Thoughts of a home with puddles and messes in every corner make one cringe.
But remember a puppy is like a little baby.
He can't control his bowels or bladder for very long and it would be unreasonable to expect too much.
Give potty training at least two weeks.
Be patient or you might have bigger problems later.
If you buy a puppy, buy from a responsible breeder who has already started potty training.
Your attitude is one of the most important ingredients in house training your dog.
Your puppy does not know what is wrong.
If there is a mistake tell him "no" but do not discipline too severely.
You only want him to know that you are displeased, you do not want the pup to feel that you are the source of pain.
When the pup has done well, pat him, praise him, let the dog know that you are very pleased.
The pup will want to do things that please you.
Affection and praise as a reward for proper response - "no" signaling displeasure and guidance to show the dog what you do want.
Don't get restless and mad if he doesn't understand you for the first few days.
He would take some time to grasp your instructions and understand the importance of going outdoors to potty.
Remember it is entirely your responsibility to keep an eye on your puppy's potty habits before he really masters the trade.
Within two to three days, most dogs will be able to "control themselves" for eight hours during the night.
You must keep in mind that your daytime schedule will need to be somewhat flexible.
By paying attention to your dog, you will learn his nap requirements.
Your dog will learn "the routine" and you will both have a schedule that you can live with.
It's important to keep your puppy on a schedule.
Feed him at the same time every day, and try to get up and go to bed close to the same time every day while he's being potty trained.
While you're potty training, feed your pup at least four hours before bedtime, and remove his water two hours before bedtime.
Take your puppy to potty after every meal as well as the first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, every time he wakes up from a nap, after an active play session, and in the wee hours of the morning if you hear him moving around.
Take him on a leash to the place you want him to use-that will teach him to use that spot, Keep your puppy's potty place clean-pick up feces every day.
You don't like to step in it, and neither does he.
Puppies do have accidents.
If he smells waste odors, he'll think he's found the toilet.
It's very important to remove all trace of odor from any place your pup potties.
An inexpensive alternative for urine odor is a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water.
If you don't have the time or patience to potty train a puppy, then adopt or buy an older puppy or adult dog that is already potty trained.