4 tricks for potty training puppies
* You'll need to take your puppy outside right after he eats, sleep and plays. Most puppies will need to go to the bathroom after each of these activities. Its also important that you do this every time. If your puppy doesn't go right away it doesn't mean he doesn't need to relieve himself and you can take him out again later. It just means the urge hasn't struck or he's distracted. Take him back inside and try again in about 10-15 minutes.
* Make a schedule for when you need to take your puppy out and stick to it. If you need to write it down, go ahead. Make sure everyone involved in training your puppy knows the schedule and sticks to it. Consistency is very important when potty training puppies.
* Designate an area in your yard for your puppy's toilet and make sure you take him to the same place every time. You want your puppy to learn this is the area where he does his business. Another secret is that your puppy will go back to where he can smell urine and be more likely to relieve himself in the same spot.
* Decide on a command or verbal cue you want to use to tell your puppy its time to go to the bathroom. You'll use this command for the rest of his life so make sure its something appropriate! You don't want to give your dog an off color command if others are around! "Go potty" or something along those lines works well. Use the command as soon as your puppy starts to go to the bathroom and keep repeating it until he's done. Your puppy will soon learn you give this command when you want him to relieve himself.
* Praise your puppy for a job well done! Positive reinforcement is very important when potty training puppies. As soon as he finishes, tell him what a good dog he is. You can also reward him with a small treat.
* Your puppy will make mistakes while he's learning. Never yell at him and never, ever rub his nose in it. Your puppy won't understand why you are doing that. The only thing this does is cause your puppy to not trust you. In addition, some dogs will start to eat their own feces. Yuck.
This covered a few techniques and tips for potty training puppies. The things you really need to understand are that consistency and praise are going to be critical for your puppy to learn well. There are actually quite a few more techniques you should learn before you get your puppy. Get started as soon as you can so you're ready and waiting when you bring your puppy home.