House Training A Puppy - Potty Training & More

House training consists of toilet training your puppy to eliminate outside and allocating appropriate chew toys so as to prevent damage to household items. 

Toilet Training

The easiest way to toilet train a puppy is to crate train. Crate training provides an area for your puppy to sleep and rest. Puppies naturally want to relive themselves away from where they sleep and eat. Click here for our tips on crate training.

A young puppy will need to be taken outside every 90 minutes to 2 hours. A puppy will generally need to go to the toilet after eating, drinking, playing or after waking so be ready.

Use a dog crate when your puppy is unsupervised and at night to train your puppy to hold it. Young puppies will need to be let out at least once during an 8 hour sleep.

For safety reasons, while unsupervised your puppy cannot have access to your entire home or an entire room, therefore setting out an area of confinement is advisable. Use a crate if puppy will be alone for short periods but if you are away for periods of longer than 3 hours then you will need to opt for a modified solution using a playpen confined area. The setup should consist of a play pen that should contain the puppy’s crate or bed at one end with food and water and training pads at the opposite end. The training pads should be as far away from the bed, water and food bowl as possible.

Teaching the puppy that going outside is advantageous but going inside is of no advantage

When your puppy goes to the toilet outside, repeat a word such as toilets, and praise enthusiastically. Have high value rewards ready to go at all times so that you can reward your puppy immediately.

Bring your puppy outside regularly and repeat the process of praising and rewarding when they go. Your puppy will soon learn that going to the toilet outside will result in good things.

If your puppy has an accident inside the home, do not scold and under no circumstances put the puppy’s nose in it. This will only serve to teach the puppy that toileting in your presence is not a good idea and that hiding to toilet would be best. It is also unhygienic as your puppy can lick you or a child. Use a cleaner suitable for removing urine rather than a regular household cleaner as you want to remove the scent so as further marking does not occur.

Over time you will notice your puppy moving towards the back door and requesting to go out. When this happens, praise enthusiastically, and allow the puppy out to the toilet. At this stage you do not need to go out with them but wait at the door until they return. You cannot praise enough for this behaviour.

Other House Training

Appropriate safe chew toys such as KONG’s and Nylabones should be provided for your puppy to chew on. Prevention is better than cure and teaching your puppy what to chew is better than having to distract your puppy away from household items that you do not want your puppy to damage. More fun should be presented around appropriate chew toys. You can do this by getting excited when presenting your puppy with a chew toy. Have a game with it and reward your puppy when they chew on the things you want them to chew on. If they make a mistake simply distract them and introduce them to the appropriate item.

Bones are not ideal as a chew for puppy as they can splinter and cause injury to your dog. Stuffed toys should also be avoided if your puppy likes to rip and tear these as the stuffing can cause obstruction if ingested therefore keep stuffed toys for games at other times. Raw hide should only be provided under supervision as it too can cause problems if your puppy ingests large pieces. If your puppy tears large pieces from raw hide then avoid this product and choose a hard indestructible plastic chew instead.

Puppies should not be left outside as they are too young to cope alone, will feel vulnerable and can find it difficult to regulate their temperature if the environment changes suddenly. Puppies are also at risk of being stolen from your yard. There are many hazardous items in your yard that may be a danger to your puppy.


About The Author

Dog Training Ireland was founded to help dog’s live fullfilling lives in the human world. At Dog Training Ireland emphasis is on ethical training based on sound canine training and behaviour study. DTI staff are qualified and certified by reputable recognised industry standard colleges and bodies such as Bishop Burton College, the APDT UK (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) the CCPDT (Council for Professional Dog Trainers), COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology). All Dog Training Ireland Trainers have at least 2 years of training, hold national certificates, diplomas and some are studying at Masters Level. Click here for more info.


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