Before you get started with training your dog to go potty on the command you must first take into consideration the size of the breed and its age. Small dogs will typically respond much quicker than larger breeds. Although it is important to train your dog, you also must remember that it is their instinct to relieve themselves when needed.
Start with basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down
Once your dog can follow these basic commands, you can start working on potty training.
Command the dog to sit or lay down. If using a leash, make sure it is short enough so that the dog won’t go anywhere when commanded to stay. Then take them outside to their preferred spot for relieving themselves. It may also be easier to train them outdoors in the beginning, just for convenience.
Get your dog used to going potty outside
Take them outside either on a leash or without one.
Whichever you prefer is fine, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Taking them on a leash will allow you to control where they go when taking them out so that it is easier for your dog to relieve themselves in the same place. This will ultimately make it easier for your dog to go potty on command. Take them outside and say, “Go potty” or something similar to this so that they associate the phrase with relieving themselves outside.
No matter if it’s an accident or not, always reward your dog with praise. They must know when they are doing something good so that they will continue to strive for this behavior.
Say the command “go potty” when you take your dog to the bathroom spot
This will help to them associate the phrase with relieving themselves outside, ultimately making it easier to train them to do so on command.
Continue rewarding your dog with praise and small treats for successfully going potty on the spot you chose. If using a leash, gently pull up on it as they go potty completing the action. This will let your dog know when they have done what you wanted them to.
Continue the training until you can say the command and your dog will go potty on cue.
Be patient and consistent – it may take a while for your dog to learn this new trick!
It may take a few days or a month, depending on how quickly your dog responds to these commands. If they are not responding as frequently as needed, try moving the spot where they go potty. The more you try it, the easier it will become for your dog to respond to this command.
This will be an ongoing process until your dog is completely trained. In the end, your dog will learn that when you say go potty, you want them to go potty outside. This is just one of the many benefits of training your dog with basic commands. The more they know what you are saying, the easier it will be for them to understand how their behavior affects your life.