When you bring home a new puppy you will want to start housebreaking him right away.
It can take up to 6 months for your puppy to become fully housebroken, so the earlier you start the better.
In fact, there are some dog breeds that may take up to 1 year to be fully trained not to pee or poop inside the house.
Puppy Potty Training Necessities
There are 4 skills that your dog will need to master before he can be fully housebroken:
- Never go in the house
- Always go outside
- Always hold it
- Always let someone know when you have to go out
It’s up to you to teach your dog those skills.
It will take consistency and patience on your part to help your dog learn what’s expected of him.
Potty Training Dogs: 4 Easy Steps
The minute you bring your new puppy home is the best time to start the housebreaking process.
Take your dog to the place in the yard where you’d like him to potty all the time.
Follow the 4 basic steps mentioned in the video below to potty train your puppy properly.
With a little time and a lot of patience, you will teach your puppy to potty outside — instead of inside the house!
These are the 4 steps mentioned in the video:
#1 – Prevent the problem. Never allow your puppy to potty inside. Always have proper supervision until your dog is old enough to tell you when he has to go outside.
#2 – Encourage proper behavior. Provide lots of praise and rewards for going potting outside… every single time.
#3 – Correct bad behavior. If caught in the act, give your puppy a firm NO and take him outside to finish doing his business.
#4 – Stick to a schedule. Have your puppy on a regular feeding and potty schedule. That way, he will start to get used to the times when he’s expected to go outside.
If you are looking for another way to potty train your dog, try a dog litter box. This would work great for smaller dogs.
I have 2 Miniature Pinschers. My husband and I consider them our 4-legged kids.