Housetraining a PUPPY
So you decided to add a puppy to your forever family? Great! Is he/she potty trained/housebroken? No? Well now is the time to teach them proper potty methods.
First and foremost, you will need to be CONSISTENT and PATIENT. Puppy’s do their business wherever because that is what they do, it’s not something that they know that there is a place to do their business until YOU teach them where you want their business done.
Never ever slap, hit, or rub the puppy’s nose in his business if he goes inside. There will be mistakes, as it is a huge learning process for any puppy. In using physical punishment, you are teaching your puppy to be fearful of doing their business in front of you or doing their business at all. That is not what you are trying to accomplish.
First make sure to choose a spot outside that you want your puppy to use, kind of like having their own toilet.
Have a command word ready when you want them to finish up, something like “Go Potty” or “Hurry up”.
Know that a puppy should be taken outside about six times a day to do their business. They should be taken outside about 15 minutes after they finish eating. Puppies do not need to be free fed, they need to have a schedule and you need to be consistent with that schedule. Talk to your vet about a good feeding schedule and how much to feed.
Always praise profusely when your puppy goes outside. Also, a puppy cannot physically hold its waste until morning, so you will have to take your puppy outside at least once a night so that they can eliminate.
If you are unable to commit to a schedule like this, perhaps a puppy is not the first choice of a pet.
Dogs are able to handle a different schedule and do not require being let out as often.
There is a great article here about how to successfully train a puppy and then how to teach them to ring a bell every time they need to go out to do their business.
Good luck, be patient and soon you will have a fully housebroken pup!