Wednesday, January 15, 2014

6 Steps to Small Dog Potty Training

If you have a small dog, you will need to train the dog to relieve himself indoors. There are several ways to train your puppy using wee pads and other training aids. By following a few tips, you can train your puppy quickly and avoid accidents in the house. 

Step 1:
Place at least four wee pads in a grid pattern in the training area. Because puppies often circle and pace around before urinating, you will need to give the puppy enough room to relieve himself on the pad. By creating a large area, you also help to eliminate the chance of the puppy wetting or soiling the floor. 

Step 2: 
Bring in grass from outside and place it on the wee pad. Dogs operate mostly by smell, so adding elements from the outside will help him to associate urinating with being outside. The next time you take him outside, he will smell the grass, which will signal to him that it is time to relieve himself. 

Step 3:
Keep the wee pads in the same place all the time. The puppy will get used to relieving himself in the same place, and he will instinctively go to that area. If you move the pads, don't be surprised if the dog chooses to wet the spot where the pads used to be. Never put the pads near the puppy's bedding area. If you have potty training puppy apartment beds, make sure the bed is far enough from the training area so that the puppy does not smell the wee pads. 

Step 4:
Reward the puppy for using the pads. Small treats, pats on the head and praise will signal to your dog that he is doing the right thing.

Step 5:
As soon as the puppy wets the pad, remove it and replace it with a new one. Puppies often will avoid going to the same spot twice, so act quickly to make sure the puppy doesn't relieve himself on the floor. 

Step 6:
Be patient. Puppy wee pad training is challenging. Your puppy will make mistakes and have accidents from time to time. Praise him for his successes and ignore his failures. Most puppies can be wee pad trained in just a few weeks. Some puppies can be trained in just a few days. 

Training your puppy to use the wee pads is hard work. By following a few tips, you can be a master trainer and enjoy training success.

4 comments:

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's a good idea to bring in grass on the wee pad. I've never thought of doing that when training my dogs in the past!

Tracie Trump said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love these tips and especially love the tips about being patient!

Karen Glatt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I did not know anything about how to train a small dog. This post really helped me learn how to train a dog. Next time anyone in my family gets a dog, I am going to use this information to help them train the dog.

Pixystik4U said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

never had a dog before. good to know!

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