10 January 2019

How to Potty Train a Puppy: Pet Care Pro Show, Ep 13

Potty training a puppy can be frustrating, so to help we've compiled some helpful tips to successfully potty train your puppy.

SHELLEY: Hello!

It’s a dirty job, but you can do it. We are talking about how to potty train a puppy in this episode of the Pet Care Pro Show. Housetraining is a major step in getting a puppy ready for his new home, but it isn’t always easy. That’s why today we have Helen joining us to offer some puppy housetraining tips! Helen is a Revival Pet Care Pro. She works closely with our on-staff veterinarian and answers pet owner questions every day. And housetraining is something you get asked about quite often. HELEN: For sure! SHELLEY: Now before we start, if you are watching this on YouTube, consider subscribing to the Revival Animal Health YouTube channel, by clicking the little red heart, right down here in the lower corner of this video. We are constantly adding new videos on pet care and pet health! Okay, now it’s time to go through our puppy housetraining tips for success. Number one is set a pattern. What does that mean? HELEN: Puppies like a schedule and they are quick learners if we set them up to be. That is good news when it comes time to potty train. Your puppy needs to learn there are times to eat, sleep, play and potty. A good rule of thumb is that a puppy can control his bladder for about one hour for every month he is old. So if you have a two-month-old puppy, he can hold it for about two hours. SHELLEY: Right, you want to set your puppy up for success. Now let’s talk about “the potty spot.” What is the best way to guide the puppy to where you want him to go? HELEN: Use a leash and guide your puppy to the area outside you want him to associate with the bathroom. While he is going, use words or phrases like “go potty”. Your goal is to eventually be able to say this phrase and have your puppy know exactly

what you want him to do. SHELLEY: Good idea. Now, what about praise and rewards. When should that be done? HELEN: After he is finished, reward him with praise, a treat, a walk or some playtime. The key is this reward needs to be consistent and immediate. Ideally do this when you are still outside right after he finishes his business, not while he’s going. Praising him too soon may excite him and he will stop in the middle of his business and finish once you are back in the house. SHELLEY: Right, wait until he is completely finished, then celebrate. Now, what about before bed. Any tips for getting through the night with minimal potty breaks? HELEN: I recommend picking up his water bowl about two and a half hours before bedtime. Most puppies can sleep for approximately seven hours without having to go. If your puppy does wake you up in the middle of the night, just quietly take him out to do his business and return him to his bed. It helps to turn on as few lights as possible and not to talk to him or play with him. If you do, he might think it is time to play and he won't go back to sleep. SHELLEY: Now let’s talk about crate training. What advice do you have for that? HELEN: If you choose crate training, make your puppy’s crate as comfortable as possible. I suggest putting an absorbable crate pad, such as the Breeders’ Edge washable crate pad, in with the puppy. They give your puppy a soft surface to lay on, and they are machine washable, so if there is an accident it’s easy to clean up. If your puppy has spent several hours in confinement, you'll need to take him directly to his bathroom spot as soon as you let him out and praise him when he finishes his business. SHELLEY: And it’s important to be patient because accidents will happen. HELEN: Absolutely, if you catch your puppy in the act of soiling in the house, interrupt

him. Say "OUTSIDE!" and immediately take him to his outdoor potty spot. Praise him and give him a treat only if he finishes his business outside. You can also put the soiled rags or paper towels outside in the designated potty area. The smell will help your puppy recognize the area as the place where he is supposed to go. It won't do any good for you to punish your puppy for having an accident in the house. In fact, it will do more harm. If you rub his nose in it and scold him, you will just make him afraid of you or going to the bathroom in your presence. SHELLEY: Absolutely, you don’t want to do that. And it’s important when you are cleaning to use an odor eliminator. HELEN: Yes, products such as Equalizer Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator work to eliminate the odor so the puppy isn’t tempted to potty in the same place again. SHELLEY: Great tips! So that’s our list of puppy housetraining advice. Do you have other tips and tricks you use when it comes to housetraining? Comment below to share with the Revival community! I’m Shelley with the Revival education team. This is Helen, a Revival Pet Care Pro. Thank you so much for joining us on this housetraining episode of the Pet Care Pro Show. SHELLEY: Hi! If you’re watching on Youtube, and new to our channel, consider subscribing to our Youtube channel to catch our new videos right when they come out. If you more questions on housetraining or any other pet health issue, don’t hesitate to give our Pet Care Pros a call at this number just below me. Or check out our other pet health videos.