Potty training is probably the least-fun part of owning a new puppy. You can get a little frustrated and your pup doesn’t know what they are doing wrong. What can you do? In today’s article we will discuss how to potty train a puppy FAST so that you and your furry friend can get back to getting along like gangbusters.
The fastest way to potty train a puppy
So, how does one potty train a puppy the fast way? The answer is ‘by raising your puppy knowledgeably’. One of the key things to note is that a puppy at 8 to 10 weeks old is going to need to use the bathroom often. Likely it will be every 2 to 3 hours. The fastest and most efficient way to potty train a puppy, then, is going to be by spending a little time accommodating their schedule and preparing for emergencies.
How to potty train a puppy quickly: Preparing for emergencies!
There are two main ways to prepare for ‘potty emergencies’ in order to help minimize stress on both you and your puppy. These are the following:
- Crate training – Preparing a small area (a wooden crate is great for this) with a small food/water bowl, toys, a soft place where puppy can lay down, and a faux-grass pee-pad is a good first step. This gives you somewhere to put puppy when you cannot supervise them.
- Pet fencing – Plastic pet-fencing is excellent during your puppy’s early training. It allows you to cut-off access to various parts of the house and to help ensure that your puppy is running around in an area which you can easily supervise. Avoid using the grass pee-pads here, as that solution should be limited to ‘crate emergencies’ only.
Easiest way to potty train a puppy: Making a schedule
While it will take you a little while to get used to, setting up a schedule that includes frequent walks is going to be the fastest way to get your dog to recognize that outside time is also the time that you want them to use the bathroom. This is accomplished quite simply: When your dog goes to the bathroom outside, you give them a treat. After awhile your puppy will pick up on this and you can start taking the treats down to every 3rd walk, for instance, in order to wean them of always requiring a treat. For now, just keep the treats coming and ensure that they are getting out frequently.
An example Potty-Schedule
Here is an example schedule that you can modify as-needed when you are creating your own puppy schedule.
- Early wake-up – Rise and shine, now is a great time for a quick walk. Fetch your puppy from the crate and once you two get back then you can start on breakfast.
- After-breakfast walk – After breakfast for the both of you then you have time for a quick shower and then you can take your little one out. Depending on your pup, you may want to take them out first, as some pups will want to go about 10 minutes after eating.
- Quick play and walk – You are ready for your day, probably having a coffee, and it’s an excellent time to go over a command such as ‘sit’ or simply teaching your puppy to come to you. Don’t skimp on those treats! Take your pup on a walk, place them in their crate and make sure that they have a small amount of water (not too much!) and it’s time to go to work.
- Walk and lunchtime – If you can come home for lunchtime, this is great, if not, try to get a neighbor or a trusted friend to help you out for a couple of weeks. Take your puppy for a walk and then you can both eat and squeeze in a quick walk before you go back to work.
” Let them have a little supervised playtime while you wind down a little”
- Home from work walk – As soon as you get in, take your little one out. After this you can let them have a little supervised playtime while you wind down a little.
- After Dinner walk – After you both have dinner, you can take your puppy for the last (see next note) walk of the day before putting your pup to bed.
- Optional after-bedtime walk – We list this as optional, but if you can do this then it will help quite a lot. Remember puppy’s small bladder? A Midnight or a one a.m. walk would be an excellent idea. Don’t worry, you will only need to do it for 2 – 3 weeks, which really isn’t so long when you think about all of the years you will be spending with your new best friend. As your pup gets older they will be able to wait longer and things will be peaceful for everyone.
How to potty train a dog fast -Some last tips
One thing to note, puppies do nap a lot and as a rule they like to go to the bathroom after a nap. Yes, it is inconvenient at first, but the more that you demonstrate a regular schedule for your pup the more they will associate treats and going outside as the ‘way to go’. Be patient during these early time, put in the effort, and your pup will be potty trained before you know it!
Today we have discussed the best methods for potty training your puppy fast. Remember that this will not be an overnight process but your pup WILL learn as long as you keep at it and exercise patience with them. Keep your temper in check, as losing it will only confuse or scare your puppy and you want to be working on building your trust. Your puppy wants you to be happy and they will be doing their best to learn as fast as possible to demonstrate this. Count on it!