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Mastering Puppy Toilet Training: 7 Quick Tips for Success

7 Quick Tips for Toilet Training a Puppy or Dog

So, you’ve brought home a new furry friend, and now it’s time to tackle one of the most important tasks—toilet training. It’s no secret that this process can be challenging, but with the right approach and a bit of patience, you can successfully teach your puppy or dog where to do their business. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through 7 quick and effective tips for toilet training your pet, ensuring a happy and clean environment for both you and your four-legged companion.

1. Establish a Routine

Creating a routine is crucial for successful toilet training. Dogs thrive on consistency, so take your pup outside at the same times every day, especially after meals and naps. This will help them understand when and where they should go potty.

2. Use Positive Reinforcement

When your puppy goes potty in the designated area, shower them with praise and treats. Positive reinforcement helps them associate the desired behavior with something enjoyable, making them more likely to repeat it.

3. Be Patient

Toilet training takes time and patience. Accidents will happen, but it’s important to remain calm and consistent. Punishment is not an effective method and can cause anxiety in your pet.

4. Crate Training

Consider using a crate to aid in toilet training. Dogs instinctively avoid soiling their living space, so a crate can be a valuable tool for teaching them bladder and bowel control.

5. Keep an Eye on Your Dog

Supervision is key during the toilet training process. Keep a close eye on your puppy when they are indoors and watch for signs that they need to go outside, such as sniffing around or circling in one spot.

6. Clean Accidents Promptly

Accidents are inevitable during toilet training. It’s crucial to clean up any messes promptly and thoroughly to remove the scent, as lingering odors can encourage repeat accidents.

7. Seek Professional Help if Needed

If you’re struggling with toilet training despite your best efforts, seeking help from a professional dog trainer or behaviorist can provide valuable guidance and support.

Useful Chart

Time of Day Daily Visits
Morning 3-4 times
Afternoon 2-3 times
Evening 3-4 times

Remember, every dog is unique, and patience is key when it comes to toilet training. With consistency, positive reinforcement, and a bit of time, you can successfully teach your furry friend where to do their business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My puppy keeps having accidents indoors. What should I do?

A: Accidents are a normal part of the process. Clean up accidents and continue with consistent training, using positive reinforcement for successful outdoor potty breaks.

Q: How long does it typically take to fully toilet-train a puppy?

A: It varies depending on the dog and the consistency of training. On average, it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months for a puppy to be fully toilet trained.

Q: Is crate training necessary for successful toilet training?

A: While not mandatory, crate training can be a valuable tool for teaching bladder and bowel control. However, it’s important to use the crate properly and never as a form of punishment.

Q: What if my dog refuses to go potty outside?

A: Be patient and consistently take them outside at regular intervals, especially after meals and naps. Use positive reinforcement and ensure the outdoor area is appealing to your pet.

Q: Should I use potty pads for toilet training?

A: Potty pads can be beneficial for some pet owners, especially those living in apartments or with limited outdoor access. However, they can also confuse some dogs, so use them cautiously.


Toilet training a puppy or dog requires time, patience, and consistent training. By establishing a routine, using positive reinforcement, and keeping a close eye on your pet, you can successfully teach them where to do their business. Remember, accidents will happen, but with the right approach and a bit of perseverance, you’ll achieve success in toilet training your furry companion.

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  1. Thank you for getting to the point and making connections between how dogs see things vs. humans. Also, everyone says use pee pads. My dog runs to carpet — now I know why. This is going to be a very long process as she is dumb compared to my lab/pitbull mix who was very intelligent. Thank you.

