Potty Training Tips

A kennel is the best tool to assist in potty training your pooch. In addition to having the right tools, establishing a timeline to follow will create a potty training routine.

• Each day begins the same for you and your puppy. When the alarm clock goes off, get up and get your puppy out of the crate and outside to do his/her business. 

• Another morning ritual will be breakfast. After you take him/her out to go potty, the pup will be ready for his/her first meal of the day. Try to keep this scheduled at the same time each day because this will aid in regular elimination and you can set your watch to potty time. After the meal wait 5 to 30 minutes to take your puppy outside. The younger the puppy the sooner you should take them out after a meal to potty. As the puppy grows older they will gain bladder control and learn to hold it longer each day. A potty chart can help aid in teaching your pooch to hold it a little longer each day!

• Naps are mini versions of the getting up in the morning routine. Make sure that when your puppy is sleeping either in their crate or out on the floor; the moment your puppy wakes up take him/her outside. After playtime is another time puppies need to go out and potty. The stimulation of the digestive tract brought on by playtime will also give the urge to want to have a potty.

• Find a spot that will become the “potty spot” in the yard and always, take your puppy to the same spot. As you approach the spot, give her a voice command or signal, to “Go potty” then wait. Praise lavishly for results! Say “Good!” and then give a yummy treat.

Important Tip:

When you have to leave home for several hours and your puppy needs to stay in a crate during the day, remember to plan ahead!

How long can a puppy hold it?

*Use a Potty Chart*

Potty Chart SHOULD Show Feeding Times, Water Times, Play Times and When Your Pooch is Going Potty Outside or Accidents Within the Home. This WILL give you an idea on how your pooch’s digestive system is working because it varies from pooch to pooch.

Use the month plus one rule. Take the age of your puppy in months, add one and that is the maximum number of hours that your puppy should be able to comfortably hold it between potty breaks. A 4-month-old puppy plus one equals 5 hours that he/she should be able to stay in the crate without a mess.

*Don’t forget that the last thing you SHOULD do before you go to bed at night is take your puppy out for a walk, it’s last potty break and NO food or water 30 minutes before bedtime!*

Signs Your Pooch May Need to Potty

  • Pacing
  • Frantic or Odd Behavior
  • Unusual or Frequent Smelling of the Ground

Thing NOT to do:

  • Do NOT rub your dogs nose in it!
  • Do NOT Spank or Scold your pooch!
  • Unless you catch your pooch IN THE ACT, do NOT say “NO” or Make a Seen!

What to DO:

  • Calmly put your pooch in a safe and clean space; a bathroom, empty clean kennel/create, playpen, etc. proceed to clean up your puppy’s mess “out of his/her sight.”

It IS Very Important the pooch does NOT see you cleaning up his/her potty mess!

“It's not fun to potty where I sleep!"

Canines with age go through a mental development stage that tells them, "It's not fun to potty where I sleep!" Puppies typically hit this point mentally when their mother has stopped cleaning up after them.

That's where a kennel comes handy...

Potty Training 101

Making your pooch feel secure and confident.

To start you off on the right foot, your pooch will need to know what you expect of him/her. This will make your pooch feel secure and confident. Kennel training will help with security or give your pooch a secure and confident feeling.

Training is based on correction and rewards. Corrections should never be harsh and should never involve physical punishment such as spankings or physical pain.

All you need is your voice: A firm “No!” is enough to correct for most puppies!

A reward is anything your pooch likes or wants. Most people use small bits of a “high value” food for training treats. Lavish praise or the chance to play with a favorite toy can also be used as a form of reward. 

“Good dog!”

If you give your pooch a treat while saying “Good dog!” in a happy tone of voice, he/she will learn that praise is a good thing.
Wearing a collar or learning about praise can start at 8 weeks. Teaching Come, Heel, Sit, Stay and Lay Down can start at 12 to 16 weeks. Training sessions should be brief at first and always end on a positive note.

Potty training your pooch is about consistency, patience and positive reinforcement.

"The goal is to instill good habits and build a loving bond with your pooch."It can take 4-6 months to fully potty train a puppy and in some cases may take up to a year. Smaller breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms, meaning more frequent trips.

Be Persistent!

As long as you continue to take your puppy out at the first sign of needing to go and offer rewards, your pooch will learn.
You should begin potty training your pooch between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old, when she/he has enough bladder control to learn how to hold it. Experts recommend confining puppies to a defined space, whether that's in a crate/kennel, in a room and/or on a leash, as the puppy learns to go outside to potty.

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