You will hear a lot about crate training and while this is a useful technique. I have found that I can train without having to crate my puppy 24/7. I have three fur babies! A Rottweiler who is now 11 years old, a Miniature Pinscher who is 4 ½ years old and a Cocker Spaniel who is just now turning 9 months! I have successfully trained each one after 4 months or under of them being in my home.
Each one with a different personality, each one within the same time frame. The key to remember is ROUTINE! A puppy is similar to a child; when you have a brand new baby, you have to figure out a routine that works great for both baby and you — feeding schedules, nap times, bedtimes. These are all carefully planned out. With a puppy, it is no different. Your brand new puppy needs a schedule. Puppies are smart and will pick up on this if you are consistent in your potty training.
I have made some mistakes and took a little longer than usual to let them out and have had many accidents, but it’s always a wake-up call when you get up and take a couple of steps only to make a mess on the bottom of your foot! Still, make sure you bring your puppy to the SAME area every-time! Taking your puppy out to the same spot lets them sniff and smell that they have relieved themselves here before! It’s a light bulb in your puppies’ brain. Your puppy will continue to use the same area if they are taken to that spot at every potty break. Whenever you see a dog when they are outside for their break, what are they doing? Sniffing! They are smelling those familiar smells and recognizing that this is where they do their thing.
Making a strict schedule and following it, will ensure proper potty training and in a timely matter! Trips outside are to be made at around the same time every day. If you like to take your pup out bright and early around 6 am, make sure that you take him out every day around 6 am. He will become accustomed to this time being potty break time and if you aren`t consistent he will be confused and continue to make messes in your home. Soon he will come to you at 6 am to make sure he is let out. Dogs are so smart! Feedings should also be on a schedule. Do not leave a bowl of puppy food on the floor all hours of the day; once a puppy eats their metabolism is so fast you won`t be able to keep up with when and how much he ate if the bowl is just left as a free for all! And he will surely have accidents.
I mentioned this under keeping a schedule; this is probably one of the most important things I can tell you. Controlling when your puppy eats will be so helpful to you and him. I want to reiterate that by controlling your pup`s diet you will make for a more comfortable potty training experience. After feedings, you will have to take your puppy out right away. Wait 15-20 minutes and take him out right away. Be sure to give him a fair chance out there and not rush back in, because it’s inconvenient for you to wait. Give him some good few minutes to do his doo!
Keynote: Have treats handy! Giving him a treat after he potties will reinforce good behavior. He will want that treat and soon will pick up on the fact that once he potties, he earns it! Every living animal on this planet loves to be rewarded, this is a known fact. Reward = Good Behavior.
* When puppy training, screaming and becoming angry when your puppy has an accident does nothing but make them fear you! I know how hard it is to keep yourself composed when a puppy messes all over your house, trust me! Just simply clap your hands if you catch him in the act, this will be enough to “scare” him, then rush him outside.
* Make sure to clean up messes with cleaning agents that will take the smell out of where the accident took place. If you do not clean up the disaster well enough, he will keep returning to that spot, because it is prime potty real estate!
* Take your pet out in the morning, after playtime, after waking from a nap, after eating, after drinking, and the last thing at night. I guess it’s fair to say that after everything your puppy does, take him outside to potty!
* Praise, Praise, Praise your puppy when makes a potty outside
I want to mention that I know if you work full time the above might not be so simple, you cannot possibly be with your pup 24/7. This is when crates come in handy. You will have to lock your puppy up while you are away, you may not have any other choice.
As soon as you wake up to take your pup outside to potty, make sure he has eaten and that he has water to last while you are out of the house. Now before you leave, take him out again! Place puppy pads in the crate (make sure that he has enough space in the box, where he is not cramped). When you get home to make sure that the first thing you do is take your pup outside to relieve himself, even if the puppy pads are soiled. He still needs to stretch those legs after being locked up all day.
It takes a lot of dedication, but by being persistent, dedicated and following the above you too can train your pup in 4 months or less! Be patient with your pup, remember it won`t happen overnight, and always give your puppies love and kisses!
“My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.” -Edith Wharton