Consistency and routine are important! And supervision is key! An unsupervised puppy is often up to no good (much like a toddler)!
Make a schedule that fits with the flow of your family’s activity. Potty training is everyone’s responsibility.
Puppies should be taken out often (try every 45-60 minutes) when they are out of their crate and in the home. Set a timer to remind you to take the puppy outside.
Take your puppy out directly after eating a meal. Eating can stimulate their digestive system.
Take your puppy out directly after about 10 minues of playtime as the extra activity can stimulate their digestive system.
Take your puppy out to their designated area right before and right after you crate them.
When you arrive home take your puppy outside to do their business before you greet them.
Use the same entrance/exit when you take the puppy outside to do their business. Adding a Poochie Bell for your to learn to ring every time they go outside may allow your puppy to express when they need to go outside. Keep treats by the door so that you will have rewards for your puppy pottying outside.
Use a specific command such as ‘go pee’ or ‘hurry up’ to let your puppy know it’s time to do your business (this makes taking your dog on family trips and car rides so much easier!!!). You may even want to use different cues for doing #1s or #2s. Reward your puppy for going pee or poop outside with lots of praise and treats.
IF your puppy has not done their business outside when you feel they need to then DO NOT allow your puppy to be unsupervised in the house. Either crate your puppy or keep them directly with you for 15 minutes and then return outside to try to potty again. Repeat this until your puppy has done their business outside. When your puppy does do their business outside reward your puppy with praise and rewards.
Praise and provide positive reinforcement for your puppy every time they do their business in the right spot and at the right time. Try not to end the walk or the outdoor time right after your puppy has done their business, instead use the continued walk or play time as a real life reward.
Even if you have a contained area for your dog, remember to potty train them on leash. This allows for greater convenience when you take your dog anywhere outside of the home environment.