Potty Training a Puppy | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

The first thing you're gonna teach your puppy
when it comes into your home is how to toilet appropriately. And I'm going to take you step-by-step through
the house training process. The best way to start house training your
puppy is to create, in your home, a safe zone, where your puppy can be left when it's unsupervised. Do not allow your puppy to have free roam
around your house. Otherwise, that will encourage your puppy
to toilet anywhere in your home. You can create a safe zone either by using
a small room in your home, preferably with a tiled floor. Or if you don't have a small room, use a pen
where your puppy can be contained. It's really important that you puppy-proof
any safe zone where your puppy is going to be unsupervised, so it can't chew on anything
that's gonna harm it or be inappropriate.

You can do that by getting down on your puppy's
level and looking around the area, just to make sure that your puppy's gonna be completely
safe when it's left in this place unsupervised. If you're gonna choose to paper train your
puppy, which a lot of people do because they don't want their puppies to go outside without
being fully vaccinated, you can start off the process by lining the entire safe zone
with pads. After a couple days, take away a few of the
pads, so that your puppy gets used to going to one area to toilet.

As your puppy gets used to going to one particular
area, you can take away more pads until there's maybe one or two pads left, on which your
puppy can toilet. When your puppy has been really good at toileting
on the pads, you can then begin to take your puppy outside. If you have a backyard that's a safe area
to take your puppy, you can use paper training and taking your puppy outside at the same
time. If you live in an urban environment, and you
want to wait to take your puppy outside until its had all its vaccinations, then you can
make that transition by taking a piece of soiled pad and taking it out onto the street,
putting it down in a safe area for your dog to toilet, so that your dog then begins to
make the association: Okay, the pad is out here on the street, I can still toilet out
here, and I'm going to be safe while doing so. When your dog has made that transition by
toileting on the pad outside in the street, then you can remove the pad.

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But it's also okay if you don't want to paper
train at all and you just want to concentrate on teaching your puppy to go outside. Either way, you're going to be teaching your
puppy where to toilet appropriately. It's always really good to have a word that
you can use that encourages your puppy to toilet. I use that word to begin with as the puppy
is in the act of toileting, so the puppy then begins to make the association between the
word –such as, 'go potty'– and the action of toileting. Then, you can begin to use it at other times
when you want to encourage your puppy to toilet. You say the words, 'go toilet', 'go potty',
whatever you want. Once you've built up that actual word, so
that your puppy associates the word with the act of toileting, you can use it before the
dog toilets to encourage the dog to toilet.

House training can be a frustrating process,
because it does require a lot of your patience and a lot of your time. But if you're diligent, you can really house
train a puppy very, very quickly. I'm Victoria Stilwell for eHow Pets..

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