Puppy potty training in the first critical two weeks is when you most regret that you didn't start the training sooner.
A big part of early puppy potty training is understanding your puppy and why they're reacting to the training in the first place.
Puppies are very much like little children, they love to investigate and play. They're also very much like babies, as they're so curious and want to explore every nook and cranny. In the first 2 weeks of a puppies life are critical for socialization. Puppies like to tumble, play, and explore with their litter mates. They learn about bite inhibition and how to be a dog. mom and puppies play with lots of little body slides, toys, teething, and car rides. It's during this period that your puppy is most like a baby.
They're learning so many things from each interaction. For mom and puppy alike, these two weeks are key in the puppy development. Without them, puppies may grow up to be fearful and even neurotic dogs, nipping, guarding, cutting teeth on furniture, and yapping at little children. Puppies without their mother and litter mates developing self-confidence will suffer from these behaviors for life. We all know that it can be hard to leave your kids with the dog when you work all day.
If you're going to leave your puppy alone in your house for extended durations, then I strongly recommend doing the puppy potty training before you leave for work. The longer the time between potty training and work, the more likely you'll have to come home to a mess in your house. I'm a believer in the mix a day or two, potty trained, working on the puppy stuff and then bouncing back on the day to do a bit more warm up. You'll have a few weeks where you can come home to just a clean house and no notice to clean up. Definitely do NOT punish your puppy when they go to the bathroom in your house. I know it's a frustrating thing to do when you have a hard time getting them to go outside. The best thing to do is just clean it up and move on. Using a product that will eliminate the scent is a great way to prevent your pup from going back to that spot again and again.VERY IMPORTANT.
Summary of steps for potty training:
• Find a good spot. This could be the back zipper of your washing machine or the toilet seat.We're going to use a small spot, that is easily accessible
.• Watch for warning signs. When your puppy wakes up from a nap,usually they'll rearrange their whole body, run, andgo to the bathroom. Know the signs.• Gather up some treats. Dogs love treats, and will often do almost anything to get them.
• Keep your dog on a schedule. If you feed and water your dog at the same time every day, they're much more likely to go to the bathroom at the same time as well.• If your dog wakes up and goes to the bathroom after you've been gone for a while, make them wait and move to the spot, and give them cookies. Dogs just can't resist the power of reward.• Lastly, LOVE on your dog Dogs understand your love and will often look for love from you. That's it! Put these 3 steps to potty training your puppy in place and you'll probably be much more successful in 2 weeks, than if you hadn't. Remember that you need to end your frustration at your dog in a calm and assertive way, so they know they've done a good job and you can move on and build a better relationship with your pup.