How to Housetrain Any Dog … Really!

27 Feb

Here are some tips that will make housetraining faster and easier. It works on puppies or dogs. Even an adult dog can be put on this program and successfully be housebroken.

  • You can train a dog to us a specific area of the yard by keeping your pup on a leash every time you go out, and go directly to the designated part of the yard. Later, he’ll only use that part of the yard. This lets you enjoy your yard without worry about stepping on something.
  • Take the puppy outside after he eats, sleeps, plays/exercises, or comes out of the crate.
  • Praise him verbally and with a pat when he does his business. Then go immediately inside. This will show him the purpose of going outside. I would not recommend leaving the dog out in the yard all day, because it confuses housetraining.
  • For the first two to three days — while you’re home with him — put the puppy in his crate with something to chew so that he associates the crate with good things. Let him stay in the crate for an hour, then take him out and immediately go outside. Do this twice or three times per day.
  • When you have to go back to work, make sure the puppy is empty (you may have to go for a walk to assure that he empties out), then put him in his crate with something to do (chew bone, etc.).
    A puppy can be expected to “hold it” for the number of hours that matches his age in months. So a four-month-old puppy can only be expected to hold it for four hours. This is true up to about 10 hours. That’s as long as any dog should be expected to hold it.
  • Dogs sometimes pick up from us that there’s something wrong with being left alone because of the way we act when we leave and when we return. Do not say “goodbye” to him or change your voice or make a fuss when you leave the house. Just leave. When you come home, again, don’t do the high-pitched, excited voice or the overdone affection (until after you both come back inside). When you walk in the door, calmly take the puppy outside before you do anything else. Your whole attitude should be, “See? There’s nothing to it.”
  • Many people think that a dog is housebroken when he comes to you to ask to be let out, or scratches at the door. Don’t put the burden on your dog. Take him out on a regular schedule and he’ll know that there will be an opportunity to go soon. This will help him to hold it until the next potty break. Take him out first thing in the morning, after every meal, right before bed, and anytime you come home, no matter how long or short a time you’ve been gone. He needs to know that when you walk through that door, he’s going out.
  • If a dog is having diarrhea, additional breaks might be needed. If you see your pup hanging around the door, let him out.
  • If you take him out on a schedule, you’ll learn when he pees and when he poops. If you’re taking your morning break and he hasn’t pooped like he ususally does, you know that he’ll need to go while you’re at work. In this case, maybe a walk would give the results you need. Paying attention to what’s normal will help prevent a situation where he’s locked in his crate and half an hour later, he needs to go.
  • If you let the dog sleep in your bed, be aware that when he wakes up and moves around during the night, he may need to go out. If you have him in a crate, you may have to set the alarm and take him out. If he cries at night, cover the crate with a blanket.
  • If he soils the crate, don’t punish. Just take him out, then clean it up and continue with the routine. Being confined in a stinky crate is enough of a lesson for him.
  • After a while (at age 9-12 months), you may not need the crate as much, and you can start letting him have the run of the house while you’re gone. If he makes a mess, go back to the crate for 3 months before trying again. By age 1 (or before), he should be trustworthy in the house while you’re gone. But keep the crate for him so he can go to his private place whenever he wishes.

If you have a doggie door, the procedure is the same, until he learns to go out by himself. But you should still be there early on to praise him and to train him to go in a certain part of the yard.

I’ve heard trainers suggest giving a cookie when the dog pees or poops. I don’t like this idea because then the dog becomes focused on the treat. Praise the dog and immediately go back inside. This will show the dog why you’re out there. This applies to yard training, of course. If you live in an apartment, you’ll just walk your dog on a schedule that he can count on.


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129 responses to “How to Housetrain Any Dog … Really!

  1. Jon

    March 5, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Good tips there. Using a crate seems to make things alot easier. Alot of people think its harsh to crate your dog, but if they are bought up using one they will like having that as there own space.

    Editor’s Note: I agree with you, Jon. People who think it’s harsh to use a crate don’t understand crate training at all. – LW

    • louise - teachingpuppies

      July 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      I think people can easily get the wrong idea or misuse it but its great to have articles about like this to show people the correct way to use this tool.

    • Candy

      August 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm

      Crates are only cruel if they are used as punishment. Our pup has been put in her crate since the beginning as her own personal “bedroom” and she loves it. She goes in there by herself, especially if she needs a nap or at bedtime. It is also where she takes her toys or treats to hide. It is a life saver when it comes to potty issues also!

