Potty training a puppy can be really frustrating if you don’t know what you’re doing. It is important to house train your dog at the youngest age possible. If you follow a few easy rules your trip to a mess free house and a potty trained dog could be relatively quick and easy.
There is more than one way to house train a dog but the best way is with repetition. You should avoid paper training at all costs as it is messy and can cause confusion at a later time when trying to transition to using the bathroom outside. When your puppy needs to go the the bathroom his first instinct is to just go anywhere because it doesn’t know any better considering when your puppy is still with its litter it will just go anywhere.
If you catch your puppy in the act of using the bathroom in the house you should first make an abrupt noise like a clap or a “no” to get the puppys attention. Immediately you should take your puppy outside to a good spot to eliminate and begin to use a word or phrase to associate with using the bathroom such as “potty” or “do your duties.” Once your puppy begins to relieve itself outside give a lot of verbal praise with a saying like “good potty”. The puppy needs to receive praise while in the act and not afterwards so it knows the action you are giving praise for.
It it important to designate an area to bring your puppy to consistently in order for it to associate the location with using the bathroom. Puppies need to be taken out immediately following a meal because the food causes the stomach to put pressure on the bladder. Puppy also needs to be taken out right after play time as they are excited. If you find that your puppy has used the bathroom in the house after the fact, do not scold it. The puppy will associate the scolding with the fact there is a mess but will not understand that the act of making the mess is what you aren’t happy with. Your puppy will look at the mess and act scared that its there but not because it made the mess.
Most puppies will be fully house trained somewhere around 5 months but this varies dependent upon breed and other variables. You need to be fair to your puppy when training and allow it plenty of opportunity and time to eliminate. With a bit of patience and persistence your puppy will be potty trained in no time.