Potty Training Puppies

Potty Training Methods!
Being prepared for your puppy's arrival is critical. Puppies learn much quicker when they have structure and a schedule to follow. This page will provide you with a lot of information as to what products you can purchase as well as show you ideas on how to set up for your new puppy. 


pottyPee Pads or Puppy Pads - 

We personally do not recommend potty training your puppy to pee  pads on the floor. Not only do pee pads slide all over but the puppies  tear them up and play with them. Pee pads have a scent that attracts a  puppy to get on the pad and go potty, however,  a lot of puppies walk  around while they are going potty and so it's very common for them to  start on the pee pad and then walk right off (without knowing it  because it's all just a flat surface to them) so they end up finishing  peeing/pooping on the surrounding floor.  You never want the puppy to  learn it's okay to potty directly on the floor so please do NOT just throw  the pee pads down on the ground. It's important puppies learn there are obvious boundaries on where to go potty. Plus, the overall look of pee pads  laying around on the floor is a big turn off to most visitors that come to the home, especially if the pee pads have been soiled on. Pee pads are great if you put them inside a potty box or potty tray. Just keep them off the flat floor. 

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pottyPotty Trays

There are puppy potty trays you can buy that hold the pee pad in place as well as lift the pee pad off the ground. These products usually provide a very tiny area for the puppy to actually potty on which can force the puppy off the tray to finish pottying on the floor. Puppy potty trays also tend to be more flimsy, break easy, slide around, and again, because the paper is exposed on top of the tray, the puppies can still (and do) dig at it and tear up the pee pad paper.

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pottyPotty Boxes

There are several types of potty boxes you can purchase for your puppy. We feel it's best to purchase a potty box that allows you to put the pee pad in the bottom of the potty box to catch the urine for easy clean up but then have a soft grid (which is tender on the feet) that locks in over the pee pad so the puppy can't actually access the potty pad and tear it up. (like the potty box in this photo. there is a pee pad under that soft grid.) Even better is when you can put a  patch of artificial grass on top of the grid so your puppy feels like they are going potty outside on the grass. 

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pottyWashable Pee Pad Training 

 NEVER USE THESE!!!!!! We have never understood why people use washable pee pads unless it's for cost reasons. With that said, washable pee pads create the worst potty habits in puppies.  Washable pee pads are MADE OF CLOTH!!  Big mistake! Think about it  - what else is made of cloth: your clothes, towels, blankets, their bed, couches etc..... So don't be surprised when your puppy gets older and starts going potty on various cloth items in your house and don't you dare get upset with that puppy because after all - YOU trained it to pee on cloth.  

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pottyLitter Box Training 

Litter box training is similar to how people train cats and kittens. You just purchase a doggie litter box and then a bag of "dog litter" which is poured into the box. We personally don't recommend this method of training because from our experience the puppies don't like it. Puppies tend to make a mess of the litter. They play with it, eat it and always seem to leave a trail of the pellets when they jump out of the box. Not to mention, it's not a very natural or comfortable feeling for the puppies to walk on those hard bumpy unstable litter pellets.

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Crate Training

If you ONLY want your puppy to go "potty outside" and you do NOT want to teach it to potty inside a box then the best method to use is crate training. Crate training teaches them to "hold" their bladder until you can get them outside to potty.  However, with proper crate training it is critical that you follow a good strict routine and stay on a consistent schedule or potty training  can become a nightmare.  Young puppies can't hold their bladders for long periods of time in the crate, so if you don't get on a good routine you will actually teach the puppy to potty inside the crate and then lay in it. Puppies also have lots of energy and need to be let out to play, romp and stretch out but often can't because they are confined to a small kennel. The biggest problem with crate training is abusing it. Too many families end up putting their puppy in the crate for longer periods then they should because they don't have the time to watch the puppy. For example: they might have the puppy in the crate the entire day while they work then let it out for a short time then have to put it back in the crate while they run errands, fix dinner, go to college, meet with friends, lay down because they don't feel good, take their kids to soccer/dance or just want to go to bed after a long day. So not only is the puppy in the crate most of the day but also sleeps in it all night too. This is a sad and low quality life for a puppy. If you crate train your puppy correctly, the puppy will LOVE their crate and see it as their safe haven to rest and have some quiet time, but puppies that are in their crates too much learn to HATE it, which can create alot of other training problems.  So although crate training is a wonderful method to train your puppy to go potty outside, if you notice that your puppy is in the crate alot more than it's out of the crate then maybe you should look at a different set up or routine for your puppy to be happier, healthier, and more socialized in.



Ideas for Puppy Play Area's and Potty Training!
Below are some various popular ways that families set up their puppies while at work, school, errands etc.....

 

 

2777300578CThis is probably one of most popular method of training we hear success about because it sturdy, easy to clean, collapsible, and very open so the puppy doesn't feel so "locked up ." Most Petstores will sell open cages similar to this one.