    • Zuleika Firousi

      October 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Done all that. It’s helped with peeing, so thank you. But he still poops in the house. He’s now seven months old and will not poop outside, no matter what I try.

      Any further advice? Anything at all, I’ll try it.

      • Rahel

        November 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

        i am house training my rescued 5mo peekapoo. Having the same problem. My pet peeve is when i stand outside for 15 min in the cold and bring her back in and she shits on the floor like 5 min later. Things are a bit better now.
        I know if she eats to watch her closley until she poos. If I can’t be there in the room with her I put her in her exercise pen with her pee pee pads just in case. I take her out every 15 min after that until poo happens or if am busy working i just watch her like a hawk. Any sniffing around and she goes out again.
        Now that she is in her exercise play pen when I am at work she doesn’t like to go in it. She associates it with her den it took 1-2 months for this to work. Then I fenced her off with baby gates in our kitchen but only when attended. She can now be trusted in my office upstairs with me. for 2-3 hrs at a time without a pee pee pad.

        I realized i was missing her cues to go outside. She would come up to me and put her front paws on let and look at me. I was so stupid to miss this. Recently I have been noticing if i even walk out of the room she will be almost as if in spite. ( even if I walked her 20 min ago) this is very frustrating and I feel like she will never be house broken! Thinking about getting rid of her.

        Any advice! ?

      • leslee larner

        August 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        I am having similar problems. Wondering how your potty training issues resolved. Any advice you can give greatly appreciated!!

      • Lee L

        September 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Pooping in the house still?

        I feel your pain, but I finally cured my 6 mo old companion.
        I controlled his feeding time to once a day for one week and figured out how long after he ate before he had to poop. i discovered my dog poops 1 1/2 to 2 hours after he eats, so at that time I take him out. The first 2 days when I took him out for a walk, we walked for close to 1 1/2 hours and he finally pooped… I then over-the-top praised him; High voice praising, face to face hug and petting him and I gave him a treat and immediately took him back to the house. After a week he was pooping about 20 minutes after we left the house for his walk. After a week I started feeding him twice a day and continued to walk him 1 1/2 hours after the second feeding. I was controlling his feeding time right down to the minute; 6AM and 6PM faithfully. My house for the past 3 months have been pooped free. A friend of mine saint it was cruel to feed once a day but I talked to my vet and he said it would be fine.

  2. Jenna

    March 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

    House training a puppy takes a lot of patience and discipline. Crates and puppy pads work for most of the puppies. When you get a new puppy try not to change the food right away. It can give them diarrhea and life is not fun when a puppy pooping all over the house.

  3. warren

    March 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    i have an article about the same thing…pet training…anyway, your article is good…thanks for sharing

  4. crate training puppy

    March 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Exceptional training points.

    Patience and routine is key in the crate training stage. Just realize that you will most likely will have some setbacks. But hold your temper and just keep at it, because your tenacity will finally pay off!

  5. Black Labradors

    March 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I have a wonderful post on my blog about this as well. Training your will be a never rewarding task.

  6. Marie

    March 24, 2009 at 9:05 am

    great tips. i hate it when people say, rub his nose in it and he’ll learn fast. i think thats mean. you definitely have to be patient. they are like babies.

    • Eileen Lewis

      October 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

      I agree 100%. People do not realize that dogs are a big responsibility and they are like little kids. would you rub your childs nose in it if they wet the bed? Of course not….why do it to your pet. I have had dogs all my life. I have 2 right now both rescues. The latest addition is 5 months old and we got her a couple of days ago. She has had NO potty training at all or any training of any kind. She is a handful but I am willing to take on that responsibility. To me its like bringing home a new baby. I set my alarm at night to go off every 3 hours and I take both of them out to the same spot. Its been 3 days and she is starting to get it. I am at about 50/50 with her right now. 50% outside and 50% accidents. I am lucky to be gifted with patience ( or its those little brown eyes that look up at me that just want love and attention). To all the people who want to “get rid of” your pet or put their noses in it or use other harsher forms of discipline (I dont even want to think about that). Dogs are like our little children, some learn quicker than others, some want to test you to see what they can get away with, etc. Bottom line, they just want your unconditional love and attention. They are not toys we just play with then put them away when you are done.

