How the puppy will become house-trained

A puppy does not become house-trained by itself. In order for this to happen as quickly as possible, you must actively help your four-legged friend and be very attentive. Especially the first nights in your new home. With a little help, every dog is house-trained by the time it is five months old at the latest. And so it goes →

When does the dog have to go outside?

It can go wrong so quickly: If you are not careful, the puppy will promptly place a mark on your carpet. But don't be annoyed, it simply takes time until the puppy is house-trained and has learned where he is allowed to do his business and where not. With a few tips, it's easy. In most cases it is quite predictable when a dog has to get loose: After food or water intake, after sleeping or after playing. As a precaution, take your puppy out of the house with you and take him to a place where he can come loose. The best place for this is a corner in the garden or a nearby meadow. The sidewalk is unsuitable, because here you are often under observation and can quickly get into trouble with the neighbors.

If the dog does his business at the desired place, be happy together with him! Praise your little quadruped extensively and reward him with a small snack or a playful game. Some dog owners also use the Clicker to show the dog that he has done everything right. You can also give the dog a command to urinate. At some point, your dog will link this and the corresponding action together, which will make your life much easier in some situations. If it does not come loose, just go back into the house without comment.

How does the puppy become house-trained at night?

You will face particular challenges when house-training your puppy at night-time. It’s dark and perhaps you’re in a deep sleep so you don’t hear your puppy’s quiet signal. You can take advantage of the fact that dogs do not generally soil their basket: If you remove the opportunity for your puppy to leave their basket of his own accord, (e.g. by letting him sleep in a closed transportation box), he will cry out loud when he needs to relieve himself and you can quickly react. If you don’ have a transportation box, place his dog basket in a large box where the puppy cannot escape. This gives you the same effect and you can play an active role in getting your puppy house-trained as soon as possible, even at night.


During the day, a puppy should always be closely observed. In many cases, he will warn you when he has to urinate. He may whimper or turn around in circles. You should also take him outside if he does that. Make sure this visit outside is as boring as possible. If he has an exciting adventure outside the house after having whimpered or turned in circles, he may remember and exploit this. He may whine or spin around every time he wants a trip outside.  

Getting the puppy house-trained - this is how it goes →

Unfortunately you do not always notice when your dog has to get loose. Just because you won't (and shouldn't) keep an eye on him 24 hours a day, countless "misfortunes" are pre-programmed in the first days and weeks. It is absolutely understandable that you are annoyed when you have to get out the cleaning utensils and clean the apartment several times in a short time. But let your anger smoke out anyway. Take an example from a good dog mother. Surely you have never seen a bitch who rushed towards one of her puppies growling and snarling with her teeth because the puppy made it into the whelping box. She takes it rather calmly and removes the mishap. Above all a reprimand does not help at all afterwards. The dog then does not know why you are scolding.

Tip: How often must a dog be walked?

The dog is not house-trained - what to do?

One thing is clear: When you get your puppy from the breeder at the age of 8 weeks, he is by no means completely house-trained. With some it happens quite fast, others need several months. In general, a dog is house-trained at about four to five months. Before that it can happen at any time that he cannot keep to himself. You should know the following:

Tip 1

If the puppy is not yet house-trained, this is not a bad intention

A puppy cannot wait longer than a few minutes, sometimes even only a few seconds, until it has to detach itself irrevocably! This has nothing to do with bad intention, but is physiologically simply not possible otherwise. His small untrained bladder and digestive system do not allow him to postpone urination.

Tip 2

Four-legged friends must go out regularly

Puppies have to very often: You should give your little one the opportunity to do this at least five times a day: First thing in the morning when you get up, after every meal, after sleeping, after playing and late in the evening right before going to bed.

Tip 3

Watch out for signs if your dog has to go out

Observe the dog and take every opportunity to go for a walk if you have the slightest impression that the puppy needs to get loose. For example when he whimpers, turns in circles or sniffs the ground. If he has already started, grab your dog and carry him outside - without much scolding, but with praise when he has done the rest.


Tip 4

Seperate place in the apartment

If you live in an apartment that does not allow quick access to the outside, you can temporarily use a flat plastic bowl on the balcony or in one of the rooms in case of emergency. However, the use of this seperate place should remain the exception, so that the dog does not think he can visit it at any time in the future.

Inappropriate reprimands - Not like that please!

If somebody advises you to push the puppy with the snout into his mark, just don't do it! This "education method" dates back to past centuries and is more than outdated from today's point of view. Your dog will not learn anything from it, but will only lose confidence in you and the first laboriously tied bonds of a relationship will be destroyed. Even if you catch your puppy in the act, loud scolding is not appropriate. A strict but not too loud "No!" signals to the dog that his behavior is unwanted. Take him outside immediately and praise him when he finishes his business there. In this way you offer your dog a suitable alternative behavior.

Dog urine correctly remove - Thus it goes →

The smell of his own urine will always encourage a puppy to come loose again at the appropriate place. If an accident has happened, you should try to remove this "mark" thoroughly. A special agent from the pet shop can help here. There are different experiences about vinegar cleaner or a water-vinegar-mixture: Some dogs should be attracted rather than deterred by the smell. To prevent the puppy from visiting certain places over and over again, you can give some treats there. This generally ensures that this place is spared in the future.

Checklist, when the dog should have a walk

  • when he wakes up
  • after eating or drinking
  • when he beeps
  • after he has played
  • as soon as it turns in a circle
  • after each nap
  • when he seems nervous
  • he obviously wants to go outside
  • he goes to a place where he has peed before
  • before going to bed