How to Train Your Dog to Eliminate on Command

Nobody wants to come home to pee-pee accidents or poop on the carpet. So, if you’re wondering how to train a dog to eliminate on command, here are some tips. First, choose a spot outside for your puppy or dog’s bathroom area.

Select a bathroom spot.

The best place to start is with some potty pads or newspaper, which you can use in combination with a designated bathroom area and an elimination command. An ideal spot will be clean and easy-to-clean (no hardwood floors), but it should also be an area that’s comfortable for your dog so that he or she feels relaxed enough to go there on command rather than simply going wherever they please.

To help make this process easier, try choosing a spot away from the food bowl; away from his bed; and away from his toys (unless they’re involved in training).

Learn to recognize the signs that your dog needs to eliminate.

But how do you know when your dog needs to eliminate? Begin by observing your dog’s behavioral cues. If you notice any of the following, it’s probably time for your pup to take a trip outside:

  • After eating or drinking.
  • After playtime with other dogs.
  • After a nap in the sun or on a warm day (if he’s been napping). This is particularly common in puppies who just woke up from their nap; they may get up suddenly and look around as if confused before heading out the door—the equivalent of “Hey! Where am I? Oh yeah…outside!” But if this happens regularly at other times during the day, it could be an indication that there is something wrong with his elimination habits that need further investigation by his veterinarian.
  • After being inside all day (for example, after spending several hours at work away from home). Dogs typically want to relieve themselves after being confined indoors for an extended period.
  • On walks through busy areas like parks and sidewalks where there are lots of human smells around—this will trigger them into thinking they need another potty break since there aren’t enough bushes nearby!

Take your puppy outside frequently, even if they don’t show signs of needing to go.

You are going to have to take your puppy outside frequently, even if they don’t show signs of needing to go. You will have to sit through many messes until they learn the appropriate place for elimination. This is especially true for small dogs.

If you aren’t already doing this, make sure that you’re taking your puppy (or dog) out after every meal and at least once or twice more in between meals during the day. They may not need to go right then but they will get used to going outside quickly!

Watch and listen for signs of readiness.

Once you know how to identify the signs of your dog’s readiness, you can begin practicing this command. We recommend that you start with something simple like a treat or favorite toy before attempting to have your dog eliminate on command.

Once your pup has learned to eliminate on command in one environment, move on to another location and expand the amount of time between seeing or smelling urine and asking him/her to go.

This method works best because it teaches your dog what it means when you say “go potty,” instead of just telling him/her something like “I need you out there.”

Reward and praise your puppy or dog when they eliminate where you want them to.

After you command your dog to eliminate in the place you want them to, reward and praise them. This is essential for training your dog how to eliminate on command.

Reward and praise your puppy or dog when they eliminate where you want them to. If they urinate or defecate, give them a treat every time they do so at the right location until they learn that eliminating there will earn them something good.

You should also give them treats occasionally at other locations so that they don’t think that only relieving themselves in one area of your home will bring about this positive result! Make sure not to reward too often though; it’s best if the action happens naturally rather than being forced upon the animal by giving a treat every time it occurs (which could lead him/her into thinking he/she has full control over what happens).

Repeat the routine.

Once you’ve taught your dog to eliminate on command, it’s important to continue reinforcing this behavior. As mentioned earlier, consistency is key. Remember that each time you take your dog outside for any reason, whether it’s for a bathroom break or just for some fresh air, give them an opportunity to eliminate by saying “go potty” and then walking them over to the area where they usually do their business. If they do go (or if not), praise them with a happy tone of voice and reward them with something fun like a toy or treat.

If at any point you notice that your dog is having trouble understanding what you’re saying or responding without encouragement from treats or toys, repeat the process again until he gets back into the habit of responding immediately when told “go potty.”

With practice, patience, common sense and frequent trips outside, your puppy will soon be trained to eliminate on command in your chosen location, which means you can take them almost anywhere!

When training your dog to eliminate on command, it is important to remember that consistency is key. Your dog needs to understand what you want him or her to do and when you want them to do it. You want your dog on a schedule where they know when they will be taken outside and how often, so they can get ready beforehand. This way, you can reduce the number of accidents inside the house as well as save yourself from having to clean up after every trip outdoors!

You will also want to take into consideration whether or not there have been any changes in your home since the last time your puppy eliminated outside. It’s important for him/her not only because then he won’t associate those changes with the act itself – but also because some dogs are sensitive about new things being introduced into their environment (even if it’s something like a new rug).


And that’s it! Even the cutest puppies and the most stubborn dogs can be trained to use the bathroom outside only. All it takes is a little commitment, some patience and a lot of treats, but you’ll soon have your furry friend potty-trained and ready for any adventure!