Potty Training


Teaching our dog good hygienic behavior is essential so that it can live with us in a domestic environment. The keys to getting him to relieve himself in the right place are:


If you follow a consistent routine for food and walks, your puppy will adapt more quickly to your daily rhythms:

Do not leave the food on the plate all day, better leave it for 15 minutes to finish it. He removes his plate when he’s done. Always leave a bowl of water available.
By controlling when your dog eats and drinks, you can more easily predict when he will need to urinate or defecate.
Puppies generally need to relieve themselves:

• when they wake up in the morning;

• after or during a game session

• after a nap;

• right after drinking;

• just before or after eating;

• after chewing on a bone or toy;

if you have not been out for more than 1-2 hours.

• Remember, puppies are still developing control over

her bladder, so be patient and give her time to learn and get

physically control over your bladder.

• If you have just adopted an adult dog, the best tactic is to consider

as an 8 week old puppy and start from scratch.


Always reward her, with praise or food, when she relieves herself in the right place, thus making her understand that she has done the right thing.
NEVER hit or yell at your dog for making the wrong toilet in the wrong place, or rub her nose on her pee. Punishing him is counterproductive since you teach him that urinating or defecating in your presence is dangerous but it does not teach him not to do it at home.
If your puppy is relieving himself at home, he may have been unable to hold out for that long or was not properly controlled. Dogs do not relieve themselves at home because they are “angry” with you or out of “revenge.”

• If your dog urinates on your sofa or rug the only thing that has crossed his mind at the moment is: “Hey! I need to piss! ”

• If your dog is peeing while you are looking at him try to distract him and take him running

out. As soon as he’s finished, congratulate and reward him generously.

• Reward him as soon as he’s done peeing and not when he’s back home. In this way, it is

They probably think that you reward them for coming home with you, which is a good thing, but not if you are working on hygienic behavior!

If you want her to relieve herself in a certain area of the garden, take her on a leash to the chosen area and wait for her to do her things.


When your dog does his business at home it is important to clean properly otherwise your dog will do it again in the same place.
Using typical household cleaning products doesn’t usually work, and using bleach products actually encourages your dog to return to the site as the residue from the product looks a lot like urine.
It is better to use specific products (with enzymes) that you can find in pet stores.


Try to avoid the use of newspapers: the dog continues to learn that it is normal to relieve itself at home and it will take longer to learn that it is better to do it outside.
Don’t expect a puppy to have proper hygienic behavior before 6 months or older. Puppies have very limited bladder control before this age.
If you take your dog outside thinking that he needs to relieve himself but he doesn’t, go home and wait 10-15 minutes, strictly controlling the dog (on a leash if necessary) and go outside again.
Always try to bring your dog on a leash to urinate. Wait patiently for him to urinate and then release him to play. If you let him free to urinate and as soon as he does, you go home, he may learn that play time ends when he urinates. First he urinates and then he plays!

• If you don’t have a patio and you have to walk your dog on the street, take him outside and wait

Quietly let the dog relieve herself before resuming the walk. What you want is for her to understand that her walk is a reward for having done her business.

• Another very useful method is to use a rolled up newspaper prepared for use. Every time your dog defecates or urinates at home, pick it up and hit yourself on the head with it while repeating, “I forgot to control my dog! I forgot to control my dog! ”.

• Remember that hygiene accidents at home are your fault, not your dog’s!