How to Potty Train an Iowa Chow Chow Puppy, Shih Tzu Puppy or Sheltie Puppy
Best Methods to Potty Train Your Dog
Most dogs by nature are quite clean and will never soil in their perceived area unless given no other choice. The trick is for both you and your puppy to get on the same page as to what their perceived area is. If given too much area, such as run of the whole house, the dog by nature will make its own boundaries within that house and go potty where it feels it is not significant to bother him. Most dogs will not go potty in any area where they cannot get away and have to sit in it.
I recommend restricting a new puppy's boundaries whenever it cannot be 100% supervised or tended to. This is easily accomplished by using a crate. Put them outside first briefly and then in their restricted boundary, until you again can supervise and play with them. Whenever you put them in the crate and take them out, you should let them try to go potty. When they do go potty outside, praise and a special flavored treat are a good thing and the puppy quickly associated this with going potty and special attention. If they do not go potty outside, they should go back into their restricted boundary and not taken out to be played with for a few moments, then try again outside for another potty trip.
Also, the outside potty area should be restricted. It should not be a big play area, but a potty area. If too big, the puppy will play and forget to go potty and when brought back into the house go there. The puppy should only be in the potty area a short time and not left. If they do not make use of the potty time, they should go back in the crate without praise or a treat. Soon they will learn to get things done quickly and then on to treat and playtime.
As the puppy matures and becomes more used to the routine, the boundaries can be increased and finally eliminated. Failure to get a dog to potty break is seldom the dogs fault, rather the human using improper teaching techniques (except when there is a medical issue).
Be advised, If initially using pee pads for in house training for conveience or due to winter weather, your older and mature puppy will not automatically understand and start pottying outside, and outside potty training will have to be taught anew.
An alternative way to Potty Break a dog that is home alone
Sometimes it is not possible to be around to let you dog out to go to potty. It is the number one reason dogs are surrendered and end up in shelters as people are unable or unwilling to teach their puppy what to do. A puppy looks to it's master for direction. If you do not give direction, the puppy will not know what is expected of him/her and problems will result.
It can be as easy as using the technique described in this Video.
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