Puppy Potty Training Tips
Summer is here and it is important for your puppy to drink plenty of water, but keep in mind that with the increase in water there will be an increase in bathroom trips outside. Any kind of extra excitement can interfere with puppy potty training and add to puppies having “accidents” in the home and crate. The best way to avoid this is to let your puppy rest in their crate after play and take them out once they have become relaxed again. This may mean another trip outside 30 minutes after the last one, but when puppies get excited they tend to drink more water than usual.
There is a difference between a puppy having a potty accident and a puppy that submissive pees. A puppy that pees out of fear is different from normal potty training and should be addressed separately. Does your puppy pee when you reach to pet them? Does your puppy pee during play? This may be submissive peeing. It is also important to rule out any medical problems. If your puppy is peeing more often then you think they should (on average a puppy can hold their bladder an hour for every month old they are) and there has been no excitement in their regular routine, then make sure you take them to your vet to check for a urine or bladder infection.
Puppy potty training is a process and can be frustrating at times, but above all else remember they are learning too. When your puppy goes potty in their crate don’t get angry or frustrated, instead think back; what was puppy doing last? Did they just meet someone new? Go someplace new? Excitement and stress are major factors in why puppies eliminate and even though they “just went out,” it’s probably best to make that extra trip.
When in doubt, take them out!