Potty Training

dog potty training

A puppy usually pees and poops as soon as they drink or eat something, and this is a point of contention to nearly all new pet parents. They’re absolutely adorable, but can make quite a mess!

Puppy potty training can start as early as 1.5-2 months of age. 

Where?

  • Start with choosing a designated spot in the house for your puppy to pee or poop.
  • The bathroom can also be a designated spot for dog potty training for easy cleaning.

When?

  • As soon as the puppy eats or drinks
  • As soon as the puppy wakes up from a nap
  • If the puppy is playing and suddenly stops playing
  • If any doubt of the puppy wanting to pee or poop

This helps the puppy understand that peeing and pooping is to be done at that specific spot. Do not yell, shout or scream at them if they pee or poop inside the house. Redirect them to the designated spot. This is applicable whether a young puppy or an older dog. 

How?

Every time you take your puppy or dog to the designated pee or potty spot, give them a word cue such as “pee” or “potty” at the moment that they pee or poop. Praise and reward them to encourage them. 

Create a routine for your dog’s potty training based on how often they need to pee or poop and your schedule. Design your routines around your availability. 

The best times for peeing and pooping are first thing in the morning, after meal times, and last thing in the night before sleeping.

Walks

Ensure that your dog completes their pee and potty at the beginning of the walk and then proceed with the walk. Do not take them back inside the moment they have peed or pooped as they may hold their pee and poop in longer to prolong their walks. Another reward for pooping outside is the walk. 


Many dogs have preferences on the substrate when pooping, such as sand, grass, slope, and so on, whereas other dogs don’t have any preferences. If you have trouble with your dog not pooping, look to understand their preferred substrate so you can take them to that spot first during the walk. 

Correcting potty training from indoors to outdoors

A dog or puppy in the habit of peeing or pooping at home will need to learn two things,

  • Correction with a stern “no” just before they pee or poop but not after they have already done it. 
  • When they pee or poop in the correct redirected spot, reward and praise them. 

Sometimes, your puppy or dog may hold themselves until they go back home. Keep an eye on them and rush them back outside if you think they are about to pee or poop. You may have to repeat this exercise multiple times to help your dog understand that they need to pee and poop outdoors. Once this has been established, create a routine for pee and pooping outside and give them the word cue associated with it to help make the process easier for you and your dog.