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How To Potty Train Puppy - Training Puppies

Updated on May 22, 2013

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Do you want to make your life as easy as possible after bringing your new puppy home? Do you want to keep your carpets free from urine and feces stains? Following are some tricks that will help you potty train your puppy quickly, and keep your house clean.

Consistency Is The Key To Quick Potty Training

Not only are accidents in the house not fun to clean up, but they can actually hinder your puppy’s potty training. The more your puppy goes inside to do his or her business, the harder it will be to potty train them to go outside.

The most important thing to remember is to make sure you feed on a consistent schedule. Puppies have very small bladders. Also, food travels through their digestive system quickly. They can only hold their waste for a small amount of time. After you feed your puppy, and they have had a big drink, they should go outside immediately and then again about a half an hour later. This will allow you to catch those moments of urgency before an accident happens inside.

After playtime, they will also need a big drink of water, and you should take them outside shortly after they take this drink. This rule applies to anytime your puppy takes a drink of water.

Also, even if they have gone out after food and water, watch for any signs that they may be thinking about doing their business inside. If you are in question, then take them out. Better safe than sorry.

When your puppy does go potty outside, make sure to congratulate him or her with enthusiastic cheer and belly rubs. The more your puppy associates going outside as a good and rewarding experience, the quicker he or she will become potty trained.

Do not reward your puppy with more food (treats) as this will just throw off your feeding schedule and may cause your puppy to have to eliminate again. Instead, lavish them with love and playtime and they will be just as pleased!

Bedtime Considerations For Potty Training

Removing water about an hour before bed is important to empty out your puppy’s bladder and get them ready for a night of sleep. Take your puppy out one last time before bed, and if your puppy is on a consistent routine of eating and going outside during the day, then they should not have the urge to go during the night.

Using a kennel during the night will also help to remove the urge to go to the bathroom. Dogs don’t like to do their business in an area where they sleep, unless they really have to. But because you are on a good schedule during the day, and your puppy went right before bed time, he or she should not be put in a position of having to go in their kennel.

And the first thing in the morning, before anything else, your puppy should once again go outside. This will get them in the habit of going out first thing in the morning to eliminate urine and solid waste.

When a Puppy Has To Be Left Alone All Day

Most people have to work during the day, but since puppies should be getting fed three times a day, it’s ideal to be able to come home for lunch and feed your puppy and take them out afterwards. If you can’t do that, then do not leave free food for them to eat all day. Free feeding will cause them to have to eliminate waste at all times during the day and it will screw up the schedule that you are trying to build.

Kenneling them during the day, while you are at work, is the best option to keep them safe. It is also the quickest way to potty train them. But you cannot put water in their kennel. They will spill it, drink it, and undo all the work you put into their potty training.

If you can’t be there yourself during the day then it is best to find someone who can come in and feed and water the puppy until they are completely potty trained. A puppy should not go without water for a long period of time.

When it comes to potty training your puppy, the biggest thing to remember is that consistency is the key to success. If you consistently feed and water your puppy at the same times, and consistently take them out to do their business at the same times, then they should fall into a routine that will eliminate accidents from happening in the house.


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    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I hear you moonlake. I was home all day for my latest one as well, and it was much easier than my other ones. That's why I think you have to have someone who can be there all day when potty training - even someone hired. :)

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      6 years ago from America

      We had two puppies to train long ago the last one died this year at 14. They were pretty easy to train but I was home all day. Another thing I did was take them to the same spot outside in the woods. When they were out on their own we never had to clean up our yard. They did their jobs in the woods. Voted Up.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I actually think your product is a little unnecessary. First, if a dog is trained properly then they won't need a diaper to alert you when they have to go pee. They are not like kids where they may leak a little out. They will generally hold it until you are letting them out, and if you let them out enough (like the article says) then they should be fine.

      Although it may be good for incontinence, but my older dog has that and we tried the diaper thing for a few weeks. She kept taking it off and she felt embarrassed.

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      6 years ago

      This is a really great article with great advice for new puppy owners (and for owners of adult dogs that might need a little training help). One item that may help with the avoidance of pee in the home is The Housebreaker since it prevents pee on the floor and helps train dogs of all ages. Have you seen it? Check it out at I would love to hear your feedback on what you think...

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Lol Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That picture is not fair. I do not have a puppy, but was compelled to read. Here is the bad news, I found your article helpful for my 2.5 year old. :-)

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Yikes! Two at the same time. Well at least you know if you train one right the other should follow :) You would hope! I will check it out.

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Must be puppy week! Great hub. Voted up and useful.

      My daughter has TWO puppies at the same time and right now I am writing a hub on training TWO...with their photo included! Double trouble? Cute as can be! LOL.


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