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How to Potty Train your Puppy

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Bringing your puppy home is exciting…

A new puppy comes with responsibilities and new challenges.
Puppies are adorable pets; they make you happy, they help release stress just by petting them, they are an excellent benefit for your health.
Puppies like some other pets spend most of their time inside the house; they play around sofas, beds, rugs e.t.c., Puppies, in general, like to play. The last thing you would want with your puppy, is it taking a dump anywhere it likes inside your house, and that is why you need to potty train your puppy from an early age on so that it will know when, how and where to defecate. Potty training your puppy can be great fun and a great experience.
It depends on your puppy how fast can and will it learn the toilet training.

How to Potty train your Puppy


One thing you have to keep in mind is that potty training for a puppy needs a lot of patients, you have to be consistent, and the most critical thing is to stay calm.

The best thing you can do for the puppy and yourself is staying positive and follow the process to the end only then can potty training be a simple process.

More so, puppies are best trained when they are still young, potty training your puppy should be an easy task when you are ready to give time in performing the daily routing it requires.

Getting to know your puppy, and your puppy gets to know you.

Introduce your new pup to its new home, family and their role. Just like when you are new to a place or group, your new pet may be bursting with curiosity, excitement, fear or joy. Now is the best time to lay out the foundation for a good and pleasant relationship with your pet.

For a puppy to settle in and learn to trust and respect you and everyone at home, it is essential to establish the expectations of your puppy and be consistent with them.

Only show your pet the areas where they are allowed to be. Initially do not let your new pet roam and explore on their own, especially, if you don’t want them to do their business there.

For example, if the upstairs area or bedrooms are off limits, close them off and do not allow your puppy to explore there.

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Behaviour Patterns in a Dog Breed

Not every breed of dog is the same. To understand your puppy ‘s breed behaviour and needs is essential as to recognise the do’s and don’ts of your puppy. Do research on your dogs breed on the particular needs and traits or any other behaviour you want to know of or should be aware.

A classic example is, the bigger the breed, the bigger the bladder. So if your puppy is a Yorkshire Terrier than his bladder is small, and he will need to urinate more often. On the other hand, if your puppy is a San Bernand than his bladder will be bigger, but also when he pees, he will leave a much more prominent paddle than a small dog.

Consider one thing accidents will happen it doesn’t matter how well you trained your puppy. Don’t get upset and it is not a failure on your part it is just in real plain words standard. You will find that a lot of dogs are highly intelligent, and no they do not think like humans.

Do not expect them to understand simple words of command. They will not tell you when they need to pee or pooh.
It is essential for any dog owner to understand their dog and get to know and study the clues they give you. Especially during toilet training.

How to toilet train your puppy

Keep an eye on your puppy all the time

It is crucial that you keep an eye on your puppy. During potty training keep your puppy in eyesight where you can watch him all the time. I know will be not easy, but this will pass. It is essential so that you can see and recognise early signs if your puppy needs to pee or pooh. Typical signs are when they start scratching, sniffling, whining, winching, barking, circling or any other sudden behaviour change. Any of those signals are signs for you to lead your puppy outside.

Learning the Basics of the Dogs metabolism and digestive system

Firstly you have to understand dog’s metabolism and digestive system; this will help you to predict accurately when your puppy might want to defecate or urinate. A week or two before the toilet training, keep a record of when your puppy defecates, urinates, eats or sleeps.
Eating stimulates puppies’ digestive system, puppies usually defecate in less than thirty minutes after eating and urinate in fifteen minutes or less. Take out your dog some minutes after feeding to the backyard or wherever the dog toilet is.

It is time to choose a Potty Zone

Pick a particular area outside and take your dog there every time it needs to go.
It is essential at the beginning to use the same area. Please pick a spot that is easy to clean up ( yes you have to clean up after your dog) and not visited by other dogs.

After a specific time, your puppy will associate the smell of urine and start to associate this area with its bathroom.
The Area you pick should be easy to access, and if you have to go there with your puppy fast, it should be accessible easily and quickly. During the training, you will visit this area frequently.

Keep your puppy on a leash when you go outside so you can keep an eye on him and you can see when your puppy is done.

