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Potty Training A Puppy To Go Outside - Professional Dog Training Tips



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- Potty training can feel like such a frustrating process

when your puppy continues to have accidents in your home.

But in this video, I'm gonna show you

exactly how to teach your puppy to go potty outside,

even if you feel like they never like to go

when they're out there.

I'm Ken Steepe and welcome back to McCann Dogs.

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I think it's really important to read the comments

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to train through whatever difficulties you might be having.

Something that I commonly heard on our potty training videos

was that people would have challenges:

their puppy didn't want to go when they were outside,

or they would let their puppy out

in the backyard for 20 minutes,

bring them back in and then the puppy

would immediately eliminate on the floor.

Someone even commented she went to the bathroom

on the carpet after I took her outside for a walk.

Explain that.

Well that's exactly what I'm gonna do.

Puppies are so easily distracted

by the environment around them,

whether it's a sight or a smell or a sound,

maybe a leaf blowing by.

Maybe there's dogs barking in the background.

But this can completely make the puppy forget

about the fact that they're out there to go potty.

They can totally forget that they've actually got to go.

Taking advantage of some natural training opportunities

with your puppy is a real help.

So the first time out of their crate in the morning

is a great time to start your potty training.

You'll have biology working for you

and you'll know that your puppy really likely has to go.

Potty training after a fun play session

or shortly following a meal

are also really great times to know

that you're going to invest a little bit of time

into your puppy potty training.

First things first, any time that your puppy goes outside

it's really important that you go out with them

and that you have them on-leash.

You need to be able to guide the process

and help them avoid any distractions,

but you also need to really know

whether they've actually gone or not.

So if you're able to, try to find an environment

with the least amount of distractions,

whether it's environmental sounds or smells or whatever.

You can also choose this time to show your puppy

exactly where you want them to go potty in the future.

So take advantage of this.

Because you're out there with your puppy on-leash,

it's easy to redirect them if they start to get distracted

by a vehicle that drives by

or some kids playing in the distance.

You can just guide them around with your leash.

Now, you want to be as boring as possible

when you're out there with your puppy.

The last thing you wanna be doing

is engaging them in play

or using any sort of exciting language.

The other challenge is if you're moving around a lot

with your puppy, there's all sorts of interesting smells

that they're just discovering now,

so try to remain in a small area.

Don't move around too much and that way your puppy

will quickly become bored of the sights and smells

and sounds in this little circle you've created

and they're more likely to go potty then.

It's really important that you give your puppy

an appropriate amount of time to go when you're out there.

Maybe it's four or five minutes,

or maybe if they've been really distracted

and you've been guiding them away from these distractions

over and over again, maybe it's six or seven minutes.

But it's important that you don't remain out there

for 30 minutes.

You're gonna give your puppy a handful of minutes let's say

and what's really important is if your puppy doesn't go,

what you do next.

If your puppy doesn't go, you're gonna bring them

right back inside and directly into their crate.

Be careful that you don't let your puppy

sort of meander around the kitchen or wherever

because that's the opportunity

that they may have been looking for to go potty.

So you're just gonna put them directly back in their crate.

You're gonna wait a couple of minutes

and for those couple of minutes

you're gonna keep a close eye on your puppy in that crate.

If your puppy has an accident indoors,

you're going to be there to supervise them.

You can actually mark that moment for them

with an oops or a hey

and it an interrupt that process entirely.

After those couple of minutes are up,

you're gonna take your puppy out,

take them directly outside,

and then wash, rinse, and repeat.

Follow the steps that we talked about

a little bit earlier in this video

and just do it over and over again

until your puppy realizes that the only place

that's appropriate to go potty is outside.

Remember, puppies are going to do whatever it is

that they find rewarding.

So if they're continuously making mistakes in your home,

that's not their mistake.

It's actually your mistake.

Beside me is a puppy potty training playlist

that is full of videos that you're gonna find helpful.

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four-legged family member.

On that note, I'm Ken.

Happy training.