5 Puppy House Training Tips Every Puppy Owner NEEDS To Know


– Now, I’ll bet you’re here
for one of two reasons. Either you’re currently
struggling with your puppy having accidents in your home,
and it’s super-frustrating. I can totally appreciate that. Or you’ve just become or you’re about to become a new puppy owner, and it’s time to do your
puppy-training homework. In both cases, I’m about to give you five puppy house-training tips
that you need to know, and by following the steps
(bubble popping) mentioned in this video, you’re
going to save a bunch of time and a fortune in cleaning products. I’m Ken Steepe, and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (guitar strumming)
(puppy barking) Here in our training facility, we help more than 500 dog
owners every single week who are just like you to overcome their dog-training challenges,
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to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. We get so many great questions on our puppy potty-training video, and I went through a bunch of them to see the most common mistakes and
the most common comments. Today, I want you to take out your notepad and write these five things down because if you’re still struggling with your puppy having
accidents in your home, it’s likely that you’re
overlooking one of these steps, and that may be the reason
your puppy’s so confused about the process. So, let’s get started. Now, a large number of
people who are struggling with their puppy house-training
are using pee pads. (bubble popping)
These pads often create a lot of confusion for puppies, and
if you can avoid using them, do so, but if there’s some
reason that you need to use the puppy pads, all of these
same tips will apply to you. Just replace the word going
outside with taking your puppy to the pad. Now, there are a few times
that you need to take your puppy outside because
they’re more likely to have to go, and being
proactive about this will not only be a good way to
avoid accidents in your home, but it’s a great way to help your puppy to associate being with
this, inside this location, with the relief of going pee or poop, and it’s a much better association than having that same relieving feeling in your living room or in your kitchen. Those times are
(bubble popping) before they go into their crate, (bubble popping)
as soon as they come out of their crate, (bubble popping)
after a meal, (bubble popping)
after a play session, and if your puppy has been in their crate or under your supervision,
and you think to yourself, “Hmm, (clapping hands) puppy
hasn’t peed in a while,” you should take them outside. (bubble popping) You should really have
some sort of schedule for your puppy to go potty in. Maybe that’s every couple
of hours for the first week, and you can start to extend
that time over the next couple of weeks as long as they’re going to be, as long as they’re successful, but you’re going to find
your puppy’s success or failure will dictate
that amount of time, and every puppy is just
a little bit different. Using a crate or a limited-space
area for your puppy when you can’t supervise him
is a really important way to not only keep them safe,
but it’s going to teach them that they have to hold
their bladder a little. Using an appropriately sized crate or area is going to be really important, though. We talked a lot about crate sizing in a recent video. I’ll link the description,
in the description below, but to give you the abbreviated version, there needs to be enough room
for your puppy to stand up, turn around, lie down, and
stretch out comfortably. If your crate or the space has
too much more room than that, your puppy’s likely to be
able to pee in one corner of that area and then continue
snoozing in the dry areas or in the other corner. Your puppy needs to feel
like there’s some sort of consequence for choosing
to pee or poop in there, and that way, they’ll feel
like they have to hold it a little, and they’ll start
to build some more longevity into how long they go between
their outdoor sessions. Now, to be a responsible puppy
owner, you need to keep tabs on how long it’s been since
your puppy was out last, and it’s always a good idea
to have your puppy’s crate within earshot when you’re
working on house-training. That way, you’ll start to
hear them stir a little bit if they feel the need to go outside. Use a leash when you take
your puppy out to go potty. Puppies are easily distracted,
and sometimes it’s adorable, but it can also distract
your puppy away from the fact that they need to go. When you go outside with your
puppy, you’re all business. Take them to a safe spot with the least amount of distractions. Stand still and be boring. Keep a close eye on your puppy for your, for them to get distracted
if a leaf blows by or if they find an interesting
stick on the ground. That may be the reason that
you need to use your leash. Direct them away from these distractions so that they can sort of reset. When you limit the amount of area that your puppy can investigate, that area becomes a lot less interesting, and you’re more likely to
see your puppy pick a spot to relieve themselves. If you’ve been out there
for several minutes and your puppy still hasn’t
gone, head back inside. Immediately place your
puppy into their crate. Keep a close eye on them. In the next couple of minutes,
you’re going to head back out to that spot and try again. If you feel like your puppy just can’t go in whatever location you’ve picked, it’s worth asking yourself
a couple of questions. Are there too many
distractions in the area? (bubble popping)
Sometimes noises or motion can make it difficult for
your puppy to feel comfortable to stop everything and go pee. If that’s the case, see
if there’s a quieter spot that you can take your puppy so that they can feel more comfortable and be less distracted. When your puppy does go pee
or poop in that location that you’ve chosen, praise them. Use, you know, “Good boy, good girl,” whatever language you want
to use to let them know that they’re making a great
choice, but do not feed them. (bell dinging)
They don’t need a treat. I’ve heard so many people talk about how after they’ve
rewarded their puppy with food, their puppy’s asking to
go outside more often, (bubble popping)
or some puppies will go out and phantom pee, where
they’ll basically squat without even going. And what those people have
done is captured a behavior, which is great for trick training, but it can be a real challenge
if your puppy goes out, phantom pees, and then you go back inside with your puppy having a full bladder. The sensation of relief
from going pee or poop is reward enough for your puppy. Just praise them when they’re going potty in the right location. Now, good supervision is
going to change everything for your puppy house-training. We often talk about quality
time out of the crate rather than the quantity of time, and that’s precisely when
supervision is going to be key. Now, if you’re struggling
with puppy potty training, you must keep a close eye on your puppy every moment they are out of their crate. (bubble popping)
If you’ve just brought them back inside, even if
they’ve just gone pee, and you’re still struggling
with puppy potty training, don’t let them out of your sight. An important part of the
learning process for your puppy is learning what they
aren’t allowed to do. When they have an accident in your home, it can be really frustrating,
but it’s a teaching moment, and it’s actually really important. While you’re supervising your puppy, if they start to have an accident, you need to mark that behavior. Mark that moment in time using your voice. Use something abrupt
like, “Uh-uh,” or, “Hey.” For some puppies, maybe even (clapping) clapping
your hands is appropriate. Now, this needs to be done in the moment, so if your puppy sneaks
away and has an accident, there’s no reasonable or fair
way to train through that. Chalk it up as a loss, and
be more prepared next time. They need to know that in that moment that precisely this
behavior is not allowed. Some puppies will stop going at the moment you interrupt them. And if that’s the case,
then you can take your puppy right outside so that
they can finish going. When you’re out there,
you can praise your puppy when they start going again. Let them know that while going
pee inside is not allowed, going in this spot outside
will get them some praise. With good supervision, you’re
even likely to start noticing that your puppy is signaling
that they need to go outside. Some of the, the subtle signs
that your puppy gives you that it’s time to go out. This takes a keen eye,
but I bet some of you are going to notice it,
and if you’re really being a great supervisor for your puppy, that’s going to happen more quickly. But remember, that supervision time is all about engagement and quality time outside of your puppy’s crate
with you and them alone. We’ve actually got a great
video with some fun exercises that you can do with your
puppy while they’re out of their crate that’ll burn off energy, and they have nothing to
do with going for a walk, so I’ll list that for you to check out in the description below. Location, location, location. I get lots of comments
from people who tell me that their puppy is constantly
peeing on their bed, or every time their puppy
goes into the living room, they have an accident on the floor. It’s worth your time and effort to set your puppy up to be successful by not allowing them
access to these locations if they’re constantly
having accidents in there. Use some baby gates to set up an area where they’re less likely
to have an accident, or even better yet, exercise
that great supervision we just talked about. Your puppy needs to earn
some of these freedoms. If they continue to pee on
their bed or even your bed, which someone recently
asked a question about, then don’t set them up to
fail by giving them access to these places or things, but
if they do go to these places and they make those mistakes,
with great supervision, you’ll be there to give
them the right information and train through it. (inhaling) You know, you’re working
your butt off here, trying to help your puppy to be right, and to be a great leader for
them, you want to do everything that you can to help them
to make good choices. And if you’re clear, consistent, and fair, you’re a lot more likely to be successful with your training. Now, tackling puppy potty
training is just one element of your puppy training,
but if you’re looking for a puppy-training game plan, make sure you click that card right there. It’s your puppy training schedule by age. Now, if this is your
first time on the channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button. We publish new videos
every week to help you to have a well-behaved
four-legged family member. On that note, I’m Ken. Happy training.

