For many people, potty training their puppy is the most daunting part of bringing a new dog into the family. Potty training a puppy can be time consuming and messy. However, it’s absolutely essential for your dog’s growth and development, as well as your peace of mind. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are ready to begin the potty training process.
Wait Until Your Puppy Is the Right Age
Puppies less than 12-16 weeks old simply do not have enough control over their bladders to be potty trained. Hold off on potty training until your puppy is at least 12 weeks old. Until then, keep a supply of disposable or washable potty pads your puppy can use. These pads usually have a scent embedded in them that attracts the puppy to eliminate on them. If you see your puppy using the bathroom off the pad, gently pick him up and move him to the pad, then praise him for using the potty.