Potty Training - Away a Long Time
We all know that "life happens" and we can't get home to let our little puppy out to go potty. There is a rule of thumb that the number of hours a puppy can "hold it" is their age in months. (After 8 months, that is where it stops...) So what do I do with my four month old puppy when I am working twelve hours that day?
First of all, you don't want to leave him in his crate. Part of crate training and potty training is enforcing your puppy not to potty in his crate. As long as we stay within the limits of your puppy physical abilities, this is a pretty easy process. If we surpass his physical limits to hold it, of course he will go in his crate. This will undermine this part of the potty training process.
What you must do is to find an area that you can allow your puppy to potty. It must be enclosed and away from your puppy's normal "roam of the house". The best areas would be a bath room or washer/dryer room. Pick up any rug and remove anything that your puppy "could get into" (toilet paper, boxes on the ground, etc.). You might even put down a wee-wee pad just to see if he would use it. I would also suggest that you get a doggie gate to enclose the area so it won't appear so confining.
When you have to be away from the house for extended periods of time longer than your puppy's "ability to hold it", you put him in that area. If he potties, you have a small area to clean and you haven't damaged your crate training process.
Be sure to clean the area well with an enzyme cleaner like Nature's Miracle and then a normal cleaner like Lavender Fabuloso. Also, as I alluded to earlier, keep the door closed to this area to keep him out. You only want him in here when you are away for a long time. For more information, please contact us at The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.