Potty Training 101

Potty training your dog

Barley here. I'm going to talk about an embarrassing moment for me. There was a time when I used to pee everywhere. CJ just couldn't understand my Doglish when I needed to go #1 and I didn't understand his English. But times are drier now because I know exactly what to do to get CJ to open the door.

Here my best tips for potty training a dog even if your human kid can't do it yet...

1) GET A CRATE: Use confinement to teach your dog it has to wait to go the bathroom. Buy a crate with just enough room to turn around and lie down.

2) KEEP IT REGULAR: Keep your dog on a regular feeding schedule and take away its food between meals.

3) TAKE A BREAK: Take your dog out to "release the hounds" first thing every morning, every 30 to 60 minutes (when a puppy), then last thing at night. Pups will need a potty break with in 15 minutes of eating, drinking, playing, or waking up. Consistently associate these potty breaks with a term like "go potty".

4) REINFORCE WITH PRAISE: Take the dog to the same exact spot every time. Provide a treat for a job, and only with a job well done.

5) DON'T PUNISH: Punishment for going in the house only makes us want to relieve ourselves when you're not around. Instead, just interrupt us with an "Oops," then immediately take us outside.

6) CLEAN UP THE MESS: For accidents, make sure you use enzymatic cleaners to eliminate the urine smell otherwise it's a great bulls-eye for next time.

HEADS UP! To help master the art of outside relief you can introduce potty training bells. Training a dog to use potty bells can reduce frustration and is a proven communication tool for house training. Puppy steps folks...puppy steps.


At Mighty Paw we strengthen the family bond between you and your dog through reliable products that deliver performance and most importantly, fun.

One of those products happen to be our potty training bells. These are used to help us dogs to communicate clearer and more efficiently (aka translate Doglish to English). This makes us the clear choice over cats. And ringing a bell also avoids annoying behaviors such as barking or scratching at the door.

Take a look at our line potty training bells...


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