Potty Training For Dogs


Once in their lifetime, almost all dog owners think about Potty Training For Dogs.

This problem can occur in puppies as well as older dogs.

These reasons can be of three types-

a) The puppy who has been never potty trained,

b) Elder dog, has been trained but lately has started potty training regression,

c) Dog involuntarily defecates or urinates in other places where he has no control over it.

In this article, we try to explain potty training for dogs.


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A puppy should have a routine for its daily activities.

Specific times for walks, naps, eating, exercise times and potty breaks helps the pup as well as the owner to have a consistent schedule to follow.

A one-month-old puppy can hold its bladder for one hour, a two-month-old puppy can hold it for 2 hours and so on.

But it should be noted that the dog should have scheduled toilet break in two hours and shouldn’t go beyond that.

Taking the dog on regular walks and exercise helps to build its metabolism, social skills, overall growth and helps it grow into a healthy dog.

Create a puppy potty training schedule as shown in the picture below.



Supervision is a key element when you are potty training your dog.

You should be alert and aware of their actions.

Often dog behaviors provide a cue which signals that he may have to eliminate.

If your dog is confined and starts whining, circling, scratching, sniffing or barking then it indicates that your dog needs to go out and poop.

This routine has to go about for quite some time until the puppy starts to understand his specific times for elimination.

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Feeding Schedule

Follow a feeding schedule to let your pup get trained about his food timings.

This keeps his digestive system on a schedule and you can manage their trips outdoors better.

Fill the food bowl only when it’s their eating time.

Do not let the food bowl lie outside for the whole day.

Also, provide fresh water every 8 hours, rinse and clean the bowl and then refill the bowl.

Eating and drinking fresh items ensures that the dog doesn’t fall ill and poops regularly.


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Confinement is an essential part of the housetraining process.

Use a leash to tether a dog to a specific place in the room.

Give them space to roam around but not too far.

A puppy can also be confined by using baby gates.

Confinement is necessary so that the puppy or dog understands the difference between right and wrong places to poop.

The confinement area should mostly be small and cozy and just enough for him to sit, stand and sleep.

A dog pooping in the same place where he sleeps is less likely.

The reason why confinement is vital is that the dog should be able to “hold it”.

Another solution can be introducing crates to your dog.

They should be crate-trained in their puppyhood so that they get used to sleeping in a den-like structure.

This protects them from other hazards at home even when you aren’t supervising.

They are a good option when you are leaving the puppy in a crate while at work.

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Refrain From Punishments

In the early stages of the training, your pup may have accidents (poop indoors).

In case you catch him in the act, make a distinct noise like a loud clap or tell him to “Go outdoors”, “go potty”, or just say “hey, hey” and point towards where he should potty.

Pick him up and let him finish outdoors.

If the dog has already done it when you weren’t around then just clean it without showing your anger on the dog.

Clean up the place with an enzymatic cleaner to eliminate the smell of their accident.

If that place still smells of their accident then chances are, they will try to poop on the same place again.

Punishing a dog would create fear or anxiety in the mind of the canine.

You wouldn’t want your dog to be afraid of you, would you?