How to Potty Train a Puppy in an apartment or condo

Easy. adopt an adult pet dog who’s already potty trained! That’s what I did the first time around anyway!

OK, but seriously. It’s absolutely affordable to adopt a puppy if you live in an apartment. It’s not about where you live. It’s about how much time you can commit to that pet.

Potty training a puppy in an apartment or condo does have a few challenges though.

Mainly, it’s often a long ways to the potty area, so it’s harder to get your puppy outside quickly.

It takes a lot a lot more time to regularly let the puppy outside when you live on, say, the 20th floor. It’s not like you can just open the door and plop the puppy down on the grass. That being said, you can still make it work.

Tips for potty training a puppy in an apartment

1. Potty train the puppy in an apartment or condo the same way you would potty train a puppy in a house.

You can read the details about that here, but the basics are:

– let the puppy out often (like, every 45 minutes when he’s not in a kennel).

– Supervise in any way times when he’s not in a kennel by keeping him on a leash. a lot more on that here.

– use a kennel or gated area when you can’t supervise.

2. carry the puppy to the potty area.

If you live in an apartment, it makes sense to carry your puppy down the hall and down the stairs for the first couple of weeks to stop the puppy from going potty on the way outside.

I asked professional pet dog trainer Jill Morstad about this, and she said:

“Yes, the very young puppy will do best if the owner snaps the leash on and then carries the pup from the apartment or condo to the outside door.

“Even though I live in a ranch house—no stairs except to the basement—I’ll open the crate door and snap the leash on ideal there, then scoop up the young pup and carry them through the kitchen to the back door.”

She said a puppy won’t be able to “hold it” while you go from indoors to outdoors until they’re a few weeks “older and wiser.”

3. skip the indoor potty pads or newspapers.

I’m really against indoor puppy potty pads, fake lawn and those types of products. You can read a lot more about my opinion on that here.

Sure, there are always exceptions, but ultimately if you do not want your future adult pet dog going potty in the apartment or condo then it’s best to avoid training your puppy to go potty in your apartment.

Morstad is not in favor of puppy pads or “paper breaking” either.

“A pet dog learns by association, and if you allow him to do his tasks in the house—even on pads or on newspaper—you are in effect teaching the pet dog to potty in the house.”

She said any healthy pup eight weeks of age or older can go outside, even in cold weather.

“You take him out just long enough to do his duties.”

A few additional ideas:

Ignore all accidents. Just get him out quicker next time.
Use highly valued food rewards every single time your puppy goes potty outside. Like, real chicken or bits of hamburger or steak.
Don’t be lazy. Laziness is probably the main issue with potty training problems.

That’s about all there is to it! For a lot more info, you may want to read my post on potty training an adult pet dog here.

Now I want to hear from you.

Have you ever potty trained a puppy in an apartment? Ce ai facut?

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