How to House Train Your New Puppy 

If you’re reading this, chances are your puppy has just arrived in their new home. Congratulations! It’s a big step to add a new family member and one that should be celebrated. But with any celebration comes work. House training is a huge part of welcoming your new puppy into the family and you’ll want to get started right away. Don’t worry though, it’s not as hard as it seems. Follow these steps and you’ll be house trained in no time!

If a puppy is kept in their crate when you are not able to be watching them, they will usually not go potty there.

If a puppy is kept in their crate when you are not able to be watching them, they will usually not go potty there. This can be useful for training purposes. However, if your puppy does go potty in their crate it is usually because they have been left in there too long or you did not take them out of their crate often enough. Ideally, puppies should be taken out of their crate every 2-3 hours to potty and play with them so they don’t associate the crate with being “dirty” or “for punishment.”

You want to take your puppy outside every 2-3 hours, after meals and after play.

How often you take your puppy outside depends, of course, on their age and how much they eat. Puppies need to go out after every meal and play session so that they can learn where the bathroom is.

As adults, dogs will only need to be taken outside once every 2-3 hours. This includes after meals and play sessions as well as during the times that they normally go potty in the wild (first thing in the morning, right after eating or drinking something new, just before bedtime). Depending on their size and bladder capacity, your dog may only be able to hold it for an hour at a time when she’s young! A small breed like a Chihuahua may be able to hold it for 90 minutes at most while medium breeds like German Shepherds could last 2 hours with some effort from both sides involved (i.e., yours).

It’s best to use a leash on your puppy especially when house training so you can help them get into the right position for elimination.

If you’ve ever had a puppy in your home, you know that they can get into a lot of trouble if they aren’t supervised. That’s why it’s important to use a leash on your puppy especially when house training so that you don’t have to go hunting for them when they go exploring. The leash will also keep them in the right position for elimination, which makes it easier and more convenient for everyone involved!

A leash is also a useful tool because it helps keep your puppy safe while still allowing him/her freedom of movement. It allows you to guide your dog into good habits and prevents accidents from happening by keeping him/her out of dangerous or inappropriate places (like other people’s homes).

Finally, if he/she does happen to make a mistake somewhere inside the house—and we all know how likely this can be with young children running around!—you’ll be able to take immediate action and correct him/her before anything gets out of hand.

When you get outside, keep a sharp eye on your puppy to see if they start sniffing around looking for a place to go.

When you take your puppy outside, keep a sharp eye on them to see if they start sniffing around looking for a place to go. If you see this behavior, take them to the correct place immediately. Your puppy will learn from their mistakes and start using the right spot more quickly if you make sure that they are taken there every time.

Sometimes when dogs are about to eliminate, their bodies will give subtle hints that it’s coming soon: They may squat and look around aimlessly until they find the right spot, or just go ahead and urinate in an area where they shouldn’t be eliminating (like on your carpet!). This could mean that your dog has already started going in one area but hasn’t finished yet. If this happens with your puppy as well, bring them over to their designated elimination spot again so that they can finish up before leaving again!

When potty training puppies it is important to remember that there will be accidents.

You’re working hard to get your puppy house-trained, but he has an accident. Don’t worry about it— accidents happen, and it is not your fault or the dog’s fault. It’s just part of learning! But there are a few things you can remember in order to help the process go more smoothly:

  • Remember that your puppy is still learning. He doesn’t know exactly what you want him to do yet, so be patient and understanding with him when he makes mistakes.
  • Be consistent when training your puppy—set up a schedule for feeding, playing outside and sleeping that works best for both of you so that he knows what is expected of him each day (and night).
  • Reward good behavior by giving praise or treats as a positive reinforcement; this will help keep him motivated throughout his training process.


We know that house training a puppy can be difficult, but it’s worth it in the end. Both you and your puppy will be happier with a clear set of rules and expectations. Remember to reward your puppy for good behavior and don’t punish them when they have an accident; this will only confuse them. It takes time, patience, and lots of treats, but your puppy is worth it!