Dog potty training is one of the most important things you can teach your dog. A good dog potty training routine will help you limit the damage that accidents can cause. 

One of the first things that you need to figure out is what sort of behavior to look for before you start dog potty training. When you have a young pup, it is easy to make mistakes because they are cute and small, but they are also very sensitive to how you react to them. 

Here is some advice on how to potty train a dog. 

Start training early

One of the best tips for potty training your dog is to start your training early. If your pup is young, you can get away with not putting any limits on the number of times they relieve themselves, but as soon as they can hold it a little longer, you should start limiting how often they do it. 

An 8-week old puppy is completely different growthwise than a five-month-old pup, and they are also different than if you’re potty training an older dog. Some pups are able to have great manners right off the bat, while others may take months before they completely learn good potty habits. It is important to remember this fact when deciding how often to train your pup.

You also need to take into consideration the amount of patience you have when doing dog potty training. This will determine how quickly you will be able to get your pup trained. 

Just like we humans need to wait to take a break in between taking a break, your puppy needs to wait to go outside.

Establish a routine

Another pro tip to follow when trying to teach your dog potty training is consistency. The best way to keep consistency during dog potty training is to only allow your pup to go out when they are given the cue by you. If you’re always letting them out at six in the morning and six at night, you can expect for them to develop a routine. 

Aside from establishing a time where they can go out, you should also pick a bathroom spot and give them a cue, a specific word or phrase, to remind them of the purpose why they are outside. 

To regulate their potty session, you should also train your puppy to have a regular feeding schedule so that they’ll have a consistent eliminating time, too. 

Positive Reinforcement

Nothing motivates dogs more than praises from their owner or treats. When you are potty training your dog with positive reinforcement, remember to do so immediately right after they’re done. And not after they’re back inside the house. 

Before giving them their rewards, make sure they are thoroughly finished. Puppies have short attention spans and they might be distracted with the praises and treats that they forget they aren’t finished with eliminating yet. 

Expect Mistakes

No matter how much you follow dog training videos or read a whole load of books on how to potty train your dog, accidents will happen. It’s normal, so don’t fret and stress over simple mistakes, especially when your dog is just learning how. 

If these mistakes do happen, here’s what you should do: 

  • Immediately take them to their bathroom spot and praise and give them treats if they finish there. 
  • Don’t punish your dog. If you find an area soiled of your dog’s excrement, just simply clean it up. Any form of punishment will only do more harm than good. Your dog will only fear your presence and won’t be able to eliminate when you are around. 
  • Clean the soiled area thoroughly. Puppies like soiling areas that smell like urine or feces. 

Supervise

We know it’s so easy to just let the dog run around the house, especially when you are busy. But, always keep an eye on them whenever they are indoors. 

Keep an eye on signs that they may need to urinate or eliminate. It could be barking, scratching at the door, restlessness, or circling. If you see these obvious signs, grab the leash and immediately take them to their bathroom spot outside. If they’ve done according to what you expect them to, reward them with treats.