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Puppy Potty Training 101


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Potty training is one of the most important aspects of raising a new puppy. Not only does it make life easier for you as a puppy owner, but it also helps your puppy establish good habits early on. In this blog post, we'll go over some tips and tricks for successfully potty training your new puppy.


Crate Training

Crate training is an effective method for potty training puppies. The idea is to use a crate as a safe and comfortable place for your puppy to sleep and relax, while also using it to establish a routine for potty breaks. Here are some tips for successful crate training:

  • Make sure the crate is the appropriate size for your puppy. It should be big enough for them to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably, but not so big that they have enough room to use one side as a bathroom and the other as a sleeping area.

  • Introduce the crate slowly and positively. Place treats and toys inside the crate to make it a comfortable and inviting space for your puppy.

  • Use the crate as a tool for establishing a routine. Take your puppy outside to potty immediately after they wake up from a nap or spend time in the crate. Never use the crate as punishment. It should always be a positive and safe space for your puppy.

Establish a Potty Training Routine

Establishing a routine is crucial for potty training your puppy. Here are some tips for establishing a successful routine:

  • Take your puppy outside to potty first thing in the morning and right before bed. This helps establish a routine and sets your puppy up for success.

  • Take your puppy outside to potty after meals and playtime. This helps establish a pattern for when your puppy needs to go.

  • Take your puppy outside every 1-2 hours during the day. This helps prevent accidents and reinforces the routine.

  • Use a consistent command, such as "go potty" or "do your business," to help your puppy associate the command with the action.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is key when it comes to potty training your puppy. Here are some tips for using positive reinforcement effectively:

  • Use treats and praise to reward your puppy when they go potty outside. This reinforces good behavior and helps your puppy associate going potty outside with positive outcomes.

  • Never punish your puppy for accidents. Punishing your puppy can cause anxiety and fear, which can make potty training more difficult.

  • Clean up accidents thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any scent that might encourage your puppy to go to the same spot again.


Crate training, establishing a routine, and using positive reinforcement are all effective methods for potty training your new puppy. By following these tips and tricks, you can help your puppy establish good habits and set them up for a successful and happy life.


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