29 Replies to “5 Puppy House Training Tips Every Puppy Owner NEEDS To Know

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. I’m getting a Bichon Frise the first week of March (2020) I’m so excited! I will be training to use wee wee pads for those times that it’s just not convenient enough to go out doors, due to weather/etc. also the fact we just had a motorhome built so we will be traveling a lot. So sometimes stopping in sketchy area’s and or muddy/snowy area’s will just be so nice to have a designated area for him to go in the coach. Also, considering their grooming needs, say right after grooming they have to go out in the mud/rain🤭🐶⛈💨🌪⚡️… So Based on my thoughts, Do you think this potty training of going on pads and going outdoors will work out for us both? Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and experience with us. You have no idea how much you have helped me already! 🙏🏻

  2. I guess we've been doing it wrong the whole time because we've been giving a piece of food as a reward. I must've missed that part with all of the other videos and assumed that reward was a given.

  3. Are you looking for different ways to burn off some of that puppy energy? Here's a video that will show you 4 ways to burn off energy fast, that have NOTHING to do with "walking": https://youtu.be/92abvfkGMPI
    Thanks for watching! ~Ken

  4. I need help!!!! My new Siberian husky puppy doesn’t like to go outside he is scared and since he doesn’t want to go outside he pees and poop inside but I put newspaper on the carpet so I don’t know what to do so he can go outside to walk and pee please help🙏🙏

  5. We have parvo in our dirt so we can’t take them outside. What do you suggest? We’ve been using pads, but I don’t want to teach then to go indoors.

  6. Great video ! thank you ! do you have any tips for dogs that are not living in the house ? i would appreciate that !! thank you in advance !!

