- Designate a potty place outside/in the grass that is isolated from other dogs and animals.
- Use a word or phrase to help your pet associate using the potty in the correct place at the correct time e.g. “pee-pees” or “potty-potty”.
- ONLY use positive reinforcement to help train your animal to use the appropriate place to eliminate—always have a healthy treat to give your pet immediately after they eliminate. Punishment is confusing to the puppy and can create many other problems including fear and aggression issues.
- Take your puppy out to use the potty frequently when you are home (i.e. 1-2 times an hour). Puppies need to urinate and defecate more often then adults and are in the process of developing control over these eliminations.
- When not at home, leave some newspaper out for the puppy to eliminate on. Also be aware that 6-8 hours is a very long time for a puppy to have to hold its bodily functions without a break and it is not a realistic expectation for you to have of them.
Dr. Lauren Diamant D.V.M.- HAH
University College of Dublin Ireland