Three Best Puppy Housebreaking Methods


This first method to house train your dog is ideal for Christmas puppies or anytime you're trying to potty train a puppy in a cold climate.  by starting inside, you don't have to move outside until you're dog has mastered the basics.  

Start by putting down newspapers or specially-made pretreated pads.  Newspapers are the traditional material, hence the phrase paper training a dog".  However, many pet owners are leery of any chemical that may be contained in the newspaper or ink.  As well, when the newspaper gets wet with puppy pee, some of the think might transfer to the surface underneath.

Pretreated puppy potty training pads often have a dog-safe scent that encourages your dog to do his business on them.  

When you see our puppy giving you pre-potty cues -- walking around and sniffing the floor, for example -- pick them up and take them to the paper or pad.  Don't say anything during this process as you don't want to distract your pet.  When your puppy pees (or poops) on the paper or pad, make sure you praise them.  If you're using treats for housebreaking, give your dog a treat within three seconds of a successful moment.  

When your dog is consistently using the house training paper or pads, it's time to start the transition to outdoors.  Start moving the paper/pad closer to the door you'll be using once your dog is house trained.

When you see your puppy heading for the paper/pad, take it outside to where you want your pet to relieve itself.  Obviously, the more often and more consistently you get to your puppy before it does its business on the paper/pad, the faster it will be housebroken and want to go outside on its own.

Because of the transition period, and the fact that you started by teaching your puppy to do its business inside, this method of house training your dog may take a little longer.


This popular method of house training your pet takes advantage of the dog's natural aversion to soiling the place they sleep.

Another advantage to crate training a puppy is that your pet very quickly learns that it can control its bladder and bowel, instead of releasing as soon as the urge hits.  For the most part, this results in fewer accidents once the training is done.

Puppies that are four months or younger can only control their bladder for a few hours during the day, and slightly longer at night when they are sleeping.  Keep this in mind while housebreaking.

Start by acquiring a crate or cage that's just big enough to accommodate a sleeping mat or blanket.

Whenever the dog is inside but cannot be given your full and absolute attention (it only takes a quick second for your puppy to start peeing and once it starts, well...) it should be placed in the crate.

Just before placing the puppy in its crate or cage, take it outside to where you want it to relieve itself.  As soon as you take the dog out of the cage, bring it back to the same outdoor spot, since chances are very good it will need to urinate or defecate.

The puppy should be placed in the crate all night until you're completely confident that the housebreaking has been successful.

When crate training your puppy, never place any food or water inside with it.  Always have a comfortable sleeping mat or blanket on the bottom.  You can include a chew toy to help keep your dog from getting bored.

During the day, you can start leaving your puppy unsupervised for longer and longer periods of time as it learns to relieve itself outdoors.


Want to house train your puppy without having to pick up soiled newspapers, buying special pads, or feeling bad about putting your pet in a crate?  With this method all you need to invest is time and attention.

This method will only work if someone can be with your puppy all the time, throughout the housebreaking period.

In short, whenever you see your dog exhibit the warning signs, you take it outside to the designated spot.  All puppy potty training should include positive reinforcement, but it's even more critical for this method.  Once the puppy has done its business -- and only after it's done -- you can lavish it with praise and reward it with play.