10 Puppy Potty Training Tips...
to Get You Started in no Time

Get a feel of what to expect from housebreaking with these easy to follow puppy potty training tips.

Since potty training is such an important topic, I wanted to create something you could use as a reference. Something you could go to when you have a question or just need to find a tip... quickly.

You will find a lot of valuable suggestions here that will help you reduce puppy potty training time.

And since I plan to update this page on a regular basis, come back, and come back often!

Without wasting any more time, here are the…

Potty Training Tips

  • Don't start puppy potty training before your puppy is 8 weeks of age. However, the earlier you start after 8 weeks, the easier and quicker the training will be.
  • If at all possible, avoid puppy paper training. All it will accomplish is… prolong puppy potty training. Please visit potty training using paper training method to find out why I strongly feel this way.
  • Establish a feeding and walking schedule for your puppy. Just like humans, dogs learn quicker when put on a regular schedule.
  • Don't scream at or hit your puppy when he messes up. If you do, all you will accomplish is a puppy that is scared of you. Just clean up and be more vigilant the next time.
  • Just the opposite of the previous potty training tip, don't be stingy with praise when your puppy eliminates where he is supposed to. Praise does wonders in reinforcing positive behaviors. 
  • Don't overfeed or overdrink a young puppy. Doing so guarantees an accident. Overfeeding is also not good for his health.
  • Take a look at the food you are feeding to your puppy. Foods with too much fiber increase number of stools and the stools are softer and more difficult to clean. Consult your veterinarian for the best type of food for your puppy.
  • A crate. This is the most valuable tool at your disposal. Use it correctly and you will reduce puppy potty training time and the damage that an untrained puppy can cause. You can find lots of crate training advice in this house training guide.
  • Establish a command that you will use to let your puppy know that it's time for him to do his business. For example, every time that he eliminates, say something like "do it". With time, he will learn to associate the command with what you want him to do.
  • When a setback occurs, just clean up and make sure the cleaner you use does not contain ammonia (visit dog urine remover to learn why).

    dog urine cleaner Better yet, use a specially designed product, such as GET SERiOUS! Pet Stain, Odor and Pheromone Extractor.  




Here are some additional puppy potty training tips...

The above puppy potty training tips are easy to follow and a good place to start learning about potty training. However, as the header implies, these are just potty training tips. For more detailed discussion on puppy potty training, visit…

I also strongly recommend this Ultimate House Training Guide. In addition to some valuable potty training tips and advice, it explains several housetraining methods and lets you choose the one that works best for you and your dog.

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