I have a furry new nephew!
My brother Scott and his wife Autumn just got a new puppy! They were traveling in Europe when they emailed me asking for potty training issues. I answered them thinking that the puppy was with them and they were dealing with hotel suites, but that turned out not to be the case (Freckles was safe back home with another favorite aunty).
Still, knowing that Scott and Autumn love to travel, I envision them taking this little guy with them everywhere. But…having not met the little rascal yet, I currently don’t know whether he’s a candidate for all that change or not. Time (and good puppy-raisin’) will tell.
All that being said, here’s what I told them about potty training…
Envision the Future
Some of this may depend on your ideas for how this pup will fit into your life and how big he/she will be when grown, like, using pee pads in hotel rooms instead of going outside, but if that’s the case (or your dog is small enough to litter-box train) consider where I say “outside” to mean your puppy’s potty spot.
Generally, I think of 8- to 12-week-old puppies as being similar in maturity to a one-year-old human. They can move around, but really they have NO IDEA how to actually control their bodies or how dangerous the world is to them, and they put everything in their mouths, and go potty when they need to without a second thought!
So now I want to offer condolences for the literal and figurative crap you’re going through right now if you have a puppy this age. But I also have hope that it will probably all be a nightmare of your past in just a few short months.
Equipment I recommend
Potty training tips:
Some final thoughts….
There is actually so much more to it than this!! Start here, see where you have questions/issues, and get back with me!