When you get a new puppy, potty-training is always a priority. But being in an apartment complex and being able to get the puppy outside QUICKLY when they need to go can be a challenge! Below are few helpful tips:
- Use pee pads: Pee pads are great because they are easy to move around, pick up, and take with you if you’re heading to a friend’s house or taking a trip and will be in a hotel. Put the pee pad in one place in the house, near the door is best
- Dog litter box: The most common options you’ll find are boxes of synthetic grass above a tray of absorbent litter or real grass patches delivered as a monthly service. These can be kept in-home or out on a balcony as a convenient way for your dog to go potty without having to wait for an elevator. You can even make a DIY version.
- Get your puppy on a routine: Eventually, your dog will be able to hold it long enough to get them down the stairs or elevator and outside. While you may want to keep pee pads or your grass patch around for times when you can’t (or don’t want to) go out, it can help your dog to get on a schedule for when they are supposed to eliminate
Keep in mind your puppy can hold their bladder for one hour for every month old they are. For example, if your puppy is 8 weeks old, they probably can’t hold it for longer than 2 hours. When they hit 12 weeks, it’s around 3 hours. Puppies can usually hold their bladder for a little bit longer when they’re sleeping (until they wake up) and will need to go very soon after eating or playing