  2. Everybody wants a dog until they realized how much of a maintenance it needs.

  3. Very useful, especially the number 3 rules, that info knocked me down!❤

  4. I'm watching this while my dog is taking a dump on the floor

  5. My parents are paying me 200$ to get my dog to go outside 🙂

  6. Thank you for getting to the point and not wasting our time . These tips will help out definately

  7. Will this video help with my sister or is it strictly dogs?

  8. How to know that when is he going to poop or pee ?

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    January 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Just got my golden pup a few days ago!….He is the cutest ever, but ooooomg the pooping and biting…yikes! This vid was very helpful! Thank you

  10. I like this video that I have watched for the puppy.

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    January 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Just got gifted a dog (eskimo) by my husband 🥹🥹🥹 i am already tired of cleaning up

  12. Absolutely excellent advice, delivered clearly and concisely. No waffle at all thank God. The number of time-wasting YouTube videos where the so-called 'trainer' is muffled, waffles inanely on about nothing and subsequently loses your attention is so annoying, and worse, you learn absolutely nothing. Refreshing, thank you!

  13. I hate dogs but i found 6 puppies near my house in a bag and put them in my small yard and after some days dogs became the most hated F thing ever for me and my country doesn't have animal control or vets and there is no body or place near me suit them so i am forced to watch them "toilet" on each other and have to wash my self every time i give them food or water they just go for my legs and start f licking every f time and i hate how stupid and social they don't f defend them self or run when danger like other creatures so i cant put them infront of my house like i do with cats like i know they are cute and soft and joyful but i no body asked and no body wants especially me, usually dogs in my city live on garbage like were i found them inside of one but i dont want that and that and i want them to be healthy and well trained and smart but that what dreaming is

  14. Thank you so much I have 3 puppies

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    January 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    I have been using this as a handy reference book. I read through the book and enjoyed the little glimpses of examples. I love that this author believes in rescue dogs. The tips and training has been invaluable and gave me moments of…."how simple why didn't I think of it" so it's been a great tool. Thank you!

  16. Literally just got my new puppy like 10 mins ago. My mom just showed up with the thing 🤦🏾‍♂️😩

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    January 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    easier said than done .. OMG T.T

  18. Very good video on puppy toilet training! Thank you! To the point without all the needless talking the other videos do.

  19. Hi! I would like to ask something i have a 2 month old Pomeranian and he just wont go to the pee pad i don’t know why and he likes to nibble me, i bring him to the pee pad very 1-2 hour or everytime he wakes up or eats and drink, is there something wrong ?

  20. I was advised to pretty much live in the garden, and I’ve heard horror stories of dogs peeing and pooping inside for months. That was NOT gonna be me.

    The handful of accidents inside was our mistake 100 percent. We just took him out immediately after where he usually peed a second time. Lots of praise.

    He was accident free from 9 weeks 3 days old.

    I was paranoid until he was 6 months though. He was often allowed out to pee just on case.

    I used the method the video talks about. Out immediately after any change of activity, and always the very last thing we did bedtime bedtime. (He was also free roam, no crate.)

  21. My dog dont sleeep

  22. Very angry at my dumb dog

  23. My puppy was crated before I got her so she prefers to do potty there. Cant seem to break that!!

  24. This is the way I recently potty trained my Chihuahua. I litter trained it, as opposed to letting it go outside, and it was by far the easiest and the best method I have ever used.

    So what I did was purchase a 24 X 18 wire doggy crate and put a doggy bed, a doggy blanket, and some doggy toys inside it.

    At the same time, I also purchased a 24 X 18 solid plastic container with high sides that I customized into my new doggy litter box by using a hack saw to cut out an opening on one side of the container large enough so a Chihuahua can enter and exit it easily. Then I added an inch layer of pine pellets to the floor as the litter material.

    Next, with the Chihuahua puppy inside the doggy crate I butted the doggy crate opening to the doggy litter box opening. As the idea was that the Chihuahua puppy would sleep and play in the doggy crate but when it needed to eliminate, it would eliminate in the doggy litter box. Guess what, it worked like a charm.

    So for the first three weeks, I kept this up only letting the Chihuahua puppy out to bond and play after I saw that it had very recently eliminated.

    Then after three weeks, I slid the doggy litter box out about a foot and a half away from the doggy crate. Then I monitored my new puppy closely throughout the day to see if she was using the doggy litter box like she was supposed to, and she did flawlessly.

    Then subsequently, I slid the doggy litter box on each successive day a little closer and closer to the final designated location for the doggy litter box I had previously picked out. When the litter box was in its final designated location, I then considered my new puppy fully potty trained.

