How do I potty train my puppy?
Training your puppy to use the toilet can take several weeks or even months, and you're going to have to be on guard. The first step to potty training a puppy is to watch closely for any signs that the puppy needs to use the restroom. This will usually happen half an hour or so after drinking and eating. The puppy will start acting restless, will sniff things, and will go to a spot where it has gone to the bathroom before. When you see any of those signs, put it on a leash and take it outside. Don't play around with it - just stay in one spot until it uses the potty. Give it praise and a treat when it does. Always make sure to return to the SAME spot in your yard. The smell of urine and feces will make puppy potty training much, much easier. It acts like a trigger in the mind of the puppy to teach it that it's supposed to go there.
When you aren't at home to watch the puppy, you should confine it to one room that has been "puppy-proofed." Cover the floor with newspapers, and preferably do it in a place without carpet. You can also keep it in a large cage or a crate, or a fenced in area. Clean up any mess the puppy makes here, but don't get angry or try to punish it.
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