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Potty Training Your Puppy

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  • Take your puppy outside to the same spot when it's time to go. Doing this will help your puppy associate that particular location with elimination, so she will make the connection more quickly. You do have to patient, though. Most pups will sniff for 15 or 20 minutes before they eliminate.
    • Take your puppy outside to the same spot when it's time to go. Doing this will help your puppy associate that particular location with elimination, so she will make the connection more quickly. You do have to patient, though. Most pups will sniff for 15 or 20 minutes before they eliminate.
    • Use the same key words when you're referring to elimination. For example, asking the puppy if she needs to go 'potty,' 'pee pee,' or 'tinkle' might sound ridiculous, but the dog will eventually learn what you're referring to. Later, when you say these words, your dog will respond by running to the door if she needs to go.
  •       Consistently exiting through the same door is a good idea too.

    • Feed your puppy at the same time each day. Puppies usually defecate about 20 minutes after eating. Never withhold water in an attempt to control when your puppy eliminates.
    • Praise your puppy immediately after she goes.
    • When you catch the puppy eliminating in the house - and you will - make a loud noise. Clap your hands, shout 'no,' or stamp your foot. Then take the puppy outside to eliminate.
    • Never hit or physically hurt your puppy or shove her nose in the soiled area. And don't hit your puppy with things either, like rolled-up newspapers. Punishment will only scare the puppy and make her timid.
    • Housebreaking a puppy is tough, especially if you work all day. If you're gone for many hours at a time, try to get someone to come to your house and let the puppy out. When you get frustrated, remember that housebreaking is a temporary situation. Most grown dogs rarely have accidents in the house.
    • Praise the puppy when he or she uses the area you designated to pass wastes.
    • Do not leave young puppies crated all day. Puppies 6-8 weeks old should be crated for no more than 4 hours at a time. As the puppy grows, crating time can gradually be lengthened to a maximum of 8 hours by 18-20 weeks of age.
    • Immediately clean  up accidents and use an odor remover. If you catch your puppy having an accident, take him or her immediately to the designated soil area. You may even need to leave a small amount of waste in the spot to help your puppy understand that this is his or her toilet area. Don't discipline the puppy if you find an accident after the fact. He or she will not understand what the scolding is for. Many good training materials exist to help you -- books, videos, and trainers.

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