Potty Training in an Apartment


Potty training can be a difficult task. Living in an apartment increases the difficulty.

It’s important to respond promptly when your puppy needs to potty, and if you live in an area where you don’t have quick access to a grassy area this can be a real problem.

You must get it right the first time, if a puppy isn’t potty trained well, fixing the problem will become exponentially more difficult. 

The dogs are often the ones blamed for failing to potty train correctly, but, more often than not, the owners are at fault. That’s why you need a plan and a strategy before you start the potty training process.

There is hope however, dogs living in apartments can and do get potty trained well. It’s all a matter of understanding and meeting their needs.

Routine

The first and most important thing is a routine. Every potty training puppy should have a routine but is doubly important for apartment dwellers.

Ideally, you should have potty breaks scheduled every three hours. You can stretch it to four hours, but to give your puppy the best chance of success, three is better.

Once you have a schedule in place, make sure that your puppy stays on the schedule no matter what.

Feed your puppy once in the morning, and once at night. (remember, puppies need to pee approximately ten minutes after eating. Make sure you account for that in the schedule. 

Crate Train

Crates tend to get a bad rap. However, if they’re used properly they are an amazing tool for potty training. 

If your puppy sleeps in their crate, then it will be uncomfortable for them to sleep next to their mess. That provides natural consequences and makes it less likely that they will continue.

Use a Grass Pad

Grass pads are like potty pads made of fresh grass so that your puppy connects the concept of grass with a place to go potty. They can help a puppy in an apartment by providing grass in an easily accessible place.

Grass pads aren’t necessary for potty training, but they can help. If you are having trouble bringing your puppy outside on time it can provide another tool to work with.

If you do decide to use them, you can either use faux grass and wash it or use a subscription service for fresh grass.

 

Stick to your routine, and offer your puppy the correct tools for success. If you do that, they will potty train, whether they’re in an apartment or not.