This is the official first article of Puppy Tips! Okay, so you just got your puppy home, and you don’t know what to do. This little thing is peeing and pooping everywhere. What in the world do you do?! The best advice I can give you is do NOT get mad. I know a lot of y’all have raised dogs and might say “oh well you should shove their noses in their mess and yell at it then throw it outside”. DO NOT DO THAT! By doing that, you are terrifying your puppy and also giving it attention. Even “bad” attention will reinforce the behavior. Because it is just a pup it doesn’t know the difference between “good” attention and “bad” attention, it’s all just attention. This will be a common lesson throughout this page.
So now you’re probably going “well okay Sydney then what the heck do I do”. My answer to that is do nothing. If you catch your puppy in the act, pick it up, and take it outside to the grass and make sure it doesn’t need to go potty anymore. Stay out there for 10-15 minutes and then go back inside and clean up the mess. If you have a fenced yard just stick them out there while you’re cleaning things up, but whatever you do, do not make a big deal about it.
At this point you might be confused how doing these steps might help your puppy learn to go potty outside. Well, by picking them up and putting them outside you are reinforcing that outside is the place to go potty. Although it may be frustrating, do not blame the puppy. It isn’t their fault. Puppies need to go potty when they wake up, right after eating or drinking, right after playing, and in addition every 15-20 minutes when they are awake. This may get annoying very fast (trust me I have been there) but all in all it really is the best way to teach them that going potty outside is normal.
Me and Dawson (the CEO of OKLH) got a miniature Australian Shepherd named Memphis in May of 2021 and by July of the same year she was completely house-trained. She was only 4-5 months old. This method takes a lot of patience (A LOT) and you will get frustrated a lot. In the end though, you have to acknowledge that you signed up for this struggle and that it will get better. For us it only took 2 months, which may sound like a long time but compared to others I have seen that took months on end or years, 2 months seems like nothing. So, for those of you who have just gotten a new puppy or for those of you who are thinking of getting a new puppy I hope you will consider using this method. It doesn’t traumatize your puppy and you get fast results!