What’s the secret trick that makes potty training a puppy easy? “Consistency!” Semel says. “It really helps to have a schedule and keep track of everything — not in your head, but on paper, computer or even your phone.”
There are no shortcuts when it comes to teaching your pup this new behavior, and organization will be key in the process. “You should record frequency, duration of the walk and even the accidents, as it will help identify a pattern,” Semel explains.
Feeding your pup at the same time each day will help cement their walk schedule. (Keep in mind, they may need to eat two to three times a day.) “I suggest walks or trips to a wee wee pad within one minute of waking up from a nap, and 10 minutes after food, water or any major activity,” Semel says. “Be very hawkeyed! Monitor food and water consumption, as what goes in, must come out.”