Puppy Housetraining FAQs - Drs. Foster and Smith

Housetraining a puppy in New York City can have unique challenges compared to raising a pup in a suburban or rural area where there is easy access to grass. Anyone who has stood outside trying to get a puppy to eliminate on a New York street will tell you that they have become super aware of the honking horns and sirens, people and dogs passing, and trucks noisily unloading their wares. All of this and much more can make life in NYC overwhelming, but especially frustrating when it distracts the pup from the task at hand.

To housetrain a puppy quickly and efficiently, follow the steps below:

Just so you know, a puppy is never completely housetrained until they are 6 months old. For some breeds, even later. This means that though you may be making tremendous progress housetraining, there will be "mistakes". Sometimes for reasons you can't figure out! Don't fret about it. Stay focused on the progress you are making. Your confidence in the techniques you are using to house train your puppy will ensure your success.

House Training a Puppy | Potty Train a Puppy the Easy Way

Housetraining was going really well, but puppy is suddenly having accidents again During the housetraining process, there will be some mistakes. When that happens, I calmly no-mark my puppy (Ack, ack) and take her outside. Once we are outside, I praise and reward her if she continues with her business.

House Training Your Dog or Puppy | ASPCA

Helpful article – I see there’s also an article on papertraining your puppy. However, when I got my pooch, I found a lack of information on the web for people trying to move from a papertrained to a housetrained dog. For me, a dog-owner living in a flat (of which there are many), I found this the most difficult time. My pup became papertrained very quickly -associating the paper with the place to go was very easy, it took days. The process of then teaching him that outside was the place to go and removing the paper was very difficult, this took a year…at least. Granted he is not the most easily trained (half-Beagle – can be stubborn!!) but certain things were difficult – like how long until you remove the paper altogether, how to build a routine up (when you have previously let him go when he pleases as long as he does it in the right place). This was an extremely trying time for me and although there are housetraining and papertraining tips, there seems little around how to move from one to the other…and unless you have a groundfloor flat with a garden, this is a common issue for dog-owners living in flats.

Puppy Housetraining - Pet Education


You might be a little frustrated right now because house training is not progressing as fast as you had hoped. Your puppy just doesn't seem to get it... Or, maybe you are planning ahead and want to start potty training on the right paw !• Give your puppy frequent access to his toilet area - prevent soiling in the house.
• Reward the pup for peeing or pooping in the right place - use a special treat.
• Never punish the pup for housetraining "mistakes" - scolding has dire consequences.
• Put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding schedule - in/out clockwork.
• Know when your puppy last eliminated - keep a diary.