    In any event, this was not only by far the easiest time I ever had potty training a Chihuahua puppy, but it was the first time I ever trained a Chihuahua puppy without having any puppy mistakes.

    Moreover, a litter box, as far as I'm concerned, is not only the easiest way to train your pet because your pet essentially trains itself, but overall it's the best solution as well. As I don't have to worry about maintaining a set schedule to let my puppy out. I don't have to worry about whether it is snowing or raining outside or if it is freezing or too hot. I also don't have to worry about leaving the puppy alone for an extended time period. I also don't have to worry about fleas, ticks, mosquitos, or my dog getting a disease another dog left behind. I also don't have to worry about other dogs attacking tiny Chihuahua since she always remains inside the home.

    As far as the litter material goes, I highly recommend pine pellets because it virtually eliminates all odors and it is quite easy to work with. It's also far cheaper than other kinds of litter materials and does a far better job at eliminating odors. As you can buy a 40 pound bag of the stuff at Tractor Supply Company for $6.79 plus tax and you will use only about two to maybe three bags a year. Meanwhile, when a dog or cat urinates on the pellets, the pellets disintegrate into odorless saw dust.

    To make cleaning my doggy litter box easy, I purchased a sifting cat litter box as a cleaning aid only. So what I do to clean the litter box since I always flush down the toilet any solids as soon as I see them, is empty the doggy litter box in the sifter of the cat litter box. Then I sift the sawdust in the sifter into the cat litter box below. When all that remains in the sifter is pine pellets, I then empty the sifter back into my doggy litter box and then add about a scoop to a scoop and a half of pine pellets to make up for what was used. Then I empty the sawdust in the cat litter box from below the sifter into the trash since it is odorless. Lastly, I wipe everything down and put everything up until the next time. As I clean my doggy litter box out about once a week.

  25. Just bought a dog so here i m

  26. I love your voice I hope to be a singer one day but my voice sucks

  27. #no dog gang
    I just wanted to watch the video lol

  28. Im trainier dog online class if any one want this

  29. This is excellent. I've watch a number of similar videos and none are as concise and comprehensive as yours. We're in the process of training our 10 week old miniature poodle and it's been a battle in large part because we've given him far too much territory. I think limiting the space they have is key, removing corners they can disappear around and limiting the area just makes supervision so much easier. He doesn't seem to care about the praise we give when he toilets outside or associate the treats we give as a reward but we'll keep trying.

  30. Me watching this knowing I wont have the patience to train 14 dogs😂

  31. 7 months later and he is still going inside 😢

  32. How To Train Your Puppy ? =>

  33. “Mom I’m too lazy to walk the dog, can I just teach it how to use the toilet?”

  34. Maybe I’m old school but I would just hit my dog and he never pooped in the house again.

  35. I like how you explain this toilet training it's fast learning not like others they talk too much many introduction before learning the toilet training

  36. I need to train my dog to go toilet, Planning to get a dachshund but I'm very busy.
    6 hours of school, Gym and hang out w friends
    Maybe i can take my dog to gym and friends but the 6 hours of school i need to wake up at 3-4 am and go to school at 5 am, I need to teach my dog, I don't really get the video 😢 How can i know if they're going to pee? I need to teach them

  37. I am watching this in case of an unexpected survivor with a new puppy or dog so it could not poop on my room or on the couch since my mom hates the couches dirty
    Edit: wtf I meant surprise but it auto corrected to survivor

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    January 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    I found an amazing cute baby dog today who was abandoned and yeah, now the now he is all over the place 😅😍

  39. Reply
    January 1, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    I have no idea what to do. I was randomly given a hairless terrier puppy. Now i have this lots of no sleep and responsibility

  40. Thank u

  41. Im watching this cuz, im gonna get a husky in about 1/2 years 🙂 thanks for the video

  42. I need to go get play grass asap

  43. Correction: Bleach is deadly to dogs.

  44. As much as you enjoyed it, I did as well. You are looking forward to what is going to happen next, despite the fact that the picture and the writing are both good. Should you choose to defend this walk, it will be essentially the same each and every time.

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