Monday, October 17, 2011

Simple and Effective Puppy Potty Training

Getting a new puppy is incredibly exciting.  Even so, you are likely to have many questions about how to care for the lively pup.  One of the biggest and most important is how to potty train your puppy.
First, realize that potting training a dog has many similarities to potty training a toddler.  You will have to work very hard to teach them.  Throughout your teaching you can expect to find some messes, but your puppy will also bring you a lot of happiness.  It will all be worth it in the end.

Even though it’s hard work to train a puppy, the methods themselves are not difficult.  There are some proven secrets that dog trainers and owners in the know use all the time.

  1. You will need to get a crate or kennel to start.  Your puppy will not go to the bathroom where their bed is due to natural instincts.
  2. Do not put anything in the bottom of the crate, like towels, paper, etc.
  3. When you are away you should keep the puppy in their crate for safety reasons
  4. Now, to get down to business you can expect your puppy to go potty within 30 minutes of eating.  Of course, you will get to know their bathroom schedule as you get to know them better.
  5. There will be times when you come into the room and catch your puppy about to go to the bathroom.  When this happens you should take them outside right away.  The more often you get them to associate the grass with going to the bathroom, the better.
  6. If your puppy makes a mistake you should not hit or spank them.  They are not currently doing anything bad; they just do not realize what is “good” yet. 
  7. You don’t want your puppy going potty on puppy pads or newspaper in your home.  You want the grass to be their preference.
  8. This process may take between four to six months.  It seems long now, but you’ll be impressed with the results along the way if you are diligent enough.
Potty training your puppy can be a very nerve wracking experience.  Just keep in mind that you love your puppy very much and that it will be worth it in the end. As long as you are consistent in your methods you will have a potty-trained puppy in no time.



  1. i consider myself to be SO lucky! gwendolyn was adopted, weighing six pounds, seven ounces, in december of 2007. i didn't recognise right from wrong, as it pertained to "puppies," so i bought the exquisite, "piddle pads." she would do her business in the kitchen, during each bathroom session, running from one end to the other, "often" landing upon the "piddle pad" for #1 but not always #2. she frequently missed for #2 (and i can't believe i'm actually typing "#2" haha!). needless to say, i kept Sams Club in business, through purchase of lots of Pine Sol! i am SO lucky that she translated piddle pads to "outdoor greens" to "outdoor concrete sidewalks in nyc during our travels" when spring 2008 rolled around. i didn't do anything extra special ~ we did obedience classes at misty pines, but that was not something which addressed bathroom behaviour. i just think she's a snob (the pug in her), so i am grateful that she won't go in her own space. she is a good dog. very good dog. i'm so grateful. nice blog entry. i endorse it, 100%. :) xxx

  2. Nicole,
    I received a "puppy pack" from the breeder we bought Madison from. Included in the puppy pack were piddle pads as well as various other things. Just out of curiosity we put the piddle pad on the floor to see what she would do with it. Lucky for us, she had no interest in the piddle pad! She literally picked it up and started shaking her head as if it were a game. I think the biggest thing is whatever method you use to be diligent and consistent! Thanks for sharing Nicole!!! I always love to hear about Gwendolyn! =)