How To Potty Train a Puppy – How to House Train Your Dog

House training your puppy
requires more than a stack of old newspapers. It calls for patience,
commitment, and above all, consistency. Hi, I’m Kathy Santo for
Iams with Howdini. And today we’re going
to talk about how to house train your puppy. A trusting and consistent
relationship is fundamental to successful house training. The more consistent you
are, the faster your puppy will learn. House training a puppy can
take several weeks and sometimes longer with
smaller breeds. The first step to house training
your puppy is to establish a routine. Puppies did best on a regular
schedule, because it teaches them that there are times
to eat, times to play, and times to potty. As a general rule, a puppy can
control his bladder about an hour for every month of age. So if your puppy is only three
months old, he can probably only hold it for about three
hours, if not less. Make sure to take him right out
after he wakes up, during and after play time, and after
eating or drinking, because these are times he’s most
likely to have to go. If you work and are unable to
take your puppy outside as often as needed, you could hire
a dog walker to give your puppy his necessary breaks. I recommend picking a specific
bathroom spot outside and always taking him there first
when he’s on a leash. While your puppy is going, say
something like “go potty” so that you can eventually
use that phrase to remind him what to do. You should take him out for a
walk or play time after he’s gone potty, or he might
just learn to hold it to keep you outside. Reward your puppy every time
he goes potty outdoors with praise or a treat, but make
sure to do so immediately before he goes back
into the house. Rewarding correct behavior
is the best way to teach your puppy. Be careful not to reward your
puppy until he’s completely finished, or he may forget to
finish up outside and then have an accident inside. And remember, what goes into a
puppy on a schedule comes out of a puppy on a schedule. So always take your puppy
out after feeding. Try picking up your puppy’s
water dish about two and a half hours before bedtime, so he
won’t have as much water to try and hold overnight. If you keep a consistent
schedule, your puppy could be house trained by the time he’s
five to six months old. But don’t be discouraged if it
takes your puppy longer or has an occasional accident. Many factors, including breed
of dog, consistency, and temperament, can contribute to
a longer training period. If you feel that there’s little
to no progress, consult with your veterinarian to be
sure that a medical issue, such as a bladder infection,
isn’t the culprit. Supervision in the beginning
is critical. Exercise pens are extremely
helpful while house training. Keeping your puppy in a small
space within eyesight will allow you to notice and react
when they start showing the signs of needing to eliminate. Those signs can be barking,
scratching at the door, squatting, sniffing,
or circling. If you’re unable to monitor your
puppy, you can confine him to an area small enough
so that he won’t want to eliminate there. A space just large enough for
him to lay down with a couple extra inches is just fine. Many people choose to combine
with a crate which can be very helpful for house training
your young dog. For more information on crate
training watch “How to crate train your puppy.” I’m Kathy Santo for Iams with
Howdini, and I hope that you’ve found this helpful as you
welcome your new addition to your family. For more information on puppy
care and training, visit

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100 Responses

  1. JenLiChaengSoo is Love says:

    im getting my puppy tomorrow it is so fat and short hihihihihi

  2. Stephanie says:

    that was a great i learned a lot

  3. Zyreonia Vaughn says:


  4. anonymous hitman says:

    he always poops inside I take him out to play he won't do anything but soon as we reach home he potys inside

  5. Pickles S says:

    i’ve never done this before but i want to have my own little dog, but basically..their confinement area is a conform place to be and taking them outside to go to the bathroom with reinforced positive treats or commands is a way to let them know where they have to go and not to go?…

  6. Lo L says:

    Ahh ima try this. I just got a puppy shes a month old and she just pooped and peed 😁

  7. SuperStarGio! says:

    Mine is 4 months old he poops and the whole house smells 🙁 You can see him on my vids

  8. Edwin Blanco says:

    I got one yesterday

  9. Linn Andersson says:

    Wait what? It takes several months? Nope, if you do it right the puppy should be potty trained within a month of being home

  10. Matriox says:

    What if I am in an apartment I don't have a yard and I live on the 3rd floor do I seriously have to take him outside every time I FEEL he wants to pee? Can't I make his potty at home? Please help!

  11. Joanne Rede says:

    I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers..
    My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

  12. Maria Castro says:

    I think the best way to potty train your puppy is DO NOT take him in the house when you first bring him home. Make him go potty outside Before bringing him inside the House, and keep taking him outside every hour to two hours use the same door at the same spot every time and tell him to go potty several times until he does then praise him, take him inside and play with him or give him a toy or doggy bone to chew. It took one week to potty train my puppies. I did this with everyone of my dogs and they NEVER had an accident in the house. Eventually they will let you know when they need to go potty by barking or going by that same door every time. Of course don't Let him run around all over the house. Keep him in the kitchen or where ever You spend most of your time because you still need To watch him.

