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How to go about Potty Training your Puppy

You will soon realize that potty training your puppy or dog is much like potty training a human child. You need to have a lot of patience, it will take some time and there will be more than the occasional set back or accident. Each puppy is different too, and while you may have had experience with one dog where it all went easily and speedily, it may not be that way with another. So here we take a look at some great advice for potty training your dog or puppy.

Praise and Reward

Key to successful training is the use of positive encouragement and praise and reward when they deserve it. Make sure you give him plenty of chances to to go outside to urinate or defecate and then when he does it where you want him to, reward his achievement and praise him. This praise and reward should occur straight after doing his business so you will need to go out with him or her each time too. Waiting until the dog is back inside leaves too long of a gap between the event and the reward and he will not link the two thing together. The point is he learns when he does his business where you want him to good things happen straight away. The reward could be a food treat, it could be a favorite toy, it could be some play time with you, it could some cuddles with you along with verbal praise.


That is why commitment from you is so important. For the duration of potty training you need to supervise your puppy closely. If he leaves the room you need to follow in case he is sneaking off to pee somewhere! Look for and learn his signals that mean he needs to go. Often signs that he is about to go include sniffing in a certain area and then hesitating in that location. When it is time for a scheduled break outside you need to follow with a reward in hand in case of a successful toilet break. Scheduled breaks should be frequent and should include first thing in the morning and just before going to sleep at night. The more consistent you are, the quicker he will learn.

Tips on on the training

Decide where in the yard you want your dog to go and take them there each time it is a scheduled break or when you think they need to go. They will start to learn that that place is where to go, and the smell will also encourage them to do their business there over and over. If you have the puppy's mom you can use her as part of your training. She will hopefully be house trained and so when she goes out she is showing the puppies that their beds and the house is not where to do it. Signs to look for in a puppy that needs to go outside include leaving a room, sniffing around a spot, possibly whining. Set regular breaks at first and reward them if they go.

Some more mature dogs are able to learn to indicate when they need to go by ringing a bell you can hang on the backdoor. This is also something useful you can transfer if you take your dog to visit a friend or family member. Just take the bell with you and hang it on their backdoor. The dog learns that when the door opens the bell rings so with training can learn that if he uses his nose to ring the bell it will be opened for him. You can do this with rewards for when he rings the bell and goes out to urinate. Other people may be surprised by your dog's level of training but it is a good way to ensure your dog is as welcome as you to visit as both you and the home owner can feel safe in the knowledge your dog will not urinate in the house.

If you are potty training a puppy keep in mind that they need to reach a certain age before they actually have full control over their bladders.

Younger puppies, even with training, are still going to have accidents. Do not punish your dog when they urinate in the house and clean the area with a cleaning supply that is not ammonia based. These can be found in pet stores or your vet's clinic. This removes the smell which lowers the chances of your dog wanting to keep going in the same spot. As cross as you may get sometimes avoid shouting or pushing the dog's nose in the accident or physically punishing them. The anger you exhibit is likely to scare them, they will not understand the lesson you are supposedly teaching, and they may become scared about the whole potty training process.

Remember this is not a race, there is no finish line to get across, the point is to have a well trained dog who is happy and know where they can defecate and urinate. When you develop good behavior straight away and encourage that behavior with rewards and praise they will develop a habit of going where you want them to. For the dog there is no right or wrong place to go, they just go when they need to. As the dog owner and pack leader it is up to you to communicate with your dog what you expect and give them the time they need to learn.


Potty training is not something just for puppies. If you adopt an older dog it is possible to train them though you may need a bit more patience. When it comes to puppies remember you are dealing with a baby and they can only wait so long. The advice given is that they can wait for 1 hour for each month old he is, plus an hour on that. So if you have a 3 month puppy he should be able to wait 4 hours. However at the start of training you may still want more regular scheduled breaks to develop that habit. And of course it is worth repeating, no two dogs are the same.

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