A Guide to Housebreaking Your Puppy


The main worry of any new puppy owner is housebreaking. I advise the word “breaking” be changed to “training,” but because that is what people usually say, I will still use it periodically in my work. The phrase “breaking” doesn’t make you want to punish your dog to make her learn a lesson. It’s important to keep in mind that both you and your dog are learning as you go along when using the word “training.” There are five key concepts to convey:

1. Show your dog the bathroom location you want it to utilize.

2. Teach your dog not to urinate in particular places.

3. Teach your puppy to “hold it” when it doesn’t have access to the restroom.

4. Teach your puppy to alert you when it has to go potty.

5. Teach your dog a word or phrase to signal when it’s time to use the bathroom.

Like housebreaking your puppy, toilet training your youngster is a comparable procedure. Please don’t treat your dog any differently than you would a child! This approach is easy if you don’t do anything to make it difficult. Punishment has no place during housetraining and will only make things more difficult and take longer.

In order to make communication easier, this essay will presume that you are teaching your dog in the great outdoors. Simply substitute “outdoor” for “toilet area” if training takes place indoors.


First, gather the required equipment. Spend some time thinking about your area of expertise. Does using the proper equipment make things easier?

You will need:

  • Amazing puppy food
  • Buckled collar or harness
  • Lightweight, 3–4 foot long, non–retractable leash.
  • Unretractable 15-foot cotton web long line
  • A place to keep your dog confined, usually a crate or an exercise pen, as this is the biggest area your puppy will keep clean and not chew up.
  • A place where dogs can go for walks and outdoor training
  • A lot of toilet pads, two dog litter boxes, or two frames to store them are required for interior training.
  • Small, sweets that are simple to consume.
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Ample patience with waiting
  • Possessing a sense of humor

Before you start, keep the following in mind:

1. Feed your puppy on a consistent schedule. The opposite is also accurate. A puppy that eats continuously will experience inconsistent bowel movements. You can anticipate when your puppy needs to go potty if you feed on a schedule.

2. Your puppy will be most comfortable in a small wire kennel next to your bed. You should have a larger crate in the area of your home where you spend the most time. Consider utilizing an indoor exercise pen if you must leave your puppy for longer than four hours.

3. Choose a catchphrase that the entire family agrees with. Be fast is what I say to my pets, but you may also say “business,” “go pee,” or “water the grass,” as long as you feel comfortable saying it in public.

The Five Rules for Teaching Your Puppy to Use the Bathroom

It will be beneficial to go over the five guidelines for housebreaking your dog. These five concepts must be taught to your puppy immediately! It is not required to teach these in any particular order.

1. The first is demonstrating to your puppy where to go potty. Choose a location for your puppy’s bathroom breaks and take him there each time. Don’t forget to say “inside” or “outside” before entering the indoor restroom. Give your puppy their treat five seconds after they’ve completed using the potty.


2. The second idea is showing your dog where not to relieve itself. Try not to frighten or correct your dog. Rededication without fear is the fastest route to results.


3. The third idea is teaching your dog to hold it. Use confinement to teach your dog this while you are unable to watch over them. Use your leash inside when you can securely keep an eye on it.


4. The fourth concept is to teach your dog how to tell you when it has to go potty. I suggest teaching your dog to ring a bell instead of barking, whining, or scratching the door.


5. The fifth suggestion focuses on teaching your puppy a keying word that will make it want to go potty when you need it to.


Together, these five concepts can gradually teach your puppy what you need from it. A dog cannot, in my opinion, be merely partially housebroken. Your dog is either housebroken or it isn’t. You can train a young dog or an older dog using these five concepts as long as the dog is healthy in both mind and body. However, it is far quicker and easier to teach these concepts to pups!