Puppy potty training is easy if you have ready access to a backyard or an open space where you can take your dog out to do his business. But if you live in a high-rise apartment in the heart of a busy city, you will have to find creative ways on how to go about puppy potty training.
It’s quite easy if your dog is of a small breed. You just have to provide him with a litterbox in one corner of the apartment and teach him to go there when the need arises. It is usually safe to let your dog use this system even until he becomes an adult. With larger dogs though, this probably is not the best approach.
Regardless of the size of your dog, litterbox training or paper training is still the first step that you have to take. Introduce him to the litterbox by using encouraging words, praise and treats. Don’t force him though — let him get acquainted with the box at his own pace.
If after a couple of days, your dog still seems reluctant to go into the litterbox, you may want to try changing the kind of litter in the box. Some dogs will have a natural aversion to some types of litter so you may have to experiment a little in order to find one that he finds acceptable.
It would also be advisable to protect your floor from the potential mess of scattered litter. Just lay down some paper or matting around the litterbox and you should be fine. If your dog lifts his leg to pee, you might also find that putting a section of a plastic bin around the side will help in protecting your walls.
During the initial stages of your puppy potty training, make sure that you clean the litterbox after each time the dog uses it. Once the dog becomes familiar with the box and its purpose, you can lessen the cleaning to once per day. You should also clean the litterbox entirely at least once a month — empty it and wash it thoroughly with soap and water.
As mentioned earlier, with smaller breeds, using a litterbox as a permanent puppy potty training option is perfectly fine. One of the downsides is that when your dog does not know any other place to potty, you may encounter difficulties when you take him to other places, such as on a vacation.
Another possible disadvantages of the litterbox puppy potty training method is that the dog may not be getting enough exercise, unlike when you take him out for walks to do his business. To remedy this problem, make sure you bring your dog out from time to time for a little outdoor exercise.