Potty Training Tips

House soiling is one of the top reasons dogs end up in shelters, so it is important to do your research, follow through with your plan and give your new dog time to adjust. Understand this is a learning process for the dog and have patience. With love and consistency, your new dog will be house trained in no time! If you feel your dog is not understanding, contact a professional dog trainer.

Potty Training Your New Puppy

First, make sure to control the food and water intake of the puppy. Try your best to follow a consistent schedule for feeding/trips outside, provide regular exercise and praise your puppy for going outside.

  • The best times to take your puppy outside include:
    • After playing, eating, or drinking
    • After spending time in a crate
    • After waking from a nap
    • First thing in the morning
    • Last thing at night
  • Keeping a consistent schedule allows your puppy to get into a routine and understand the appropriate place to use the bathroom quicker.
  • Praising your puppy after they go outside is essential. It reassures your puppy did the right thing and they will want to continue that behavior.
  • Puppies have immature digestive systems and typically have to go soon after drinking or eating. By controlling their intake you can better monitor when they need to go.
  • Regular exercise helps your puppy with normal digestive motility.

Crate Training

Crate training is a great tool for potty training puppies. It allows your dog to have no accidents in the house while you are away, accustoms your dog to being in a crate and creates a safe space for them as well.

  • Make sure the crate is the right size. The dog should be able to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably but it shouldn't be too big that they feel it is okay to use the bathroom in a corner.
  • Your puppy will alert you when it has to go. Immediately take it outside and offer praise after it goes.

Paper Training

Paper Training involves allowing the dog to use approved spots in the home. This method is possible for dogs left at home for a long period of time or little dogs who need constant supervision while outside.