Puppy potty training.

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time. This time comes with lots of getting to know one another and setting some expectations for living together. Puppy potty training can be an intimidating part of this new journey, but Mobile Vet M.D. hopes our pro tips will make it a little less overwhelming for both of you. 

Starting Off on the Right Paw

Doing a few small things right from the beginning can make a big difference when it comes to puppy potty training success. From the moment your new pup sets paws in their new home, your work begins.

Things that you should consider include:

  • Having a family meeting—It is vital that all family members are on the same page when it comes to caring for your furry bundle of joy. Setting up expectations and a plan ahead of time so that everyone is on the same page is important. 
  • Learning your pup’s language—Spend a lot of time observing your new dog. With a little time, you will soon start to notice subtle signs that your pet needs to relieve themselves. There may not be a lot of time between noticing these signs and an imminent potty break, so be sure to pay close attention to your training subject and keep a leash close at hand.
  • Considering a crate—Some people aren’t too keen on crates, but the truth is that they can be a great tool when used appropriately. Proper crate training gives your pet a safe area where they instinctively avoid soiling. This can aid in developing bladder control. 
  • Keep to the schedule—Puppies often need to go to the bathroom frequently when they are awake. Be sure to keep a predictable schedule, giving them a chance to go to the bathroom hourly. Exciting events like play time or a new visitor may also trigger the need for a potty break. Overnight pups generally can go an hour per month old; until about four months of age when they can typically make it through the night. 
  • Praise, praise, praise—Don’t forget to tell your pup what a good boy or girl they are when they make it outside. Verbal praise, a nice pet, play time, or a special treat can all make for good rewards. 

Troubleshooting Puppy Potty Training Issues

If potty training isn’t going the way you expect, it’s time to take a step back and ask why. 


  • Are you expecting too much of your pet?
  • Is your schedule consistent?
  • Does your dog need to go out more often?
  • Are you paying attention to signs your pet may be using to tell you that they need to go out?
  • Does your dog have too much area to be able to properly supervise?
  • Is your pet being distracted while outside?
  • Are there signs of anxiety or stress that might be contributing?
  • Have there been dietary or digestive changes?
  • Could your pet have a urinary infection or other problem?
  • Is your dog exhibiting fearful behaviors?

Sometimes there is a medical problem underlying puppy potty training problems, so if you are at a standstill despite your best efforts, please contact us.

Pets may also urinate when excited and it is important to remember that this is different than not being house-trained. 

Thankfully, for most pups and owners a little hard work on the front end goes a long way. Puppy potty training can be a lot of effort initially, but most dogs do great and soon you may even forget enough of your troubles to want to do it all over again.