How to potty train a puppy

Most pet owners want to have their puppy around them but they are often worried about their rug being soiled or their rooms turning into a smell place. So how to potty train a puppy?

Puppies are beautiful pets to have around us, however, keeping a puppy in the house involves you giving the puppy basic training he needs and this includes potty training. Potty training him will help you out if you don’t want your puppy peeing in the house or crate at night

You might want to start potty training your puppy when he is around 12 weeks and above. According to experts, at this age, he can control his bladder and bowel movements. It may take 4-6 months before a puppy can be fully trained depending on his size and previous living conditions. Some puppies learn faster than others and this also depends on their breeds. A puppy will learn more and more each day, you just have to be patient.

When you start to potty train your puppy, you don’t need to bother yourself about setbacks. As you maintain your daily routine training him, he will continue to learn, and as time goes on, your puppy will start to pee in the right place.

Using Crate training to teach a puppy where to pee

Crate training is a very easy way to potty train your puppy. Puppies are clean in nature and they don’t like to soil where they eat and sleep. The crate should be the right size for the puppy. It should comfortable and spacious enough to allow the puppy to stand up, lie down or turn. A crate that is too large will create the impression that your puppy can use a corner of the crate for his peeing business.

Things you should know about potty training

  1. When your puppy feels the urge to pee, he may start to whine or scratch. He may also start to pace in circles, smell his rear, sniff the floor, and my even start barking or scratching the floor.
  1. Designate a potty spot for your puppy – whenever your puppy wants to pee, take him to a How to potty train a puppyparticular spot and stick to using the same spot for Puppies can smell their own pee; this will make him to keep going back to the same spot to pee.
  1. Keep a schedule with your puppy and stick to a particular time interval. This will help him to know to when to expect food throughout the day and also help you to know how to follow up with his potty training.
  1. Take your puppy out frequently. Even though puppies can generally hold their bladder for the number of hours that corresponds to their age in months; up to about 9 months (9 hours). So this has its limit and it is important to realize that all puppies are unique, so their timing will differ. It is also important to keep in mind that they have small bladders. Puppy’s need to be taken out to pee first in the morning, then every two hours (for a very young puppy, it should be every one hour). Also take him outside after each meal or when he wakes up after a sleep or a nap.
  1. Always remember to praise and reward your puppy anytime he pees at the right spot. As your puppy continues to grow and learn more you can give him more freedom around the house. A walk around the neighborhood can make him happier. 


Accidents cannot be totally avoided. When your puppy pees in your home or in his crate or where he shouldn’t, calmly address the situation. Do not punish your puppy for such accidents. Accidents are natural parts of the potty-training process. You can clean the
area urgently and spray the spot with pet-safe cleaners. Keep your puppy away from the area while cleaning until it dries off, this is because if he smells the urine around the area, he may feel it is OK for him to use the place the next time he has to pee.

Use Puppy Pads for potty training

However, if you have a job that makes it impossible for you to be home throughout the day, you might want to use puppy pads. This allows your puppy to pee at an approved spot in the crate. Since he can smell “his territory,” he will be going there to relieve himself whenever he feels the urge. Put the puppy pad in an appropriate place and the same spot, moving it around may confuse your puppy and cause an accident.

When you have more time for your puppy, you can start outdoor potty training for him. You can start by moving the puppy pad a little distance from the crate. Find a suitable place and take your puppy there to pee. Later you can start to reduce the size of the pad gradually once it is outside until he can start using the ground.

Puppy peeing in house at night

If your puppy had an accidental pee in his crate or your home and it is not well cleaned your puppy may pee there again. This is often one of the main reasons why your puppy may pee in their crate at night. You need to patiently train him out of that habits. Peeing at night can also be a result of your puppy not feeling so fine. It might be necessary to check-up on him to find out the reason.

However, to control and stop this habit, you can try to take your puppy out to pee at least two or more times before going to bed. You can bring the puppy’s bed near you so you will know when he gets up.

Do you want your dog to be more obedient? Check out our post about dog obedience.

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