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How to Potty Train your Maltese Puppy
How do you potty train a Maltese puppy?
Potty training will go best when the crate training method is
used. This means that you will use a crate (small wire crate, or
plastic pet taxi) to confine your maltese puppy whenever you are not able to watch
him for short periods of time. The maltese puppy will need to be taken out
to go potty every 45 min. to an hour. Take the maltese puppy through the same
door to the same spot in the yard each time. If you wish to litter,
paper or potty pad train your maltese puppy, take him to his litter, paper or potty
pad every hour. Maltese puppies will by instinct wish to keep their eating
and sleeping area (their den) clean and will hold their potty as long as
they can. By using the crate, the puppy's instinct will be working
for you, and your maltese puppy will be pottying when and where you want him to.
you are going to be playing and interacting with your maltese puppy, he would be
free to be out of his crate as long as you like. He will start to
circle and sniff and look for a place to potty when he has to go and when
you are watching him, you can quickly take him to his potty spot. Do
NOT let your maltese puppy run lose when your eyes are not on him....even for a
couple minutes. Each time your maltese puppy has an accident, he is
being trained to potty in that spot. Each time your maltese puppy goes in the right
spot, he is being trained to relieve himself there. Consistent training
will bring consistent results.
During the times
you will be gone longer than your maltese puppy can hold it, I recommend placing
your puppy in an exercise pen. Put the puppy's pet taxi/crate inside
the exercise pen with the door open, or off. Cover the floor inside
the exercise pen with newspapers and leave water and food available for
your maltese puppy. He will get accustomed to pottying on the newspaper when
you are gone (he has no other choice as the whole area will be covered),
and will become paper trained during the times you are not at home.
After a couple weeks, gradually reduce the amount of the pen that is
covered with newspaper. Your maltese puppy will be used to pottying on the
paper, and will continue to potty on the newspaper, even when you reduce
the amount of the pen that is covered to only one or two sheets of
paper. When you are home, continue with the routine of crating your
puppy, and taking him out to potty every hour.
I have found
it very helpful to have an exercise pen for the house, and one for the
yard. The exercise pen inside the house is puppy's safe haven when
you are not at home. Place the other exercise pen in the spot you
wish your maltese puppy to use as a permanent potty spot, both as a puppy and
adult.. Put your maltese puppy in the exercise pen when it is time for him
to potty, and step back a few steps (or watch him through the door or
window). This will help your maltese puppy get down to the business of pottying more quickly than if he was on a leash, or running loose.