Stuff you should know!
Potty training your dog is a very easy process once you get started with the proper technique. Unfortunately you will be exposed to a lot of bad advice that might make training actually more difficult.
- Never ever hit your dog to try to potty train him, it will make him distrust you (no, hitting with a newspaper is also not acceptable).
- Never yell at your dog, it will just confuse him
- Never isolate the puppy in a small room where he is forced to "do his business" in the same area where he sleeps.
Do NOT send your dog away to a farm
Some will try to convince you to send your dog to a farm for potty training (these establishments are also called dog training schools). Sending your dog to a farm will separate him from you. For your dog, you are his family, his pack, and this may cause profound anxiety. At a farm your dog will not learn how to be a house dog, a member of your family, because at a farm, there is no house and there is no family. At best, your dog will learn to be a farm animal, at worse, he will be caged, chained and sometimes even physically abused.
Potty training should always be done in the same environment where the dog will live. This is especially true because a young dog needs the time to bond with his family and socialize. These can only be done when the dog lives with a family and as part of that family.