Tools for Potty Training Puppies

While potty training puppies is not complicated, it does require knowledge, dedication, and patience.

It also requires special house training "tools" and techniques.

I discuss various potty training techniques in other pages on this site. What I want to do here is to spend some time talking about house training aids.

The right tools will not only reduce the training time but will also protect your household until your puppy gains bladder and bowel control.

Let's take a look at some of the most common potty training aids...

Potty Training Puppies - Tools of the Trade

A Crate

If I could give you only one housebreaking advice, I would suggest you get a dog crate. There is no tool or technique in the world that will help you to accomplish so much in so little time as crate training.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, if you use them correctly, crates are not cruel. Puppies find them comforting and enjoy the time they spend inside.

dog crateGood crates, such as MIDWEST Life Stages Training and Travel Crates, come with divider panels that allow you to use the same crate as your puppy grows bigger.

A minor detail, but it will save you money in the long run!



To learn more about…

  • Crates
  • Crate training techniques
  • What makes crate training so effective

…visit crate training dogs and crate training your puppy pages.

Need even more advice? This house training guide is a good source of information to help you crate train your puppy or an adult dog.

A Litter Box

If your puppy will spend extended periods of time home alone, consider getting a litter box. While it will not shorten the training time, it will confine the problem of eliminating indoors to one spot.

dog litter box Second Nature Dog Litter from Ralston Purina is made especially for dogs.

Notice an opening in the wall to allow for an easy entry and exit.



Visit litter box designed specifically for dogs and litter box training for dogs pages to learn how you can teach your puppy to eliminate in his litter box.

Training Pads

A very common potty training technique involves teaching a puppy to eliminate on a bunch of old newspapers (visit paper training to learn more).

A much nicer, and cleaner, alternative to newspapers are training pads. You can use them not only for potty training puppies but also with older or incontinent dogs.

Training pads are...

  • More absorbent than newspapers
  • Don't leak
  • Some are even washable and can be reused

Pooch Pads Reusable Housebreaking Pads Pooch Pads Reusable Housebreaking Pads absorb up to four times their weight without leaking.

They provide odor protection, are leak-proof, and you can wash them up to 300 times without losing effectiveness.



The same house training guide that I mentioned earlier also provides lots of information on paper training.

For more information on potty training puppies, visit puppy house training and house breaking puppies pages.

This Ultimate House Training Guide discusses additional products you can use as house training aids. It will show you which products may help you in the house training process, and which may be a waste of time and money.

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