At around three weeks old, your puppy is readily able to adapt to new situations and because they are one of the smartest creatures by nature, potty training puppies will not be too difficult for anyone.
As a new puppy owner, you have an option of whether you want to confine your dog or not. Crating is what many puppy parents prefer for accident prevention overnight night or when they have to leave their puppy for a period of time. However, some people would want to train their puppy to become more responsible by giving the dog access to everything but with limitations and restrictions. This might sound a little harder than the other method when you consider their playful behavior and uncontrollable urges, but if you choose to use this, here are the tips you can consider:
You may actually instruct your puppy to go potty out of doors or indoors on newspapers. Nevertheless, no matter which method you pick, you need to be very consistent. You can also use paper training for a short time or until your puppy is learning to do its business in the right location outdoors or indoors, but you must teach your puppy step-by-step until it finally learns its potty routines.
Whether out of doors or indoors, you have to choose a spot for your puppies potty time. Get your puppy to sniff that spot and wait until it finally relieved itself and take the puppy to the same spot each time. The scent that remained will help stimulate him/her to use the spot again the next time he needs to eliminate.
For young puppies, take them out with a leash or carry them to the designated spot within 20 minutes or immediately after each meal, after play sessions, and after rest sessions. Scheduling is the key factor for effective house training of a puppy so again, you have to be consistent. Be sure to use the same schedule each day but also watch for the signs that your puppy needs to go potty.
Each and every time your puppy goes potty, give it a command such as "go pee" or "go potty" to build an link between the command and its potty break. Quietly repeat it as many times as needed until your puppy gets familiar with it. This way, it'll be easier for him or her to grasp and follow the same command the next time it's used.
When potty training puppies, you can expect that there would always be mistakes and accidents. A puppiy can be just like a baby because they can't tell if they need to go potty or not. Be sure to watch out for the warning signs such as sniffing or squatting and then immediately distract the puppy by clapping your hands or stamping your foot while directing them from the restricted zone.
Finally, praise your puppy with an encouraging words like "good puppy" or "good job" when he performs in the right spot. Let him or her know you are pleased by giving a small reward like allowing the puppy to play inside he house. As soon as he or she becomes more responsible and dependable, you can let the puppy move around the house freely.