  7. Carlars Cuties Kennel

    March 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Very good article. As a breeder of Yorkshire Terriers and Dachshunds I am frequently asked what is the best way to housebreak their puppy. I wish I could print off a copy of your article and give it to the new owners every time a puppy leaves here. Carlars Cuties Kennel

  8. dog daycare toronto

    March 31, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing the great tips. It’s funny that some dogs love crates once they get trained. One of our dogs go to the crate on his own after sleeping with us a couple of hours in bed. πŸ™‚

  9. Dog Bedding

    April 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I needed this information. We’ve had the hardest time with our dogs. Thanks for this great info.

  10. Down Sleeping Bags

    May 4, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I have a friend who is a new dog owner – she has a bunch of questions and as my dog is nearly 10, I’d forgotten alot of these awesome tips…I’m going to send her here…thanks!

  11. How to Potty Train a Dog

    May 6, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I really like the idea of crate training a dog, especially in the early parts of a potty training program. You mentioned crates in your post briefly but I would just like to point out that the crate should be adjusted to fit your dog’s size. If you have a Yorkshire Terrier and your crate is for a German Shepherd then you might find your dog doing his business in one end and sleeping in another.

  12. Dog Name Place

    May 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    crate training is suggested by a lot of veteran dog trainers and i guess it is because it works. nice post!

    • valerie thompson

      December 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

      the breeder we bought the puppy had them in a crate but she didn’t tell us to try keeping him in a crate when we got him home trying to get him house trained was hard and night time the same he was crying note the info about putting a blanket over the crate ( if one has one ) but what does one do in the daytime when they have to go out and cannot take him with them?

      • Kyle

        April 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

        I put a blanket over all but the front of the crate. i turn on either the radio or the tv. note sometimes the tv isn’t the best idea. i.e. other dogs or cats on the screen may get him/her a little excited. but they sell dog sitter dvds. those are awesome. my mom has been training dogs a long time. she has 5 chihuahuas and a doberman. all are house trained.

  13. Got Dog Kennels?

    May 19, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Great tips, thanks. Our dog does pretty well. We only ever run into trouble when we are gone for a little too long (or when my mother-in-law’s dog comes for a visit).

  14. erin

    May 21, 2009 at 12:20 am

    this is a great article! It takes consistency & a big heart.

  15. Baby Pushchairs

    June 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I really appreciate these tips – I think they could come in very useful for us in the near future πŸ™‚

  16. sammy

    July 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    My 8 year old golden retriever Sammy is blinde and i thought it was going to be hard to train him but it was really easy it just toke a lot of pactience and now he is the most well housetrained dog i have and i have had 37 dogs and i am still in school

    • Anonymous

      March 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      There is no reason to have 37 dogs…dogs need love and attention, having that many dogs pretty much defeats the purpose and is not fair to the animal.

      • crystal

        March 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        They said they have HAD 37 dogs ….not DO have.

  17. Shari

    July 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Good tips. I heard from a very smart person that the way to find a good trainer is by first seeing how they do housetraining. Teaching this one behavior tells you volumes about the trainer’s methods and philosophies. I like your’s.
    Thank you.

  18. Anthony Albert

    July 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Very good article, alot of good tips.

  19. Dog Info

    July 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

    This article is really a good detail on how to treat and train dogs that can be applied to puppies or dogs, and it is really useful for the beginner who does not really understand how to start a dog training. Thanks.

  20. Gabbie

    July 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    You have such a wonderful blog…A lot of nice and very useful tips. Great! πŸ™‚

  21. David Crocombe

    July 15, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Great post. I especially like the information you gave about how long a puppy can “hold it” for.

    I thought the information you gave was comprehensive.

    Well done!

  22. Vom Bullenfeld german rottweiler breeders

    July 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    This article is right on the money! We employ the same techniques when we train our german rottweiler puppies . πŸ™‚

  23. Bethany

    August 4, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I have to say that the main method that we have used to train our dog is to always leave him in his crate until he understands that he should not go to the bathroom inside the house. I have friends of mine that still let their dog go to the bathroom on their bathroom floor, and she is two years old!

  24. Mark

    August 4, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for mentioning that it is so unnecessary to give dogs treats when they go to the bathroom. Otherwise, they are missing the whole point, and they think they are just getting food!

