It can be a little frustrating at first during puppy housetraining, but if you stick with it, it is going to pay off in the end. We all love those little puppy faces, training them is a step in the right direction. It is great to start them early, that way they start to build good tendencies and habits at a young age. It is harder to train them when they get a bit older. Thus why it is a good idea to start as soon as possible and stay consistent. Going into the puppy training, you are going to need to have a certain mindset to see large success. You have to stay consistent and really encourage the dog when they do it correctly. Verbal commands are always going to be the best. Say them firmly with a loud enough projection that leaves no doubt the dog will hear it. Also, you want to make sure you are using the same command every time, otherwise it can get confusing for you and the dog. Positive reinforcement is going to be the key to success as well. You need to let them know that they did whatever you are training them for correctly.

How Long Does Puppy Potty Training Take?

The old phrase comes to mind, you get what you put into it. That is exactly the same when it comes to training a puppy. The more work you put into it, the quicker your dog is going to be at the level you need them to be. It is going to be different for every dog as well. Some are going to pick it up quickly, where some are going to need additional training. Remember, patience is the key to training a dog.

Best Potty Training Method

Crate training is going to the the method that you will find is most suggested by professionals. The method is quite simple actually. The dogs won’t want to pee or poop in the space that they are sleeping in. Therefore, they are more inclined to hold it until they get a chance to pee. You are going to want to ensure you have a few things settled though before committing to this kind of a training method:

-First off, don’t put water or food in the cage with the dog.
-You are also going to want to make sure that the dog has the right size cage. There is nothing worse than messing up this step. If the cage is big enough to allow the dog to pee or poop in an area and still have somewhere to lay, they will. If your cage is large, you might try a divider to help bring it down to the right size for training.
-Then, take your puppy outside immediately following you taking them out of the cage.
-You should always keep an eye on your dog, no matter what the situation as often as you can. When you are not, they should be in the crate. This makes having a puppy difficult, but it is going to lead to success later on for sure.

Are There Other Methods For Potty Training?

There are a few other methods for potty training if the crate training doesn’t tickle your fancy. Training pads is probably the next most common choice. It can be very effective and people who live in high-rise buildings usually just use them permanently, because they really don’t have many other choices. If you are using these pads to train a puppy to eventually handle their business outside, you should take the following steps. Get them to pee or poop on the pad. Then, you can gradually start to move the pad towards the door over time. Before you know it, they will be peeing outside. Obviously it takes longer than what I have described, but that is the general idea.

How Long Can They Really Hold It?

There has long been a debate over how long puppies should have to hold it. The fact of the matter is that the majority of puppies can hold it for between 6 to 8 hours when necessary. This is of course not recommended, and for those that work full time, it is crucial that you go home during your lunch break and let your dog out. If that is not an option, you can always find someone or pay someone to do it for you.

Any Other Advice During Puppy Potty Training?

Don’t get frustrated would be the best piece of advice that could be given. But, there are a few others that should be taken into consideration too. Also, be sure that you only punish your puppy when you personally catch them in the act of peeing or pooping where they are not supposed to. If you punish them after the fact, there is going to be no point to it really. All you are doing is confusing them and making things worse.

When you do catch them, you should not get out of control and put their nose in it. You don’t need to go off and yell at them or hit them either. Those are barbaric forms of punishment and should never be used under any circumstances. Instead, take them outside to their pads, and let them finish their business there. As you are taking them out there, say “no” with a firm tone. This lets them know that they are doing something wrong. Then, encourage them and use positive reinforcement when they finish on the pads. The last piece of advice is to remember that it is your fault when they have gone in the house.