Puppy Potty training routine that works | Lucky Pet

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Having a puppy is very exciting. It is the stage where they play the most and are beginning to understand the world of humans. What they think is right may be wrong for us. Just weeks after being born, we expect puppies to use the place we designate to go potty, that he does not chew his potty pads, that he plays only with the toys that we buy him and we also intend him to sleep through the night. Do we expect that much from a human? That is a lot for a newborn puppy so you need a puppy potty training routine that really works if you follow it.

Having a puppy is very exciting. It is the stage where they play the most and are beginning to understand the world of humans. What they think is right may be wrong for us. Just weeks after being born, we expect puppies to use the place we designate to go potty, that he does not chew his potty pads, that he plays only with the toys that we buy him and we also intend him to sleep through the night. Do we expect that much from a human? That is a lot for a newborn puppy so you need a puppy potty training routine that really works if you follow it.

FIRST 3 MONTHS OF A PUPPY 

Biologically, puppies are not ready to hold themselves. They pee after every action in their life: when they wake up, after playing, after napping, after eating, etc. We can’t expect him to be consistent with potty training but it is important to establish the place we want him to go potty and to consistently take him every half an hour to every hour and a half.

3 Month Old Puppy

From three months on, you will notice that your puppy will reduce the amount of times he pees. If you have been consistent with his feeding and potty routine, your puppy should start using his pads or doing most of his stuff outside. Accidents in the house will begin to disappear.

Here are some tips to get your dog to do his needs in the expected place. If your dog suffers from any health condition, consult with your veterinarian if these tips are recommended for him.

CONTROL THE AMOUNT OF FOOD AND WATER

It is important to analyze the amount of food and water the dog ingests to know how many times he goes to the bathroom. Normally, dogs go to the bathroom 10 to 30 minutes after eating and they pee almost immediately after drinking water. If the dog poops more times than he eats, you may be giving him more food than his body needs or the food you are giving him is not right for him. The proper amount of water and food should be as follows:

FOOD - The first three months, puppies should eat three times a day, after three months you may reduce feedings to twice a day. The food will be left ONLY 20 MINUTES. No more, unless the vet tells you so. The amount of food you are going to give depends on the size of the dog. You may follow the indications on the back of the bag. If you see that he gains too much weight, give him less amount of food. Consult with your veterinarian before making any changes in nutrition. See high quality dog food

WATER - If the dog is alone during the day or if he spends the day in a warm or hot area, he should have water available at all times. If you or any adult is home most of the day, you should give him water every hour or every two hours and immediately take him to potty after he drinks water. When you notice that your puppy is consistent with his routine, you can leave the water available all day. During the night you should not leave water, unless it is warm or hot. You will give him the last portion of water of the day, at least two hours before bedtime and take him to potty just before bedtime. Please, keep your puppy in a cool area and make sure that he is properly hydrated at all times. 

RESTRICT THE AREA

When you are not supervising him or when he is going to eat or sleep, put him inside his crate. During the first weeks of training, put the potty pads inside a pen. This will help him avoid accidents around the house. It’s important not to let him loose around the house until he has done everything correctly in its place. If you want to train him to potty outside, instead of the potty pads, make sure to take him out at least every hour.

WHAT IF HE DOESN'T EAT HIS FOOD IN 20 MINUTES?

If your dog doesn’t eat his food in 20 minutes, remove it. He will have to wait until his next feeding time. When he’s hungry he will eat. It is important that during training you do not give cookies, bread, cereal and anything other than HIS food.

SHOULD I TAKE HIM TO THE GRASS, USE A DIAPER OR NEWSPAPER?

If the dog is medium or large, it’s best to take him to the grass. For small dogs, especially if it has long hair, diaper or newspaper is more convenient. As for diapers or newspaper, I recommend diapers. They cost a little more but their area stays cleaner.

WHAT DO I DO IF I WORK ALL DAY?

It is advisable to leave the dog in its cage when you are not at home or are not able to supervise him. Hire a dog walker or ask a friend to take him out every two to three hours. Usually dogs do not potty where they sleep. It is normal that he has his accidents but you will see that these will decrease over time. 

ROUTINE EXAMPLE

A dog’s routine varies according to his guardian’s schedule, here is an example of what it could be. It can be adapted to the routine of each individual person

It is important to take your for a walk at least three times a day. The first days are the most difficult. After two or three weeks the routine will take less time. Be patient!

  • 5:30 am - Puppy wakes up. You carry him to the bathroom (yard or pads) and tell him “go potty.
  • 5:35 - 5:55 - Take him out for a walk
  • 6:15 - Food
  • 6:35 - Take him to potty and then play. Owner gets ready to go to work or school.
  • 7:30 - Take dog to daycare and owner goes to work
  • 5:30pm - Pick dog from daycare
  • 6:00 - Food
  • 6:35 - Take him to potty and for a walk.
  • 7:45 - Drink water for the last time in the day.
  • 7:50 - Take dog to pee
  • 8:45 - Take dog to pee
  • 9:30 - Take dog to pee and to his cage to sleep

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