Potty Training Schedule


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Along with the many joys of a bringing home a new puppy, you also have the huge responsibility of potty training your pup. It is a process that will involve patience and understanding on your part, and can take anywhere from six months to a year. The videos collected on this page are some of the best online resources that will give you an overview of potty training your puppy. For a complete guide, you can also try Mahalo’s page on How to Potty Train a Puppy.

Puppy Potty Training Schedule

For puppies 3-6 mos. old eating 4 meals per day; owner is home or can get home at lunch. Sample schedule courtesy of Amy Lane of Goldendoodles.net (This is just a Sample)

    7:00 AM Take pup out.  Don’t wait until you shower or until the coffee is made.
    7:15 AM Kitchen playtime.
    7:30 AM Feed and water.  Allow 15-20 min. for eating, then remove dish.
    8:00 AM Take pup out.  Confine to kennel when you leave; place safe chew and play toys in kennel for entertainment.
    Noon Take pup out.
    12:15 PM Kitchen playtime.
    12:30 PM Feed and water.
    12:45 PM Take pup out.
    1:00 PM Confine to kennel.
    6:00 PM Take pup out as soon as you get home.
    6:15 PM Kitchen playtime.
    6:45 PM Feed and water.
    7:00 PM Take pup out.
    7:15 PM Confine to crate.
    9:00 PM Feed and water.
    9:15 PM Take pup out.
    9:30 PM Kitchen playtime.
    10:00 PM Confine to kennel.
    11:00 PM Take pup out.  Confine to kennel overnight.

The 7 Golden Rules For Success!!!

1) Select a designated spot for puppy to use.

From now on that’s puppies spot. This is the first thing you’ll do when you bring puppy home, it might be a good idea to pick this spot before you bring your dog home.

2) Accept the fact that puppies need to go a lot!

New puppies have small bladders and with all the excitement of a new home you’ll need to be extra watchful. As a rule new pups will want to go every ½ hour in the daytime. Get into the habit of taking them out after every meal, nap times and especially after getting all worked up from playing.

Never get into the habit yet of letting puppy have unsupervised reign of the inside of the house. Once potty training is completed you can give them more freedom, generally speaking dogs won’t soil in their den but it’s going to take some time and training before they realize that the hole house is there den.

3) Choose a “trigger word” and use it a lot in training.

To aid with Potty Train Puppy use the selected word to associate it with time to go potty, be sure the word is one that you going to be happy with. As training progresses puppy will learn the sound and tone of the word and learn what it means.

It would be a good idea to try and keep outside potty time as quick as possible. Some places during the winter get to be pretty cold and you won’t want to stand in the cold waiting for puppy! It’s good to teach that potty time means do your business!

4) Always praise good actions!

Dogs want to please there master so praise them when they go in the right spot, you’ll want to impress upon them that you’re happy with what they did, and they need to know that!

5) Don’t punish puppy for a mistake.

Don’t ever scold your puppy for having an accident if you didn’t catch them in the act. Your puppy doesn’t know what’s right or wrong fully yet. It’s not all their fault, maybe you were away longer then you should have been. Just be more watchful and consider getting a crate for times when you need to be away.

6) Its O.K. to scold them if you catch them in the act.

If you catch them going potty in the place scold them, pick them up and take them out to their designated spot and when they have finished praise them. This will further reinforce that you love them, be sure to use the trigger word as their going potty outside.

7.) “What about overnight?”

I hear you ask. Yes well, firstly do not feed your puppy close to bedtime and take away his water before you go to bed (don’t forget to put it back first thing in the morning). You’ll need to set your alarm clock to go off once and possibly twice throughout the night. This is an important step, just take your puppy out to the toilet area as usual and then hop back into bed. When your puppy is young it is physically impossible for him to hold on all night, but before long you will both be sleeping peacefully right through the night.

When Accidents Happen

  1. Startle—but do not discipline—the puppy to stop going
  2. Immediately take the puppy outside immediately to finish
  3. Praise the puppy for finishing up outside
  4. Do not yell at or punish the puppy when he has an accident
  5. If possible, place soiled materials in the potty spot to teach the puppy where to go

Also you can check out How to Potty Train a Puppy Videos at Mahalo.com for more tips and videos on how to potty train your puppy.

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