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Everyone in the house will be so excited to bring a new puppy home.  Reality hits once everyone realizes that it may take a team effort to train the dog with patience and love.  Potty training your dog is one of the first tasks, and this alone will call on your to muster up all the patience and effort you have.  The biggest question new owners ask all the time is how to potty train a puppy.

If you are trying to potty train your puppy too soon, you’ll probably realize it.  You will not have much luck until the puppy is around 2 months old.  An important consideration in training your puppy is that you need to establish a routine that will help teach the puppy when it is time to go outside and potty.

Determine how often you think your puppy needs to go out.  Establish a time range like every 30 minutes or every 45 minutes.  Then stick to your schedule to train your puppy.  As they grow older, the time between potty outings can grow farther apart.  It’s also a good idea to take the dog out before a meal so that you are not interrupted for a potty break during your meal.

Setting up a routine and sticking with it is the quickest and easiest way to get your puppy potty trained.  Training without a schedule can be a frustrating, fiasco.  The sooner your puppy is in a routine, the better off your puppy will be.

Some people feel that establishing a routine is just too excessive.  The reality is that it is a fairly simple thing to do, and it will help get your puppy trained.  It is the best way for your puppy to learn.  Just like potty training a child, your puppy will need to see and complete the process a number of times before it actually “clicks” that going outside means time to potty.

If your puppy refuses to go outside try your best to figure out the problem.  The first thing the dog has to learn to do is potty outside, not inside.  Once that is mastered you can begin to work on other puppy issues, like barking. Keep up and be persistent. In doing so, you will learn how to house break a puppy.