Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Training Tip: Potty Training Your Dog

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Did you decide your family is ready for a dog? Has your dog been potty trained? Potty training a dog is easiest when they are young puppies. With adult dogs and older puppies, you often have an uphill battle because they have established many habits that they have to unlearn. In this installment, we will go over how to potty train your new puppy.


The key to success is the timing of IN and OUT. Young puppies take in food or water and usually within 15 or 30 minutes, they pee or #2 it out. So your job is to get the puppy to where you want him to be in time for that “out” moment. Cleanup will definitely be a part of the potty training process so be sure to be prepared with the right potty training accessories. To help pet parents balance a busy schedule with training a new pet, Hartz Mountain Corporation, is introducing Hartz Home Protection Training Pads to help keep households mess and odor free while you are away at work.

The average American parent spends nine hours a day on work or work related activities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. Oftentimes, pet parents can’t find enough hours in the day to dedicate to parenting their pet. Here are a few tips to help you succeed in housebreaking your pet while keeping up with your busy life.

To help new pet owners successfully conquer housebreaking, Dr. Fernyhough is offering the “3-C’s” every new pet parent should know:

  1. Containment: While you are at work, don’t let your puppy rule the house. Make sure to keep him in a small area with a training pad. By creating this small space for your puppy, pets will learn the places they are allowed to go without having access to places they are not. In addition, animals usually don’t urinate and defecate where they sleep, so they will be more conscious about doing so in smaller places.
  2. Consistency: Follow a consistent schedule seven days a week through “puppyhood” to create a routine for your new pet. This can be difficult for new pet parents with varying schedules and conflicts, but planning ahead helps you stay on schedule and provide your pet with repetitive training.
  3. Cues: Be alert of your pet’s behavior. While it may take a while for you to learn your pet’s ways and for them to learn yours, often your pet will tell you when it is time for them to eliminate. Some animals will sit by the door, scratch at the door or begin sniffing around the house, so take notice of what your dog is trying to tell you so that you are alert and can counteract any bad behaviors before they happen.

“Hartz Home Protection Training Pads are also convenient for busy pet parents who don’t always have time to walk their dog, even

beyond the training phase,” says Dr. Fernyhough. “Hartz Home Protection Training Pads will give new pet

parents peace of mind when leaving their furry friend home alone.” To hear more of what Dr. Fernyhough has to say check out her interview on the Balancing Act.

If your new puppy has lots of accidents while you are away at work, then check out our new video highlighting Hartz Home Protection Training Pads. With 12 hours of protection, the pads are constructed to last well beyond the average eight-hour work day. Check it out here!

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