porch, so if nothing else, you can open the door and plop your puppy down on the potty training pad outside. If you want to potty train your puppy, you have to get them outside often, give them the incentive to use the yard with your constant praise, and keep an eye out for accidents in the house. My dog was potty trained in 48 hours using these tips, and it really doesn’t take long to potty train a puppy at all.
potty training my own dog at 2 months old