Get started with the Training

Use different command words or sounds to encourage each action of defecating or urinating. You can use “were were” when the puppy is urinating or “pooh pooh” when the puppy is defecating, these cue words helps the puppy to realise you are referring to the action it’s currently performing and will help to instruct it during the toilet training.

You should not scream, and use a calm and tender voice, otherwise you might scare or startle your puppy. The intention is to get their undivided immediate attention this way your dog will understand that marking the territory or poo inside is disapproved.

Be consistent with the commands and use the same word/noise/command each time. If you change too many times or you do not remember writing it down, otherwise your puppy will be confused, and the training for you and your puppy will not be fun.

What to do when your puppy is peeing or poo in the house

In case you catch your puppy peeing or pooping in the house/apartment or a place where your puppy should not do his business, use some different words to discourage the puppy.
For example “no… go outside “, or if you are fast enough, you can bring or lead him outside to the appropriate right place.
Once you have the record mentioned in the above paragraph, you can now proceed to the actual training.
Start the Potty Training for your Puppy with the following Techniques.

how to potty train your puppy


Use a different Sound / Word / Command to trigger his memory

Whenever you take your Puppy outside to their area use a word like go, hop, poo, or any other word command. It teaches your puppy that it will go to this particular location.

Your Puppy will recognise the command and understands what you want it to do. It is an excellent way for your puppy to learn when and where it should be urinating or defecating.
Do not use this command any other time, only when you want him to go to his potty area. Otherwise, you just confuse your puppy.

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Toilet Training a Puppy how long does it take?

It all depends on your puppy, but you should keep it up for a couple of weeks. Make it a routine as a habit will be formed after 21 days. You can use the command/ word or sound as mentioned earlier. With the command word or sound, you can even stimulate the puppy to act once it understands what it means.

Things to know about your puppy

  •  Puppies like to urinate immediately after waking up; you must be there to take them out to their potty spot.
  •  Puppies have poor bladder control, especially when they are active, frequently take them out to their potty spot once you notice that they are excited.
  •  Give your puppy complements and petting after every appropriate potty activity, this will encourage it to keep up the good habit, and it would always want that complements.
  •  Puppies cannot go through the night without taking a piss, once or two visit in the night is okay for an average puppy.
  • Accidents happen and your puppy could not hold it anymore then it is crucial that you clean up the accidents right away.
  • Remember dogs have a sensitive nose, and the smell might trick him into believing to relieve itself in the same spot is ok.
  • Clean the area thoroughly. Use an enzymatic cleaner that does not contain ammonia. It will help to get rid of the odour and avoids that your puppy will go again to relieve itself in the same spot.

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Dog potty training pads Believe me; urine has a strong smell of ammonia that attracts dogs to smell and mark there own territory.
You can buy toilet training pads that are sprayed with ammonia to encourage a puppy to go to a particular area. ( if you need too) click here for the link 

To counteract the smell of ammonia, you can use white vinegar.

Things you should NOT do when you potty train your puppy

  • Not feeding at regular times or underfeeding: not feeding your dog regularly to avoid defecation will not make it obedient to you and underfeeding may result in severe health condition for your puppy. Irregular feeding will also make it almost impossible to predict when the puppy needs to visit the potty spot.
  • Ending the training too early: proper training should take at least four weeks, do not assume it already knows what it is doing until you are very sure of it.
  • Do not leave the puppy at the potty spot by itself, encourage it always to leave the place when done.
  • Do not punish your puppy for accidentally defecating in the wrong place; it may get scared of you, instead of correct it and show it the right place to do it.
  • Do not interrupt your Puppy when he is doing his business, give him time let it relax and loosen up, so he has time to relieve themselves.


How to train your puppy for toilet training will not be easy, but it can be rewarding for both of you, and it belongs to a process to get to know each other.

With Potty training your puppy you are starting to look for signs and getting to understand your puppy’s language. It will take some time, and the potty training for your puppy will need some time.

Calculating around four weeks will make the potty training successful. Do not shout or scare your puppy during the training; it will make things worse.

In the end, a good toilet habit of your puppy is beneficial to both your puppy and you, start toilet training your puppy today.

Have a look at our other blogs for homemade dog food recipes. To feed your puppy the right food is important for his health and well being.

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I hope this blog is helpful. Please share with us your Tips and Tricks on how to potty train your puppy. 

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