How To Train A Puppy Go Potty Outside
1 How to Train a Puppy to Use the Potty Outside in 7 Simple Steps
How to Train a Puppy to Use the Potty Outside in 7 Simple Steps
While bringing a new puppy home is always exciting, it also presents a number of challenges. For example, you should figure out how to properly potty train your puppy to go outside in order to ensure a happy and healthy coexistence between your new pet and the rest of your family. No matter how much you adore your new puppy, you and your family members will not enjoy discovering accidents in every corner of the house.
Potty training will have to start from the beginning with young puppies. You may need to refresh your puppy’s memory even if he has been toilet trained elsewhere (by a breeder, for example). If your puppy has been in a kennel before, he will need some time to get used to his new home and routine.
Although potty training a puppy can be difficult, there are a few strategies that can help you get your puppy on the right track in no time. Without further ado, here’s a rundown of how to train a puppy to go potty outside:
1. Keep an eye out for signs that you might need to go.
Some puppies will ask you to let them out—in dog language, of course. You might not understand what he’s saying if this is your first time dealing with puppies. Fortunately, there are a few signs that your puppy is about to eliminate indoors, including:
- circling in a circle
- Sniffing around on the floor
- Smelling his backside
- Scratching his head on the floor
- Standing in front of the door
- Squeezing yourself into a corner or hiding behind your furniture
- Getting close to vertical objects like furniture legs or walls
- Coming up to you and staring or wagging their tail
Take your dog outside as soon as you notice any of the above signs so he can eliminate himself. If he does, praise and reward him as he completes the task. Take note of the specific behaviors your puppy exhibits before eliminating them to eliminate the guesswork in the future. It’s also a good idea to keep your puppy’s leash close to the door so you can get him out as quickly as possible.
2. Teach Your Puppy How To Ask For A Walk
If your puppy doesn’t give any obvious signs that he needs to go outside before doing his business indoors, or if his signs are a little subtle, you should figure out how to teach him to do something obvious to let you know he needs to go out. For example, when your dog barks, have him sit by the door while you open it to let him out. Install a bell on the door handle and train him to ring the bell when he needs to leave. You can begin by ringing the bell whenever you leave with your puppy, and as soon as he learns to ring the bell, praise or reward him.
Remember that a potty cue should only be used to go to the bathroom. As a result, don’t let your puppy play outside after he’s gone potty, or he’ll associate the cue with going outside to potty and getting to play.
3. Designate a restroom.
Take your puppy to the same spot every time he needs to relieve himself to ensure that he remembers where his special potty area is (and will return there on his own). This will also inform him of what to do once he arrives at the spot. For better results, follow these steps:
- Congratulate and reward him when he completes his business on the spot. This can also help him associate peeing outside with a pleasant experience.
- Make sure the potty spot is clean. Dogs dislike going to the bathroom in filthy areas. Using a self-bagging pooper scooper is one of the simplest ways to pick up your dog’s feces.
- Train your puppy to direct his urine in the right spot with tools like fake fire hydrants.
4. Establish a routine for feeding and going outside.
Routines work wonders for pets. When you have a puppy, one of the best ways to avoid accidents in your home is to feed and take him out to potty at roughly the same time. As a rule of thumb, most puppies can control their bladder for one hour per month of age. This means your three-month-old puppy will most likely hold his bladder for three hours.
Take your puppy outside to potty after meals, baths, naps, playtime, or any other important event. As previously stated, this should be proportional to your puppy’s age and should become less frequent as he matures. For example, if you have a young puppy, try to take him outside every hour until you figure out how often he goes potty. You can slowly increase the number of trips based on what you learn or until he can tell you he needs to go.
Make an effort to feed your puppy at the same time every day to increase his chances of eliminating at consistent times throughout the day, making housetraining easier for both of you.
Creating a routine for your puppy, whether it’s feeding him or taking him outside, will help him learn what he needs to do at different times of the day.
5. Be aware of the most important potty breaks of the day.
You should be aware of the times of day when your puppy is most likely to potty outside. These are some of them:
- Right after eating or drinking: Eating or drinking stimulates the digestive system of a puppy. Most puppies go to the bathroom 15 minutes and 30 minutes after eating, but this may be different for your puppy.
- After an extended playtime session: When puppies are excited, they may urinate unexpectedly.
