Potty Training – Potty Training Your New Puppy
Hi Kat here from Standing Stone Kennels and
we get this question a lot.
How do I potty train my new puppy?
We also get the question a lot.
How do I keep my puppy from playing with all
my baby and kids toys?
So, we have a new puppy named Fox, she’s eight
weeks old as well as we have a new baby.
He’s three and a half months old.
So, we thought what better time to shoot this
video than now?
So, a couple of things that I wanted to mention
as far as potty training goes with a puppy.
So, Fox is eight weeks old and we actually
have been struggling a little bit with potty
training with her and that’s due to a couple
First of all, when we came home with her from
the breeder, she um, wasn’t used to going
outside in the cold because she was up from
Wisconsin where it’s really cold out and she
came home to here where we were having a blizzard
and it was really cold.
So, she was going out to potty but didn’t
want to go out for very long.
So, that was one issue that we were running
into as well as, um, like I mentioned before,
we have a new baby.
So, slightly distracted when she comes inside,
she’s running around, you get distracted by
a baby or a phone call, you turn around and
there she is pooping on the floor.
So, believe me, it happens to everyone and
they are puppies and it’s not necessarily
a good thing but it is to be expected.
A couple accidents will happen.
So, now we are going to try and set Fox up
for success as well as ourselves up for success.
Um, if she continues this conditioning process
of I go outside I pee, I come inside, I poop,
then we’re going to have this problem, um,
for much longer than just the few weeks while
we get adjusted to our new, um, house her
new house and our new routine.
So we’re not going to let her condition this
behavior any longer, which is going to make
us have to come up with a more structured
A couple of things that we’re going to do
is, one, we’re going to monitor when she eats
and when she drinks.
Um, usually what goes in fairly quickly has
to come out with a puppy.
So during breakfast she gets an opportunity
to eat and drink.
Then we need to go out and go potty right
away and we monitor what that looks like.
If she goes out and pees a giant lake, most
likely she’s going to have to go potty again
Um, if she goes out pees, a huge lake, you
come in, you play around for a little bit,
goes out and peas just a little bit.
She’s probably about to the point where she’s
emptied her bladder.
So that’s definitely something to keep in
mind is monitoring when they eat and when
they drink, that’s going to coincide with
when they need to go out and potty.
Another thing that we’re going to do to set
Fox up for success is every time she comes
out of her crate we go outside to go potty.
That means whether she’s napping, whether
she’s been in there for just a little bit
after playtime, anytime she comes out of that
crate, we go out to potty.
Even if she’s only been in her crate for a
few minutes, and I’ll explain why she may
only be in her crate for a few minutes here
in a minute.
So,, that’s another thing to keep in mind.
Every time she comes out of her crate, she
goes out and goes potty.
Then the next thing I mentioned, hey, we’ve
got a new baby and life happens and you get
So, it’s really easy to lose track of time.
And like I mentioned before, puppies have
fairly small bladders, so they’re not going
to be able to hold it for very long.
So in order to set her up for success, we’re
going to actually set a timer.
I’m going to start with about 15 minutes.
So, she goes out, goes to the bathroom, comes
I set the timer for 15 minutes, then it’s
another potty break and we’re going to eventually
be able to extend that amount of time longer
But while we’re trying to fix some of these
naughty pottying in the house habits as well
as her bladder is still developing, we’re
going to set it for a fairly short amount
of time as well as that will allow us not
to get distracted and forget that we haven’t
taken her out for a little bit of time.
So, those are some main things that we’re
going to do to help build on this potty training
and build success with Fox.
Next we’re going to talk about playing with
puppy toys and baby toys.
And I will have a great opportunity to explain
some of that here in a minute because I know
as soon as we go out and go potty, she’s going
to come in and want to start playing with
some of those baby toys that we’ve got out.
So, I will explain that in a minute.
So, first we’re going to get her out of her
crate to go potty.
Um, it’s important too that your puppy comes
out and goes outside on their own, if at all
That way they can learn where they need to
go to show you that they need to go potty.
So, come on Fox.
Wake up this way.
So, I’m going to get her attention.
And we’re going to go to the door to go outside.
Come on baby
So we’re going to help her go down the stairs.
Come on, come on baby.
At a girl.
She’s doing the stairs by herself, which is
We’re going to ask her to go potty.
I didn’t want to distract her while she was
going potty though.
Come on in.
So, I didn’t want to distract her when she
was going potty by telling her good girl.
I wanted her to fully empty her bladder before
I said anything to her.
But I did want to reward her for doing a good
job and going potty outside because if you
distract them, she may not fully empty her
So, we’re going to come in here and I’m sure
that she’s going to see some of the baby toys
that we’ve got out.
