3 Steps to Potty Training Your Dog in 5 Days

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Not everyone who wants a new furry friend has any desire to get a puppy! Puppies can be trouble!

And, many of us just don’t have the time to dedicate to a tiny furry baby.

Plus, it is nice to rescue an older soul from the shelter or from a rescue.

One of the biggest complaints that I hear from new owners of adult dogs that have been rescued from a shelter, etc. is…

“My dog isn’t potty trained!”

Sometimes, this is entirely the case. Most often, however, it is simply because one house is different from another.

I mean, in human terms, one toilet is just like another.

But, in dog terms, backyards or walks are quite different from one house to another.

This is why I shudder whenever I hear someone say they are paying someone to potty train their dog/puppy. Just because he is potty trained in one place, doesn’t mean it will work in another 😉

But there are 3 big rules I will share with you to get your new dog potty trained in 5 days:

#1. Stick to a Routine

Feed your dog at the same time every day, morning and night.

Don’t just leave the food out, then you won’t know when he eats and therefore when he might have to go potty.

About 20 minutes after your dog eats, he will likely need to go out and poop.

If your dog or puppy needs to go out in the middle of the night, I would try and feed him earlier.

A good walk before bed, or a game of retrieve in the back yard, can also help move things through the bowels and stimulate the body (plus it will help him sleep).

If he seems to have to go out a lot at night, pick up his water so that he is not filling his bladder.

#2. Go Outside with Him

So many new dog owners pop the back door open and let the dog go outside by himself, and therefore have no idea if the dog has gone potty.

Unfortunately, dogs get distracted by different sounds, bugs, butterflies or whatever, and they can stop mid pee or poop.

puppy potty training, dog potty training, crate trainingIf you aren’t outside to witness his schedule, you won’t know when you let him inside that he actually never finished going potty outside.

I have 2 dogs that are very different.

My girlie poops at least twice and sometimes three times a day (if she has been super active). Ironically, she eats very little.

My boy is a “once a day pooper”. He poops once in the morning after breakfast.

So I know if one of them misses an opportunity, I need to make sure that they are given another.

I also know that my female drinks A LOT of water and has to pee every few hours, but my male is good just going out about 3 times a day.

I still utilize a crate in these instances if I need to; for example, if we are at someone else’s house.

Crate training is an amazing potty training tool and is crucial for happy, healthy dog ownership!

#3.  Stick with Him

Don’t just bring your new dog home and let him run the house!

I keep my new dogs with me, and often even on a leash.

He isn’t likely to have an accident if he is on a leash and following me around the house!

Plus, keeping him with me ensures that I am teaching him basic manners.

If my freshly cooked pot roast is cooling on the counter, I am not going to allow my new dog, who is on a leash, to jump up and grab it. I can prevent that and teach him an alternate behavior.

But, basically, I am preventing him from learning that he can sneak into another room and relieve himself!

Then, it becomes my job to make sure he gets outside and he doesn’t have accidents.

If you can keep this up for just 5 days, you will have a potty trained dog!

If you can prevent accidents you are on the road to a 100% potty trained dog!


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There are 10 Comments

  1. Mat says:

    I really like your idea of keeping a new dog on a leash in the house to get used to the new rules. There seem to be a window when a dog is in a new surrounding that they are really receptive to learning new rules. Being firm and consistent during this window is critical.

    I think I would add one point of emphasis to this list though… rewarding generously and often for behaviors I do like. In this case, having some treats or excited praise or a favorite ball on the ready to reward a potty outside.

    I look for opportunities with dogs to constantly be reinforcing the stuff they do right. It goes right along with not letting them practice the bad stuff because you are right there to catch them. Adding lots of reinforcement when earned during this period also can go a long way to helping a dog gain confidence in a new environment, a very stressful situation for any animal.


  2. Dora says:

    I have an 8mo old Schanuzer since she was 7 1/2 wks old.(not my 1st one). But this one is hard to train.
    I’m having a hard time potty training her. She will go out. Hold out till she returns in house. Then she feels time to releive herself.
    Please advise me on what to do.
    She is my heart. I have a cage.


  3. My dog was train to go to his peepee pad for #1 and #2 .But lately he is been doing #2 in my Kitchen when I’m not home or sleeping. I have been doing everything to stop him from going in the kitchen when I’m not home.
    What else should I do.


  4. Steve B. says:

    When we first got my 1-month old Maltese Yorkie he was peeing on the carpets multiple times a day. I was doing everything I knew how, including most of the things you suggested. For 2 straight weeks, we found new carpet stains every day (had to have my carpets professionally cleaned). After a lot of frustration, we finally made some progress. We didn’t really change what we were doing, it just took our dog a bit longer than 5 days. If you’re in the same boat, don’t get discouraged!


  5. Rolleene says:

    My dog longed to bite me , he’s 3 1/2 months old. If I sit down he pulls on my shoe laces & when I go to pick him up, he runs away from me. He is driving me crazy!!


  6. Pam says:

    Can you potty train with create if you haven’t? Didn’t have crate I have had him 5 days. Please help me.Thanks


    Minette Reply:

    Yes, I would get a crate


  7. Alison says:

    I have a five year old boxer, Charlie. He is smart and sweet but poops around 3am. I take him out to potty before going to bed around 10:30 but still wake up to poop. He has a gimp leg from an earlier accident in life. He appeared on my doorstep several months ago. I have 3 others who always go outside. They all pretty much get along very well. How do I stop the pooping with Charlie in the middle of the night?


    Minette Reply:

    search my articles using the search bar above for doggy accidents at night


  8. Judy Smith says:

    My grandog is a shih tzu bishion mix and about 10 months old. He still goes to the potty in the house in the basement near the cat litter box or sometimes where ever he happens to be…on a couch, the floor, carpet, outside. I have offered to bring him to my house to try to train him using your methods but you say he may not be any better once he is back in his house. So what can be done? His family is at their wits end, he literally screamed when put in a crate as a little pup when they first got him…he would scream till he threw up all over himself so his family no longer crates him. Any suggestions? Family (2 teenage sons and working dad and part time working mom) is very busy and doesn’t help their mom try to train him. What can I do to help? There is also a lovable golden retriever in the house who pup loves to play with but pup seems to be making the golden more aggressive with his constant sharp teeth playing! Barking at strangers is also very aggressive in the pup….we need help! Thanks


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