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How to Potty Train a Puppy in an Apartment


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Learning how to potty train a puppy in an apartment is not far from learning how to potty train puppies when you live in a house. To still need to potty train your puppy quickly and begin training early and you feed to follow a lot of the same procedures as you would living in a house but your main concern is getting your puppy outside on time when they need to go. The higher your apartment block, the more of a problem you will have when figuring out how to potty train a puppy in an apartment.

Puppies have small bladders with poor control. Even the best trained puppies will have occasional accidents and the only thing you can do about that is try to limit the puppies exposure to anything expensive or that can’t be cleaned. So whichever method you chose to potty train a puppy with, the small accidents are something you’re going to have to deal with as you go.

When looking at how to potty train a puppy in an apartment, you need to look at how high up your apartment is and how quickly you can get yourself outside. If you’re close to the ground then you don’t really need to do much more than keep a careful eye on your puppy for warning signs and keep your shoes on so you can run for the garden quickly. Check one of basic guides on how to potty train a puppy in this case.

If you live higher up then you’re not going to be able to get to the garden in time so conventional training like this isn’t going to work for you. It’s possible for you to switch to this when the puppy is a few months older and has more control over their bladder (it won’t be as easy as training from the beginning – but still completely possible). You will need something, at least short term, to stop your apartment getting ruined in the meantime.

If you can’t get outside in time, there are a few ways to look at how to potty train a puppy in an apartment.

Firstly, and this is probably the more common one, you can learn how to paper train a puppy. To read the full guide on paper training a puppy click that link. The basic idea is covering a tiled or wooden floored area with paper (lots and lots of paper) and training the puppy to use the paper. This makes cleaning up a lot easier and you can set an area away from both yours and the puppies eating and sleeping areas. Be sure to keep a close eye on the paper area and clean up as required. Again, for the guide on how to paper train a puppy check that link.

The other option is learning how to litter train a puppy. It’s pretty close to the same thing but instead of using paper you can use a box with the right kind of absorbency or you can purchase a specially made puppy litter box. This has the advantages of an easier clean up and, usually, less of a smell problem but it does cost a little extra. If you choose to litter train then be sure to get the right materials to avoid harming your young puppy.

Learning how to potty train a puppy in an apartment requires time and patience like any other kind of training and you will later have to retrain them to go outdoors but with these methods you can slowly move the paper or potty closer and closer to the door to make it easier. From their when you see them move towards the door quickly run them downstairs (this is once they’ve developed stronger bladder control) and look at the how to potty train a puppy for complete details. Eventually you will be able to phase out the paper or litter completely. We also have a video on how to potty train a puppy in an apartment.


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  • About us

    Hello, Chris here and thanks for stopping by. I hope I'll be able to help you learn how to potty train a puppy without too much of a headache!

    There's nothing quite like living with a dog and I've potty trained a fair few in my time. I put this site together to help people who were having problems potty training a puppy.

    It doesn't have to be as hard as people make out and the guides you'll find here should make things nice and easy for you.