Once you bring home your adorable little puppy, you will right away need to know how to lovingly potty train him. If he is only a couple months old or less, you could easily become upset with his seemingly constant defecating and urinating on your home’s floor. After going through a trying experience with our new puppy, Clark, I gained some valuable tips from the Humane Society. Here are some helpful hints that I acquired to best potty train a puppy. These three basic steps from the Humane Society worked for our little Jack Russell/Australian Shepherd, and they should work well for your new family member, too.
- 1. Your puppy needs a schedule Dogs are like us in that they need not only love and affection, but they also need a routine. Your puppy will be much more secure, and will be potty trained much sooner if you keep him on a schedule. According to the Humane Society, in order to potty train him, you must feed him at the same times each day, and take him out to potty on a regular basis. After bringing Clark home, he was peeing and pooping constantly in our house, The Humane Society explains that due to a puppy’s small size, he will need to potty once every couple hours. He will be able to hold the bladder for one hour more for every month older he becomes. In other words, at seven-months-old, your pup will be able to hold off for seven hours.
- 2. Have a consistent place for him to potty If you consistently take him to the same place, he will learn quickly that you expect him to potty there. It will also be one more activity to help him feel secure. Puppies will eat their feces, and furthermore do not like to defecate in a place where there is already his feces. Therefore, you will have to get rid of it every time for the best potty training.
- 3. Use positive reinforcement This means to reward your puppy with gentle words and petting him, and/or with edible rewards like dog biscuits when he goes potty in the designated “bathroom” location outside. From my behavior modification class in college, I learned this is how the professional animal trainers teach animals to perform tricks, and this routine will work for you if you do it consistently.
In conclusion, be aware that just like us each dog, even of the same breed, will have certain traits that are unique with him. The potty training will take patience, consistency, and a loving relationship with your puppy. Certain breeds such as my puppy, a half Jack Russell Terrier (JRT), will be intelligent, but not easy to train according to the citing below. The JRT, for example, is a stubborn breed that is very hyperactive and playful as a pup. You too, should know the traits of your dog, as it can help your understanding and patience with difficult behavior while housebreaking him. Even once your puppy is potty trained, just like us, he will make mistakes. Do not let it frustrate you if he slips up and uses your house instead of his designated outdoor bathroom once in a while. Follow the above three steps outlined by the Humane Society on how to best potty train your dog consistently, and you will be happy with the results… just as I am with my special super dog, Clark Kent.