Puppies and fireworks

So today is November fourth which means tomorrow night will be bonfire night which makes it a good time to discuss what to do with puppies and fireworks. It may not relate greatly to how to potty train a puppy but it’s good to know and now is the time to know it.

There are two things I’d like to touch on. The first is your puppies likely fear of fireworks and how to deal with it and the other is safety for your puppy in the event you’re using any yourself.

Puppies and fireworks don’t mix. If you’re setting off your own or going to a communal display lock your puppy safely indoors. You may want to make sure to leave a distraction or two. Some leave the TV playing for the sound of voices in the background. or new chew for example.

It is very likely that your puppy will be scared by the noise of fireworks outside. It is important that you act normal around him or her when fireworks are going off. If the puppy see’s you acting normally then they will associate the noises as normal after a while. Play with them but taking them outdoors is not a good idea. If you really have too then do so with a lead on even if the puppy usually walks beside you without one. Puppies may take off if a firework goes off overhead.

How to Potty Train a Puppy

How to potty train a puppy

Having a dog can be a veery rewarding experience but so can keeping your furniture in one piece. If you’d like to preserve the state of your home when you bring that puppy home then you need to learn how to potty train a puppy and you need to learn quickly.

From the first day after you bring your puppy home the training should begin. The younger a puppy starts to learn the easier it will be for both of you. Older dogs can be trained (regardless of what the old saying is) but it will take longer and requires a stronger trainer. 

We’ve covered several techniques elsewhere on the site for things like how to potty train a puppy, how to litter train a puppy and how to house break a puppy but I’d like to share a few ‘what not to do’ tips.

I’d like to be clear here. These are what not to do when learning how to potty train  a puppy. What not to do.

First of all (believe it or not) I have known dog owners who give up in the effort of potty training and allow their puppy to defecate indoors and i don’t mean on dog litter. They actually assigned an empty guest room for the dog and would occasionally clean it up. Aside from being strange behaviour this is not sanitary and unsafe to both you and your puppy. It will make potty training a puppy that much harder and leave your house a mess. This should be common sense but apparently there are some that don’t get it. Don’t do this.

With so many methods of dog training around some trainers may try to do too many things at once or swap between methods. The key to successful training is consistency.

Others have been told they can train a puppy by rubbing his or her nose into an area where they urinated. This has unfortunately been passed around a lot but it’s simply not true. In fact rather than helping you understand how to potty train a puppy it teaches your puppy to be afraid of you. Teach by praise not punishment.

How Long Does It Take to Potty Train a Puppy

We get asked the same kind if questions time and time again. How do I potty train a puppy? How do i leash train a puppy? And I get a lot of how long does it take to potty train a puppy?

Different trainers tend to tell dog owners different potty training and houses breaking methods. They also give different training times and tell people to expect different thing. This can vary depending on breed but it’s largely down to the individual puppy and the training itself.

If you ask some trainers ‘how long does it take to potty train a puppy?’ they’ll tell you it’s a matter of hours. Others will tell you it will take at least a month. In our experience it can take anywhere from a week to a month or so to completely potty train a puppy.

Puppies learn faster and easier when they are young whether its potty, crate or leash training. An older dog can take longer to train properly but the earlier you start the better. Keep in mind that potty training a puppy is a long term process and just because a puppy does it right the first time doesn’t mean you can atop the training. How long does it take to potty train a puppy? It can highly depend on how well you can train.

If you’re searching for how long it takes to potty train a puppy then you might have already started to train your puppy. Keep in mind that excitement or a scare (which can happen often when the world is new to you) can cause a young puppy to urinate slightly. There is nothing much you can do about this while the puppy develops their bladder control. You can take some comfort knowing it isn’t too often and shouldn’t continue too long.

Regardless of how long you’ve been potty training your puppy for or why you are asking how long does it take to potty train a puppy – you should keep in mind that at a certain point (3-4 months for example) you need to take your puppy to a vet to check for an issue with their bladder. Some puppies may just take longer but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  

How to Leash Train A Puppy

While the first thing you’ll want to know is how to potty train a puppy – when it comes to taking that pup outdoors you’re going to want to know how to leash train a puppy.

The earlier you train your puppy on a leash the quicker they will learn and the easier it will be to do. As with any kind of dog trainers different trainers can (and will) different methods of training.

The first step in leash training a puppy is to get him or her used to wearing a collar. Place it around their neck while they’re distracted by playing or eating and fasten it so it sits comfortably. They will likely start to paw at it and try to slip out. Continue to do whatever you were doing before until the puppy forgets about it. After a while they’ll forget about it and that’s when you take it off. Do this a few times over a few days and they’ll learn to accept wearing it.

The next step of learning how to leash train a puppy is getting your puppy used to the actual leash itself. If you want to get an expensive leash then that’s up to you, but to start with get a cheap lightweight leash and clip it on to the collar. Don’t hold it yourself but let the pup run around with it trailing them until they accept it. Keep an eye on them while you do his to make sure they don’t hurt them selves.

