Question: What’s the number one reason dogs are surrendered to animal shelters?
Answer: Dogs peeing or pooping in the house due to improper house training.

You might dream of having he best trained dog in the world, but it all begins with house training your dog or puppy. When your dog can let you know that it’s time to relieve himself, you know you’ve done your job. So how do you house train your puppy or dog? Here are 20 helpful tips:

  • First of all, we highly recommend crate training ¬†your puppy.
  • Be patient with your puppy. Most puppies do not have bladder or bowel control until they are about 6 months old.
  • Start house training your puppy as soon early in his life as possible
  • Until your puppy know that outside is the expected place to go potty, provide an inside potty area covered with newspaper or some type of absorbent materials. When your puppy soils the paper, always replace it as soon as possible.
  • If you can not supervise your puppy, keep him confined to the potty area, which should be a small room completely covered with the newspaper material.
  • When your puppy starts to get older, make the newspaper area smaller. He will realize that the newspaper is the area to soil in.
  • It’s important to always provide easy access for your puppy to get to the potty area.
  • While at home, take your puppy to the potty area often – about every 45 minutes.
  • While not at home, keep the puppy confined in his puppy-safe area. Remember, puppies like to chew things, so remove any tempting items from the room.
  • When your puppy pees or poops in the designated area, always praise and reward him.
  • Establish a regular feeding schedule for your puppy. Do not provide a non-stop supply of food. This will assist in developing regular bowel habits.
  • When just beginning, your puppy will not be on a peeing or pooping schedule, so don’t expect him to have one immediately. It takes time. It may even seem like he never stops!
  • Consider crate training your puppy.
  • Never punish your puppy if he has an accident. This will only make him afraid and he will not understand. Never put your puppies nose in his pee or poop. Sniffing pee and poop is how dogs recognize their scent. Don’t make it a punishment.
  • Don’t let your puppy have free reign in your house until he is properly house trained.
  • Be consistent with taking your dog outside to pee or poop regularly.
  • Eventually, you will be able to remove the paper potty area from your house, and your puppy will understand that outside is the only acceptable place to pee or poop.
  • Don’t be discouraged if your puppy seems to be making progress, then seems to suddenly forget what you’ve taught him. Minor setbacks are expected.

Above all, remember that your puppy does not want to make you made by urinating or pooping in your house. If he does, it’s only because he doesn’t understand. As his master and friend, he is expecting you to train him on what is acceptable and what is not.

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14 Comments on 20 Tips for How to House Train a Puppy

  1. Alvina Chen says:

    Thanks for sharing the facts I just got my puppy on August 10th. It’s six weeks old though.

  2. admin says:


    Enjoy your little puppy. Remember, your puppy won’t learn how to behave unless you are consistent with your training. Loving, consistent, patient training will turn your little puppy into a great friend.


  3. shawn says:

    hey guys, i adopted a one year old intact male yorkie w/ ckc papers about a month ago, have followed up w/ vet care, he had ear mites and tapeworms, got him on flea control and put him on the science diet…i even got him into professional training and i’m working nonstop w/ him at home…. he will not learn about the potty outside thing and will not let me know when he needs to go out… alot of times he will not poop when i take him \out but a couple minuites of being inside he will poop in the floor,,,no trouble w/ the peeing tho…its perfect… also he will not play or play w/ toys or chew bones etc…he is very lazy and has not “yorkie” personality that i’ve read about…. he was abused really bad before i got him…. i think he may be too much for me since he’s already a year old and that he was abused…. i need a puppy that i can work w/ from a young age and be able to have a playfull dog which i can have alot of fun w/ ,,, he’s coming along great w/ sit and stay but trouble w/ heeling tho and thats as far as we’ve got so far….so if any breeders or non breeders alike out there would like to trade this yorkie for a purebred male or female yorkie puppy i would love for you to give me a call…. thanks a bunchh!!!!

  4. Brian says:

    thank you for this information because my father is trying to get rid of my puppy because he keeps having accidents in the house but he is only 5 months old

  5. ope says:

    hi i have a 4yr old minpin and he poops and pees in the house and i have tryed to tell him that it is not ok and that does not work anyone have any ideas to help me out he was 3yrs old when i got him from down south PLEASE help

  6. savannah says:

    I have a problem I have a 8mth old chiweenie…he was rescued from a puppy mill (do i cant use a crate he terrified) then taken to a woman who had 15 dogs (all very well mannered) but she never really made them go outside in grass only on sand like stuff.I am having a very hard time potty training him he uses puppy pads just fine. But i think they are gross and dogs shouldnt learn to use them. He is terrified of everything. The leash especially. I let him drag the leash around the house for 20 mins at a time to reassure him its not going to hurt him. But when i get him outside all he does is sniff around for 15 mins then i bring him back inside and he uses the puppy pad…how do i get him to potty outside PLEASE HELP ME!