  25. German Rottweiler breeders

    August 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Great article, makes some good points. Thanks for sharing. But not so sure about covering the crate with a blanket if he cries, he might even cry more if you do that. There are other more sensible solutions…

    • dog owner

      September 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

      Such as? I’ve never done it, but I know that birds like blankets over their cages at night. It helps them to feel secure and stay calm. It’s not cruel. It doesn’t hurt the dog. If you have such insight, why don’t you share, instead of just leaving an empty post with no value?

      • Lexy

        May 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        If you cover the crate and leave the end open then it creates a “den-like” situation for the dog and makes them feel more secure. I do that with my dog and he loves it. He can still look out the front of his crate but it makes a nice cozy area for him to spend his time. It also keeps him warm in the winter. He is a small dog and gets cold easily so the blanket holds in the body heat, with that and his sweater he is comfortable. There is nothing cruel about putting a blanket over some of the crate.

  26. Puppy girl

    September 1, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I envy people who have dogs who speak or circle to let them know it’s time to go out. I have to take my doberman out on a schedule too or guess when to take her.

  27. Small Dog Training

    October 9, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Your dog(s) will get a lot more out of 20 minutes of tug/fetchtug/pushing than they will out of 1 hour at the dog park, in terms of stress relief and EMOTIONAL exhaustion.

  28. Lana Paris

    December 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

    great tips. i hate it when people say, rub his nose in it and he’ll learn fast. i think thats mean. you definitely have to be patient. they are like babies.

  29. teach dog to come

    December 3, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    It gives me a headache to train my dog in my own way, so I decided to call for help which is to search about training them and walla!! I really appreciate your site. n_n

    • valerie thompson

      December 23, 2012 at 7:43 am

      I had a puppy its a long time since we had an animal I found a problem in house training him and had a look for this type of site for some help to late unfortunately it got me down and I took the puppy back but feel sad as I would have liked to keep him I also have a husband with parkinson so this added to my problems and the puppy wouldn’t settle at night I didn’t have a crate for him!

  30. best techniques

    December 4, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I love to train my dog on my own, and so I am very thankful for this article, it give me some good tips that I can use for my dog’s training.

  31. Dog Trainer

    December 4, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Really good advice, lots of people have trouble with house training.

  32. Rover

    December 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    One other quick point, too many people give up too early and too easily when faced with house training problems. Some dogs may take longer and that’s ok! It’s not a competition. As long as you stick with your routine and don’t give up on your dog because you think “he should know by now” you’ll be fine.

  33. Pet Directory and Pet Forum

    December 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    This is fantastic advice. Consistancy is the key just like with children.

  34. Everything Pet - Pet Supplies

    December 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Very good, well thought out advice.

  35. Emma

    December 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I am having an extremely hard time training my 2yr old yorkie. I put him in his crate at night and by 5am he is screaming to be let out of it. I take him out and try walking him outside but he will not go to the bathroom. The second we come back inside he goes on the carpet. HELP!!

    • Michele

      May 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

      My 11 month old does the same and I am not giving up on him. I have found if he wanders off from the and has his tail up that he has to go outside. Be patient and keep taking yours out and reward him or her when they go pee or poo outside.

  36. jeff

    January 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

    “Interesting and great post! Are you still wondering why your dog is a lot different from those energetic dogs you see in parks? A training might’ve been missing with your dog. Don’t take this privilege away from your dog and visit this site now and start noticing the difference.”

  37. Jeffrey

    January 17, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Interesting and great post! Are you still wondering why your dog is a lot different from those energetic dogs you see in parks? A training might’ve been missing with your dog. Don’t take this privilege away from your dog and visit this site now and start noticing the difference.

  38. Jeff

    January 30, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Are you still wondering why your dog is a lot different from those energetic dogs you see in parks? A training might’ve been missing with your dog. Don’t take this privilege away from your dog and visit this site now and start noticing the difference.

  39. Nadia

    February 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    We have just adopted a rescue dog who needs house training and came across your advice. It’s been a week with the crate and so far so good. But 3 or 4 toilet trips during the night is very hard work. If the crate is successful, will she be dry & clean during the night? And how will I know if the crate training has been a success?

  40. Alexis

    February 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    SAVIOR TREATS FOR TRAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was having such a problem with my dog Max. He was overweight as is but I was told that giving a dog a treat was good for them as a reward. Just Because Dog Treats were the best thing that has happened to us as a family. Now, he is able to enjoy the treats and stay underweight… for anyone that has a dog that should be healthier but you want to train them, go with these!!!!!!!!! I promise you, you wont regret it, and neither will your dog!