At an early age your puppy will usually enjoy being close to people and this can help with your next step. Begin with taking your puppy on short walks around the house or garden while holding the leash. Leave a lot of slack on the leash and don’t be too firm.

When (not if) you puppy pulls or tugs against the leash you have to resist the urge to pull them back. Stop moving and call them back using the same consistent command. Give lots of praise when they come back and then carry on walking. You need to be clear and patient while doing this. Some puppies may pick this up quickly while others will take a little longer. Just remain patient and consistent with your training.

The earlier you start leash training the easier it will be. Because you’re looking at s how to leash train a puppy you’ll have it easier than trying to retrain an older dog.

How to Crate Train a Puppy

One method of learning how to potty train a puppy can be starting with figuring out how to crate train a puppy. This is also known as cage puppy training but before looking at the actual methods I want to dispel a misunderstanding about puppy crates.

Some old and most new dog owners misunderstand dog crates. They think they are cruel but they are actually beneficial to both the puppy and the household. A dog worries over it’s territory (in the same way you worry about your new carpet) and by using a crate you can give your puppy a smaller area to worry about – while containing it’s destructive curiosity. A dog crate for a puppy is like a child having their own room. Somewhere for them to feel safe

Many dog trainers wouldn’t think of training a puppy without the use of a crate. during the night (or for brief excursions) your puppy can be contained within its own area while without supervision. The dog crate should not, however, be over used. Your puppy should not be kept inside the crate longer than necessary or forced into it suddenly.

A dog crate can come in many types and sizes. Your puppies crate should be large enough to be comfortable. You should place bedding and a chew or two within the cage. 

When you start to crate training a puppy you need to coax him or her into the crate. They should not be placed all of a sudden into it or they may panic. The crate should be kept near the centre of attention so the puppy does not feel isolated. They need time to get used to the idea and associate the crate as their own area.

When you start learning how to crate train a puppy you need to ensure the puppy does not solely associate the crate with being left alone. If you only use the crate at night or while you are out – the puppy will resent the crate. Use it when you are around the house (and the crate itself) but do not overuse it. It is important your puppy learns the crate is their territory but younger dogs especially should not be kept in the crate for too long.

When crate training your puppy use a command consistently such as ‘go to your bed’ and no not react to the puppy when barking or whining to get out. This will only reward the puppy to bark or whine. Instead tap the cage and use a command such as ‘be quiet’ and reward the puppy when they are quiet.

WHen your puppy is not in it’s crate – the option should be left open but do ensure small children do not crawl inside the crate.

Crate training can help keep your house in one piece and your puppy safe while without supervision. A good time to learn how to crate train your puppy is while you start on how to litter train your puppy.

How to Housebreak a Puppy

How to House Break a Puppy

A puppy, the same as an older dog, is a creature of habit. When it comes to learning they learn through consistency, schedules and by rote. When they continue to be rewarded for peeing outside and scolded for doing so inside – they can quickly make the connection and make a dash for the kitchen door. If, however, you are not consistent with your training then you will have a difficult time figuring out how to house break a puppy.

There is no half way house when it comes to how to potty train a puppy. Either your puppy is house broken or he (or she) is not. There are a few exceptions where a puppy (due to poor bladder control) may urinate a little out of excitement (such as when seeing a new person) or fear (such as being startled by a loud noise). This will stop over time and there isn’t much you can do about it since there isn’t much the puppy itself can do about it.

There are a variety of methods when it comes to how to house break a puppy. There are fundamental methods such as constantly moving the puppy outside and praising when they urinate outdoors and scolding when catching them indoors. Some trainers prefer to learn how to litter train a puppy first while others consider the use of dog cages while waiting for a dog to be house broken.

The basis of any puppy training is praising with gentle tones, petting and treats and scolding with a harsh tone and clapping your hands together. Take the puppy outside every hour or so and before/after meals or playtimes. If the puppy does its business outdoors make a fuss and give a lot of praise. If you catch the puppy doing so indoors then quickly scold and move the puppy outdoors. If it continues when outside then follow that with praise.

We cover a couple of methods here on the site but the one key to knowing how to house break a puppy is consistency. Keep the diet consistent. Keep the treats consistent (given at the right time) and (as far as possible) keep the schedule consistent.

Timing is also important when it comes to potty training a puppy. You need to praise (or scold) immediately. There is no point in doing so afterwards because the puppy will not make the connection. If you find a wet patch on the carpet and scold the puppy while they’re in the other room playing with a ball – they’ll think they’re not meant to play with the ball. Likewise, if you praise too late the puppy with associate that praise with whatever it was doing. Another important timing issue when house breaking a puppy is to immediately take him back indoors once they have done their business. If you need to walk him/her then go back out again in ten minutes or so. Going outside – doing its business and getting praise – then going back inside makes the connection to the puppy that that is what outside is for. 

