My springer spaniel Ollie is now 10 years old and he’s still as rambunctious as ever. When Ollie was a puppy I lived in an apartment and worked long hours at my job (not the ideal situation when getting a puppy, I know). I took Ollie on long walks every morning and every evening to try and wear him out and so he could take care of his business.
Ollie learned the basic commands, “sit, stay, get the ball, leave it, halt, etc” and, I even potty trained him, all be it, incorrectly. You see, even though he went potty on his walks, Ollie, being a puppy, still had to go during the day and since I wasn’t at home, I had to designate an area in my house for him to go. I tried crate training him, but to be honest, living in Earthquake country, I was so scared that an earthquake would come and he wouldn’t be able to run out of the house if he needed to (doesn’t make sense, I know, but it was my rationality at the time). I decided I would stack old towels on the tile in the laundry room and I subsequently potty trained Ollie to go potty on the towel. It actually worked out great when he was a puppy, but now that Ollie is older and we live in a house, he doesn’t understand that going on my white carpet in the living room, is not the same as going on the old towels in the laundry room. Ugh.
What should I have done differently? For one thing, I should have made it a point to come home during my lunch hour and let him out or haggle a trade with my neighbor to let him out while I’m away. There are also a lot of products on the market that can help with potty training your puppy, like an indoor pet potty, but the most important thing, I think, is to make puppy potty training your number one priority until the little guy learns what he is supposed to do. You have to invest a lot of time and energy into puppy training, but in the end, it’s worth every minute. Live and learn.