Great Pyrenees Potty Training 101: Follow These 4 Tips!

YAY! You’re bringing home a new Great Pyrenees puppy soon! But…

How do you potty train a Great Pyrenees puppy? Is it the same as other dogs?

Don’t worry – we tell you exactly what we did to get our puppy housebroken relatively quickly and easily!

We got our Great Pyrenees puppy, May, when she was eight weeks old. Even though we knew she would be spending most of her time outside, we decided to potty train her.

We’re glad we did because it made life a lot easier. There were several times we brought May inside for an evening as she grew, especially during bad weather (strong thunderstorms, icy weather, etc).

Training her also allowed our family to connect better with her. The first few weeks are a crucial time to bond with your new puppy and establish, in their eyes, that you are the pack leader.

In this article, we break out the four key areas you must cover when housebreaking your Great Pyrenees puppy.

Section #1 – The Basics of Potty Training

Potty training a Great Pyrenees puppy MUST include a lot of patience, time, and consistency. Before you can begin, you must establish your goals beforehand to know when you’ve reached your destination.

We let you know what worked for our Pyrenees when she was a puppy.

The Best Age To Start

There are a lot of things to take into consideration when housebreaking a puppy, and age is definitely one of them. We definitely believe that the best age to start potty training a Great Pyrenees is the very first day you bring them home.

First, they’re not familiar with their new surroundings yet, so this is a great chance to allow them to explore a bit outside.

Secondly, they’re still young enough that they haven’t developed any bad habits that you’ll have to break.

Finally, they’re at an age where they’re still very receptive to learning new things. So if you start potty training them from day one, you’ll be setting them up for success.

Puppy Pads vs. Going Outside

When it comes to housebreaking a Great Pyrenees puppy, there are two schools of thought – using puppy pads or taking them outside. Each method has its pros and cons, so it’s important to weigh all the options before deciding which one is best for you and your pup.

If you choose to use puppy pads, the biggest pro is that it’s much easier to clean up accidents inside the house. You also have more control over when and where your puppy goes, so you can better manage the potty training process.

Even if you plan on eventually training your puppy to go potty outside, a puppy pad can be used to train them to go to the door if that’s the spot you place the pads.

For us, we went straight to training May, our Pyrenees, outside. It was difficult the first week since she gave little notice before squatting and having an accident.

As we learned to look for the signs, we were able to get her outside faster and stop most of the accidents.

Tips for Success

One important tip for success in potty training a Great Pyrenees puppy is to be consistent. This means that you should take your puppy out to the same spot in the yard every time for potty breaks.

You should also keep a close eye on your puppy and watch for signs that he or she needs to go outside. Some common signs include sniffing around, circling, and squatting.

Another important tip is to use positive reinforcement when your puppy goes potty in the desired location. This could include treats, verbal praise, or petting.

However, you should avoid punishing your puppy if they have an accident inside as this can make the potty training process harder and more stressful for both of you.

Section #2 – Setting Up a Potty Training Schedule

Puppies will naturally establish routines over their first few weeks, so take advantage and follow a potty training schedule.

The Importance of a Potty Training Schedule

Potty training a puppy is no easy task, but it is important to establish a schedule for them to follow.

Great Pyrenees puppies are especially prone to making messes, so it is essential that their owners are diligent in teaching them where and when it is appropriate to relieve themselves.

One of the best ways to potty train a puppy is by establishing a regular schedule for them to follow.

This means taking them outside at the same times each day and making sure they have plenty of opportunities to go. Puppies will typically need to go after eating or drinking, so their owner should make sure they take them out immediately after these activities.

With patience and consistency, most puppies will learn where and when they should go potty faster than if there’s no schedule.

Tips for Creating a Potty Training Schedule

By following a consistent schedule, you can help your puppy develop good habits and avoid accidents in the house.

Here are some tips for creating a potty training schedule that works for you and your puppy:

1. Start with small intervals of time between potty breaks. For example, take your puppy outside every 30 minutes to 1 hour during the day. As your puppy gets older and more reliable, you can increase the interval to 2-3 hours.

2. Establish a regular routine for taking your puppy out to eliminate. For example, take your puppy out first thing in the morning, before naps, after meals, and before bedtime.

3. Choose the same spot in your yard. Your puppy may be overwhelmed by new sites and smells if you take them to different areas in your yard each time. By choosing the same spot/tree, at least for the first few weeks, you’ll help your puppy catch on to what they’re supposed to do.

How To Stick to the Schedule

Housebreaking your Pyrenees puppy can be a challenge, but it’s important to stick to the schedule. Set a timer on your phone for each hour and take the puppy outside to the designated spot.

