Potty training can be a very frustrating and long process, but at the end of the day all house training boils down to is a habit that we create. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’re taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back.
You want to create a routine and stick with it – even on the weekends! Younger puppies need to go out more often, so if you are going to be gone for awhile then have a pet sitter or neighbor swing by and let your pup out. Take them out as soon as you wake up and get home.
Feed your puppy on a schedule and control their access to water. Dogs don’t have full control of their bladder until they are at least 6 months old – so take up the water a couple hours before bedtime to reduce the chances of having an accident at night.
If you are unable to have constant supervision over your puppy, place them in an appropriately sized crate and let them out frequently. This teaches them to hold it and reduces the likelihood of having an accident in the house.
If your puppy does have an accident in the house, you should only correct them with a prompt, “NO” and immediately lead them outside, IF you caught them in the act!! If you did not SEE it happen, then you cannot correct for it, just clean it up and move on.
When your puppy uses the bathroom in the appropriate area, make it a BIG DEAL!!!! That’s exactly what you want them to do, so let them know they did an awesome job and you’re proud of them!