This may come as a surprise for you, but it is what it is: At the age of 8 weeks up to a few months YOU are the one to do the planning and thinking for your pup. Your pup is just exploring the world (including your home) and often simply NOT ABLE to inform you in advance that it needs to go, just because it does NOT NOTICE in advance. They get distracted so easily and are so busy with playtimes and discovering things that once they notice the urge, most of the time it is already past 12 and they are hardly able to hold it any longer.
That’s the reason for many “pup oopsies” and not – as some people tend to believe – ignorance or the fact that the puppy would not accept home as a “no potty zone”.
It is fairly easy to consider this and thus limit the accidents by establishing some routines. No matter, if the pup indicated it needs to go or not, potty time follows immediately after:
Yes, that means a LOT of being outside for potty for a while.
And the more time you can spare to be with your puppy during the first weeks and avoid oopsies by being around, reacting and following your schedule, the sooner your puppy will get it. So, ideally for the most effective potty training someone should be around at home for the entire day at least during the first few weeks.
It is important to get to know your “dog’s schedule” a little bit. That will become easier over time. Once your Bull Terrier has matured you will be able to tell how many times he usually “goes” each day and the approximate times, either.
Don’t make the mistake of running outside every ten minutes or so with your puppy. Because, if you do that and your dog just does not need to “go” that often, you will end up being outside A LOT and – more importantly – it will be confusing for your dog and make it harder for your puppy to understand, what “POTTY TIME” and being outside for it really means. The best way is to be outside when the pup actually needs to go.
The situations mentioned above are highly likely triggers and therefore perfect for potty training. If you notice/ know that your pup also needs to go in between, well, then of course GO. 🙂
Just find reasonable intervals. You get the point.
Learn more about how to teach your dog to “tell you when it needs to go” on the next page