Puppies can be irresistible additions to any household. But, like all babies, they need to be potty trained. If you work long hours, learning how to potty train a puppy can be difficult, since consistency is critical. Here are some tips on how to potty train a puppy when you’re at work.
Create a Space
Put together a small gated area for your pup measuring three by five feet, where he can be confined. This should be on an area that is easy to clean and cannot be ruined by accidents, such as the kitchen tile. Cover the floor with several layers of newspaper or puppy pads to contain any accidents the young dog might have while you’re gone. Put a soft bed in one corner where the pup can sleep. It should be made of a comfy fabric that is easily washable.
Consistency Is Key
First thing in the morning and first thing when you get home from work, take the puppy out. You should also be taking her out before bedtime and keeping her on a routine feeding schedule. Puppies will need to defecate five to 30 minutes after they eat, so a routine eating schedule is critical.
Consider hiring a dog walker for the time that you are at work. This will greatly help your puppy with his sense of routine and prevent him from having to eliminate when you are gone.
When you get home from work, closely watch your puppy for any signs that she needs to go out, including whining or sniffing around in a specific area. Immediately carry her outside and praise her when she uses the proper spot.
Despite having a busy lifestyle, setting a routine for your puppy is important. Teach your puppy to go to the bathroom on pads when you are at work and make your life, and his, so much easier.