At around three weeks old, your puppy is readily able to adapt to new situations and because they are one of the smartest creatures by nature, potty training puppies will not be too difficult for anyone.
When you're a new pet owner, you can make a choice about whether or not you want to confine your puppy. Most puppy parents prefer to use a crate to prevent accidents at night or when they have to go away for a period of time. However, some would want to train their puppies to become more responsible by giving them access to everything but with restrictions and limitations. This might sound a little harder than the other method when you consider their playful behavior and uncontrollable urges, but if you choose to use this, here are the tips you can consider:
You may get your puppy to learn to do its business indoors or outdoors on news papers. Nevertheless, whichever method you choose, you have to be very consistent. You can utilize newspaper training for a short while or until your pup is learning to go potty in the right spot inside or outside your house, but you need to teach the puppy step-by-step until it eventually masters his or her business routines.
Whether outdoor or indoor, you have to designate a spot for his potty time. Let him or her sniff that spot and wait until he or she finally goes potty and take him or her to the same place each and every time. The remaining odour will help stimulate the puppy to use the same area the next time it has to eliminate.
With young puppies, you must carry them or take them out on a leash to the designated location within 20 minutes or right after each meal, play session, and rest time. Keeping on schedule is the main key to effectivly house train a puppy so remember, you have to stay consistent. Use the same routine every day and be sure to watch for the indications that your puppy needs to go potty.
Each and every time your puppy goes potty, give it a command such as "go pee" or "go potty" to build an link between the command and its potty break. Repeat it quietly as many times necessary until your puppy gets familiar with it. This way, it'll be easier for him or her to grasp and follow the same command the next time it's used.
When potty training puppies, you can expect that there would always be mistakes and accidents. Puppies are just like babies because they can hardly tell if they need to go or not. So you better watch out for the warning signs like sniffing or squatting then immediately distract them by stamping your foot or clapping your hands while leading them away from the restricted zone.
Finally, it's a good idea to praise your puppy with an encouraging phrases such "good puppy" or "good job" when it does its business in the right spot. Let him or her know you are pleased by giving a small reward like allowing the puppy to play inside he house. As soon as he becomes more dependable and responsible, you can allow him to move freely inside the house.