Unless you can watch your puppy all day and all night, don’t expect the potty training process to be over until he’s at least six months old. Since your pup is growing quickly at this point, he’ll eat more food, burn up more energy, and seem to need to eliminate all the time. Also, your puppy hasn’t developed bladder and bowel control yet, so he’s just being normal.

photoOne of the most well-known toilet training methods is paper training. Start by selecting a small room with a linoleum or wood floor to confine your puppy in, such as the laundry room or a bathroom. Paper the entire floor, and place your pet’s food and water bowls, toys, and bed in there.

At first, your pup will eliminate anywhere. He’ll probably play with the papers, too, chewing on them and dragging them around the room. This is typical puppy behavior, so don’t get upset. The important thing to do is to clean up the mess and replace the soiled papers with fresh ones as soon as possible.

During his confinement, your puppy is developing the habit of eliminating on paper, because no matter where he pees or poops, it will be on paper. Eventually, he will eliminate in just a particular spot. Once that spot is well established and the other papers remain unsoiled all day, you can slowly decrease the papered area.

Start by removing the paper that is farthest away from his preferred spot and move inward gradually. You’ll know you’ve decreased the papered area too soon when he misses the paper. If that happens, paper a larger area or even the whole floor again.

Once your pup is consistently eliminating only on the papers you’ve left, you can little by little move them to a location of your choice. Move the papers just an inch per day. If your puppy misses them, then you’re going too fast.

Don’t be discouraged if your puppy is making progress and then suddenly you have to paper the entire floor again. This happens sometimes. You will encounter minor setbacks, but just be perseverant.

When you’re home but can’t supervise your puppy, follow the same instructions described above. However, the more time you spend with him, the sooner he’ll be housebroken. Take your pet to his toilet area whenever he needs to eliminate, which is about once every 45 minutes, after eating or drinking, after playing, and upon waking.

When your pup eliminates in the right place, praise him generously and enthusiastically. Don’t punish him if he has an accident as this can impede his progress.

Don’t let your puppy out of his room unless you’re certain that his bladder and bowels are totally empty. Also keep an eye on him when he is exploring your home. It’s a good idea to have him on a leash.

Return your pup to his toilet area every half hour. He can spend more time outside his room as he becomes more reliable and his bladder and bowel control develops. Give him access to one room at a time. Put him back in his room when you cannot watch him.

To speed up the housetraining process, praise and reward your pup every time he eliminates in the right place. Therefore, it’s crucial that you spend as much time as possible with him.

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