If your small dog is proving to be a challenge to potty train, start it on a simple routine. Since small dogs have small bladders, frequently take your dog outside to a designated space. Encourage it to toilet using command words and reward it with verbal praise or treats when it successfully goes. Be consistent in your expectations and your dog will soon get the hang of toileting in the appropriate place.
- Keep in mind that all breeds are different and your small dog is an individual. Some dogs pick up potty training quickly while others need more practice.
- If your dog is still a puppy, you can start the training process right away, but remember that puppies under 8 weeks old have poor bladder control and won’t be able to get it down perfectly until they’re older.
- Be in the habit of letting the dog toilet first thing when you go outside. Then let your dog go for a walk or play once it’s finished.
- First thing in the morning
- Right before bed at night
- After being in a crate
- After meals or drinking
- For example, if you usually take your dog outside after meals, but forget to one day, your dog may have an accident because it’s used to going at a set time.