Do’s and Don’ts in Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty training a new puppy can sometimes be a lengthy process and you may find yourself losing your temper or getting angry when your puppy has an accident. What can you do to keep your temper in check and your patience high? Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind while potty training your puppy:


  • Punishing your puppy for having an accident is a definite no-no. It teaches your puppy to fear you.

  • Do not yell at your dog or swat your dog’s rear end. The accident may have happened long before you walked into the room and chances are your puppy has already forgotten what he did. Not to mention, you could injure your dog.

  • If you found the evidence but didn’t see the act, don’t react angrily by rubbing his nose in it. Puppies aren’t intellectually capable of connecting your anger with their accident.


  • Do take your puppy out as often as possible, especially after eating or drinking.

  • Try your best to be consistent and patient.

  • If you catch your puppy in the act, clap loudly so he knows he’s done something unacceptable. Then take him outside by calling him or taking him gently by the collar. When he’s finished, praise him or give him a small treat.

  • Staying outside longer with puppy may help to curb accidents. He may need the extra time to explore.

  • When accidents do happen stay calm and take a deep breath. Be patient and remember that your puppy is just a baby. Remember, your puppy really needed to “go” and doesn’t know what to do unless you show him what you expect of him.

  • Keep your puppy confined to a limited space inside at the start, preferably on tile or linoleum.

  • Clean up accidents with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odors that might attract the puppy back to the same spot.


Remember that you have a darling new puppy. Enjoy him! If you’re feeling frustrated work off your aggravations by going for a walk or exercising. When you return make sure you appreciate and soak up the attention from your adorable pup. Potty training is an individual process for each puppy, and it can take anywhere from several days to several weeks. Keep in mind that with consistency and patience, your dog will eventually be potty trained.