How to house train your puppy

Learn how to house train your puppy in just a few weeks. Find out exactly when to take puppies out and the signs to watch for (see above picture).

Training your dog to go outside is going to take some time and you’ll be cleaning up some messes, so be prepared but enjoy once your puppy is house trained!

House train your puppy when he has to go

  1. First you need to know when to take your puppy out to do his business. The main times to take puppies out are after eating, playing or running around. Also after he has been chewing on a bone or toy, and of course right after he wakes up, even from a tiny nap.
    As your puppy gets older, you’ll be able to lessen the number of trips outdoors and your dog will learn to hold it or let you know if there is a need to be filled.
  2. Second important house training technique is to keep outside playing to a minimum while you are house training your puppy. You can use going out as a reward for going potty.
  3. Third step is to learn your puppy some human language. After you have taken your puppy out to go potty and he’s walking around start saying "go potty" of whatever word you would like to use.

Then when he does start going potty make sure while he’s going potty you say "go potty" or whatever your choice of words are, so that he knows "go potty" means pee or poop.

Eventually your puppy will go potty on command so you don’t have to stand outside waiting forever 🙂

As with any dog obedience training: Be consistent and persistent. Right from the start, you need to make sure you teach your puppy the rules. One rule is not to do his business in the house. Obviously, your new puppy won’t really get this at first, so you’ll need to be very persistent to reach your goal of having a housebroken puppy.

House training your puppy in enclosed spaces

If you want to avoid having to clean your entire house, keep your puppy contained to one place. You will have less to clean up if you keep your puppy in one area of the house.

In fact, one form of puppy training involves using a crate to keep the dog contained. The crate can be placed anywhere in the home.

If you decide not to use a crate, though, you can still put the puppy in a specific room, particularly at night. Laundry rooms often work well for this since they are easy to clean and warm. Your puppy will also feel more comfortable in a smaller space at the beginning.

Things to avoid when house training your puppy

If you don’t see it, don’t punish it. Imagine walking into the room and finding a puddle or a nice little pile of doggy poo waiting for you. This is NOT the time to express your displeasure with your puppy. He won’t understand since the act has been done and he doesn’t know what you’re upset about.

The only time you should penalty your puppy for making a mess indoors (and by penalty, I mean scolding and perhaps shutting up in his box) is when you actually see it happen. Act immediately, or the entire thing will have vanished from the puppy’s mind and you won’t be doing any good at all.

Do not put food near your puppy at night. By making sure that your puppy isn’t eating at night, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle. You can remove food and water a couple of hours before bedtime and take the puppy out for a walk before turning in for the night. This will work to prevent too many bathroom trips during the night.

Good luck with house training your puppy!

House training your puppy requires patience and consistency, much like toilet training a toddler does. The end result is having your dog enjoying life as a house pet and willing to let you know when he or she needs to go outside.

As long as you are consistent and patient with your puppy, you’ll find that he is eager to please and will do his best to learn bathroom rules quickly.

Dogs really do want to make their humans happy and if heading outside when nature calls is what makes you happy, then you can bet that’s what your puppy will try to do.

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