- Take them to the same spot again and again while potty training them, this way they’ll smell their potty from the times before and will go a lot quicker than just wandering around the yard forever and then deciding to go.
- Cut off their food and water a couple hours before putting them in their crate for the night, then take them out right before you go to bed, cutting their food and water off a while before bed will reduce the chance of pottying in the middle of the night in their crate. If they wake up and need to go potty I would recommend taking them out because they’re telling you they need to go. Most 8 week old puppies can hold it and get up only once in the middle of the night between 10pm and 5am.
- If you catch them pottying in the act then show it to them and take them outside to show them that’s where they go. Don’t spank them and put them in their crate for a great length of time, that causes them to have a negative feeling about going to their crate and that’s not the impression you want to create about their sleeping area because it will be view to them as a negative place to go. If you just find potty on the floor and didn’t see it happen, wipe it up and go on because they have no clue what you’re annoyed with, they’ve already moved on.
- Be consistent. Take them out every hour or so to get them in the habit of going out and pottying. If they have just eaten or drank a bunch of water I would take them out soon after.
- If you find poop on the floor or catch them doing it, pick it up and put it outside in their “potty spot” this way you are showing them right where their potty is supposed to go. This will reinforce pottying outside.
It is not uncommon for a young puppy to develop a bladder or urinary tract infection during the potty training period as they are learning to hold their urine and expand their bladder. It is more common in females throughout their lives simply due to the location of the vulva as it sits on the ground any time the female is sitting down, easy access for bacteria and infection. A male is less likely to develop one because the penis is on the tummy and isn’t as easy for bacteria to enter. If your puppy develops a bladder/urinary tract infection you will need to get an antibiotic from your vet, typically amoxicillin or if they’re older a stronger antibiotic called baytril. A very effective and cheap form of treatment or help even when on an antibiotic is cranberry juice. It neutralizes the acidity of the urine and prevents the development of additional bacteria.