If the puppy does not go within five minutes, bring them back inside and put them in their crate. If they go potty, praise them and give them a treat.

Next, you’ll need to establish a bedtime routine. Put the puppy in their crate an hour before bedtime and take them out one last time before you go to sleep. This will help them learn that nighttime is for sleeping, not for going potty.

Finally, be consistent with your commands and rewards. Puppies learn best when they are consistently rewarded for good behavior.

Section #3 – Housebreaking Your Puppy

After you figure out the who, what, when, where, and why – it’s time to start putting the information into action!

Step One: Choose a Designated Potty Area

As we’ve covered, designating a potty area for your Great Pyrenees puppy is important for several reasons. First, it gives your puppy a specific place to go to the bathroom. This is important because it helps to prevent accidents in the house.

Second, it helps to keep the rest of your yard clean. If you have children, it’s probably best not to have the designated potty spot in the same area where your children play the most.

Finally, it can help to make housebreaking easier for both you and your puppy.

Step Two: Anticipate Potty Times

If you have a Great Pyrenees puppy, you’ll want to anticipate potty times. This means taking your puppy outside regularly, especially after eating or drinking, and after naps.

You will also want to take your puppy out before bedtime so they don’t have to hold it all night.

Watch for signs that your puppy needs to go, such as sniffing around or circling. When you see these signs, immediately take your puppy outside.

With regular potty breaks, your puppy will learn where he should go and will be less likely to have accidents in the house.

Step Three: Reward Your Puppy

Personally, we feel the best way to potty train a puppy is by rewarding them when they go in the right area. This can be done by giving them a treat or verbally praising them.

It’s important to be consistent with the rewards so that the puppy knows that they’re doing something good.

Step Four: Be Consistent

We know that potty training your Pyrenees puppy can be a challenge, but it’s important to be consistent. You’ll need to take your puppy out regularly, and praise him or her when they go potty in the right spot.

If you’re consistent with your potty training routine, your puppy will soon learn where they should go to the bathroom.

Section #4 – Dealing With Accidents

I can still remember when we potty trained our Great Pyrenees puppy. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it in the end.

We had to be patient and consistent with her, and it took several accidents before she started getting the hang of it.

Accidents happen when housebreaking a puppy because they are still learning how to control their bladder and bowels. They don’t know when they have to go until it’s too late, and then they have an accident.

It’s important to always remember that your puppy isn’t having accidents to purposefully cause you trouble. Although it can be frustrating cleaning pee out of a rug, don’t lose your cool and punish your puppy.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make

One of the most common mistakes people make when potty training a Pyrenees puppy is not being consistent with their commands.

For example, if you tell your puppy to “go potty” and then give them a treat for doing so, but the next time you forget the command and/or treats, your puppy will be confused about what is expected of them.

It is important to be consistent with your commands and praise or rewards so that your puppy knows what behavior you are looking for.

Another mistake people often make is not taking their puppy out frequently enough. A good rule of thumb is to take your puppy out every hour or so, especially after they eat or drink.

Puppies have small bladders and need to go often, so if you wait too long in between bathroom breaks they are more likely to have an accident in the house.

How To Set Your Puppy Up for Success

The first step to potty training success is to pick a designated elimination area outdoors and stick with it.

Next, get your puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take them outside frequently after meals.

Finally, be patient and remain consistent with your puppy; they will eventually catch on!

What To Do When Accidents Happen

It’s inevitable. At some point during potty training your Great Pyrenees puppy, accidents will happen. The key is to stay calm and not punish your puppy.

Getting angry or frustrated will only make the process take longer. Instead, take a deep breath and clean up the mess as best you can.

It’s also important to have a carpet-friendly cleaner that eliminates any urine smell. If you don’t, your puppy may find that spot again the next time they have to go potty and use it because of the smell.

Then, get back to work on teaching your puppy where he should go to the bathroom.

Prevention Is Key

Prevention is key when potty training your Great Pyrenees puppy. The most important thing you can do is to keep your puppy on a regular schedule.

Feeding, walking and playing should all happen at the same time each day. This will help your puppy know when it’s time to go potty.

Another important tip is to choose one spot in the yard for your puppy to go potty. Bring your puppy to this spot every time it needs to go and praise it when it does its business there.

Finally, be patient! Potty training takes time and patience on both your part and your puppy’s part. With a little hard work, you’ll soon have a house-trained pup!

To sum it all up, it’s important to stay positive and consistent when potty training your Great Pyrenees puppy. By doing so, both you and your puppy will be happy with the final results.

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