1. Choose an area in your home to set your puppys "room" up in. This should be a central place where the puppy can feel "part of your pack". We recommend using an ex-pen (exercise pen), we have them in stock here for your to purchase with your puppy.
You can locate the ex-pen anywhere in your house on any type of flooring by laying down a small piece of linoleum or tarp that you can purchase from Lowes or Home Depot, or a local flooring business. You may think tile is acceptable, but please remember that if you do not have a complete seal on your tile floor, the urine can seep into the grout.
The Ex-Pen can be set up in various shapes, our favorite is a 4x4 square (16 square feet).
The ex-pen is portable and can be used in the warmer months too as an outdoor playpen area in the shade of a tree of course.
2. Use puppy's crate (door taken off) or a covered box with a nice bed in it for puppy's "bedroom". The bed can be fancy or plain, just make sure it is comfortable and washable. Puppy will need this private area for naps, sleeping at night or just plain relaxing and getting away from stimulus.
We have washable puppy beds for sale here, see the list below.
3. Always make sure there is fresh water and dry puppy chow for puppy available AT ALL TIMES.
4. Spread wee-wee pads or newspapers in a 3x3 area and set litter box in the center.
This for two reasons-
1.) It will give surface for puppy to discard any litter that has carried out on his feet,
2.) If puppy is not 100% successful at first and has a near miss, it will not be on your floor.
We offer washable wee wee pads and bundles of news papers for sale here, please see the list below.
5. Litter box should be only 1/2 full of litter, and not too tall for puppy to jump in and out of. As puppy grows you may need to graduate to a larger pan, also you will want a larger pan if you have more than one pup using it. Scoop and / or replace litter as often as needed. We have litter pans available for sale here, please see the list below.
6. Puppy should stay confined to this area at all times in the beginning UNLESS you are directly supervising 100% and can take puppy to it when you see behavior that indicates puppy needs to potty.
Gradually enlarge the area puppy can roam in by using the baby gates(s) until puppy has run of the whole house!
7. REMEMBER TO USE CONSISTENT CUES AND COMMANDS WHEN TAKING PUPPY TO THE LITTERBOX THEN IMMEDIATELY (NO MORE THAN 5 SECONDS AFTER THEY PERFORM) GIVE A HEALTHY TREAT FROM YOUR POCKET AND PRAISE, PRAISE PRAISE!!!
Recycled wood products or paper products seem to work much better in the pelleted litter than do plant derived litter pellets.
Also the size of the pellet seems to make a difference with how successfully the pups take to it.
We offer litter for sale here, please see the list below
* DO NOT EVER USE CLUMPING OR CLAY CAT LITTER PRODUCTS. There Is a danger of intestinal blockage.
Cost is not a factor in using this system! We purchase a recycled wood pelleted animal bedding product from our farmer's co-op that comes in a 35 pound bag.
An altered Large or Jumbo Plastic cat litter pan works well for one small puppy A litter scoop is under a buck!
*The product we use is commonly sold as horse stall bedding, so when searching for it please remember to describe it this way as the farm supply will not know of it as a dog litter product.****
Just remember- it doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, it just has to be clean and consistent!
ULTIMATELY the success of any potty training system is the responsibility of the human moms and dads involved.
**** If your puppy has an accident in the house, it is YOUR FAULT! Remember that he needs to be in his "safe place" when you are not 100% supervising!
YOU are in charge of setting your puppy up for success in ALL things and sometimes you need to look at things from their point of view to do this!
Good luck and should you need encouragement or help with any litter box or French Bulldog questions, please do not hesitate to call us anytime!
* Shopping List for your safe area:
2. A 35 pound bag of litter
3. Puppy Bed, blankets or hard sided crate with door taken off
4. Puppy Litter box
5. Re usable, Washable Wee Wee Pads or News Papers
6. Toys, food and water dishes.
Below is a picture of the type of Litter we use for our Puppies:
ACCIDENT CLEANUP TIPS: No matter how well you plan, there will be accidents with potty training both puppies and dogs.
Try to avoid getting upset when these situations occur, and simply have the necessary equipment to clean them up on hand.
Cleaning soiled areas as soon as possible is very important, both to prevent discolorations and smells in the fabric or surface areas, as well as preventing your dog from returning to the same spot at a later date.
There are several very good commercial cleaners on the market. They are available at most pet stores as well as on the internet. Products that eliminate pet odors often have an orange peel ingredient that works very well for two reasons; dogs don't like the scent and people generally do.
There are also some industrial use flakes that can be sprinkled over both fecal material and urine, that absorb the moisture as well as the odor and dry out the waste. The resulting dry waste can simply be collected with a broom or a vacuum.
If you don't want to purchase commercially available products, there are some homemade doggy cleaning products that work just as well. For any type of mess remember to clean as much of the liquid off the surface as soon as possible.
The faster the cleaning product is applied to the soiled area, the more complete the removal will be.
A good way to remove both stains and odor is using a simple mixture of one part white vinegar with two to three parts water. A bit of liquid soap, approximately one teaspoon full to one cup water/vinegar mix will be an excellent cleaning solution on almost every surface.
Be sure to spray on and then blot up, never rub, especially on carpet or fabric. Borax or baking soda sprinkled on urine stains and then allowed to dry will absorb the liquid and eliminate odors. When the powder is completely dry vacuum it thoroughly.
If the dog has constantly urinated in the same place and the urine has soaked down to the pad under the carpet, the only option may be to remove that part of the carpet and padding and replace it with new.
Commercial cleaners may be able to clean even deep-set stains but often the continuing problem will be odor. Be cautious using fabric deodorizing products, as this may eliminated the odor for humans, but the keen nose of a dog will still be able to tell that urine is present in the area.
Cleaning products to avoid when trying to remove stains and odor are anything with bleach. Bleach contains the compound ammonia, which has the same properties as urine and may, in fact, cause the dog to return to the spot to urinate again.
One of the best ways to avoid soiled carpets and fabric is to remove the dog from those areas when you are not able to supervise. Crate training or a dog room or pen, or putting the dog outside or in a kennel when you cannot monitor them is one of the best options.