01-14-2010, 11:09 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Waterloo, Ontario Canada
My potty routine looked like this (Stark was potty trained in 2 days!):
Activity and amount of time I waited to take him out:
Drink of water (even just a lick) - 5 minutes
Full meal - 15 minutes
Play time - right in the middle of play (puppies get distracted and most accidents occur during play time). I would stop the play, take him out, bring him back in and continue our play.
*Every 1/2 hour he would be let out during the day. At night, I would let him tell me (barking or whinning) when he needed to go out. Keep shoes by the door or by your bed because you will need to HUSTLE!
For potty training, I followed this method:
- Take puppy to the area you want them to use to potty.
Edited to add: By take, I mean carry. If you allow them to walk, you are more than likely going to have a potty accident. Don't set them up to fail. I carried my two German Shepherds (around 20-30lbs) during training.
- Say, "go pee" or use a word you want them to associate with potty time.
- The second, and I mean the second they start peeing praise them.
- When they are dribbling (almost finished) say, "good pee" and treat them (even if they aren't fully done or are still in a squat).
- Get super excited, bring a toy out to play and pull it out the second they are done pottying! Like, neighbours are going to want to call the crazy house kind of excited over this! You want them to know how happy and what a good job they did.
When they pee inside, just clean it up and don't involved the puppy. No, "bad puppy" or "what did you do?", nothing. Just clean it up using a good enzyme cleaner and continue on.