  41. Sandra

    February 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I have a fixed 1 1/2 yr. female chiahuahua that indeed is the “baby” of the family. I initally trained her by putting paper down in a large area. Sometimes she hits the paper just right…sometimes she doesn’t. Needless to say that my floor/house stanks, stanks, stanks. And I would now prefer for her to go only outside. There have been times I will pick her up first thing in the morning and take her outside for about 2 hours while I’m getting ready for work. But when I bring her back in the first thing she does is to go on the paper/floor. I have used everything to try to clean the floor so she doesn’t have that impulse. Ideally, I would like to let her stay inside while I’m at work w/o the use of the poo poo paper. She likes to stay outside during the day and she sleeps w/me at night. How can train her when I work all day?

  42. Angie Woods

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Great article. I love the depth in which you covered this commonly ask question..”How do I housebreak this dog?”
    I will recommend this article to others.

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  44. Ben

    May 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I have recently adopted a dog who was going to be put down. She is around three and is very skittish and has yet to pee outdoors (she goes poop in the park but waits to pee until inside and no one is looking). I am trying to find a way to teach her to go outside but I have heard that scolding doesn’t do any good and we have ourselves a bit of a problem – my roommate and I spend up to forty five minutes outside trying to get her to pee but she doesn’t even like to walk, she just goes about ten feet from the house and then lies down and won’t budge unless we go inside (is she possibly agoraphobic?) Any ideas at all?

    • sue jaes

      December 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      i am looking after a 14 month old king charles spaniel
      his owner is an elderly lady who doesnt appear to take him out other than in the garden
      he poops and wees in the house and has no concept of the outside world how do i train him

  45. Veterinary Fort Worth

    May 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    house training my puppy took me sometime. and it was really not an easy job. but i’m proud to say i did it! i’m getting a new pet so this article will really help me. wish me luck!


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  47. Debby

    July 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Any suggestions on how to handle a 3 year old dog that suddenly stops being house trained? Our mixed hound has been using a doggie door to go out since she was about 6 months old. In the past 3-4 weeks she is doing her business in the house. We are at our wits end on how to fix this problem. HELP.

  48. Hannah

    July 30, 2010 at 4:07 am

    My friend’s dog too was being lured to go potty by treats which is really not so effective. Now he has random accident in the house but slowly learning to go potty when they implement a daily routine for activities like for meal time, potty break after 15 minutes, wake up time and walk/exercise and more.

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    August 24, 2010 at 1:31 am

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  50. KozyDogs

    September 8, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Nice informative post. I really like the tips about crate training, this seems like it would work very well. Thank you for the vital information. I like it.

  51. KozyDogs

    September 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Thank for all of these vital tips on house training your pup. I will definitly use them.

  52. Insulated dog house

    October 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    These are 12 great advices one can get. I Knew a few of them but even those once came with a lot more details. I am sure with these tips i can train my dog better

  53. Laura

    October 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the excellent advice! Super informative.

  54. Alain

    October 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    We agree crate trainig is very important for your puppy. Patience and persistance is the key to success. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Rick

    October 27, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Great information for new pet owners.

  56. nicholas

    November 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

    see, these are all great tips, but i just bought a rescue dog, and shes one year old. She was left in the vrate the wghole day, so she only went out in the late afternoon. im trying to get her to use the bathroom in the house on a wee wee pad. I donyt now how to get her to use one..HELP πŸ™‚

  57. bluesky889

    November 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Great tips! Training dogs is always a bit of a challenge, but definitely worth it in the end. I let my dogs roam the yard, but sometimes they roam into my neighbors yard, and they don’t really appreciate it. I’m considering getting a wireless fence for my two dogs just to make sure they stay in my yard, one I just read about from Havahart Wireless would allow me to customize the shape to my own yard to stay out of the neighbors’ yards.

  58. dogs

    November 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    wow great info. written in nice way ! Thanks.

