Puppy Potty Training — A Step-by-Step Guide

Potty training doesn’t have to be challenging.

Step One: Rule out any medical issues

This seems obvious, but I’ve had clients who’ve asked me about potty training problems they’ve come across when their pup ends up having a UTI or has GI issues.

Step Two: Prevent ALL accidents inside

This is the most important step.

Step Three: Establish a regular potty training schedule

If your pup knows that you regularly take them out, they’re going to have trust that they will have an opportunity to pee outside soon.

Potty patch on my apartment patio

Step Four: Reinforce heavily for going outside

Lots and lots of praise and at least 3 high value treats when they DO go outside.

Bonus Tip: IF you catch your pup going inside, do not punish them

Young Puppy Having an Accident in the Hallway — you can avoid this by picking them up and putting them down once they’re outside

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Lisa Ullery Gallegos

Lisa Ullery Gallegos

I’m a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with free training videos on my YouTube channel, “Lisa Gallegos Dog Training”