08-21-2016, 03:04 PM
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Potty training should be quick and painless if done right. Here are a couple guidelines to follow:
1) Your puppy should be kept in a small, enclosed part of the house while potty training. Set up a baby gate to section off your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, etc. Leave your puppy's crate in here as well.
2) Your puppy should only be allowed out of this area after she has used the bathroom. If you take her out on a potty break, and she goes potty, then she is allowed to play supervised in the rest of the house until her next potty break. If she has an accident or does not use the bathroom when you take her outside, she goes back in her "room" until her next chance.
3) Make sure you are giving her treats when she uses the bathroom outside. Hopefully you already know this, but you'd be surprised how many people ask for help with potty training and act surprised when I tell them that they need to be rewarding their puppy for going outside.
4) Try to take your puppy out every 30 minutes to an hour. The more times you can "capture" her going potty in the grass, the faster she will learn. Give her lots of opportunities and watch for signs like: stopping play and going to a corner of the room, sniffing the floor in circles, whining. If you notice this pick her right up and take her to the yard!
I use these guidelines to potty train. For the most part, I can get puppies at least 90% reliable within about 5 days. My own Akita pup was finished in just a couple days. It's easy when you have a plan and routine.
Feeding 4 times a day is fine, and it's good you keep water for him 24/7.