Schedule Potty Training Your Puppy Time
Since you have been vigilant with your puppy, learning the ‘potty dance’ signs and understanding the potty habits, you can now set up a schedule for potty training your puppy so you don’t have to watch so closely. Typically speaking, most puppies will want to go potty about 30 to 40 minutes after they have eaten, after waking up from a nap, or after they’ve played hard. With this in mind, you are now ready to schedule these times so they can be more easily worked into your schedule. Feed puppy at a time when you know you’ll have time in 30 minutes or so to take puppy for a potty run. Set up your playtime in the same fashion and include that 30 to 40 minute time at the end for potty time. If you stay consistent with your schedule, you’ll find you and puppy can relax a bit.
Consistency is Key… Consistency is Key
Speaking of consistency, it bears repeating. You must keep consistent with puppy! If you are not dedicated to the training, expect failure. Puppy is a creature of habit. For instance, if you are providing treats as a reward during potty training, be prepared with them immediately. If potty time is 30 minutes after eating, make sure you get puppy out to the potty spot in 30 minutes. Remember, if you are not consistent, it is your fault, not puppy’s failure.
Give it Time
Puppy will have accidents. There will be times when puppy will happily go outside to the potty spot, only to look at you with a puzzled expression. Then, just as you return to the house, puppy will suddenly understand, and go potty on the floor. Be prepared for this, and don’t get too stressed by it. You’re looking for improvement over time. Yes, time. As long as there is a forward progression, you have nothing to worry about. Patience will be your best friend while housebreaking your puppy.
Limit Food and Drink at Bedtime
When puppy is very little, you can’t expect more than approximately one hour of sleep for every month since their birth. So, if you bring home a three month old puppy, expect to set the alarm for every three hours during the night, or wake up to a puddle or a pile. In order to stretch this time out while waiting for growth and nature to take its course, it’s a good idea to limit food and drink about three hours before bedtime. Schedule your puppy’s feedings earlier in the day to help you, and puppy, get a full night’s rest.
Being prepared with this type of information can help you get through puppy potty training smoothly without too much stress. Remember, consistency is key. If you stick with it, your new puppy will be happily house-trained in no time!