There are so many wonderful things about having a new puppy in the house. Things like sweet puppy kisses, and fun games of fetch and tug. One of my favorite things is watching our tiny girl, Georgie, curl up in a fluffy ball and settle in for a sweet puppy nap. Ah, she looks like an angel!
But even with all these great things, there are a few less than awesome things about living with a young pup. At the top of that list is potty training. It’s definitely not one of my favorite things about adding a new dog to our family.
As Georgie and I are working together on training, I’ve found these 5 puppy potting training tips to be really helpful:
- It’s so, so important to put your pup on a schedule. If you feed and water at the same time(s) each day, you have some control over when puppy has to potty. Having control allows you to be prepared.
- Don’t leave puppy unsupervised at any time. When she’s not being fed, trained, or spending quality one-on-one time with you, she should be in her puppy pen or crate. A puppy left on her own without constant supervision is only going to get into trouble, and that means potty accidents that Mom will have to clean up later.
- Take puppy outdoors to the designated potty spot on a regular basis. I recommend at least once every 2 hours. Use your chosen command to encourage her to do her business. We say “go potty, Georgie.” I repeat the word “potty” until she does her thing, and then I praise her generously. My hope is that eventually, she will automatically associate the word “potty” with going outside to relieve herself.
- When puppy has an accident indoors – and yes, it will happen! – don’t scold her or rub her nose in it. Let’s be honest: she’s a baby. She only knows what you’ve taught her… or what you haven’t taught her. It’s not her fault that she had a potty accident indoors; it’s your fault.
- And when those accidents happen, be prepared. My number one go-to for cleaning up pet messes is Bounty. Lots and lots of Bounty. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s one of my must-have tools for housecleaning with pets.
And lest we forget, what goes into a puppy must come out.
While I’ve found Bounty to be an irreplaceable tool for potty training puppies, it also comes in handy for cleaning up other pet messes, too. It’s great for use with cats, hamsters and gerbils, and bunnies. Heck, you might even use Bounty with goldfish.
And of course, it’s perfect for cleaning up all those messes made by the 2-legged puppies in your home. Yikes, those are the yuckiest!
I know that one day very soon (fingers crossed), Georgie will be completely potty trained, and indoor potty messes will be a thing of the past. But we’ll still have plenty of Bounty on hand… you know, just in case.
Do you have any tips for successfully (and maybe painlessly) potty training a puppy? We’d love for you to share them in a comment below.
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