Puppy Potty Training Tips Archives

Don’t Leave Your Puppy Home Alone with Toys

When you get your new puppy, you will soon find out that they are very playful and quite restless. You will go to the pet store and find all kinds of toys for your puppy to play with to occupy his time. And, you will probably be inclined to give your puppy plenty of toys when you leave your puppy home alone, whether in his crate or in a pen.

Although toys are a great way to keep your puppy occupied and happy, remember that you have to be very picky about what you let him play with, especially if you have to leave him alone and when you are house training. One of my clients gave a puppy a Nylabone and rope chew toys. The puppy suffered a bad bout of vomiting and diarrhea during my first pet sitting visit, giving me a scare because there appeared to be blood in the vomit and diarrhea.

This required me to take the puppy to the vet. I had no idea what could have been wrong with the puppy, so I did not take any chances. After the vet examined the puppy and ran a series of tests, they determined that the dog simply chewed off and ate too much of his chew toy. I saw the rope chew, but I did not even find any of the Nylabone in their home.

This incident illustrates just how much care must be taken to supervise your pets when they are chewing. Every dog is different. Some barely gnaw at toys, and others try to devour them. Get to know your dog and his playing/chewing habits, and always supervise carefully.

If you must leave your puppy alone with a chew toy, make sure there is no possible way for them to swallow it, chew chunks off and eat it, or otherwise harm themselves with it.

Kong toys are pretty tough and when stuffed with peanut butter or other treats and they’re a great way to keep your puppy entertained. Just keep in mind, that if you stuff a Kong with treats and goodies, this may cause your puppy to have to defecate sooner. In your puppy house training, you should not leave your puppy alone for long periods of time, anyway. But, if you are paper training your puppy and have your set up done correctly, then your puppy will just do his business on the paper.

Another toy that claims to be pretty resistant to enthusiastic chewers is the Hurley Durable Dog Toy. It’s made of Zogoflex, a non-toxic recyclable material. Do a search on Google and you’re sure to find something that your puppy will have fun with and won’t be able to destroy. But no matter what the marketing material states for any toy, be sure to supervise your dog with any new toy to make sure what he can or can’t do to a supposedly durable toy.

House Training a Puppy with Diarrhea

House training a puppy who has diarrhea or irregular bowel movements can be a little challenging. There may be a few reasons your puppy has loose stools. Let me also say, that you should always consult with your veterinarian if your puppy does develop diarrhea.

First, make sure your puppy is not eating something he shouldn’t be. Puppies like to explore, and they tend to find things and eat them. This can easily cause loose stools or diarrhea. Part of your puppy house training is making sure to puppy proof your house.

Second, do not feed your puppy any people food. Your puppy’s digestive system cannot handle it, and they may develop loose stools or diarrhea.

Third, for young puppies under 12 weeks old, your vet probably has you feeding your puppy around 3 times a day. Every dog is different, and their digestive systems are different. Some puppies may need to be fed 4 or 5 smaller meals a day as their systems develop. This will help avoid overloading their digestive system, and allow time to digest their food. This can help your puppy avoid loose stools or diarrhea.

You will have your work cut out for you. You will basically be doing the same house training for your young puppy with diarrhea as a puppy without, but much more frequently.

You will really have to keep an eye on your dog and read his body language. As soon as you get your new puppy, your puppy house training needs to include learning what your dog is telling you. Yes, your puppy can tell you when he has to potty.

Depending on how bad your puppy has diarrhea, you may just want to set up a schedule of taking your puppy out every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or whatever seems best to let your sick puppy releive himself and to avoid any accidents in your house.

You will also probably want to fast your puppy. This means that you should not feed him for up to 12 hours, until he stops defecating. After fasting your puppy, you may also want to start with feeding your puppy some plain canned pumpkin, or some boiled chicken with rice.

As always, anytime your dog has any health issues, you should consult with your vet for help. They may suggest you bring your puppy in for testing to make sure your puppy’s diarrhea is not something more serious. You also need to make sure your dog does not get dehydrated, which is a danger with diarrhea.

If your puppy does get diarrhea, you will be in a tough position. If it’s a weekend, then you should be able to take care of him without a problem. If your puppy happens to get sick during the work week, then you may have a dilemma.

