It’s all fun and games with your dog until it has a bathroom accident on your couch. Read on for the best ways to potty train man’s best friend.
Potty training a dog is a challenging task for long-time dog owners, thus, it’s even more daunting for first-time dog parents.
Fortunately, dogs are generally intelligent animals and fast learners, so, potty training them is not as difficult as people assume.
Are dogs truly easy to potty train?
To an extent, they are. However, this doesn’t imply that it only takes a short while to achieve. For this task to be relatively easy, the dog would have to be obedient.
Otherwise, what you need is a ton of patience. This brings us to an interesting topic – Potty training and dog breeds.
Here, the attitude a dog puts up to being potty trained depends on their innate character. Some dogs are naturally clean, so, messing up your home would not sit right with them. Others are so obedient, thus, training them would be super easy.
Check out the list below for some of the dog breeds that are easiest to potty train and why –
ü Afghan Hounds because they’re people pleasers.
ü Bernese Mountain Dogs because they’re also eager to please.
ü Colliers because they’re smart and love learning new things
ü Irish Water Spaniels because they love rewards and would get in line for a treat
ü Malteses are a bit stubborn but intelligent enough to understand positive training. 
Perhaps get one of these dogs if you’re worried about dealing with a messy dog. But don’t expect them to be born potty trained.
You’ve still got to put in the work, although it’d be significantly less difficult with the breeds above.
As long as you can find an effective training strategy to follow and have a good understanding of your dog's behavior and needs, you're sure to have positive results in the end.
The following are some tips on how best to potty train a dog –
ü Understand your dog
It’s advisable that before training commences, you have a deep understanding of your dog’s breed, their behavior and specific needs.
You can search online for some information on your dog's breed. Find out if there are any behaviors common to the breed on bathroom habits and look out for them.
ü Know when it’s time
Keep track of the time and the amount of food and water your dog consumes. That way, you know when it’s time for them to go.
However, dogs of different sizes pee at different times due to the varying sizes of their bladder.
For instance, while an adult Chihuahua can hold their bladder on average for 6 to 8 hours, the puppies can only do so for about 1 to 2 hours. 
Due to the small size of the latter’s bladder, they need to urinate more. Therefore, when not properly trained and looked after, accidents are bound to happen.
ü Make “bathroom decisions”
Choose a potty spot for your dog. The best spot is one outside your home and out of sight of guests. It’s great because it’s accessible by your dog. It’s also less likely to make your house smelly.
On that note, wherever you choose for your dog must be kept clean at all times.
A great way to ensure this is to “crate train” your dog.
Crate training ensures that your dog is not left to its own devices when you're not actively engaging with it. Also, it helps that dogs are naturally den-dwellers. Therefore, dog crates are good for them.
Because dogs are rather clean animals, they’d hate to soil their living space. That’ll make it easier for you to potty train them. 
ü Start actively training them
Come up with the best sound or word commands. For instance, words such as “go” or “start” and sounds like snapping your fingers or clapping your hands are quite effective.
These will teach your dog to associate that spot with potty time once they get accustomed to your commands and realize what they need to do.
Be sure to use different command words and sounds for different actions like lying down or rolling over. Also, avoid using the same ones meant for potty, to avoid confusion and prevent accidents.
ü Interrupt and never tolerate accidents
Dogs are bound to go in the wrong spots, especially puppies and senior cats. Show them that it's wrong and do not give them treats afterward before they think it's the right thing to do. But don't be mean. Remember, you want your dog to obey you, not fear you.
ü Positive affirmations
This works especially when it’s a new puppy. You’d be surprised at how much a few good words would help when you’re training your dog.
Whenever it uses the appropriate area, give it a pat on the head or an ear rub, with some praises. This shows the dog that you’re impressed.
Most dogs love to please their owners, show them you're pleased, and you'll encourage them to continue to use that spot just to please you.
Be consistent. This is crucial when it comes to potty training a dog. Potty training takes time. Beyond time, it requires some effort on your part.
These efforts could be rewarding them every time they do a good job, perhaps by offering them their favorite treats and praises.
Avoid punishing them unnecessarily. This might set you back in any progress you’ve made so far. Besides, mistakes are expected at the beginning.
If all the strategies mentioned above are too difficult for you to undertake single-handedly, consider hiring a professional dog trainer.
On average, this costs about $30 to $50 per class or more for private sessions. This is worth it to ensure your dog is adequately potty trained.
There you have it! All the ways you could handle your dog’s bathroom business, or at least, teach them to handle it.
Being a dog owner is a lot of work, isn't it? Although we believe having a canine companion is well worth the effort.
So, go ahead and get a dog. Potty training takes around 4 – 8 weeks for most puppies.  Your experience, attitude, and routine will determine the exact time it takes for your new dog.
However, before you know it, it’ll be over and you can move on to the fun, cuddly parts of owning a dog.