Puppies have to go to the bathroom after every nap,
after they eat, after they drink, after a play session.
Take your puppy to his spot after these events and
you will set yourself up for a successful elimination
in the spot you want him to go.
Choose a word you (and the whole family) would
like to use to communicate to your pup that he just
did right. By teaching your puppy a bridge word
like "good" or "yes" you can
communicate to your pup more precisely what you
are asking him to do. Teaching a bridge word works
like the clicker does in clicker training. It marks
the split second between your command ("Go
Potty") and the dog's action (Potty) before
you can give the treat. As soon as your pup begins
to potty give him an enthusiastic "YES!"
then give him the treat when he is done.
A great way to teach the bridge word is simply
say your pup's name and when he looks at you and
gives you his attention say "YES!" and
give him a treat. Eventually he will learn that
the bridge word means there is a treat on they way.
(It will also teach him to be very attentive to
This training works best with a combination of
crate training and having the puppy stay in one
room with you at all times. If the pup can't be
supervised he/she should be crated. This article
has great information on crate training.
House Training Bergamot &
Choose a designated potty spot
in the yard where you want him to go. (Advantage:
if you are really vigilant about using the same
area you will have less poop-scooping to do.)
Have the leash and collar easily
accessible by the door for speed. Use the leash
even if you have a fenced yard. You want to
be right there to give the bridge word.
Choose a word/command to mean
"potty". The WHOLE family needs to
use the same word to avoid confusing the pup.
Get a really great treat (like
freeze dried liver) and only give this
treat to the pup when he goes in his designated
When you are pretty sure the
pup has to go, put his leash on and take him
to the spot and repeat your command until he
goes. (You may sound like a parrot, but you
want him to connect your command with his action)
As soon as he goes, immediately say "YES!"
and praise him wildly. Give him the great treat.
Follow the above steps every
time you take him out. Soon your pup will learn
the command for potty, and that if he goes in
his designated spot he gets the great treat.
While you are house training
the puppy he is not allowed out of your sight
while in the house. This means he is gated into
the same room as you are or on a leash attached
to your belt, or in a crate. This way he can't
have any accidents and undo all your hard work
in the yard.
Good Luck! My trainer made it
very clear to us that if the puppy makes a mistake
in the house, it was on us for not giving proper
supervision. If you find an accident in the
house don't be discouraged, just resolve to
keep the puppy under closer supervision. It
will all pay off.