Residing in an apartment with a new puppy requires overcoming a lot of challenges. However, according to a survey conducted by Rent.com, almost 58 percent of pet-owning renters have dogs. If you’re the happy new parent of a four-legged friend, learning how to potty train a puppy in your apartment is entirely possible! Here’s how to potty train a puppy in an apartment.
Repetition Is Key
Take your pup out as often as possible. Young puppies cannot hold their bodily functions beyond a certain timeframe. Utilize rewards and repetition by constantly taking your dog outside. This also gives him more opportunities to behave correctly and you more chances of positively reinforcing good behavior.
If you catch your pup relieving himself indoors, clap your hands to distract him and then take him outside to pee. When he’s finished, reward him with a treat or verbal praise, even if he had gone on your living room carpet before going outside.
Monitor your puppy closely for any signs that she needs to relieve herself. Common behaviors include sniffing around a specific area. When you notice these signals, take your puppy out immediately or place her on a puppy pad.
Crates are meant to be safe harbors for puppies to snooze and relax. Put your young dog inside a crate when you’re at work, running errands, or out and about on the town. Give him a treat when he’s inside and take him out as often as possible, even if this means hiring a dog walker. Dogs don’t like urinating where they sleep, but your pup will obviously do so if he’s crated for too long.
Crate training a puppy in an apartment means repetition, reward, and taking him out as often as possible.