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What You Need to Know About Puppy Potty Training

Puppy potty training is an awkward stage that all dogs and dog owners must go through.

Puppy Potty Training
Puppy Potty Training

In addition to our article on training your puppy, we hope that this article on dog potty training is helpful to you.

Imagine trying to communicate your potty-using goals to a toddler who doesn’t speak English. It can be tough.

One of the rough things about potty training is that once your dog starts having accidents in the house, he may have a tendency to return to the same place (the scene of the crime) to relieve himself again and again.

Smells from his urine and feces can penetrate the carpet and padding beneath the carpet, and send him signals that this is his bathroom place.

For that reason, it’s very important to clean the area thoroughly with an odor-neutralizing product (shop at your local pet store), in addition to implementing a solid course of puppy potty training starting the day he first comes home.

I discourage you from doing what a lot of people do – which is to put out newspapers or “puppy pads” to get your dog to relieve himself inside.

Although it’s a pain to take your dog out to “go” every few hours, it’s going to be easier in the long run to anticipate his needs and meet them for a few months, than to have the dog be poorly housetrained for years to come.

Young puppies can’t hold their bladders for very long. You should anticipate 1 hour for every month of age. E.g. a 2-month old puppy will need to go outside every 2 hours.

Plan to take him out often, especially after he wakes up from a nap or eats, or has been engaging in active play.

If you are away at work during the day, and can’t take him out, consider coming home from work at lunch time, or asking a neighbor to take yoru dog for a walk mid-day. It will really help him recognize the need to go outside.