The Best 15 Tips on How to House Train a Puppy

Exercising the puppy

anrgy dog in front of houseExercise makes house training a dog effortless. Take the time to create a plan to exercise your new puppy. The puppy will be high energy and the new dog owner should be exercising the dog at least 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night. Ultimate Guide to Walk A Dog will show you all the tips you need to walk you dog in the proper manner.

Try this at fight and see what type of response your puppy gives you. The pups will need an outlet and the first couple of nights this will prove a great technique.

Weaning pups from the mom can have a few bad nights and there isn’t any amount of petting them that can help this process. Vetstreet has an excellent article on How to Localize A Dog or Puppy and they also suggest you start from a young age.

Making them extremely tired will help them settle down and go to sleep creating a better experience for the pup. Getting this step together is the best thing any new dog owner can accomplish.

Taking the time to exercise your dog will set the puppy up for success and eliminate 95 percent of all behavior problems.

Caution for paw pads

For a word of caution make sure you check the paw pads of the dog before you take the dog on the run. Puppies need to form a tougher paw pad that will happen after going on walks.

Damage from the paws can cause bleeding, scabbing, and a few weeks of recovery. This is a rare circumstance, but it is something a person should know if they’re going to exercise their dogs on a serious regiment.

To house train a dog this is essential to make sure he dogs health is in great condition to start training. 

Always Supervise When You House Train a Dog

The supervision is something you should always do whether you have an adult or puppy. For a puppy it is important to take extra precaution. Watch the dog in every room, in the backyard, in the house and during walks.

The main issue you will have is when you can’t supervise. This is when crate training is extremely effective for a dog owner. Taking the time to train the puppy will be time well spent. Crate Training Made Simple is an excellent resource on how to train your puppy in the crate.

At this time, you will also want to be potty training the dog. Potty Training 101 for Puppies will tell you exactly how to house break a dog. So, there are many areas you need to house train a dog.

You have a lot of work to do but start simple.

Use a Leash When You House Train a Dog

Using a leash while inside of the house is a great technique to use for multiple reasons. You may want to keep the pup in a certain area of the house. The dog when called as a puppy has no idea how to come.

Don’t hold the leash but keep it on until the dog starts catching on to what you want them to do. Once the puppy starts catching on you can drop the leash inside of the home.

Training on the leash is a great way to teach basic functions of being in the house and moving until the direction of the owner.

Once you have a proper training under way you slowly start to expand the way the time when the dog isn’t supervised by you.

Puppy Teething

This is something you will have to deal with. You can minimize this phase in the puppy’s life by buying some small chew toys and exercise. When house training a dog you want to give toys to bite on so they won’t start biting on everything in site. 

The small toys will give the puppy something to bite on. Relieve the need to chew on something and direct the energy.

Exercising will take away any extra energy the puppy may use to bite up shoes or get into a trash can. You should not allow this with the always supervise method we use but sometimes things happen. The best way to alleviate the pressure is to take away the additional energy.

Works wonders there is no easier way to get results from the dogs.

Socializing a puppy

Having the puppy around people will help socialize the puppy. Friends and family should always be around your dog especially after exercise when the dog is calm. House training a dog will consist of correcting behavior that isn’t social and praising behavior that is social. 

Always correct any jumping or over excitement the puppy may display and teach the puppy to have a circle, or bubble, around guests.

Take the puppy when it is a little bit older and has all their shots to the dog park to be around other dogs. Any friends who have dogs see if you can take them on dog walks together.

The walks will help both dogs create a natural bond by doing a primal activity together.

How to discipline a puppy

When you discipline a young dog make sure you approach it by the correct principles. By using the attention model and only doing enough to get the attention with the correction. Make no mistake you can’t house train a dog without corrections.

With a pup you will see that you can use a very low-level correction on or off leash. A hands-off approach will work wonders especially when you use verbal first and only raise the intensity when you can’t get the dogs attention.

When the leash is always on you can get the attention just by picking up the leash that is attached.

Try not to over correct because if you do it will do more harm than good.

Umbilical Cord House Training uses this exact principle and I have used this for years.

The key to a correction is the timing and not the power behind it. If you correct hard and the timing is off it defeats the purpose. When you are on time with the correction there is no reason to correct with much intensity.

Nipping and biting

Correct anytime the puppy uses its mouth and nips or bites. The reason you want to correct is so that the behavior doesn’t escalate. Biting and nipping may not seem like a big deal but when the dog is going to be over 100 lbs. one day you will start to become concerned about the behavior.
You must correct the behavior and make the dog sit or lay after you tell them no. Also, you want to create a bubble around you that the dog can’t enter on its own unless invited. Creating space and not letting the dog enter is important to teach when you house train a dog.

Puppy Jumping

You will have an effective strategy if you made sure the dog wasn’t in your bubble without invitation. When you teach the dog by correcting before they get into your inner space you will then become invisible to dog jumping.

