How To Potty Train Your Puppy

Housetraining a puppy is not  always an easy task, but with time, patience and consistency, it can be done. Your entire family should be ready to help with this process as it makes things a lot easier and increases  your chances of  success.

 Remember, the key ingredient in the housebreaking process is consistency. The more consistency in the puppy’s life, and the more consistent that you are, the faster you’ll see results.

 Through out the process please remember these three words.




Positive Re-enforcement

Always reward your puppy for doing “it’s thing” where he is supposed to. Before long, your puppy would begin to understand that this is an action that you approve of.



 Just like a new-born baby, it’s best to put your puppy on a regular schedule.

  • In the beginning, it’s a good idea to take them out every hour or so, after naps and play sessions, and especially after eating.
  • Choose a spot just outside the door that your puppy will associate with eliminating. Each time you take your puppy out, go to the same sport and through the same door.
  • Using the same words like “go potty” when your puppy is outside.
  • Consistency in feeding will lead to consistency in elimination.


 While inside, your puppy should be supervised at all times. If you see signs of possible elimination, like circling and sniffing, take your puppy out immediately to their bathroom spot.

  • Baby gates are a great thing to have around the house:  they will allow you to keep a better eye on your puppy and prevent accidents in difficult-to-clean places


 When you’re unable to watch your puppy, confine them to a suitably sized crate: dogs are less likely to eliminate where they sleep.

  • A crate should be big enough for the puppy to comfortably stand, lie down, and turn around.
  • Your puppy should be taken out immediately after being let out of its crate.
  • If you work, it’s a good idea to come home during lunch or to have a dog sitter let your puppy out during the day.
  • In general, puppies can hold their bladder one hour for every month of age.

 If you catch your puppy pooping or peeing in the house, make a quick, loud noise, like a hand clap or a loud “Ah!” noise to interrupt him. Then take him to his potty spot and reward with verbal praise and a treat. Once you find the soiled area, do nothing more than take your puppy outside, then clean up the mess – don’t punish your dog for the accident. Never hit your puppy! After using the bathroom in in undesired spot, it’s too late to take action. Discipline and punishment will do nothing more than hinder the process, and can also lead to your puppy being afraid of you or going potty in your presence.

 Use the tips listed above to minimize the number of accidents you encounter. Allowing your puppy to continue to use the bathroom in the house will only lead to confusion on his part, frustration on your part, and a prolonging of the housetraining process.

 Following the above steps can lead to a quick, successful process. Remember, some breeds a re a little bit slower on the uptake, but every breed can be eventually house broken.   Practice always makes perfect! Good luck in your potty training process.

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Jan 26, 2014

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