Elimination (Potty) Training

Here are links to a few helpful articles:

It’s Time to P-o-t-t-y! Inside Scoop on Housetraining

Susan Garrett provides some good tips for potty training including: teaching your puppy to potty on leash, potty on cue, not to wake you up at night, and identifying your puppy’s potty habits.

Potty Training Basics for Puppies and Adult Dogs

This article provides information on how long you can expect your puppy to ‘hold it’, it provides a simple procedure to follow and what to do if a mistake happens

How to Potty Train Your Puppy the Clicker Way

This article is comprehensive and makes a couple of good suggestions:
1) If you can manage a little record keeping, the article contains some suggestions to help track when your puppy might need to eliminate
2) A listing of common potty training mistakes
3) Reinforcement of appropriate behaviour – this section will give you some ideas of what to do if your puppy doesn’t go to the bathroom when you take her outside.

Housetraining Basics

This article has a good section on what to do if there is an accident in the house and a nice listing of when you should take your puppy outside to eliminate.

Where’s the Potty? How to House Train Your Puppy

This article discusses some of the same concepts as the above articles with a focuses on:
5 key steps to successful house training (adapted from “Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog”)

  1. Prevent accidents from occurring:
  2. Reward elimination in appropriate areas
  3. Anticipate when a puppy needs to eliminate
  4. Know what to do when accidents happen
  5. Clean soiled areas

Teaching Your Dog to Eliminate on Cue

This article provides information on how to train your puppy to eliminate on cue.

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