  59. Jenni Johnson

    January 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I have adopted a 2 year old maltese desexed male and am having trouble housetraining him. Your article is very informative and I am going to give it my best shot. I can be patient and consistent – first time I have had to train an older dog and wow what a challenge. I wonder if that’s why he ended up surrendered. Great article. Thank you and good luck to all you trainers out there

  60. cynthia

    January 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    hello I was trying to find out if anyone can help me out we adopted a puppy from the pound in nov of 2010 she is 5 months old this week and no matter what i do i can not house break her anyone can take her outside to go to the bathroom no matter how long we are outside she will come right in and go to the bathroom mainly going poop in the house.. she will even go in her crate and lay in it and not care any suggestions on how to get her to stop going in the house we really love this dog but i dont know how much longer can take this of her not getting house trained

  61. Jenni Johnson

    January 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t believe it – have had no indoor mess to clean for a few days now. He even uses the doggy door to go in and out through the day. Still does not like to go alone at night, but that’s okay, I can go with him. As we have had heaps of rain and the grass is sodden I find he does not like wet feet either. Have discovered I now have eyes in the back of my head and the secret is just being aware of his every movement and not really giving him the opportunity to make a mistake. Ultimately it’s up to me. If I am lazy or not on the ball, then I pay the price.


    January 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Wow, thanks for all the information, I’ll take it into account. But yes you’re right, housebreaking a dog is more than just potty training.

  63. The New York Dog Shop

    May 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  64. Lori Northrop

    May 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Great article on training! I have always had success with crate training and your article is exactly the correct way to use it. Thanks for letting people know crate training is not cruel!

  65. Brittany

    June 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong or not giving him enough time, but my dog doesn’t seem to get the idea. I’ve had him about a month now (he’s 5 months old) and we’re using crate training, taking him out after every meal, every nap, play time, and when he comes out of the crate, but he still goes in the house every now and then. Does he need more time or is there something else I should be doing? I praise him when he goes he just doesn’t seem to like going outside for some reason.

    Regardless, thank you very much for the advice. I will make sure to pass the information along to others!

  66. Leah Edwards England

    July 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Great tips and suggestions. Here’s a list of 8 articles written by trainers and vets on potty training if your readers would like even more info on the subject.

  67. Mel

    July 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    We just got a 20 month old wheaten terrier from a breeder. And I have no clue how to train her to pee and poop outside. We’ve only had her for about 6 days and she has had 4 accidents (1 pee and 3 poops). We have an electronic dog door, but she doesn’t like using it. So I just take her outside (the side of the house is her area to pee and poop, not play) and wait til she goes. Any other advice?

  68. Dog Lover

    July 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

    This tips are really something! I’ll try to apply some of them to my dog. He is one smart dog and once you taught him things 3 or 5 times he will surely remember.

  69. Digestion

    August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the great article and tips on handling pets. having your pets potty-trained sure is not enough. If you want to have a clean backyard, do remember to follow the steps provided above so your dogs won’t just pee and dig your yard everywhere. Assign him to a certain place in the yard where he can certainly mess things up his/her own way. πŸ™‚ I was glad to be able to read this one. This is a really big help.

  70. Guinea Pigs

    August 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I have bookmarked this page and even tried the tips here and eventually it worked for my stubborn golden retriever. I will be trying the other trick as well. Hope that it work out well.

  71. Rabbit Hutches

    August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I will definitely try this tips on my dog. I hope that this would work on him. He is the stubborn type though. And it’s hard to get his attention to learn new things.

  72. Chicken Houses

    September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    There are a lot of ways for you to train your dogs and make them remember it. However the hard part is how to make them obey you. The tips mentioned above are really helpful I will definitely keep that in mind.

  73. Laura

    October 1, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for the tips. We’re really struggling with housetraining our new rescue dog.

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    November 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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  76. Carrie

    November 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Our dog is 8 weeks old and we are not sure what we are doing with him, everything we read tells us different things. We take him out at all the right times but he is still peeing everywhere, all the time! Is he too young yet and do we just need to put up with this just now?

  77. Shannon

    November 30, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I just got a little rescue pug whos about 3-4. I have never house trained a dog before. I have read up on how to do it and it seems easy in theory. However at this point I’m not 100% sure how long she can hold for ( as i know pugs do have little bladders). She is currently going on newspaper in the house and on the deck. My plan was to slowly eliminate the number of puppy pads/ newspapers and slowly moved the last one outside gradually. However after reading the above I have no idea if this is a alright idea or not .
    When i was considering a puppy, I was all for crate training, however I’m not sure if it would be ok for her as she is older. OR do i just keep taking her out and do away with the newspapers??

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  79. Rishabh

    December 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I am thankful to this hyperlink to gave me these tips for housetrain a dog. now i am full of confidence to train my rottweiler.

