Consistency is key. Schedule feedings to certain times, adding bathroom breaks right after.
First Thing in The Morning
Puppies still have weak bladders, they tend to struggle with holding in their bowels. Going out first thing in the morning will help strengthen those muscles.
Morning feeding should happen right after their first potty. Then go out to potty again 15 minutes later.
After each playtime should come another potty break. It’s helpful to have puppy pads for when they are roaming around the house, you may miss them if they squat to pee. Remember, if you see your puppy about to pee, immediately pick them up and take them outside.
Positive reinforcement works best.
Going for walks is great too, they get their energy out and can go to the bathroom.
We use a short and implement command when potty training. We say pee pees! It’s something short your puppy can catch onto. Eventually, they will learn the command and know it is time to go.
Middle of The Night
The only tough part to me is the middle of the night potty break. Even if you choose to crate train, as a new puppy they simply cannot hold it for those 8 hours overnight. Between the time you should get up once to let them go, and back into he crate, or bed again.
We made the mistake a time or two and found accidents in the morning. It’s a key step that I can stress enough. Consistency is key.
It takes time, but you will get there. For cleaning up those accidents, I already have a post alllll about it! Here