House Breaking Puppies Made Simple

Success in house breaking puppies depends on three things: knowledge, dedication, and patience.

When I got my first dog, I knew housebreaking puppies takes time, but I still expected too much, too soon...

It didn't take me too long to realise how wrong I was in my expectations.

What's my advice?

Be patient and don't rush. Here are some tips to help you house break your puppy in the shortest time possible...

Basics First...

You may be wondering when it's a good time to start house breaking a puppy.

A puppy under 8 weeks of age is too young. Any age after 8 weeks is good, but don't wait too long -- the younger your puppy is, the quicker you'll be able to housebreak him.

Let's take a looks at some additional tips for house breaking puppies

Establish a Schedule

Just like babies, puppies learn quicker when they follow a set schedule.

For best results, take your puppy outside every 2 hours. At a minimum, puppies need to relieve themselves after they wake up and finish eating.

The following schedule tries to find a middle ground between the best-case scenario and reality of other obligations that you may have...

  06:15 AM Wake up and take your puppy out for a walk
  06:45 AM Feeding time. Put food and water inside the crate
  07:15 AM Another walk
  11:15 AM Take your puppy for a walk
  11:45 AM Feed your puppy. Again, do it inside his crate
  12:15 AM Take your puppy outside
  04:30 PM Take your puppy outdoors to do his "business"
  05:00 PM Feed your puppy in a crate
  05.30 PM Another walk
  08:00 PM Don't rush. Let your puppy eliminate before bedtime
  09:00 PM Put him in a crate for the night

Adjust this house breaking schedule to fit your lifestyle, but remember: consistency is the key.

House Breaking Puppies Do's and Don'ts

When house breaking a puppy, never scream, hit or rub his nose into the mess. Unless you catch your puppy in the act, don't even reprimand him. He will not understand why you are so upset and the only lesson he will learn is to be afraid of you. If your puppy messed up, just clean up and try to be more vigilant next time.

Praise, on the other hand, plays a huge role in reinforcing positive behaviors. Every time your puppy eliminates outside, praise him or give him a dog treat.

Finally, if you overfeed or overdrink a young puppy, be prepared for more accidents.

Minimizing Damage to Your Household

Before you begin housebreaking a puppy, establish an area of the house he will have access to. Initially, confine him to a small area with easy to clean, hard floors. If that area doesn't have doors, use an indoor dog play pen instead.

Only after your puppy begins to consistently relieve himself outdoors allow him full freedom around the house.

Some people find paper training useful but I am not a big fan because it will not only extend the housebreaking process but is also messy and smelly. As an alternative to paper training, teach your puppy to eliminate in a litter box.

The Ultimate House Training Guide presents several house training methods and lets you choose the one that suits you and your dog.

When house breaking puppies, there will be setbacks and you will need to clean up.

A household cleaner will not get rid of the smell, which in turn will encourage your puppy to eliminate in the same spot in the future. Ammonia, because it's a natural compound found in urine, will make the odor even stronger. Avoid it.

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A Crate...

A crate is the most valuable tool you have at your disposal for house breaking puppies.


Because crate training can shorten the time it takes to housebreak a puppy.

Dogs don't like to relieve themselves in close proximity to where they eat and sleep. For best results, make sure the crate is big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around, but small enough so that he can't escape his mess.

Visit crate training, puppy crates and crate training your puppy for additional information on:

  • Different crates available on the market
  • How to choose a right crate for your puppy
  • Techniques for house breaking puppies
  • Proper crate training techniques

For more information on house breaking puppies, visit…

      Puppy Potty Training

     Housebreaking a Puppy

For even more information about house breaking puppies and adult dogs, read this house training guide.

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