If your puppy does have an accident in the house, quickly wipe it up using an enzyme based cleaner like Bio-Deodorizer or Floor Wash from Life's Abundance. This helps to eliminate odors which attract your dog to go in the spot again.
Every hour on the hour take your puppy to the place where you want them to go to the bathroom and give your verbal instruction. ( “Go Potty” “Go PeePee” “TeeTee”, “Take care of business” etc) Once at the location, do not move around, your dog will sniff out it’s area. Repeat the command. Give your pup about 3 minutes to use their “toilet”. Once they have gone, give lots of praises, pets and a small treat. We like Life’s Abundance Tasty Rewards which are made from New Zealand Lamb and are loaded with Omega-3 for healthy brain development. When your puppy understands that there is a reward & lots of love for going to the bathroom outside, it will only be a matter of repetition until they are completely trained to go to the bathroom on command.
If your puppy does not go during potty break time, we recommend putting them into their crate until the next break in an hour. Follow the same instructions as above. Once you have rewarded your puppy, be sure to clean up. This will keep your yard tidy and prevent problems. Another benefit to immediate clean up is that you will be able to see if your puppy is having any issues like loose stool, wormy, etc.
Never confine your puppy longer than an hour initially. You can increase the time confined as they get older. Never let them go to the bathroom in the crate as this makes training very hard and puts you back at step #1, starting all over.
Many trainers prefer for your dog to use the bathroom in the designated spot prior to leaving the house for a walk. One reason is it keeps you from having to carry a poop bag around the neighborhood. The second reason is that it reinforces the bathroom spot. After they have eliminated, say “Let’s go for a walk” this is yet another reward that will help your puppy learn faster!
Prevent mistakes so that you do not have to undo a bad habit. If you must leave for an extended period of time, keep your dogs in a “safe” room when you are not home, like a bathroom, laundry room, etc. Make sure there are no electrical wires or other things that can hurt puppy. Use potty pads in an are close to the door, be sure to get the frame that holds it so they don’t fling poo all over the room! Some trainers recommend putting a handful of dirt or some grass clippings on the pad so the puppy will smell the outdoors area where you really want them to go.
With lots of patience, love and rewards, your puppy will develop good habits to last a lifetime!