One of the most asked questions when getting your little ball of fur is “how to potty train a Boston Terrier puppy?”
Its one of those challenges that you want to conquer as soon as possible otherwise your going to be replacing some carpet and floor coverings regularly.
You will find that there is plenty advice given by terrier owners all across the web so I thought that I would share some of the tips that I have found to be useful.
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Typically a terrier will not want to go to the bathroom in the place that they consider safe.
This is where they sleep and hang out when they feel like relaxing.
In order to make them understand this is their “safe space” you will need to have a crate that is not too big but also not too small.
What is suggested is that you purchase a crate that will be able to fit the dog at its adult size but offers a divider so that you can make it smaller.
This way your dog won’t have room in his crate to soil it.
He will will want to go elsewhere instead giving you the opportunity to train him to go potty where he is supposed to.
But you don’t want to make it too small otherwise your terrier may not want to use it.
Making The Crate Comfortable
Along with making sure the crate is the correct size for your Boston Terrier you will want to furnish it with some comfortable blankets.
Even better might be to get some crate bedding from a reputable company.
Crate bedding has some special features such as:
- Chew resistant
- Warm and insulating
- Proper drainage if your terrier does accidentally go potty in the crate
Add Some Toys
Again the goal is to make the crate a safe place for your dog to sleep and relax so adding some toys to the crate will also be a way for you to get them used to going inside.
Hints That Your Boston Terrier Needs To Go Potty & What To Do?
Now that your pooch has gotten used to their crate you will need to be on the lookout for signs that they need to go potty.
A couple of of the signs are the dog whining and scratching.
He or she is trying to tell you that its time so get me out of here or your going to be sorry!
So you have a couple options when it comes to this stage of their training.
You can use what are called puppy pads.
These would be used inside the home and your Boston Terrier would do their duty on the pads.
So if they are in their crate and they start giving you the signal that they want out then you would bring them to their puppy pad and encourage them to go.
As time goes on you can bring the pad outside and encourage your terrier this is where to go from now on.
Eventually instinct will take over and they will start using the grass instead of the pad.
Give Your Boston Terrier A Potty Training Schedule
Just like humans dogs should have a schedule for doing their duty and this will help to speed along the process of getting your terrier potty trained.
For example they should be brought outside first thing in the morning when you yourself get up from a nights sleep.
Then they should also be brought outside shortly after eating or drinking.
A lot of Boston Terrier owners I have seen bring their pup out every 20 minutes during the day so that they get used to going outside.
They believe this contributes to getting your pup speed tracked to being potty trained.
And of course your going to want to make sure to bring your dog out before going to bed at night as well.
Look For Signs Your Terrier Is Letting You Know
Every dog is different so after a while of being around your Boston pup you will start to learn their actions.
They may give some subtle hints that they have to go to the bathroom and you need to be on the lookout for these.
If your dog is playing and then suddenly stops see if you can bring them outside to go.
Especially if its been a 15 to 30 minute lapse from their last session.
If they start whining or circling these are other common signs that your Boston Terrier may need to go.
Be Patient & Give Praise
You have to remember that there are going to be challenges to raising a new pup and potty training your Boston Terrier is going to be one of them.
So your going to need to be patient as well as alert as to when they are ready to go.
Don’t yell at your dog or scold them for mistakenly going in the house.
Instead praise them when they go to the bathroom in the place that they are supposed to.
This will encourage them to keep doing it and eventually it will become habit.
You can also give your terrier some type of small treat when they successfully complete the task as their supposed to.
This also reinforces that they did the right thing by going to the bathroom in the designated area whether it be the puppy pads or outside.
How Long Will It Take
Unfortunately there is no answer to how long it will take to potty train your Boston Terrier.
Each dog is going to be different in their habits.
It can take several days for some while other pups may take months before they are trained.
One of the biggest factors is going to be you as their owner.
Through consistent effort and praise you will eventually get your Boston Terrier potty trained.
If you don’t put in the effort then its going to take longer or you will keep having problems down the road because your dog doesn’t know any better.
As a Boston Terrier owner you accepted the challenge that comes with the territory so instead of thinking of it as an inconvenience look at it as your responsibility.
Once you learn the basic steps on how to potty train a Boston Terrier puppy things will be easier for both you the owner as well as your new family member.
Ultimately your puppy will learn and you can move on to more fun and enjoyable activities.
Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any tips for our readers!