Leo vs Potty Training Pt. 1
Remember the endless articles I mentioned in the first post? About half of them were related to potty training. The gist of the articles combined was consistency, routine, controlled water intake, and endless potty breaks, so that’s what we set out to do.
Our plan was to take Leo out immediately after meals and about every hour that he was awake. Every time we took him out, we set him in the same potty spot so he would smell his own scent and eliminate there again. As soon as he would eliminate, we would give him a treat and quite literally throw a party. If anyone would’ve have told me a few months ago I would jump for joy and cheer when my puppy squatted, I would’ve laughed at the thought of it. Well, here I am now, cheering, “Good boy, Leo! We are SO proud of you!”
A major challenge (other than the fact that our entire apartment is carpeted) we have in taking Leo out is the length of the walk from our front door to Leo’s potty spot. We live smack dab in the middle of our apartment building on the top floor, meaning the farthest apartment from the elevator. Awesome, right? Because of that, we carry Leo from our apartment and don’t set him down until we are at the potty spot. He doesn’t seem to mind. I think he likes being in our arms. We’ll see how this goes as he puts on the pounds.
When inside, we watched Leo like a hawk. He didn’t leave our sight, unless he was in the crate. If we were in the living room, we would blockade him in with us so we could grab him if he was about to squat, and as a way to get him used to his leash, we would also keep him tethered to us if we were in the kitchen or elsewhere.
We must be really lucky with Leo because, so far, potty training hasn’t really been the nightmare some articles and people made it seem to be (I’m knocking on wood as I type this!). Of course we’ve had accidents, but not an exhausting amount.
Look out for Leo vs Potty Training Pt. 2 in the next few weeks!