Training your puppy requires a huge patience, commitment and lots of consistency.
Accidents - poop and pee bombs in your home are part of the process, but you can get the newest member of your family on the right track really quick and easy.
Set up a good schedule!
The schedule teaches puppies that there are times to eat, times to play and times to do their business.
A puppy can control their bladder one hour for every month of age. So if your puppy is 2 months old, they can hold it for about two hours.
Take your puppy outside frequently!
At least every two hours—and immediately (we are talking about seconds):
after they wake up
during and after playing
after eating or drinking.
If you will be late a bit - you will have a job to do :P
Pick a bathroom spot outside!
Always take your puppy (on a leash) to that spot.
While your puppy is relieving themselves, use a specific word or phrase that you can eventually use before they go to remind them what to do.
Reward your puppy every time they eliminate outdoors!
Praise or give treats—but remember to do so immediately after they’ve finished (within few seconds) not after they come back inside and let them finish the job before that, otherwise you may stop them with your distraction. This step is vital, because rewarding your dog for going outdoors is the only way to teach what's expected of them.
Put your puppy on a regular feeding schedule!
What goes into a puppy on a schedule comes out of a puppy on a schedule.
Feeding your puppy at the same times each day will make it more likely that they'll eliminate at consistent times as well.
Keep an eye on them whenever they’re indoors!
24/7 supervision is needed!
Watch for signs that your puppy needs to go out.
Some signs are obvious, such as barking or scratching at the door, squatting, restlessness, sniffing around or circling. When you see these signs, immediately grab the leash and take them outside to their bathroom spot. If they eliminate, praise them and reward with a treat.
Expect your puppy to have a few accidents in the house—it's a normal part of house training and it is your fault, not pupps. Here's what to do when that happens: