House training your puppy is one of the most difficult tasks you may face as a dog owner. Some puppies will house train very easily, but many of them will prove to be quite stubborn in learning where the correct place is to go potty. Fortunately, if you follow certain steps in your house training procedure, you can help to make sure the training is much more successful.
The first thing that you should do before you begin potty training is to take your puppy to the vet to make sure that there are no health problems that may cause issues with potty training like bladder infections or diarrhea. If your puppy was vet checked within a few days prior to purchase, you may not feel this is necessary but it is always wise to take any puppy that you get to your own personal vet to make sure his examination was thorough and complete any medical pet treatment required before you start any training.
The next step in potty training your puppy is to set up a spot in your home for the puppy. At first, your puppy should not have full run of the house and should have one designated area they stay in to prevent accidents. Place a few puppy pads in the area, so that the spot they are set up in is completely covered in puppy training pads. This will get them used to going potty on the pad.
Puppies will need to go the bathroom often, generally between 5 and 10 times each day while they are very young. As soon as your puppy eats, drinks, wakes up from sleeping or plays, take them outside to a designated area in the yard where it is OK for them to potty, and wait until they go. When they use the bathroom outside, praise them enthusiastically so that they know they are doing what you want them to do.
Inevitably, your puppy is likely to have a few accidents in the house. However, use of the puppy pads will help to keep it from being a big mess, and keeping your puppy contained in one area will prevent the puppy from using the entire house as the bathroom. As the puppy gets older and learns to control themselves better, start removing some of the puppy pads from the confined area. Even as you remove them, the puppy, having become accustomed to using the pad as a potty, will naturally only go on the pad and not on the rest of the floor.
Once it’s time to start allowing your puppy more freedom to roam through the house, place the puppy pad near the door where the puppy usually goes outside. This will teach the puppy to go to the door when they need to go out. Whenever you see the puppy go to the door to use the pad, immediately take him outside to use the bathroom. This will teach the puppy that when they need to go, they need to wait for you to take them out the door, rather than using the puppy pad.
As soon as they start whining to go out the door to use the potty and are no longer going on the puppy pad, you can remove the puppy pad. Some people do prefer to leave a pad available to the puppy so that there are no accidents in the home, but by this point it is rarely necessary to do so if you are taking the puppy out on a regular basis.