Training Your Dog to Potty Indoors - dummies

By Susan McCullough

Part of Housetraining For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You may want to housetrain your puppy or adult dog to go to the bathroom in an indoor potty area. A dog potty or dog toilet can be some newspapers spread on the floor, a dog litter box, or some other device located in a designated area of your home. Here are some housetraining tips that make indoor housetraining a breeze:

  • Do consider indoor training if you live in a high-rise apartment, can’t get around easily, and/or have a very small dog.

  • Do consider your needs, your dog’s needs, and your home’s layout when deciding where to put the indoor potty.

  • Do get a crate for your indoor trainee so that he learns to regulate his potty maneuvers.

  • Do use scent and repetition to teach your dog that the indoor potty is the only surface upon which he should take a whiz or make a deposit.

  • Do be patient if you move the potty from outdoors to indoors.

  • Don’t let your puppy roam freely unless you can watch him.

  • Don’t get angry at your puppy for making a mistake; get mad at yourself for giving him a chance to do so.

  • Don’t take your indoor trainee outside for a walk or for playtime until after he’s done his business.