You have a puppy now. You will either have to stay home from work to make sure your puppy is taken care of, or have someone else take care of them. Preferably, this should be someone who has been taking part in your puppy’s house training, or someone who has experience in house training a puppy with diarrhea. Do not leave your puppy alone.

A puppy with diarrhea is a delicate situation, but this is a defining moment in your puppy house training. You must take the good with the bad, and this may be bad. But it is your responsibility.

How Long Will Potty Training my Puppy Take?

I get asked this question all the time. “Just how long will it take to potty train my puppy?”

The answer is, it depends. Wow! What an enlightening answer.

This is the truth though. There are many factors that come into play when working on your puppy potty training. Such factors as:

  • What technique you choose to use.
  • Will you be persistent and consistent in your training?
  • Will you follow the techniques and tips that work to house train your puppy?
  • How long will you leave your puppy alone?
  • Are you very responsible?

This list could go on and on, but you may notice that I did not mention anything about the puppy. Hmm. Why is that. All the things I mentioned have to do with… YOU!

Now, there may be factors about your dog that could make it harder to potty train your puppy. You may have one of those breeds that are harder to potty train than others, you may have an older dog that needs to learn house breaking skills, or your puppy may be ill.

But, for the most part, the dog is not the main factor in house breaking success. The main factor is you. You are the one who has the responsibility to house train your puppy.

If you find a puppy potty training program that works, and follow directions, are consistent, and truly work at house training your puppy, then it will only be a matter of days before your new puppy is house trained. Now, if you do not take the responsibility to do these things correctly, then it will take a longer time and you will have more issues than normal.

Remember, your puppy potty training success will depend on you. Your puppy is not to blame for having any accidents, and there will be some. Even if you train your puppy in a few days, you must continue to work at it. Only over time will you be able to completely trust your puppy and know that he is completely house trained.

Can’t My Puppy Tell Me He Needs to Go Potty?

I have worked with people who have gotten a new dog, and early on in their puppy potty training (if they did work on it), they are angry at their new dog for not telling them that he had to go out to go potty, and he had an accident in the house.

Yes, this really happened.

Your puppy does not come pre-programmed to tell us humans that they have to go potty. They cannot say, “Hey Human! My bladder is full and I have to go potty now. Take me outside.”

Well… they actually can tell you, but you need to:

  1. Work on your puppy house training
  2. And, learn to read the body language of your puppy

He can tell you when he needs to go potty, especially if you teach him to go to the door. You can teach him to sit, to bark, to touch the door knob, or even to ring a bell.

The key is, that you need to potty train your puppy to do these things.

But, your dog can tell you he has to go potty with just his subtle gestures. Watch your dog closely and you will see it. Some of the signs your puppy will need to go potty are:

  • Putting his nose to the floor and sniffing
  • Circling around while sniffing
  • Circling around while not sniffing may also be a clue
  • Scratching at the floor
  • Scratching at the door (obvious)
  • Whimpering, crying, or barking with a high pitch
  • Suddenly breathing heavily (if they were not before)
  • Squatting, but not doing anything

Now, this last one, squatting without doing anything is an alarm that anyone should recognize. If you don’t get your puppy out to do potty when you see that, well, your dog will do his business, and maybe you should work on reading body language.

Your puppy may also disappear, or go to a corner of the room. It is up to you to watch your dog, so they should not disappear on you. When a puppy does this, they may be leaving the room to go potty somewhere else.

Each animal is different and will display different body language that may tell you they have to do their business. Watch your dog and you will discover what your dog is telling you. This is all part of house training your puppy.

What is the Secret to Potty Training a Puppy?

Is there just one secret? Hmmm… 

That’s a good question. Is it crate training? Is it simply keeping an eye on them at all times? Is it a feeding, water, and potty schedule that is the secret? Maybe, you need to have a dogwalker come in during the day to help you.

Well, all four of those are very essential to quickly and easily potty training your puppy. There are other so called ‘secrets’ as well, but there is one absolute, positive secret that will help you in your puppy potty training.

Want to know what is is? Of course you do!

The one secret is that you MUST be consistent. No matter which tools you use, which procedures you follow, you must stick with them, and use them over and over again. You cannot concentrate on the potty training one minute, and then have a ‘whatever’ attitude the next minute.

If you are true to yourself, and to your puppy, and follow the proper potty training procedures every waking minute, and follow them properly, it will only be a matter of days before your puppy is fully potty trained.

Let me know what you think.

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