Stop dog from jumping can assist in getting you into the right information needed to correct without any force and understand the principles so that the dog can understand your communication by using the same communication they use.

There are videos that show what kind of timing a dog uses and that’s most what people get incorrect when correcting.

Leaving a puppy alone

Leaving the puppy alone is a major change for both parties and happens when you house train a dog. After being with his birth pack and leaving becoming all alone with his humans the dog is now getting used to always having some type of outside presence with him.

When it is time for you to go to work or go to sleep you should look at exercise to help the dog cope with a stressful situation. Once tired and feed some food the dog will almost pass out.

Take the time to introduce your dog to these situations properly. Unfortunately, there will be an adjustment period, but you can help ease them into with some exercise in the morning and at night.

Training a dog to come

Walking a dog is the best way to get them to follow you. If the dog doesn’t come when followed that may be an indication that you have been slacking on taking them out. Good thing that is a quick and easy fix! 

Teaching a Dog How to Walk Using a Long Lead is an excellent guide as well.

Once you start taking the dog out for walks constantly call them with whatever call sign you choose. Some folks use kisses and others will tap the pant leg. Whatever you choose is fine if the dog comes.

When you are inside of the house don’t let the dog just sit there when you call them. Use my one command rule. Tell the dog to come and after that grab the leash.

In training you would be surprised at how many times you can stop talking and the training becomes more effective. This isn’t anything new.

How to teach a puppy to sit

Inside of the house your dog should be constantly asked to sit in different areas of the house. The dog should learn to sit in the kitchen. After that in the living room. Then in the bathroom.

You get the point, right? Front yard and the backyard.

Keep changing the locations. In addition, make sure you have the dog sit when they go outside to use the restroom. Sit before you go outside on the walk and when you get outside of the front door sit again. Did I mention they need to sit before they get food or water?

How to Teach a Puppy to Lay

You should get the dog tired and begging to lay down just to make this nice and easy. Once you get them on top of a pillow ask them to lay. We have a more detailed Top 10 Commands to Teach Your Dog that goes further in depth.

Crate training a puppy

Crate training a puppy is very easy inside of a house. Set them up for success by exercising them before they’re introduced to it. Taking the time and effort to make the crate a place where they can rest will be the most effective thing to do.

The next best thing is to create a positive association. That can be a treat or food and water. Keeping the door open is the best way to reduce anxiety and over excitement about the cage door being open.

Lastly, make the dog sit before entering and after entering the crate. When they come out have them sit before and sit after they come out.

Housebreaking a puppy

You want to take the dog out multiple times per day. I would recommend for you to take them out 4-5 times per day.

The rule of thumb is when they wake up, drink water, eat food, and wonder off sniffing.

That always requires for you to pay attention.

If the dog is in the crate after exercise, they will be laying down the entire time UNTIL they have to use the bathroom. A dog standing in the cage is a dog that should be on his way outside to use the bathroom.

After an incident

I hate to break the bad news, but a dog will have some incidents. The way you respond can help or hurt the situation. You must take responsibility for a few things

  1. Not taking them outside often enough.
  2. Not being there to correct them when the urine or poop is exiting the dog.
  3. Understanding that even trained dogs have an incident from time to time.

When you take the dog out two times per day you are asking for trouble. Do a good job of being consistent, reliable, and taking more trips than required for your dog to use the bathroom.

If you see the dog using the bathroom then please tell them no. The best timing is when the dog is about to use the bathroom. When you want to correct way after I have a hard time believing the dog will understand the correct.

The late correct will do much more harm than good. Because you are mad at the dog at the time it may not be the best time to correct a behavior because you might need to correct yourself.

Take the time to put up the pee or poop silently and let the dog out to use the bathroom. Something you didn’t do that caused the issue.


These 15 tips will guide you on how to establish a strong leadership position with your puppy. By exercise the dog you are look upon as the leader physically. By always supervising the dog will understand and work within a structure before you loosen the rules after the dog is trained.

Always have an outlet for biting and nipping, but never let the puppy bite or nip you by creating a bubble of space around you. Once the bubble is established, they will respect your personal space.

Discipline the dog very lightly because puppies will respond to light touches. A mom dog will correct the puppy very soft and you should follow her lead.

Lastly, crate training and housebreaking should come easily by following our guidelines.

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2 thoughts on “The Best 15 Tips on How to House Train a Puppy”

  1. Beverly

    How do you create this bubble you refer to?

    1. Train Your Own Dog

      A bubble is another word for your personal space. A dog should come into your personal space when you ask them and not before. The way you get space to create a bubble is walking towards your dog and making them sit or lay after. You can also correct when the dog is approaching before they invade your personal space. Both are effective and sometimes you can use one or both depending on the dog. Great for the dog to learn because they will have manners and only come into personal space when called.

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