- Prior to going to bed
- Whenever he emerges from his crate, especially in the morning after waking up or during the day after a nap, Because most puppies need to urinate as soon as they wake up, you should be prepared to take your puppy to the yard as soon as they wake up.
- If you notice a change in his behavior—for example, if he was resting or sleeping and then wakes up and walks around—it could be a sign that he needs to go potty.
To improve your chances of avoiding indoor accidents, err on the side of too many trips. As your puppy gets used to going to the bathroom at the same time every day, you can cut down on how often you take it out and focus more on quality than quantity.
Keep a diary of your puppy’s activities, including when they go outside to potty and any instances of indoor accidents, to figure out their potty routine quickly and accurately. This way, you’ll be able to figure out which outings to skip and when to take him outside.
6. Recognize When It’s Time To Reward
When praised and rewarded, puppies learn quickly. It is critical to reward your puppy with treats, rubs, and lots of praise while training him to go outside to potty. This will help your puppy understand what is expected of him or what he requires in order to receive such approval. However, you must know how to praise and reward appropriately to ensure that the training is effective. For example, only praise or reward your puppy after he has completed his business—not after he has returned inside. Also, don’t be tempted to praise your puppy too soon. This could easily distract him and cause him to forget to finish his business or even keep doing it until he gets home!
7. Take Your Puppy to Your Veterinarian
If your training isn’t yielding results, you should speak with your vet. Accidents in the home on a regular basis could indicate a more serious medical problem. Anything that upsets your puppy’s stomach or disrupts his normal elimination patterns, for example, can make his outdoor potty training more difficult. These may include the following:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Infections of the urinary tract
- Mobility problems
- Different dietary schedules
- Eating certain foods that cause an increase in water intake.
If you suspect your puppy has a more serious health problem, call your vet right away and tell him about the steps you’ve taken to train your puppy to go outside without success. A vet will likely advise you on the type of training that will be most effective for your dog’s breed and age, as well as the best diet to feed for optimal results. When it comes to medical issues, you’ll be glad you consulted a vet sooner rather than later.
Additional Tips for a Successful Trip to the Outdoor Toilet
What if you’ve done everything right and followed the steps above, but your puppy is still having accidents in the house? Well, be aware that this will undoubtedly occur, and most likely more than once. So, instead of being upset, take it positively. Always keep in mind that whatever goes in must eventually come out, which is a good thing. Simply clean up the mess, be thankful that your puppy is healthy, and see what other steps you can take to address the situation. Simply put, don’t give up! While you’re at it, keep the following suggestions in mind:
- Always try to take your puppy to the yard with you so you can reward him right away and teach him to associate the cue words with good behavior.
- When giving praise, use the appropriate cue words. Avoid using words like “good boy” or “good girl” in conjunction with the word “potty.” While your puppy is urinating, use appropriate cue words such as “poo poos,” “wee-wees,” “get busy,” or “be clean.” When you try to prompt your puppy later, using different words for the same action may confuse him.
- Do not punish your puppy for having an accident indoors because this will only aggravate the situation and possibly lead to more accidents. You can simply make a noise to get his attention and make him stop if you catch him in the act. You can then take him outside, give him time to finish, and lavish praise on him. Don’t forget to clean up the mess with a stain and odor remover to keep your puppy from going there again.
- When your puppy is inside, limit his access to rugs or carpets because they can entice him to do his business on them because they are nice and absorbent like grass.
- If you’re trying to potty train your puppy, don’t leave the backdoor open for him to come in and go outside whenever he wants, because he might think the yard is an adventure playground rather than a place where he can find his toilet spot.
How Long Does It Take To Train A Puppy To Leave The House?
There is no definitive answer to this question because it is dependent on your puppy and the efforts you put in. The more effort you put into training or supervising your puppy to eliminate outside, the faster he or she will pick it up. Having an accident-free week or month is one of the best ways to see if your efforts are paying off. Such progress should show that your puppy is getting close to understanding the training.
You’ve got this!
Puppies are routine creatures, so as long as you are dedicated and patient, you and your puppy will be successful. Whatever method you choose, stick to it and establish a routine. Don’t get frustrated if things don’t turn out the way you planned. Instead, consider the bond you have with your puppy, as well as the love and laughter he brings to your family. Be confident that this unfortunate behavior will pass and that the training will be well worth it once your dog has mastered it.