2. Take Regular Potty Breaks and Give Treats
Needless to say, if you’re not taking your dog out to pee and poop often enough, he will do what needs to be done on your carpet or anywhere else he sees fit. As such, Russell recommends finding a designated potty spot for your pup and accompanying them to it regularly (i.e., don’t just open the back door). The expert also suggests “rewarding them with high-value treats, such as small pieces of boiled chicken, immediately after they finish eliminating for a period of two to three weeks.” After all, if it worked for Pavlov, it should work for you, too.
3. Supervision Is Key
According to Russell, one of the most effective ways to prevent potty accidents is through close supervision. Of course, there will be times when you can’t keep such a watchful eye on your pup. Whenever that’s the case, Russell advises that you confine them in a crate, tether them to you or place them in a puppy-proof room (ideally one that doesn’t have carpet). Ultimately, Russell explains that “by minimizing their unsupervised time, you greatly reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring indoors and help them develop a strong preference for eliminating outdoors.” Roger that.