There is a lot more to bringing home your new Rottie pup than you might think, so many things to teach him, so many habits he might try to pick up that you have to prevent. Oh, and of course all those nice little puddles and piles all over the house until little McGruff learns this is not the way a civilized dog behaves. In the wild, McGruff's mother would be the one to teach him not to use the den as a potty. In your home, the job falls to you and should be one of the very first things you train your pooch to do.
There are several reasons why wild dogs will not go potty in their dens, ranging from cleanliness (yes, in the wild dogs are clean animals) to helping keep predators far from their dens. In your home, there are several similar reasons to teach young Mr. McGruff not to pee in your house and by virtue of this, not to poop in the house either. Start with no more little surprises on the floor, no damage to carpets or hardwood floors, no more stinky piles of poop, just a well-trained pup who comes to you and let you know he needs to go potty.
The best time to start training McGruff is the moment you step out of the car with him bringing him home for the first time. Take him out of the car and straight over to the place in your yard where he can go pee. Once you choose a spot be sure to stick to it, this will help reduce confusion. You need a few supplies to train your pup to pee outside, including:
Along with these three items, you need a very generous supply of time and patience. Teaching McGruff not to pee in the house is going to take quite a bit of time and repetitive training. But, in the end, watching McGruff start asking you to go outside will make it all worthwhile.