Come on girl, come on in.
She usually, usually runs right for some of
the baby toys.
But we’re inside.
I’m going to set my timer again.
I almost forgot.
I almost got distracted because I’m talking
to you guys and I’m starting my 15 minute
And now we’ve got the puppy toys or the baby
So, she immediately grabs a, baby toy, which
is not to be um, unexpected.
Like I mentioned, that’s probably what she’s
going to do.
At a girl come here, Fox.
So, first things first, I’m not going to get
mad at her.
I want her to be a great little retriever
when she gets older and I don’t want her to
think that she can’t bring something to me
or she’s going to be in trouble or um, that
she’s doing something naughty.
She doesn’t know the difference between baby
toys and puppy toys.
So, I am going to pick up the baby toys
Which is what we recommend.
Pick up the baby toys, get them out of the
way when it’s puppy play time.
Then we’re going to go get the puppy toys.
Here ya go.
So we got a whole pile of puppy toys out here
for her to pick and choose from.
These are all things that are okay for her
to play with.
So, we’re going to let her play with these.
If she goes after another baby toy that I
might’ve missed getting picked up, I’m going
to trade her.
Basically give her one of the puppy toys that
it is okay to play with.
But I just wanted to show you this as an example.
So, this, this little guy right here, isn’t
This is a baby toy.
It crinkles like a puppy toy.
It’s plush like a puppy toy.
There’s no way that this is a realistic expectation
of Fox knowing that this is not an okay toy
to play with.
And this one that also crinkles and is plush
is a puppy toy and is okay to play with.
So, have realistic expectations.
She’s a puppy.
She’s not going to know the difference between
a baby toy and a puppy toy that are almost
exactly the same.
So, don’t get mad at your puppy for playing
with kids and baby toys.
Pick up the baby toys if at all possible.
And um, get the puppy toys out when it’s puppy
Now Aiden’s really small, still.
He’s only three and a half months old, so
it’s definitely, um, something that he’s not
scattering his toys all over the place yet.
He’s also not moving around much, so he’s
not playing with the puppy and the puppy’s
not playing with him yet, just because I don’t
want her to accidentally hurt him.
With her sharp little puppy teeth or nails
because he is pretty little still at this
So, I’m going to go put this little baby toy
But giving her the opportunity to play with
the toys that we do let her play with is good.
So she’s got all these options.
Oh, so exciting.
And this is just pretty much free play time.
We’re not doing any training sessions.
Um, puppies need playtime as well as training
So, right now we’re just playing and watching
her because even though she has just gone
out to Potty, there’s an opportunity that
she might need to go again or she might need
Even though I know she’s recently gone to
the bathroom, um, outside pooped outside.
So, we should be okay for the time being.
Um, but again, I want to be paying attention
and not saying, oh, you’ll just play in here
and I’ll go fold the laundry in the bedroom
or I will go work on the computer because
I’ll be distracted.
And it’s important that we’re conditioning
good behaviors in the house, whether that’s
not going potty, um, or not chewing on things
that she’s not supposed to.
And if I’m not here to watch her, I’m not
able to redirect her focus to something that
she does need to be doing.
Um, instead of chewing on the leg of the coffee
table or something.
So paying attention to her while she is out
Our life happens.
It’s easy to get distracted and stop paying
attention even for just a minute.
And that’s when sometimes those potty accidents
or naughty behaviors happen.
Now she is just an eight week old puppy.
So, we haven’t worked a lot on any other training
Um, but people ask a lot of times, am I going
to have to keep picking my baby toys up forever?
Well, not necessarily.
Um, it’s always nice to eliminate some of
those distractions for a puppy, but as she
gets older and our expectations increase for
her, you won’t have to pick up all the baby
toys all the time.
She’ll be able to go lay on her dog bed, place
We’ll teach her how to do that first with
Then we’ll condition that using um, the caller
to caller, condition her to stay on a dog
bed so that when she comes out and is part
of the family, she can just go hang out on
a dog bed while Aiden would be out playing
with his baby toys, crawling around, walking
around, that sort of thing, which are all
things that we’re definitely going to have
to work on.
Um, not only do we have to puppy proof some
things, but when Aiden starts moving around,
we’re definitely gonna have to start baby
proofing some things in this house, so things
to look forward to.
But she’s just playing and I can play with
Do you want to play with this one?
Oh yeah, yeah.
Oh, watch my hand girly.
So, she grabbed my hand instead of the toy
and she does have sharp puppy teeth.
It was an accident though.
She was gone for the toy so we can play a
At a girl, a little bit of tug.
Good puppy, good puppy, good.
Give her some attention and love.
