Potty Training for Small Dogs
The essential for potty training in small breeds are the same as those in large breeds, that is
Be consistent in when you start training your dog. Choose a designate potty area and any time your dog needs to
eliminate, take them to the same spot every time.
If you keep changing the spot, your dog will be confused and will think it is ok to eliminate anywhere he/she
If the dog is a family dog, then let other members of the family know the dog’s schedule, this will help
maintain consistency even when you are not there.
Be generous with your praise whether verbal or in form of treats whenever the dog eliminates on the correct
area. Remember, positive reinforcement will give you better results than other methods.
That’s where the positive reinforcement for puppy
potty training with your praise and affection is even stronger - when it’s so important to your dog to
Your dog will at times mess up. Never punish the dog, especially if you do not catch him in the act. Clean up
the mess, use detergents and enzymatic cleaner and ensure that you have removed any trace of the smell to avoid the
dog returning to the same place.
When correcting you can tell the dog “no” in a firm voice, or say “stop” then move the dog to the correct
When training the dog, remember that dogs are different. Your dog may not learn in the pace that you want. Do
not lose your patience or your temper with the dog. Be calm and give your dog time to adjust to the routine.
In training your small dog, you need to decide whether you want to train your dog indoors or outdoors. In indoor training, there are some
things you will need to facilitate potty training. If you intend to paper train your dog, then all that is
necessary is lots of paper preferably newspaper to line the floor with. You may also purchase a litter box or a
Some training pads have been scented in order to attract the dog to the pad. They are ideal for use if your dog
likes tearing up paper. The pad will also absorb the urine and remains dry ensuring that the top doesn’t get soaked
It is important to have a schedule for elimination
for your dog. Your dog will eliminate after feeding, in the morning and after playing. During these times, make
sure that you take your dog out or keep him contained in a place to reduce the chance of him soiling other
When you first start potty training, it is advised that you stay with the dog until he/she has had a chance to
eliminate. Once you are sure the dog has eliminated, you can then let him to run around the house.
If the dog is unsupervised it is likely they will soil some places. Since the urine will be in small quantities,
it may not be possible to find all the places your dog has soiled with your bare eyes. A black light will come in
handy to help you find and clean such places.
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