Housebreaking / Potty Training Tips


Use some baby gates and create an area for your puppy where it
is easy to clean. Kitchens are the ideal place for a, "puppy area."

Get down on hands and knees and remove and protect anything
that might be dangerous. Use bitter apple cream to protect wood.
Use your instincts to make this place safe. You are responsible for
the safety of your dog.

Your puppy can visit the rest of the house only AFTER s/he has
eliminated AND if supervised.

Don't forget to have different types and textures of toys for your
dog to play with. Give two or three  at a time and rotate them.
If you puppy or dog touches something that does not belong to
him/her, clap you hands and say, "No!"
Show your dog what he is supposed to chew on
- direct him to a toy.

Take your puppy to a place that you choose every time to go potty.
This area will serve to trigger the elimination reflex.

Give your puppy a treat *EVERY* time s/he pees or poops in this

This means put it down, and then pick it up.

Generally, water should be offered 5- 6 times per day. Your dog
should get as much water as s/he wants to drink.

Note: Having a schedule does not mean that you should withhold
water if your dog needs it. If your dog seems thirsty, you can offer-
but just remember to pick it back up.

Food should be offered:

-3 times a day for 3 months and up.

-2 times daily for 6 months and up.

- 1-2 times daily for adult dogs.

Talk to your veterinarian

-Clean up accidents.
-Watch for signs that you dog need to go out- sniffing, walking in
-A good time to bring your dog out is after waking up, after eating
or drinking and after playing really hard.
-Never yell at your dog or punish for an accident.
-Keep rewarding until your dog is 100% housebroken for 1 whole
I have never owned a dog who has not been 100%
housebroken and have complete home freedom.  All of my
dogs, from German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and
various mixes have had freedom in my home.  

For 19 years I have helped dog owners achieve home
freedom for their dogs and puppies
of all ages without using
a crate.

Most dogs can be housebroken using these tips below. If
you have a problem, you may need extra help from a
We have a program which teaches 100%
housebreaking and home freedom.

If you live out of our training area, this crateless
housebreaking program is available by telephone.
(c) 2012 Barbara Rivera
The Happy Puppy School               Call 1-732-750-2698