Guest Blogger Josh Aaron is a dog trainer in Florida. He and his wife Amanda run Providence Pomskies
The biggest obstacle new puppy owner’s face when bringing home their new addition is potty training. There are many different methods to achieving success in potty training. With any form of training the key to success is consistency, the more consistent and diligent you are with your puppy’s schedule the faster you will achieve success.
Using a crate is essential in this time of your puppy’s life. A crate fulfills many basic behavioral needs your puppy is going to need in their life. In this time it allows you to better control the puppy’s schedule and activity. Anytime your puppy comes out of their crate they go outside, before they go back in the crate they go outside. If you take your puppy out and it doesn’t use the bathroom (in a reasonable amount of time), You should put it back in it’s crate for 10-15 minutes and then try again. If you take your puppy out and it does not use the bathroom and you just bring it back in your house it’s going to mess. By putting it back in it’s crate it helps the puppy understand that it doesn’t get rewarded with playtime until it potties outside.
Controlling your puppy’s intake is equally important. It’s very easy to control their food intake and most people do a good job with this. Don’t allow your puppy to graze. Give them an ample amount of time to eat(10-15 minutes), then take the food away until the next feeding. This allows you to know exactly when your dog ate last, therefore you know exactly when your dog needs to go to the bathroom. The problem most people have comes from controlling their water intake. Treat their water just the same as their food. You will be putting water down more often during the day but by doing this you also know exactly when your dog had water last and when it actually needs to go to the bathroom.Be diligent with the schedule of your dog and you will quickly obtain success.
Use this sample as a base for potty training but adjust it to fit your family. In between potty breaks be sure to play with and socialize your puppy.
7:00 Take puppy outside for potty
7:15 Feed puppy in crate
7:30 Take puppy outside to potty, then allow them some play time outside of their crate
8:00-8:15 Put puppy back in crate
Repeat this at lunch time without the feeding
Repeat this at dinner time with feeding
Before you put your puppy in the crate at bedtime walk them one more time.