How to Potty Train a Puppy Dog for Free
- 1). Choose an area outside you would like your puppy to go to the bathroom. When you have decided on this area, always take the puppy to that spot and never go anywhere else. Consistently taking your puppy dog to this area will help it know it is supposed to potty when taken to this spot.
- 2). Take the puppy to your designated spot through the same route each time. That is, always walk through the same door and take the same path to get to the appropriate area. Doing so will help your puppy associate going potty when it sees these cues. For instance, it will start to understand that when it walks through a certain door and takes a certain path to the spot, it is time to eliminate.
- 3). Give your dog plenty of praise when it goes potty where it should. Pet it and speak to it in enthusiastic tones. Most puppies respond well to praise and will continue to behave in the appropriate way to achieve these results.
- 4). Keep your puppy contained when you cannot provide supervision by either keeping it in a crate or blocking off a small section in your home. Try to get a crate for free by looking in the newspapers for free crate ads. You could also ask your veterinarian if she has any extra crates; sometimes owners will leave the crates and the vets have no use for them. If you cannot find a free crate, block off a small area in your home with baby gates or other material. Keeping the puppy in this confined area will often prevent it from eliminating in the home because most canines do not like to go to the bathroom where they sleep or eat. Just be sure to let the puppy out every few hours. The crate should only be big enough for the puppy dog to stand up, turn around and lie down in. Similarly, make the enclosed area just as small if possible.
- 5). Place your puppy on a potty schedule. Most puppies thrive when on routines and the housetraining process is no exception. Try to take the puppy outside at the same times every day. For example, always take the puppy out immediately upon releasing it from the crate or area in addition to after it wakes up and eats. Eventually, your puppy will learn at which times of day it is allowed to eliminate, which will help in the housebreaking process.