Updated: Oct 15, 2020
By the time you get your new dog home, you should be aware of how often does your dog need to go outside or inside (on a pee pad). To make life easy for you. It's the number of months + 1= gives you the total amount of hours a puppy should be able to hold water in its bladder. For example; a 3-month-old puppy, should be able to hold their water for 4 hours.
I want to let you know that although this sounds great in theory, the reality is that every dog is different. But after seeing what I have seen it really comes down to basically. How large is your dog's bladder? How big of a dog do you have? We can't really apply this basic rule across all breeds and dogs, although it is a good guideline to keep in place. Just remember it is just a guideline. There are a number of problems that owners will run into when wanting to do potty training.
1) Owner does not know what Potty training is. This is actually quite simple. It is simply defined as you training your dog to the bathroom.
Getting further into detail. Question is do you want the dog to pee outside? or do you live in an apartment on the 11th floor, so you will have to purchase either a fern, or pee pads?
Finally, the act itself is pretty easy:
1) You have to create a schedule and take your dog to go pee.
2) While the dog is peeing be absolutely quiet. The dog has to stay focused on what he is doing.
3) While he is peeing please say your verbal command "Hurry", or "Go Potty". Do not repeat it multiple times, just one time will do.
3) Reward your dog with a treat and celebrate your dog!
Problems you might run into:
1) The dog has peed outside, but then decided to pee indoors also.
A) We normally see this with dogs that have other behavioral problems, the most common one being Anxiety. They are over stimulated when they get back into the house, and lose their bowl movements. If you know your dog already has Separation anxiety, don't be surprised if this is also a problem that your dog is having. This requires a broad approach in dealing with the dog's overall anxiety level as a whole.
B) Another possibility is that the dog never fully finished relieving itself. If this is the case, pretend as if you were going to go back inside and then go back outside and simply wait.
2) The dog has peed on the floor, but for no unknown reason.
A) Possibly you and the dog got off of schedule (no need to feel bad, we all mistakes)
B) The dog was suddenly frightened or has been suddenly overstimulated.
Marking happens, when you see the dog has peed on a vertical surface. For example, a furnace, a wall, the leg of a table. This happens once dogs reach 6 months of age and have begun wanting to sexual reproduce.
This is normally solved by either Neutering or Spaying the dog. Dogs can be Neutered between 6 to 9 months of age. This normally solves the issue.
Please note that all dogs after being 3 months of age can have a UTI or could also have Diabetes. Which can be the cause of the dog's peeing inside the house.
When a dog pees inside your place please immediately clean it up, with something that will not leave the smell of his own feces.
Always have your dog tethered to you, during the stages of potty training, so you can catch your dog in the act.
Your other option is to keep them separated to one part of the house, so that you manage the situation.
This way you know if the dog is going to be in the same spot every time, you will at least know where that exact spot is.
I hope this has been helpful, of course if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.