(ARTICLE) How Can I Make Housetraining My Puppy Easier?

(ARTICLE) How Can I Make Housetraining My Puppy Easier?

How Can I Make Housetraining My Puppy Easier?

There are many joys associated with bringing home a new puppy, but housetraining is not one of them. Many potential dog owners worry about housetraining their puppies because they fear that it might be a long process or that their house may be destroyed while their puppy is learning. Neither of these situations has to be the case if you follow the right procedures, housetraining a puppy can take just a few weeks!


The Details

  • Consistency is key. No matter which housetraining method you choose, it is important that you be consistent throughout the training process. If you want your dog to learn to do his business outdoors, you need to reward him consistently for doing so until he learns to do it automatically.
  • Establishing a routine is important. Dogs tend to like routine, and especially during housetraining, puppies thrive on having a regular schedule. Having regularly schedule meal times means you will know when your puppy needs to go out. Your puppy will also learn to follow the routine.
  • Do not expect too much. Before you choose a housetraining method for your puppy, be aware of what your puppy is capable. At 2 months old, your puppy may only be able to control his bladder for two hours. As he gets older, his ability to control his bladder will improve.
  • Supervise your puppy closely while you are at home. While you are housetraining your puppy, it is important to keep a close eye on him to prevent accidents. Keep your puppy in the room with you are at all times, and watch for signs that he has to go (sniffing and walking in circles).
  • Take your puppy outside every hour or so. By taking your puppy outside frequently, you give him plenty of opportunities to do his business outdoors rather than in the house.
  • Don’t linger outside. If your puppy doesn’t have to go when you take him outside, bring him right back in. If you follow this procedure, your puppy will learn what is expected of him when you take him out.
  • Choose a particular place in the yard for your puppy to go. When you take your puppy outside, always lead him to the same part of the yard. This will not only make your job of clean up easier, but it will also help your dog learn.
  • Adopt a “potty” phrase. Every time you take your puppy to the designated area of the yard, use a word or phrase, such as “go pee,” that your dog will learn to associate with the area and with the act. Eventually, you will be able to use the phrase without having to lead your dog.
  • Praise and reward your puppy when he does well. While your puppy is learning, it is important to praise and reward him every time he relieves himself outdoors. By praising your puppy excitedly for his good behavior, you teach him that his actions are pleasing to you, and he will seek to earn that approval in the future.
  • Do not feed your puppy within two hours of bedtime. Two hours before bedtime, take up your puppy’s water dish and don’t feed him any food or treats. This will help to avoid accidents during the night.


  • Keep your puppy confined while you are away. Keeping your puppy in a crate during long absences is a simple way to avoid accidents. Be sure to choose a crate that is not too big, and line it with a soft blanket.
  • Take your puppy out immediately before and after crating him. Before you put your puppy in the crate, take him outside to do his business and again after you release him.

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The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that what you get out of training your puppy is equal to what you put into it. If you are consistent in training your puppy and reward him for good behavior until he learns to repeat that behavior, housetraining should be a fairly quick and painless process. If you do not take the time or make the effort to train your puppy properly, however, you are likely to be faced with frustrations and accidents in the house.