Laura has some great advice on navigating through this for Trainer Tip Tuesday!
·Take your puppy outside to go potty immediately after sleeping, 10-15 minutes after eating or drinking, and every 30 minutes when playing, training or exploring. ·Every time your puppy goes potty outside feed them an extra special, tasty treat immediately - not when they come inside, right there and then! Make this something they don’t otherwise get, so they’ll want to work to earn it. ·Supervise your puppy at all times while they are active, and if they show signs of needing to potty, such as walking away from play, sniffing around the ground, or circling, immediately take them outside. ·If you cannot supervise your puppy, have them in a crate that is large enough for them to stand up, sit down, lay down, turn around, but not big enough for them to potty in a corner and avoid it. Do not leave your puppy in the crate for more than 4-5 hours without an opportunity to go potty outside, stretch their legs, and explore. ·If your puppy has an accident, do not punish them, but note when it happened so you can take them out sooner next time. ·Clean any accidents with a bio-enzymatic cleaner to break down the ammonia-producing bacteria and molecules that dogs can smell but humans can’t. ·Feed your puppy on a regular schedule so you know when they are likely to have to go potty next. ·Teach your puppy to go potty on cue by consistently saying “go potty” right as the start going outside, and feed their treat after. This will teach them to associate this word with doing the deed. ·Teach your puppy to signal when they need to go out, by having them perform a consistent behavior before letting them out, such as ringing a bell or sitting at the door. Keep an eye out for your pup’s signals! If they whine and walk towards the door, they may already be asking to go outside. ·Keeping a potty training journal can help you track when your pup has to potty and show you your success as accidents happen less frequently!