INTERRUPT THEM AND TAKE THEM TO THE CORRECT POTTY SPOT
When a puppy is roaming free in the house, they must always be supervised so that they can be instantly corrected should they decide to go potty in the wrong spot. If this happens, simply pick them up, say "Oops!", and then take them directly to their potty spot to finish their poop or pee.
If they don't finish their potty, but you suspect they still have to go, return them to their no-mistake zone to ensure they don't make a mess in the wrong spot again. Then make a point to take them to their correct potty spot again within 5-10 minutes to finish their potty - this strategy also frees you up to attend to other things and not worry if your puppy makes a mess when you're not attending to them.
NOTE: Never punish a puppy for making a potty mistake. If you punish your puppy for doing something as natural as going to the bathroom, they will only learn that you are unpredictable and that it's not okay to go to the toilet in front of you.
Often, the fallout from punishment is that a puppy learns to get sneakier about when and where they decide to go potty. They also learn they can't always trust you.
If your puppy goes potty in the wrong spot on your watch, you need to examine how to refine your potty training methods and do better supervising them the next time!
Signs Your Puppy Needs The Toilet
THE TWO MAIN DEAD GIVE-AWAYS
There are two tell-tale signs that a puppy may have to potty:
- If a puppy dips their nose to the floor and wanders away from where the activity is happening in the house.
- Circling in one spot.
Puppies want to be near their family, so if you see them start to wander off--unless they are thirsty and seeking water--it's a definite sign they are looking for a potty spot. They should be taken to their toilet right away when either of these events starts to happen.
Rewards For A Job Well Done
MAKE A HABIT OF LAVISHLY REWARDING YOUR PUPPY WITH PRAISE AND TREATS WHEN THEY GO IN THE RIGHT SPOT!