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QWhat is an effective way to potty train a puppy?

Original Question: "What is the best way to train a puppy to go to the bathroom outside?" - Lucas


Vet Certified Answer | Answered: December 14, 2017

Hi Lucas,

Crate training with positive reinforcement is an effective option. To simply explain crate training, when you are not home or awake, your puppy is in the crate. Every few hours, you take them right outside to use the bathroom and offer a reward or high-value treat. They don't need to live in the crate but after being loose for a little while, put them back in the crate for a time and then repeat the process of taking them out again. Keep in mind, each puppy is different and this may not work for every puppy or some may take a little longer than others to become completely house broken.

All the best,

Dr. Ryan Llera


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