  13. TheShorty0ne says:

    im feeling a little dizzy since the camera is all the time rotating to her left hahaha.

    I hope my puppy learn this without major issues

  14. Tae isn’t My brother yeehaw says:

    OMG that puppy at the food looks like my dog

  15. Clear Passion says:

    cool video! we also enjoy life with our Goldens and Labradors and are amazed each day of how smart they are

  16. BrownieBunny says:

    Getting a 6 week puppy in a few days so I'm watching so many of these videos haha

  17. 零食 says:

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  18. Shades of Life says:


  19. Mara Bauch says:

    You've just brought your new puppy home. House training a puppy is an important first step in developing a well behaved dog. Find out more tips. just search google; "galid dog training"

  20. Secret Agent says:

    Finally somebody making sense and doing it the right way for the dog

  21. Cailyn Vries says:

    If you have to go to work or school for the day instead of hiring a trainer keep the dog in your backyard with some food and water so he doesn't have an accident

  22. Lalaonla says:

    Well , cats easer to take care of 🐱

  23. Stine Jakobsen says:

    NEVER deprive a puppy of water before bed time so that they are thirsty during the night, just because you don't want to clean up their mess! So selfish!

  24. Marty says:

    1:28 – What breed is that?

  25. Martin Mekwan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I've adopted dachshund, it is now about 4 months, He's so cute and sweet. Just overwhelms when we back home from duty as me n my wife are working. Can you help me more on Potty and Pie training to him. as he does it anywhare in the house, we're trying and trying… He's "Bruce" actually… Thank You!

  26. Viewing says:

    This inside puppy thing is more for house wives and people who can sit at home all day. You can keep your puppy outside with other dogs as well and they will guard and protect the puppy.

  27. Carlos Toro says:

    interesting points ,if anyone else wants to uncover puppy training videos online try Panlarko Perfect Canine Planner (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my colleague got great results with it.

  28. Tonia Young says:

    Thank you this was very useful😊

  29. feligermanrios says:

    thanks for the video I hope it works on my puppy. 😀😀🐶🐕🐶🐾

  30. tia life of tia coming 2018 says:

    these videos r really helpful i love them

  31. Doge ! says:

    Can i use a litter box

  32. Cristina Sulzener says:

    I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers..
    My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

  33. el tigre tigre says:

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  34. 7rscan says:

    Thx!! I'm getting a puppy in June and this really helped! 🐶woof woof!

  35. Aishwarya Mahalanobis says:

    I can get a puppy !!! on my bday!!!! please pray so that I get my puppyyyyyy

  36. Meher Ghotra says:

    I am going to get a puppy! We may get it tomorrow, or in about 4 weeks.

  37. leen fira says:

    So no letterbox or something?? Just doing it outside!?

  38. AllAroundUpdates says:

    I just got a puppy and it takes shits everywhere

  39. Nikki Queen says:

    I have a Siberian husky puppy and I can't get him to come off the pee pad

  40. Internal.Vxbess says:

    I'm getting a yorkie puppy in a few months I'm sooo excited

  41. hortencia castillo says:

    What is your dog name

  42. Mia Martinez says:

    Thank you !!!

  43. Von Everec says:

    I wanted to get my puppy so much. Then i realised how much attention i need to give him and its sooo much work

  44. jennifer hernandez says:

    Omg i just cant get my 1 month old American Staff pupy to potty train on her pad she just press everywhere 🤣

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  46. Lewis Pullon says:

    Yeah I found myself watching the whole season of Cesar Millan- the Dog whisperer, and I didn't have a dog at the time. Funny.

  47. Amuhle Noobs says:

    Thanks you

  48. BKRacer FPV says:

    I'm a truck driver. Any one know if these lessons are transferable to a semi truck living ?

  49. SharkSport says:

    My dog is 3 years old, I'm glad to learn he can hold it for 36 hours.

  50. Kenshin says:

    Winner of a video, I've been looking for "how can i potty train my puppy" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Kanenry Sondalyn Genie – (search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my brother in law got great success with it.

