Housetraining Your New Puppy

Your new puppy needs to learn where and when to eliminate after he’s been brought home. Use these simple steps from a Sugarland vet to housetrain your pup.


A consistent schedule is the best way to get your puppy’s housetraining started. Always feed him at the same times, and take him outside to go at the same times. Ask your vet about what sort of schedule might work best.

Watch for Signs

When you’re home, keep a vigilant eye out for signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom. These signs can be sniffing, pacing, whirling around, whining, or circling. As soon as you see any of these, rush your puppy outdoors to go. It won’t take long for you to recognize your puppy’s signs, and if you always take him outside when he exhibits them, he’ll learn the proper technique for bathroom time.

Confine When You’re Not Around

When you’re not home or can’t watch your pup, confine him to his crate or a small room enclosed with gates. If he does well and doesn’t eliminate inside, gradually try increasing the time he spends out of confinement. Eventually he’ll know to not eliminate inside.


When you take your puppy out to use the bathroom, always have a treat on hand during the housetraining stage. When he successfully goes outside, reward him with lots of praise and a treat. Remember that some puppies might need some activity first before they go, while some will eliminate as soon as they get outside.

Don’t Scold for Accidents

If your pup does have an accident indoors, don’t scold your puppy sharply, and never punish him physically. He can’t change what happened. Punishment will only make him frightened, leading to possible socialization problems in the future. It’s up to you, and only you, to watch your pup for signs that he has to go, and take him out accordingly.

Ask your Fort Bend veterinarian for more tips on housetraining your new puppy.


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