How to Litter Train a Puppy

How to Litter Train a Puppy

Most dog owners don’t seem to know this – but it is possible to train your puppy into using a litter box instead of (or as well as) going outdoors. The best use is for nights when you’re asleep or days while at work. Your puppy would not have to cross their legs and wait for you.

There are a few problems when you start learning how to litter train a puppy.

Firstly – you will need to make sure you do not buy kitty litter for them. Most dogs eat anything at least once and young puppies make a mission out of it. The contents of those kitty litter bags are potentially very dangerous. You can get specialised dog litter from the local pet store or save yourself some money and use wood shavings meant for rabbit cages. The cheaper option is rolled up balls of newspaper but this doesn’t have as much absorbency or oder reduction benefits.

Secondly – you will need to continually clean the litter box. This should be common sense (and you should be cleaning up after your puppy outside also) but it is *very* important. If you don’t regularly clean the litter tray it will become unhygienic for the puppy – not to mention the rest of the household. It will also start to smell and the puppy may stop using it which leads him or her back to the carpet or kitchen floor.

For the litter box itself you have a lot of options. You’re going to want something plastic or at least easy to clean. Cardboard is a very bad idea (think it through) but you don’t have to go to the pet store and buy a specialised litter box (although they do exist). Your best bet is any kind of low lined plastic box. Nothing with holes in the bottom and it needs to be big enough for your puppy (keep in mind he/she will grow!) while being the right size to be able to be cleaned and fir in your home.

Going straight to working out how to litter train a puppy should not be your first goal. Learning how to potty train a puppy normally should be your main concern and the litter training should be used as a backup.

To actually litter train a puppy it’s a very similar process to potty training for outside (for example see our how to potty train a puppy article). When you catch him or her making a mess indoors give a loud clear ‘NO!’ and move them into the litter box. Once every hour and before (and after) meals lead the puppy to the litter box. Stand him or her in it and use a consistent command such as ‘make!’ ‘Go!’ and reward them if they do so.

Continue this training method (consistency is key!) until your puppy knows what to do. The transition between the litter training and outdoors training is fairly simple. A good place to start is placing the litter box in the garden or veranda during the day. 

I hope this has helped you get started with how to litter train a puppy. Be sure to check out the rest of the articles on how to potty train a puppy. We cover a lot of different techniques and methods which will hopefully help you get that puppy trained.  

How to House Train a Puppy

This is a great video on how to potty train a puppy. Tracie Hotchner, from the Dog Bible, explains how you can house break your puppy within 24 hours.

How to Potty Train a Puppy

Getting a new puppy can be a very exciting time but that first while is not all fun and games. Learning how to potty train a puppy is important and best done early. There have been many books, videos and consultants charging a fortune in order to teach people how to potty train a puppy and how to housebreak a puppy. The truth is you don’t need to spend a fortune on all of this stuff – you just need to learn how to train your new dog properly.

There are several schools of thought when it comes to potty training a puppy but the basic ideas comes down to patience and consistency. All you need is the ability to portray a happy or sad tone within your voice. Dogs can respond to a deeper tone of voice but that doesn’t rule anyone out from being able to train a new puppy.

A basic training technique of potty training a puppy involves taking the puppy outdoors for a few moments every hour (keep in mind puppies have small bladders). Designate a term for the puppy doing a ‘number one’ and ‘number two’ and when you notice the puppy doing either repeat the word and ensure to keep it consistant.

For example, if you take your puppy outside and he begins to urinate, continue to repeat ‘Pee’. It might look strange to onlookers but a dog peeing indoors looks worse and I know which one involves less cleaning. When your puppy is finished immediately make sure they are praised. Provide a treat, cuddle and play with him before going back inside.

Continue this on a regular schedule and if you catch your puppy mid task inside clap your hands loudly and say ‘stop’ or ‘Ah!’ again keep it consistent and move the puppy outdoors. Always praise – never punish. It’s a lot easier for the puppy to understand praise than punishment. The negative tone should be enough for the puppy to learn what is expected of it.

When you being learning how to potty train a puppy there’s a few things you should keep in mind –

Solid (dried) foods are a good idea for a puppy during the potty training period. Solid stools are a lot easier to clean if done indoors. On the same token you should keep the puppy in rooms with hard, easy to clean floors.

Learning how to potty train a puppy is a little too large for one post and we have many great articles on the subject but hopefully you’ve got a basic idea to start with if nothing else.

How to Train a Puppy Not to Bite

Aside from how to potty train a puppy – I think the most common question we seem to receive is (typed with sore fingers no doubt) how to train a puppy not to bite. Now since it’s pretty related  to the articles we cover we’ll get a couple of articles out but in the meantime we found a great video from expert village which should get you started.

  • 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.