  51. natalia says:

    can you still train your dog if she knows the basics but still used the bathroom in doors sometimes? shes 7 months btw

  52. Joseph McLane says:

    says crate training video is unavailable

  53. jeni Baez says:

    the reason I like dogs better then cats or friends because they are something that will never leave u something that will never turn ur back like fake friends stabing ur back also is because there playful and they know when ur sad or depressed about something cat are just lazy they basically just walk around and do nothing I used to have a cat but now I don't because back then my mom doesn't like dogs and I had to be stuck with a cat yes I do like cats but not as much as dogs leave a like if u <3 dogs c:

  54. Lavender_ Laci says:

    This video was helpful, but anyone think this woman's face is so punch-a-bul

  55. Katka Tos says:

    My vet told me that a puppy shouldnt be outside until he gets all his vaccines. Chances are high puppy will get infected from diseases ex. Parvo

  56. Your Nan says:

    thank you

  57. Mario Skits says:

    I have great dane that does not want to use the bathroom outside

  58. Basically Daisically says:

    Im gonna get a dog in the sumnertime so this is helpful

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  61. Cm Punk says:

    Instructions not clear. My puppy is on the roof now

  62. Ybur 3str0syan says:

    Reading the comments made me loose hope with my new puppy. Maybe I should return him. 4 nights of cleaning after him and my kids not cool.

  63. Joshua Russell says:

    Thanks you where very helpful

  64. williss11 says:

    Is it too late to teach a adult dog? But then again it takes months to let the dog get used too it.

  65. Chat Stories says:

    My dogs 82 and he is always pooping and omg so so nasty

  66. branden Mclarty says:

    my dog wont leave the house or do anything

  67. Amberly Kay says:

    Who got money for a dog walker???

  68. Wes McCauley says:

    Alright so my puppy is now a cat. Instructions weren't user friendly and didn't incorporate a backup plan incase things when awry.

  69. my lamp? says:


  70. palma raja 4 says:

    Hi bro this video i like so much especially on how to house train your dog. Something find useful for poitty training 6 week old puppy through Knewreck Puppy Course Guide, or can go for google search if want to know more

  71. Blu Vlvt says:

    I don’t even have a dog, what am I doing watching your videos 😂

  72. I dropped my eggroll On the floor says:

    He doesn't go outside when he has all the time and inside he just 💩

  73. FullMetalRaven says:

    ………. isn't this simply obvious? I wanted to learn something new or tricks to get ur dog to learn faster… waste!

  74. Yani Mendoza says:

    Just got a puppy yesterday she's a 7 week old red doberman

  75. RandomYT says:

    i just got a cavapoo today BEST SUPRISE EVER

  76. lemons says:

    ha..ha.. getting a dog soon. having to wake up eVery hoUr for the first month is gonna be fiNe.

  77. Julie Sunshine says:

    I showed my puppy this video, but I don't think it helped.

  78. Talibah Smith says:

    Thank you

  79. RoskowThusky * says:

    I got a nice doberman puppy

  80. Isaac Chambers says:

    How dare you assume my dogs gender!

  81. Cupcakes Are Yum says:

    My puppy is gonna be 5 weeks old.

  82. Grace A. says:

    I'm thinking of adopting a dog for the first time (4 month old cocker spaniel), but I'm nervous.

  83. Arvi Singh says:

    This is actually better –
    Don't click on the Description!!

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  86. Lumiere Alexander says:

  87. It's Afrikah! says:

    I don't even have a dog 👌😂

  88. Grayson potato face says:

    My puppy says your dumb…

  89. cooldog60 says:

    I took my 7 week old puppy out one time after that she went to the door when she had to go.

  90. Kwasi QwecyB says:

    Same for toddlers I guess

  91. Z Films says:

    Thanks howdini this was very helpful 👍

  92. Chasen Crooks says:

    It's amazing if you have a house broken dog already, they puppy gets trained almost instantly. I just bought a puppy thinking it would be like how I got my first dog. He's house broken in one week! They really do follow each others activities.

  93. Lucario7280 says:

    Why did my sister decide to get a puppy today

  94. Weirdo Anime says:

    Who's watching this because their dog is having baby puppies😂

    Like if you are💕

  95. Vincent Vanheerden says:

    Here a vid that helped me

  96. rameshprabhu68 says:

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else trying to find out how to train a puppy try Jaffacter Simple Dog Coach (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my co-worker got excellent success with it.

  97. Justin Greaves says:

    Back in the day you would rub his face in it give him a little smack and put him outside for a couple hours. Would be trained within a few weeks

  98. Sofia Felix says:

    OMG thanks this works 👍

  99. Prodiist_XXL YT says:

    While watching this video my puppy pees in the house lol

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