POTTY OUTSIDE TRAINING with this crate -

If you do NOT want to put a potty box inside this type of crate then MAKE SURE you purchase one with a divider. Most crates like this have "dividers" which allow you shrink down the crate and then expand it as the puppy grows. Use the divider to make it big enough for the puppy to stand up comfortably, turn around and lay down but NO bigger. Then of course, as the puppy grows, move the divider back farther to keep the puppy comfortable. If you give the puppy too big of an area in the crate it will NOT "hold" it's bladder. Instead the puppy will poop/pee in the back of the crate and then lay in the front. So you have to make it small enough to where the puppy is comfortable laying down but it does not have room to eliminate in the crate.  Make sure the puppy has plenty of time to "potty outside" after it eats or drinks. Do not feed/water the puppy and then put it directly inside the crate. If you leave food, water or treats inside the crate then chances are high the puppy will accidently go potty in the crate. Since crates are confining, make sure you put the crate in a comfortable room in the house. (not too hot and not too cold) since the puppy can not get out to warm up or cool off. We strongly discourage using "crate training" for teacup size puppies for multiple reasons. 

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POTTY TRAINING with a Potty Box in this crate -
Now, if you DO want to put a potty box in this crate then make sure you get the 42" inch crate or anything larger. Alot of families actually prefer the 48" inch crates because it allows 6 more inches for the puppy to play in! The potty box we sell at the bottom of this page fits perfectly in these types of crates as long as they are 42" inches or larger. Most familes will put our potty box in the back of the crate. Then at the front of the crate they attach a food/water dish, get a nice bed, throw in some toys etc.... for a full set up. This will give the puppy everything it needs while your away so you can have peace of mind. 

 

Also, for fun....You Can dress these crates up if you want to personalize them for your puppy. Just google "cratewear fo dogs" and you can find all kinds of fancy and fun outfits for your puppies new room!  Below are some examples.....

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pottyPlaypen Set Up

puppy playpens are another extremely popular way to train a puppy. As you can see this playpen is very similar to the crate above except it doesn't  have a top which makes it feel even more open but make sure your puppy isn't a climber or too big to jump out. Also keep in mind, some playpens are made of wood and puppies will go through a "teething" stage and chew the sides of the wood. Keep plenty of "chew toys" inside this playpen to discourage that behavior but honestly, it's going to be hard to elimate them chewing the wood all together during "teeting." Toys that challenge the puppies mind and keep him occupied are the best to help with this problem. For example: toys that make puppies work to get treats out of their hidden areas or even kongs filled with hard to get treats etc....Make sure you have a variety of chew toys so that the puppy doesn't get bored. Ropes are another popular toy for teething puppies and so are nylabones. Last, most of these types of playpens will be very stable and will not shift around when the puppy is romping and playing, however, I have seen a few that are pretty flimsy. So make sure they have a good base set up. If you want a playpen set up but just not in wood then don't worry - they also have playpens in various plastic and wire forms. They also come in different shapes. Just remember, the most important thing is to provide the puppy with everything they need while in the playpen: potty box, bed, toys, food/water dish etc..  alot of families will even put a small crate in the playpen as a "den" for the puppy. Families take the door off the small crate so the puppy doesn't accidently get stuck in it. This is also a very positive way to introduce crate training. So before you buy anything, make  sure the measurements of the playpen you choose will fit everything you want. The potty box we sell below fits in most playpens. Matter of fact, we actually use several types of playpens for our puppies. 

 

Potty Box

 

Richelle Expandable Playpen

This one is called a "richelle expandable playpen" and it's great. We also use this product in our breeding program.  It does fit the potty box we sell below perfectly. We put the potty box in the back and then in the front they have their bed, toys, food/water dish etc.... One of my favorite things about this set up is that is grows with the puppy because it's expandable. Again, the only downsize to this is that it is made of wood and as we discussed above, puppies like to chew on the wood when they are in their teething stage so again, you need to have lots of various chew toys to distract the puppy and keep it entertained or wait to purchase a wood play pen until after the puppy has already gone through their teething stage and is no longer a "chewer." 

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dog-puppy-pet-rabbit-guinea-pig-play-pen-run-cage-61cmx91cm-36-inch_2803_300X-Pen Play Areas

These puppy x-pens are very versatile and therefore hot sellers. They can be purchased at most Petsmarts and Petco's. This item is also very popular because you can put it into various positions and sizes to accommodate your living space as well as have it grow with the puppy. Just make sure the puppy isn't big enough to jump over it or move it around as they are running and playing since it's not secure to the ground. In our opinion, this set up is best to keep smaller dogs and  puppies instead of larger dogs and puppies. If you decide on this choice, make sure you get an x-pen big enough that will allow space for the potty box, toys, bed, and a small crate with the door left off so the puppy can have a full amazing set up. Xpens like these can be set up inside or even outside.  I have seen these types of xpens come in various shapes, sizes as well as wire vs plastic..

..Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet.  If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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