Potty Training A Puppy To Go Outside – Professional Dog Training Tips

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– Potty training can feel like
such a frustrating process when your puppy continues to
have accidents in your home. But in this video, I’m gonna show you exactly how to teach your
puppy to go potty outside, even if you feel like
they never like to go when they’re out there. I’m Ken Steepe and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (acoustic guitar strums)
(dog barks) At McCann Professional Dog Trainers, we’ve trained more than 80,000 dogs. So, if this is your first
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to read the comments on all of our videos
so that I can help you to train through whatever
difficulties you might be having. Something that I commonly heard
on our potty training videos was that people would have challenges: their puppy didn’t want to
go when they were outside, or they would let their puppy out in the backyard for 20 minutes, bring them back in and then the puppy would immediately eliminate on the floor. Someone even commented
she went to the bathroom on the carpet after I took
her outside for a walk. Explain that. Well that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. Puppies are so easily distracted by the environment around them, whether it’s a sight
or a smell or a sound, maybe a leaf blowing by. Maybe there’s dogs
barking in the background. But this can completely
make the puppy forget about the fact that they’re
out there to go potty. They can totally forget that
they’ve actually got to go. Taking advantage of some
natural training opportunities with your puppy is a real help. So the first time out of
their crate in the morning is a great time to start
your potty training. You’ll have biology working for you and you’ll know that your
puppy really likely has to go. Potty training after a fun play session or shortly following a meal are also really great times to know that you’re going to
invest a little bit of time into your puppy potty training. First things first, any time
that your puppy goes outside it’s really important
that you go out with them and that you have them on-leash. You need to be able to guide the process and help them avoid any distractions, but you also need to really know whether they’ve actually gone or not. So if you’re able to, try
to find an environment with the least amount of distractions, whether it’s environmental
sounds or smells or whatever. You can also choose this
time to show your puppy exactly where you want them
to go potty in the future. So take advantage of this. Because you’re out there
with your puppy on-leash, it’s easy to redirect them if
they start to get distracted by a vehicle that drives by or some kids playing in the distance. You can just guide them
around with your leash. Now, you want to be as boring as possible when you’re out there with your puppy. The last thing you wanna be doing is engaging them in play or using any sort of exciting language. The other challenge is if
you’re moving around a lot with your puppy, there’s all
sorts of interesting smells that they’re just discovering now, so try to remain in a small area. Don’t move around too much
and that way your puppy will quickly become bored
of the sights and smells and sounds in this little
circle you’ve created and they’re more likely to go potty then. It’s really important
that you give your puppy an appropriate amount of time
to go when you’re out there. Maybe it’s four or five minutes, or maybe if they’ve been really distracted and you’ve been guiding them
away from these distractions over and over again, maybe
it’s six or seven minutes. But it’s important that
you don’t remain out there for 30 minutes. You’re gonna give your puppy
a handful of minutes let’s say and what’s really important
is if your puppy doesn’t go, what you do next. If your puppy doesn’t go,
you’re gonna bring them right back inside and
directly into their crate. Be careful that you don’t let your puppy sort of meander around
the kitchen or wherever because that’s the opportunity that they may have been
looking for to go potty. So you’re just gonna put them
directly back in their crate. You’re gonna wait a couple of minutes and for those couple of minutes you’re gonna keep a close eye
on your puppy in that crate. If your puppy has an accident indoors, you’re going to be
there to supervise them. You can actually mark that moment for them with an oops or a hey and it an interrupt that process entirely. After those couple of minutes are up, you’re gonna take your puppy out, take them directly outside, and then wash, rinse, and repeat. Follow the steps that we talked about a little bit earlier in this video and just do it over and over again until your puppy realizes
that the only place that’s appropriate to go potty is outside. Remember, puppies are
going to do whatever it is that they find rewarding. So if they’re continuously
making mistakes in your home, that’s not their mistake. It’s actually your mistake. Beside me is a puppy
potty training playlist that is full of videos that
you’re gonna find helpful. And 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 to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. On that note, I’m Ken. Happy training.

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