  80. Rachel

    January 1, 2012 at 1:00 am


    It’s really good advice up there but I just got an 8 week old puppy home and he is kinda trained but he poops and pee’s when he is out of the crate and I am not watching it. I am training him to use a litter box with sand in it so he will used to the sand outside. We have to give him more vaccinations so he cannot go outside. We stay in a house and we are staying upstairs so for now he is confined to the big balcony during the day and in the crate in the house in the night.
    If anybody has any advice please, please, please reply.

    He is a black, male cocker spaniel puppy!!!!

  81. Maack

    January 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Hi, I just got a 8 month old pupette that’s been in a kennel with her siblings for the bulk of her life. What do you recommend for housetraining her?

  82. Susan Shumanski

    January 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    i am having an issue my dog poops in his sleep and walks and pees and poops i have him on routine but still can’t get him remotely trained have him in a crate and he messes in there. if he messes in house i say out side take him out and clean up his mess while he is out there then i go get him bring him in and try again. he is now 5 months old and nothing has changed i am with him all the time he messes on my furniture in his kennel and still goes out side i praise him when he goes out side like i did when i potty trained my kids by doing this i had my great dane trained in 3 weeks he gets lots of love and affection but i am at my whits end how long do you keep trying before its just becomes too much. Help me please!!!

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  84. Sylvua

    February 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I have just adopted a ten yr old dog and she is not toilet trained. While we have established a pee poo schedule and she seems comfortable with it, she still pees on the floor anywhere when we play with her or when she gets excited or is afraid, especially when it thunders. How do we train her to do ut in her pee pan?

  85. Dan

    March 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Love your site! I got some great tips! We have a puppy and love it. He has brought our family back to the living room to talk and of course play. with the dog.

  86. Brenda

    March 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Do you have some tips on house breaking a 5 yr old male poodle who lived with an elderly person who was not able to take them outdoors? He was allowed to potty indoors most of the time. How can we re-train him to potty outdoors now?

    • Dog Toys And

      March 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Start with him as though he were a puppy. Take him out after he eats, after he sleeps and after play or activity. These are the natural times that dogs’ bodies want to eliminate. Soon, he’ll know what is expected of him. Do not punish him for going inside the house. Dogs have a natural aversion to soiling their own den. He’ll adapt if he’s on a regular schedule. And dogs can understand that things are one way at one home and another way at another home. Just like kids who forget their manners at grandma’s house, but suddenly “remember” them when they’re back home.

  87. Jabez

    March 22, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I have a puppy and i will use this excellent tips that you have provided.

  88. Melanie Graf

    June 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    We have a 7 month old female Rottweiler who we trained to potty in the garage…we have a pool and were leery of letting her potty in the yard when a small puppy for fear she might fall in. Now we want to re-train her to go in the yard–the mess in the garage has become a nightmare!!! Please help!!!


      June 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      The best way to get to to stop going in the garage is to keep her out of the garage. If you’re used to keeping her outside or in the garage, take her to the groomer to get the loose hair shedded out and the “outdoor dog” smell freshened up. Then keep her in the house and take her outside on a leash to do her business. If you take her to the same part of the yard every time you go out, then later you can take her out off the leash and she will head for the same part of the yard every time. That makes it a lot easier to pick up the yard when it’s time to mow, because all of the solid waste will be in a small are. Plus, you won’t have to worry about stepping on a “land mine” when you go out to swim. Best of luck!

  89. Kristina

    June 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Some really good tips. I’ve heard people tell me the poochie bells work really well too for the dogs who don’t make a sound when they need to go out.

  90. Dani Hope

    July 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’ve adopted a 11 month old pom… she is not house trained at all..
    Is it possible to train a dog that age to use a tray? Or pads?

    Help please!

  91. Dr. River Song

    October 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I rescued a 7-8 week old puppy from the trolley tracks a week ago, I have not been crating her but she is confined a small are in the kitchen when we are at work or unable to give her direct supervision and I lay paper down for her to eliminate on. I’d say about 7 out of 10 times she uses the paper for pee, but she poops all over the place. also she doesnt always pee while Im watching so I find it hard to reward her when she does. If I turn around and she has used the papers, I immediately say “good girl!” and give her a treat, but I have no way of knowing if she understands what she is being rewarded for. Can she be trained to use papers EVERY time for pee AND poop? Also, I do plan on taking her outside after she is vaccinated, will she go outside as well as on the paper?

