Puppy Potty Training- The 4 Reasons It Isn’t Working

– At our training facility our instructors get to chat with hundreds of new puppy owners every single month And today I'm going to tell you about the four most common, little oversights that people have, even when they're doing everything else right, when it comes to house training

But those little oversights are completely de-railing their training So we're gonna talk about that today I'm Ken Steepe and welcome back to McCann Dogs (guitar strum) (puppy bark) If this is your first time on the channel and you consider your dog a member of the family, then you're gonna want to hit that subscribe button We publish new videos every single week to help you spend some quality time with your four-legged family member

Let's take care of the easy one first And that's supervision inside We all know that anytime you're house training your puppy and you have them out of their crate, that you need to be monitoring them closely If they sneak away while you're playing on your phone and they have an accident in the house, that's not their mistake It's actually your mistake

So you need to be sure that every moment that puppy is out of their crate, that you are engaged with them, you're watching them closely for any signs that maybe they need to go outside And that leads to the second thing that I wanted to talk about And that's the routine of going inside and outside Before you put your puppy in your crate for any length of time, they need to go outside If you come home from work or you come get your puppy and you're gonna take them out and have a play session, you need to immediately take that puppy up and take them outside

They're most likely to feel like they have an opportunity to have an accident in the house, after they come out of their crate And for puppies, a common time to make a mistake is after a big play session So maybe you've played some tug with your puppy, or you know, played some response to name, or luring them around, or teaching them a new trick, or whatever Once you've done playing that play session, take them outside, let them have a piddle Then you can bring them back in and put them in their crate so they can have a rest

But it's really important that after they've been up really high and have been really excited, that as they're coming down, you've given them the opportunity to go outside so that they don't have that accident in the house Next let's talk about outside supervision Now this is a really important one and this is a very common place for people to make a mistake, even though they think they're doing everything right When you go to take your puppy outside and allow them to go outside to go for a pee, the last thing you want to be doing is sliding open that back door and allowing them out to the backyard, even though it's enclosed and it's safe, unsupervised Puppies have really short attention spans and the last thing your puppy is going to be thinking about is going pee, if there are leaves blowing around, or maybe there's kids playing beyond the fence, or maybe there's a dog in the yard beside yours

You really don't want to let your puppy out of that back yard with all those distractions when you know that your intention is for them to go outside to have a pee So attach your six foot leash and head outside with your puppy You're gonna go to the area that you want them to pee at in the future Maybe you have a section of your yard or an area around your building that you want your puppy to go at And you're gonna head out directly to that spot and stand totally still

You're not gonna engage with the puppy You're just gonna let them go out there and find their spot and then have a pee Now, if they still fail to have a pee, even if you're standing out there with them and you've been totally quiet, it's not uncommon for a puppy to, you know, all of a sudden, have this burst of energy So, the best thing you can do at that point is scoop your puppy up After you've given them a long time to have their pee, you haven't been engaging, you're just gonna scoop them up and take them inside

You're gonna put them right back in their crate and close that door just for a couple of minutes Once your puppy realizes that it's not up to them when it's time to play, you're gonna take your puppy back out of that crate and straight back outside, doing the same process as before It's really important that your puppy doesn't start to learn that every time I get to go outside it's really, really fun So whether I go pee, or I play with a leaf, all I wanna do is get out there Your puppy needs to know that every time you're taking them outside to go have a pee, that they have a job to do

Now if you have a puppy who's still having accidents inside their crate, then it's time to take a look at what's inside their crate Puppies can be real opportunists So if you put your puppy in a crate with a huge bed or a great big fluffy blanket, they're way more likely to have an accident on that If your puppy is going through the house training process, it's best to not have anything in their crate that they can pee on and then stuff to the side Now I know that we all think that we need to have a great big bed for our puppy so that they're comfortable

But nowadays, the plastic crates are really comfortable on the bottom, very flat, and wire crates also have a plastic tray But make sure that there is a flat surface on the bottom of your puppy's crate before you decide to take their bedding out For us, our puppies sort of earn the opportunity to have some bedding And we might go from a flat, plastic puppy crate once they've had a couple of weeks of success, we'll put in like, a beach towel or something like that Now if you have any other questions about house training or unusual situations, drop them in the comments below

We have a really active community and we're always checking our comments section to see if we can help out our viewers Now I really hope you found this video helpful and I hope it speeds up your house training process If this is your first time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button We publish new videos every single week to help you spend some quality time with your four-legged family member That card beside me is actually a playlist of videos that our Grade One students have found really helpful and I think you'll find it helpful too

On that note, I'm Ken, happy training (instrumental music) ♪ I know you mean it ♪

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