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Simple Steps For Housebreaking a Puppy


   There are some effective, simple steps to housebreak a puppy, but they require consistency, attentiveness and vigilance. New owners are responsible for the housebreaking however, so these four simple steps for housebreaking a puppy are important to remember.

Schedule Feedings

Typically puppies need to relieve themselves about six times daily, every two to four hours, and specifically after eating and drinking. Scheduling specific feeding times begins the process of scheduling elimination times, and begins to condition the puppy’s body to relieve itself at certain times of the day. Puppies should always be taken out after they have eaten, as their full tummies press on the bladder and colon, making them uncomfortable. Many dog professionals suggest using a detailed chart to record feedings, accidents in the home, and the exact times they were taken out, recording both successful and unsuccessful outings.

Note Pre-Elimination Signals and Respond Quickly

Puppies often need to relieve themselves after eating, drinking, naps, and playing. Puppies get uncomfortable with full bladders or bowels, and behaviors to watch for include sniffing around, circling, pacing, whining, or scratching the door. Owners should respond immediately and consistently to these signals and take the puppy outside. Some trainers suggest that one of the first housebreaking tasks is to train the puppy to walk to the door by himself. In-house paper or potty pads are not recommended as the puppy needs to be trained that relieving himself is for outside only.

Close Supervision

Accidents happen, and those not witnessed are very detrimental to housebreaking a puppy. Puppies should be restricted and not given freedom of the house; some owners use baby gates or tether the puppy to themselves to restrict the puppies range. The goal is to catch the puppy before they have an accident, not after. If an unwitnessed accident does occur, the puppy should not be disciplined as they will not understand what they did wrong. Any urine or feces should be immediately cleaned up, and an effective odor neutralizer should be used. Dogs can sniff out one-part urine in a million parts water and will continually return to that area if the scent is not completely neutralized.


Crate Management

When the puppy cannot be supervised, a dog crate can be used to prevent accidents. The crate should be big enough for the puppy to turn around in, and stretch out, but not large enough to relieve itself in a separate area of the crate. Crates are useful housebreaking aids, but puppies will not be able to hold their bladder and bowel movements for lengthy periods. Professionals state that puppies, under the age of six months, can typically hold their movements approximately one hour longer than they are months old.




With consistency, attentiveness and vigilance on your part, housebreaking takes a few weeks. The effort is definitely worth it. Praise your puppy’s every success and you will both be delighted with the results. For more information on housebreaking a puppy, or to learn about our upcoming liters, contact us at Kybra Kennels!

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