A new puppy is great, especially when he or she is exploring your home or snuggling up with you on the couch. However, a new puppy isn’t so great when it comes time to train him or her to use the bathroom outside. When you first get your puppy, you may have to break some bad habits when it comes to using the bathroom, and in part one of this multi-part series, we will give you some helpful tips for potty training your pup.

Housebreaking is a long process, and it will require a lot of patience with your puppy, but if you’re at the end of your rope, ACDT is here to help! Our expert dog trainers know all the tricks to teaching your puppy to use the bathroom. We can provide you with the dog training tools that are necessary for not only house training, but are also necessary for a well-behaved member of the family. Whether you are looking for help with potty training or you just need basic dog obedience training, check out ACDT. Browse our list of dog obedience classes and contact us today to register your spot!

Continue reading below for some helpful tips for potty training your puppy.


As mentioned in previous blog, when you first adopt your puppy, you want to make sure that you will be home for a couple days in order to help acclimate your new fuzzball to his or her new environment. During this time, observe your puppy’s potty patterns. How often does Fido have to go? After what activities does he need to relieve himself? Each puppy is different, and taking note of how often and when your puppy goes to the bathroom will help you when it comes time to really crack down on house training.

Use a Crate

Using a crate may seem cruel, but it will be your best friend for training, travel, and more. When purchasing your crate, you want to find one that is just big enough that your pup can lie down, sit up, and turn around. If you want to buy a crate that is a little on the big side so you don’t have to keep buying them as your dog gets older, try and find one that comes with an adjustable partition.

Dogs will naturally want to find a cave-like place that they can call home and a crate is the perfect place! Much like humans, dogs don’t like it when there are puddles of urine in their home, therefore your new pup will avoid using the crate as his or her personal bathroom. Instead, he or she will most likely start crying or barking when he or she has to use the bathroom, which is your signal to take him or her outside!

Praise is Key

Much like humans, dogs like being told when they did something right, so when your pup uses the bathroom outside, praise him or her with a treat or some affection and provide verbal affirmations such as, “Good dog!”

These are just a few tips you can use when it comes time to potty train your puppy. If you are finding it too difficult to potty train your pup, ACDT is here to help! Browse our many options for dog obedience classes and contact us to reserve your spot. We look forward to working with you and your pup!