Start Your Puppy Off Right
Potty training is the first thing that you should start doing when you bring your puppy home. This essential life skill is much easier to teach to a young dog, and will be a smooth process if you are consistent with it. We will be doing a series of articles describing the key factors in potty training a dog. The first component is getting your puppy on a good schedule.
How Long Can They Hold It?
In order for us to make a potty training schedule, we need to know how long the puppy can go without having an accident. This answer varies on a few different qualities. The general rule is that through the night a puppy can hold it for one hour longer than their age in months. This means that a 3 month old puppy can hold it for 4 hours at a time. Some puppies can far exceed this, while others stay very true to it. Smaller breeds have smaller bladders, so they will lean toward the shorter time frames.
These time frames will also vary based on the puppy’s activity level and eating schedule. Puppies should always go out within a half hour of eating or drinking, and should go out right after play time or right after they wake up from a nap. Be very conscious of these times, as they are the times your puppy is most likely to have an accident.
Keep It Consistent
You also want to keep your puppy on a regular schedule with their feeding and bedtimes. If your puppy is always having different feeding times, it will be much harder for you to predict their potty habits. The same is true for sleeping schedules. It will be much harder for your puppy to settle and go to sleep if he never knows to predict that it is bed time. Set these activities at the same time every day, and you will make potty training a dog much easier.
Get Everyone On Board
In multiple person households, it is important that everyone be on the same page with the house training schedule. Make sure that everyone is maintaining the same schedule and keeping track of any slip ups that occur. If you are rewarding the puppy for going outside, make sure that everyone is doing the same thing. If you have found that the puppy needs to go out at a certain time every day after meals, make sure that everyone who feeds him knows this.
Potty training a dog doesn’t have to be a struggle. Following the right steps in the beginning will lead to a dog that you never have to worry about as an adult.
Continue following this blog to see the next step in the process!