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5 Easy Steps to Potty Train Your Puppy

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Potty training your puppy can be stressful and frustrating at times, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several strategies that can make potty training your puppy much easier and less time-consuming, so you and your puppy can start enjoying each other’s company sooner rather than later. This article will walk you through the most effective ways to potty train your puppy as quickly as possible, so you can both enjoy your lives without worrying about accidents or messes any longer.

1) The Importance of Early Training

It’s a common misconception that you can leave your puppy in a crate while you’re at work and then housebreak him once he’s settled in. In reality, dogs aren’t good at holding their pee or poop for more than about 4 hours. If your pup gets used to relieving himself whenever he feels like it, it becomes incredibly difficult (though not impossible) to housetrain him later on down the road. It’s important to start potty training early and take your puppy outside every two hours—or if you can tell she needs to go—so she learns that pottying outside is what you expect her to do.

2) Finding the Right Crate

The first step in potty training a puppy is finding a crate that's large enough for your dog, yet small enough that he feels safe and comfortable when it's his designated spot. Most owners find an appropriate size by starting with a crate just big enough for their puppy to turn around and lie down comfortably. Once you've found one you like, take some time each day putting your pup inside. If he cries or fusses, don't give in—this is where many dogs start to associate crying with going into their crates.

3) The Importance of Timing

The most important aspect of potty training is timing. If you bring your puppy home from a breeder or shelter when he’s still very young, it can be difficult to teach him how and where to go potty. That’s because puppies younger than 4 months old don’t have much control over their bladders, so they have frequent accidents throughout their day. This is especially true for those little guys in apartments who are still learning about kitty litter boxes, small dog houses and pens, or even how long it takes for them to find a corner outside in your yard.

4) One Person, One Job

It’s easy for pets to have accidents in their first few weeks with a new family. It’s vital that you take responsibility for one aspect of potty training: either feeding or bathroom trips. Pick one and stick with it, so your puppy never has more than one person as a potty motivator. The first few days should be about making sure your dog goes outside each time he needs to do his business.

5) Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement works best, which means rewarding your puppy for going in his or her crate will produce more effective results than scolding or punishing. When you first bring your new puppy home, a lot of excitement and unexpected changes are happening. As hard as it is, try not to interact with your puppy while he’s eliminating (otherwise known as pottying) – wait until he’s calm before providing any praise or treats. That way, you can positively reinforce proper elimination outside of his crate (or litter box). What does that mean? Well, if your pup has an accident in their crate, immediately clean it up and wait until they calm down before saying anything – even if it’s scolding them.


Follow these steps and you’ll have a clean pup in no time. Remember, it will take some effort, but you can potty train your puppy in just a few days if you stick with it. There is one caveat, however: some dogs take longer than others so be patient and keep your training schedule consistent and regular. And don’t forget to praise your dog when he gets it right! Reward him with treats or petting and he’ll continue doing what he does best—making his owner happy!

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