Puppy Potty Training Tips And Tricks
Introduction Of Puppy Potty Training Tips And Tricks
Puppy Potty Training Tips And Tricks. If someone suggested that you teach your 2-month-old baby to walk to the toilet and use it whenever he has to go potty, you’d think that friend is crazy, right!? Babie’s brains - and bodies - don’t work like that - not yet anyway. We can’t always compare puppies to babies.
Puppy Brains And Bladders Are Not Connected
They are different species after all. But we can make some analogies to better adjust our expectations. Puppy brains and bladders are not connected at first. Puppies don’t pay attention to the feeling of a full bladder, they are used to just going when they go! It takes some time for those two parts of the body to work together. How much time? Well, don’t freak out when I tell you this but most puppies are potty trained by 6 months old. Yep! 6 MONTHS!
If you follow my suggestions you won’t be seeing accidents every day for 6 months, but some pups just need that much time for practice, repetition, and brain development. So if you are worried about your 12-week old puppy who is still having accidents just remember that it’s normal. You’ll get there, with time and training!
Let’s see what Monty has to share with us next. Monty says “I don’t have a lot of warning! “ Once your puppy has a brain and a bladder that are working together and he starts to notice the feeling of a full bladder, then comes the timing. He might notice the full bladder about 2 seconds before he goes potty! It takes time for the bladder muscles to develop and for your puppy to learn to hold it until he gets to the right spot.
It Encourages The Puppy To Hold His Bladder
It takes time for the brain and bladder to sync and to send the signal to the bladder that it needs to find a spot to go potty ASAP Crate training can help with this because it encourages the puppy to hold his bladder until he gets out of his sleeping spot. BUT This isn’t a guarantee, though. Not all puppies avoid going potty where they sleep.
If there is a lot of room or the puppy is stressed, or maybe he’s been in there for too long, he might have an accident. Some mama dogs were also not so good at cleaning up their pups. So if the puppy got used to sitting in his mess, he might be more likely to have an accident in the crate. Don’t worry, we can help you teach him what to do instead. Just keep watching and we’ll get you there!
If you think about this warning we want from our dogs, think about how complicated this is. Your puppy has some fairly complex thoughts that he has to work through for this whole potty training sequence. First, there’s: “I feel something, I think I have to go potty” and then “I need to get to the right spot” and also “I need to tell Mom that I need to go” and also.
FB Group Puppy Training With Michele Lennon
“I need to tell Mom in a way that she taught me to tell her, not the way I’m used to talking”. A lot is going on in that puppy brain! Do you see why that is not all happening at 8 weeks old? Right? It’s just not all connected yet! Let’s keep going. Here’s another thing that’s happening: Monty says “I communicate when I have to pee, you just don’t notice it.” People often post questions in my FB Group Puppy Training with Michele Lennon.
They say “Michele my dog is not giving off any signals that he has to go, and we keep having accidents!”. Well, sorry to tell you this, but he IS giving off signals. Those signals your puppy is giving off are often very subtle and not very noticeable to the human brain, because it’s not how WE give off signals.
Common signals that your dog has to go are: sniffing, circling, being rambunctious, sniffing in a straight line, or even jumping or barking to get your attention. I have a student enrolled in my course who says that her dog will jump straight up wherever he is when he has to poo. They’ve figured out his signals and can now get him out when he needs to go! He was talking to them all along, they just didn't know his language! Figuring out your dog’s language can be so rewarding and further your relationship.
30 Days To Puppy Perfection
In my online course, 30 Days to Puppy Perfection, I have some awesome lessons on how to read canine body language. My students always tell me it’s one of their favorite parts of the course. If you have a very young and small puppy like a Yorkie or Chihuahua, it can be hard to determine if they’ve peed. You’ll get better at noticing the signals if you watch your puppy carefully, but look for a fixed gaze, a slight squat, or more rigid stance, a raised tail and he will probably stand very still, and then have a sudden burst of energy.
You can also feel the tummy or put a tissue down there to check for wetness. Did you catch what I said about a fixed gaze? When a dog is going potty and he stares straight at you, it is not defiance, it’s instincts. He’s kind of saying to you “Please watch out for me when I’m in this vulnerable position”. That humanized it a little bit but you get the idea. Sometimes people think that a dog who has an accident in the house, right in front of them, is giving off that “I’m going to pee right here out of spite” but dogs don’t think like that.
They don’t feel spite. Their behavior serves a function and in that situation, he’s just acting on instinct: “You stand guard, Mom, I gotta take care of this business for one second!” Ready for more doggy thoughts on potty training? Here’s a good one. Monty says “If you don’t know what I should do to alert you, I don’t either. “ You heard me say already that your dog DOES give off signals that he has to go, it’s just hard for the humans to notice them because it's not how we are used to communicating. But there’s a way you can meet in the middle.
New Puppy Starter Kit
If you teach your dog a different way to alert you, this will be better for both of you! My favorite method is the bell training method. You can hang a set of bells by the door or use a courtesy bell, and train your dog to ring it when he wants to go out for a potty break. This is a more noticeable signal for the human and it’s all the same to the dog - he’ll do it because you taught him to and because there’s value in it for him. At first, the value was a treat and soon it just became a habit.
Like I said earlier, the complete lesson on how to train your dog on the potty bells can be found in the free New Puppy Starter Kit. I want to caution you not to proceed too fast on the bell training lesson. I outline it in steps and sometimes you’ll spend a week on one step and other times you might want to spend 3 weeks. It depends on your dog and how well he’s picking up on the training. Pay attention to his signals and advance at his pace, not yours.
And if you’re wondering how to teach your dog to use the bells if he doesn’t have access to the potty door, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered on that too. Ringing the bells when you take him out builds the association. It’s pre-training before you expect him to do the behavior.