How to Potty Train Your Puppy

Potty training a puppy can be akin to pulling teeth or it can go very easily right from the start. There are many determining factors that help decide which road you take when it comes to potty training your puppy. If you find that you have exhuasted all leads, please know that Dedicated Dog Training of Long Island can help with your puppy training potty training & housebreaking.
The good news is – you control many of the factors that go into your potty training success; however, one factor, that is uncontrollable (well, really not, you just have to use due diligence before selecting a breeder) is how the puppies were kenneled.
puppy with toilet paper
Some breeders use paper, (which can be somewhat helpful if you want to paper train your puppy, but sometimes can backfire too.) some are extra clean and once the puppy soils they are right there to pick it up, the puppy never gets used to laying in their feces or urine; resulting in them finding it repulsive to do so.
Assuming you’ve acquired a puppy form a breeder that is somewhere in between the one that catches the poop from the puppy as they are going and the one that uses paper and changes it fairly quickly, you will want to employ the following:

1. Begin crate training, and size does matter;

2. Try to keep the crate as close as possible to the doors that lead outside closest where your puppy will be eliminating.

3. In the beginning, you are going to “OVER” let your puppy outside (this means that whenever you suspect he or she has to eliminate you are going to give them the opportunity to do so.

4. When they begin to eliminate (this means, as they are going to the bathroom you are going to quietly and calmly say and keep repeating “good (whatever your word is going to be for them to eliminate on command). For example: “Good Bathroom”

5. When they are finished, you are NOT going to make the mistake of bringing your puppy right inside after he or she eliminates (maybe later on, this can be used to motivate a puppy or dog to make potty fast), instead, you will hang out with your puppy for a while longer, they may go again and then three (3) to five (5) minutes more. If you’d like the reasoing behind this feel free to contact us.

6. OK, if they did not relieve themselves, and fifteen (15) minutes has elapsed, bring them back inside and immediately place them inside the crate; repeat the above step in fifteen (15) minutes of so.

Potty Training Your Puppy & Distractions

Distractions can be you biggest obstacle when it comes to potty training your puppy. A blowing leaf, a noise, a person walking by, and the ultimate, another dog or puppy in close proximity will be your biggest challenges, absent a medical condition that may hinder your puppy or dog from eliminating.
The above challenges can be very frustrating, even for dog trainers. Long Island and NYC both offer a plethora of distractions, so how do you potty train your puppy with all of these competing motivators? Well, we find that most dog and puppy owners try to compete with these distractions, when, in the beginning they would be better off eliminating them.
Many puppy owners want to “run” before they can “walk” when it comes to potty training their puppy. They want to skip the frustrations and kind of take the metal approach of “I am going to nip this potty training stuff in the butt!” That philosophy, according to Dedicated Dog Training of Long Island is perfect when dealing with bad behaviors such as a puppy that finds it extremely necessary to jump on everyone they encounter that comes through your door. How to stop a puppy from jumping, is a little different than learning how to potty train your puppy.
That said, learning how to potty train your puppy takes a different type of approach. Instead of trying to immediately compete with those seemingly, at the time, annoying distractions, you should, try to eliminate them first, that way you’re able to teach your puppy what you want them to do. The distractions, when dealing with potty training, act as a barrier between you and the puppy.
Begin with taking the puppy to a place where there will be less distractions, you may even consider making that be the place the puppy will do her business in the future as well. You should consider a few things when choosing the spot where your puppy should go to the bathroom.

How Often Should I Take My Puppy Outside to Go to the Bathroom?

Opportunity! Is the meat and potatoes or bones and chews of how to potty train your puppy. Training your puppy requires you to send a clear message that you, the puppy will be given the opportunity to eliminate. Puppies learn routine very quickly. It appears that once the puppy starts to observe the routine and the more you strict you adhere to it, the quicker the puppy will become potty trained.

What is the Potty Training Routine?

Of course, this routine is not written in stone, but we suggest that you stick with it as closely as possible. You should give the puppy the opportunity to eliminate about six (6) to eight (8) times per day. Here they are:
1. Right before you go to bed at night;
2. If you here whining at night;

3. As soon as you wake up in the morning;
4. Right after each of the puppy’s meals;

5. Every time you let the puppy outside of the crate to play, you should first take him or her outside to eliminate;
6. Right before you are ready to put the puppy back into the crate after a play session

Sounds like a lot of work? Well, it is; however, if you do a lot in the beginning, it will be a lot of work for a little while. And, by the way, it’s probably more work – cleaning poop and urine in your home.