August 12th, 2010
|The first key to successful potty training is to start with small spaces, which, in most houses means crates or gating. The dog should be in a MONITORED location so that you can see when he starts the circling and sniffing, which signals that a dog needs to go. Get your dog outside quickly when you see any signs. Do not play with the dog outside until he goes. Simply stand there and wait. As soon as he goes, you can give him a yummy treat or start playing with him. Timing of your potty breaks is critical too. After meals, a big play session and after naps are pretty much guaranteed successes. For small breed pups, you may have to go out as frequently as every 30 minutes to an hour and for larger puppies every hour to one and a half hours.
Tammy Reinarz, CPDT-KA and a Professional Member of the APDT, has been training dogs of all breeds within the Central PA area since 2005.