  7. Nikki Ellis says:

    Hiya Savannah,
    I had the same problem with my Puppy. She is now 6 months old, i rescued her when she was about 2 months old. When i first got her she was terrified of the crate, so i decided to keep putting her in it and thought she would get used it, but she never did in the end i just put a dog bed on the floor, and she sleeps on it. Most Puppies have anxiety about being left on there own, especially when they have had quite a few owners, So try a dog bed instead of a crate. With the Weeing, i used puppy pads to start off with and she used them fine, but when i removed them she just weed in the place that puppy pad was, so she didnt really understand it at all. Everytime i took her out for a walk she would hold it and wee as soon as we got inside. So when i had a weekend off work, every 30 minutes i took her outside and as soon as i got inside i put her in her bed, as i knew she wouldnt wee on it. i kept doing it until she weed, and eventually she realised that if she weed outside then she could come in and run around and play. But it took be a good 3 months to train her, and she still has accidents now and again, you just have to be patient. Hope this helps.

  8. phyllis mishoe says:

    I have an 8 week old rat terrier. She does fine when i take her outside to relieve herself, but when its time for her deficate she will do it in the house. I have puppy pads out. she will urinate on the puppy pad, but i cannot get her to deficate on the pad. What am i doing wrong? I need help.

  9. Joyce Salaz says:

    I don’t know my website, But we have 3 chihuashuas that are smelling up the house. I also need to know what takes the smell out of the furniture.

  10. Sarah says:

    I have a 3 year old Min-pin mix and I feed her twice a day early in the morning and afternoon before 4pm. and she still poops and pees in the house. i don’t understand why she holds it. she has a doggie door and a huge yard to go in. my 3 other dogs have never gone in the house. I have had my other dogs since they were puppies and now there 6,7,& 8, have never had a problem with them. only our new dog is the problem and we got her a few months ago and have been trying everything we can think of to correct the situation. please help. we cant take it anymore. we rent our house and and are expecting a child and I hate peeing and pooping in the house

  11. Azadeh says:

    I have a apple head chihuahua name Lilikoi, shes about 3 months old, she knows the newspaper in her box is where she goes potty but sometimes when it is right by her, she ends up popping right in front of it on the carpet…I must say I admit I did make her smell the spot she soiled in and told her that was a naughty thing she did…and I was also told that flicking her nose would be a good training method when she makes an accident. I mean shes spoiled, she sleeps on the bed with me, and cries when I place her in the bed I bought her and will cry if I leave her there to sleep in…Im trying to get use to sleeping by herself and the areas of her sleeping area, and her poopy/pee box right across from her…but I feel bad when she cries! ): I need help!

  12. Kris says:

    Nikki Ellis,
    I just got a 5 month old minpin, my question to you is, when you put her in her bed after her accident (potty in house) how long did you keep her there? My girl, she will pee on her pads in the designated doggy room, but the minute I let her out to play, she pees or poops on the carpet, even though I have puppy pads laying around. And I have read that they will use the same spot. Not my girl, its a different spot every time! Even when she pees outside, she never uses the same spot. What can I do?

  13. Nicole says:

    I just adopted 2 pit bull mix brother and sister, the girl keeps going potty in the crate i know they are only 9 weeks old but is there anything that i should be doing differ. They are on a schedule but she keeps going potty in the house and in the crate. The foster parents said they were crate training her but i really don’t see it. The boy is a love he waits to be taken out, but just recently he sees her and does the same thing. We have a 1 years old shitzhu and i guess we got super lucky bc he would go on the peepee pads and then he would just go outside. I guess i shouldn’t be comparing but i need help. i guess i just needed to vent about the puppies. Any feedback will be very helpful.

  14. Pet-Plicity says:

    One of the most rewarding things about getting a puppy is the moment they realise that they need to go outside to pee. Great tips here thank you. My very first puppy taught me a lot. I made a lot of mistakes with him. I didnt have the internet back then so its great to see sites like this to pick other peoples ideas.

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