  92. ron

    November 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am going to get a new puppy from a friend. The puppy is about 1month and I want to make sure I get it right this time.
    My other dog Natasha just turned 2yrs and is an inside dog. I trained her using the crate. At night she cried so much, but I knew I had to let her stay in there. I took her out every hr and put her on a tray with newspaper in it. Now she goes out the doggy door and goes in her tray.
    My question is after the puppy has done his business and I have told him “good boy”, should I leave the crate open so he can leave and enter as he wants? I want him to like being in the crate.

  93. Lee

    November 19, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I have a chance to adopt a 5 year old yorkie male that is not neutered, name is Tex.
    I’m apprehensive about taking him because he is not potty trained. I’ve pet sitted Tex a few times now, and noticed when I leave him alone in a room he tends to lift his leg and pee on everything, I was told by the owners that because he was not neutered that he is marking his spot, when I’m in the room he is fine. Once I caught him in the act and I told him No!! … And he immediately ran out of the room, this tells me that Tex knows better.
    The owners of Tex wants me to have him, I would love to Have him, I was told that he is too old to potty train. Is this true?
    Tex is 2.5 lbs, great temperament. He was never neutered because his owners had plan to breed him, parents are both champion Yorkie’s. If I adopt him I plan to have him neutered right away – I am not interested in breeding.

    Thanks Lee

  94. Anne

    November 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I’m still in the process of housetraing my 13 week old puppy and I’m finding that if I take him outside every 45 minutes to an hour he has a lot less accidents. Also, if I’m doing stuff around the house I’ll keep him on a leash so that he’s always close by and I can see if he starts circling around to find a good spot to pee. Consistancy is the key for sure. I find that if I don’t stick to an outside schedule then he just goes back to peeing on the floor.

    I let him sleep in bed with me as well and I think it’s helped a lot since he’s learned to hold it for four to five hours at a time (sometimes all night). I generally wake up at some point in the night to use the washroom so I just take him out at that time and he always pees. If I don’t wake up on my own in the night he’ll usually start pacing around the bed or pawing at my face to let me know that he needs to go.

  95. Collin

    December 7, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Such a great and informative post. Training your dog in your house is a good idea. But I think it is much better if a dog owner will hire a dog trainer to be sure that all training will be taught to your dog.

  96. Judith Llewellyn

    December 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I am also at my “witts end”! We rescued a 18 month female Cocker Spaniel that was left outside since birth and thinks the world is her bathroom. We are on the routine mentioned above but she does not give any clue as to when she needs to go. She is skitish and gets very easily distracted when walking.Just today she did her jobs in the morning and was in her crate for the day while we were at work. I came home, took her out immediately. She peed but did not poop. Half an hour later … guess what… yes, she pooped in the livingroom on the carpet.
    We love her and want to keep her BUT….I need help.

  97. Bob Thomason

    December 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I have a almost 2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier who has to my knowledge (rescue dog) always been an outside dog. Is it too late to teach him? Oklahoma winters can get pretty cold and the summers can get pretty hot. He weighs about 50 lbs and I don’t think he will get much bigger.

    • Ashley

      December 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Your dog is a big dog. I have one too. She loves being outside but the odd thing about it is my dog trained herself to be housebroken so yours might too. But some technics might help when it’s hot is to keep refilling their water with cold water and when it’s hot and when it’s cold I usually put a heater out for my dog. But yet again they aren’t going to be out for a long time that their going to get cold.

  98. Ashley

    December 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I am barley 13 and my mom keeps telling me if my dog don’t get housebroken their going to get rid of it. I go to school. On the weekends I sleep in and before k go to school I never get up early enough to take my dog out. I usually do keep her outside all day. What should I do? My mom is never home to be doin this too.

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  100. Corbun

    January 29, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Great article and active blog. Your article has obviously helped many people already. In my opinion your advice is right on.

  101. Dan

    June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Great article! Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  102. hvac

    July 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Very informative article! Thank you for explaining it easy. Great job!

  103. Lynne

    July 29, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I crate every single rescue foster. They all get used to it in about an hour. I blanket the crate at night. Leave area in corner to let air in. It makes them a much more secure dog, and puppies can get hurt while you’re gone. Another advantage is rescue workers can save them if there’s a fire or other emergency


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