Puppies are very similar to babies. They will urinate and defecate everywhere unconsciously. For that reason, one of the first things to do when bringing a new canine home is to train it.
However, this type of training can be difficult to carry out if we do not have enough experience. Therefore, you will know below the most important aspects so that you can potty train your Boston Terrier.
Boston Terrier Potty Spot and Schedule
When it comes to potty training any breed of dog, the first thing we must choose is the place where it will relieve itself and the schedules.
First of all, it is important to analyse the possible places that can serve as a bathroom for your Boston Terrier puppy. If you live in a house with a garden or backyard, you won’t have any problems. Pick a spot somewhere in your backyard that is away from the street or any other distractions.
If you do not have a garden or backyard or just live in an apartment, you have to choose a spot inside the house that is far from the place where you and your family members spend more time.
Regardless of where you live, it is recommended that you always take your puppy to the same place every day so that it gets used to it and recognises it as its bathroom. You can also use puppy pads. That way, every time your Boston Terrier urinates or defecates on it, you can change it for a new one, and you won’t have any dirt problems.
Once you have chosen the place for your puppy to relieve itself, it is time to establish the schedule. Selecting a suitable plan will not only help your dog feel relieved throughout the day but it will also teach it the importance of a daily routine.
The most recommended times of the day for your Boston Terrier puppy to relieve itself are:
- When they wake up in the morning
- After eating or drinking water
- After each exercise or training session
- When they return home after a car ride.
- Before sleeping at night
Can Your Boston Terrier Puppy Go Several Hours without Urinating or Defecating?
It depends! Just like humans, a dog’s bladder has a limit. A puppy does not have control of its bladder and bowels, especially during the first 16 weeks of age. That means it won’t be able to hold in the urge to urinate or poop for very long.
Generally, regardless of its breed, a puppy can hold its bladder for one hour for every month of life. However, below we will show you the amount of time your Boston Terrier can last before going to the bathroom again:
- If your Boston Terrier puppy is between 8 and 10 weeks old, it will need between 30 minutes and an hour before going to the bathroom again.
- If your Boston Terrier puppy is between 2 and 3 months old, it will need between 2 hours before going to the bathroom again.
- If your Boston Terrier puppy is four months old, it will need between 4 hours before going to relieve itself.
- If your Boston Terrier puppy is 18 months old, it will need between 6 hours before going to relieve itself.
- If your Boston Terrier is already an adult, it will need between 6 and 8 hours before relieving itself.
Obviously, those amounts of time won’t always be exact, and your pup may urinate or defecate in an inappropriate spot too soon. You should not get angry when that happens as it is normal. You just have to be aware of the signs to know if your Boston Terrier needs to relieve itself.
Boston Terrier Puppy Potty Training
If you want to potty train your Boston Terrier puppy efficiently, make sure you follow these steps:
- Choose the most suitable place for your Boston Terrier to urinate and defecate. You must decide if you want your puppy to relieve itself inside or outside the house. That will also depend on where you live.
- The next step is to take your Boston Terrier puppy to the place you have chosen. You can do that in two ways. For one thing, you could teach it a command that lets it know it’s time to go to the bathroom. On the other hand, you can also choose to carry it yourself on a leash.
- Once your puppy is in the right place and relieves itself, reward it with treats so that it associates the action of urinating and defecating with that place. Make sure it finishes relieving itself before you reward it.
- You can use a crate during training. This will help you know how to recognise through signals when your puppy wants to relieve itself. That is because most breeds of dogs are hygienic and hate to dirty the place where they rest or sleep.
- Have your Boston Terrier relieve itself by following the daily routine. It is important that you allow it to go to the bathroom at the same time every day. For example, you can take it to the chosen place after waking up in the morning, after every meal or physical activity, and before going to sleep at night.
- You have to have a lot of patience and be very constant during the process. You may run into some difficulties along the way as Boston Terriers can be stubborn. However, persistence will make you achieve the desired result.
What Should You Not Do?
We should never punish our Boston Terrier puppy when it relieves itself outside the limits of the place we have chosen. That could affect your canine emotionally since this breed is very sensitive.
Similarly, avoid clapping or laughing when your Boston Terrier urinates or poops in the wrong place. That will make it think that there is nothing wrong with relieving itself anywhere.