You’re the star of the show there Fox.
What do you want to do?
What about this one?
The duck is a favorite.
As you can see.
It’s um, been through a few puppies.
There’s definitely some wear and tear on it,
but it’s still a good toy.
Yeah, yeah, good job, oh yeah.
Good job, good.
So, we do play a little bit of tug with our
A lot of people say, hey, I’ve heard that
tug of war is a bad thing to teach your puppies,
especially if you’ve got a bird dog, um, that
they’re gonna fight you for birds and things
This is not something that we’ve experienced
really a puppy that doesn’t want to give up
birds, but we’ve noticed that playing tug
can build a really strong natural hold with
our puppies as well as puppies want to play
that game with you.
They want to play this tug game.
She’s having fun and this is definitely a
game that she can’t necessarily play by herself.
So if she wants to play this game with us,
she has to bring the object back to us, which
can help with retrieving.
Go get it.
At a girl, she was like, maybe I’ll just pounce
on it over here.
Come on, bring it here.
So, we can start building on some of the behaviors
that we are going to out of our puppy as they
Um, everything that we want our puppy to do
as an adult, we can start developing.
Some of those behaviors as a puppy, which
includes not biting, not going to the bathroom
in the house, not jumping up on us.
And um, even some of these retrieving behaviors
in a young puppy like this without it being
necessarily a structured training session.
At a girl.
Good, good girl.
So I’m just opening her mouth because I can
do that pretty easily as a puppy to get the
So that we can throw it again.
Throw it again.
Good, yeah, yeah.
Tug a little bit more.
Ah, rolly polly.
So I’m going to let her play a little bit
more with her toys.
She’s so excited about playing with her toys
that she hasn’t even noticed that Aiden is
napping in his baby swing.
But she’s being a good girl just hanging out,
playing with her toys.
While she’s playing, I’m going to go ahead
and grab some water, but I’m still gonna keep
an eye on her.
She thinks she’s going to follow me.
So if she tries to get distracted or go someplace
that, um, I can’t keep an eye on her.
I will go ahead and call her back to me.
Distracted by the camera man.
You’re a silly little puppy, aren’t ya?
Good girl, good.
We also have some little treats for her if
she wants to lay down and chew on one of those.
These are just some small puppy size pork
Hey pup, pup, pup.
She’s like, oh and I’m distracted by my puppy
She’s not ready to settle down.
I thought she might be, but she can play with
her toys, but I’ve got treats in case she
decides that she does want to lay down and
chew on a treat.
Oh, you’re crazy.
You found a squeaker in that one, Huh?
How about we play with this one?
It doesn’t have a squeaker.
Good, good girl.
So, we try and play with puppy toys that don’t
necessarily have squeakers in them.
Which is really hard to find puppy toys that
don’t have squeakers.
This one I found, actually at Walmart, I can’t
find it anywhere else.
But it has a rope toy that runs through it
and a bunch of crinkle material and it’s got
a plush head, but absolutely no squeaker.
When I find them, they don’t always have them
at Walmart, but when I find them I ended up
buying as many as they have on the shelf because
we go through them pretty quick with all these
And it’s nice to have them on hand because
most other toys do have squeakers and we try
and avoid letting puppies squeak on the toys
because we are trying to develop hunting dogs.
Birds squeak, just like some of these toys
And if they get in the habit of squeaking
their toys and realize that bird squeak, they
can become a little bit hard mouth when it
comes to retrieving.
So, if she starts finding that squeaker every
time she gets that toy and is squeaking it,
squeaking it, squeaking it, she’s conditioning
So, at that point we would actually take away
There’s our timer, so that means it’s time
to go out.
Come on Fox.
You’re going to bring your toy with you.
Come on, let’s go.
Bring it with then.
I’m actually going to take her toy while we
go outside so that she’s not distracted and
then we’re going to go out.
It’s super windy out today.
Good girl Fox.
So again, I didn’t distract her while she
was going potty.
Didn’t distract her while she was going potty
so that she could take care of all her business
And we’re off to inside play again.
Lots of toys to play with.
Again, set your timer
for another 15 minutes so that you don’t get
Fox… pup, pup, pup, pup, pup.
The camera person is super distracting.
That would be Ethan because he looks like
what he’s got is a lot of fun to play with
Rolly polly on her pile toys.
So if she starts chewing on the couch cause
she was right there chewing on her toys.
I’m going to try and redirect that, focus
back to her toys and not let her chew on couches
because couches are not puppy toys and they
should not even be able to be confused as
Where as baby toys sometimes can.
Play a little tug.
Good girl, good girl.
Not the most graceful, but she is a puppy
So, while she’s playing I just wanted to take
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