  7. How long should they be holding it? My chihuahua is almost a year and still struggling! He seems like he can hold his pee for a while but he has to poop every 1hr-2hrs!

  8. Hi! I would like to ask, do you recommend using a steady leash only to walk a puppy and older dog or could a flex leash be used aswell? Didn ´ t find an video about different type of leashes on your page.
    Thank you so much for your videos! They are really helpful!

  9. I am so frustrated. I keep her in the crate for 2 hrs at a time, take her outside, she will pee and sometimes poop…bring her inside and then she pees 10 mins later in the house. No warning. I have her out to pee twice at a time. She doesnt pee in the crate, but in the house.

  10. Hello, can you please make a video about training a scared dog. I got my puppy 2 weeks ago and he is afraid of everything. When he is off the leash he will run away in the back yard and not come back. I've tried giving it time and trying to be as positive as possible,but it's really hard. I noticed the puppy cowers his head whenever anyone try to pet his head. I think he was abused unfortunately. Please help

  11. Is it ok to take puppy outside to the bathroom before they’ve had their vaccines? We are using an area to the side of our house which is soil/grass and trees. I can’t be sure other dogs haven’t been there although we are in a new build and the trees have only been planted in the last 2 weeks so unlikely other dogs have used the area.

  12. I have a potty training dilemma and need advice! My 10 week old Doberman will go out the front door on his leash to go bathroom but refuses to walk into the grass to go. I’ve been pulling him with the leash which isn’t good, I know. I sometimes pick him up and put him in the grass but he keeps trying to pull back into the rock and on the porch. He’s 22 pounds already and is getting heavy to lift. Any suggestions to make him walk to the grass? It’s worse when it’s rainy or wet.

  13. I dont have a cradle, i bought my almost 3 month pit puppy a bed, at night she pees and poops. I'll start with the leash and take her out (haven't been doing that) and im starting to take her out at night before bed. But sometimes she still goes. Any other tips?

  14. Thank you for the all the videos, they’ve been a massive help!! Do you have any videos on teaching a puppy to sleep through the night? Our pup is 5 months but still wakes us up 2-3 times a night (sometimes only a couple hours apart). We’ve tried ignoring her as she holds it for 4-5 hours in the day but she whines for at least half an hour until someone takes her out. We have tried interrupting her whining and praising her for being quiet but she continues until someone takes her out! If you have any tips or training videos on this I would be really really interested!! Thank you!

  15. Hello! I have questions and I'm hoping for some guidance. I've found your channel to be extremely helpful and the most reality based, techniques and advice that are meant for me (average person) rather than the dedicated trainer or someone who has a life to devote to their dog. THANK YOU. A quick layout. Beginning of November I brought home two puppies (don't worry, I already know I was thinking with my heart and not my head, but they were rescues in a crate. You would have brought home both too) I've been working from home for the past couple months but I need to start returning to work. I do crate them (separately), and they don't poop in their crates/in the house ever, about once every week and a half or so one will have a small accident in the crate. I have a restricted puppy proofed area where we spend most of our time and when we leave they are on a leash with me around the house. The girl is pretty much house broken. An accident every couple days but most are my fault, (usually cleaning up another mess before I take her out). They are trained to hit a bell and do when they need to go outside, they are both really good at peeing outside. The boy still averages an accident once a day. The problem is he's peeing while he walks. No squatting, no signals, not in the same area. Usually in the evening he will drip drip drip. We average going outside every 30 minutes, not including right after meals, play, naps, etc. Is there something I can do?
    Other concern. They do go into their crates during both night and day and are quiet. I recently recorded them while I ran errands (gone approx an hour) and they barked the whole time. I used the same crating process, I don't make a big deal about leaving or coming home and they quiet when I come home, they know I won't take them out if they're barking. But an hour of barking? Which could turn into 6 hours? This can't be healthy. I live in a home and won't really disturb neighbors but….. They have music on, they have crate only toys, if I know I'm running an errand I save their kong full of food to get them started….Any help would be much appreciated.

  16. My 12 week old pupp we've had for just about 3 weeks is starting to really get it. I miss her ques sometimes but over all we do pretty good….. however…. we'd like to give her more off leash time in the house! It helps her energy so much when we play with her off leash and let her explore a bit let her free play with her toys and chewies but during this time she almost always goes off and pees! Seemingly out of no where! She could go outside and pee 3 times and poop and so we risk off leash time and she'll sneak away and pee and often times we just miss it like the kids distract us and we look back and she peed behind a chair or she runs just barely out of view and pees. She holds it great on the leash or if we're training or playing but the second we look away she wonders and pees even if minutes before she was outside!

  17. What if your puppy doesn't like going outside? I have had my girl for a week and she HATES going outside. She won't go at all and if she does, it's very little just to "make me happy". Then she goes in the house and has accidents. What do I do?

  18. My 6 yr old neutered male dog has begun marking since we got our neutered 8 mo.old puppy. I’m pulling my hair out! What do I do? Crate them both?? HELP!

  19. My 9 month old Chihuahua mix pees inside when it's raining, cold, etc. Is preventing this just a matter of supervision and structure?

  20. I’m new to your channel, and I love you guys already. I’m picking up my 7 week old mini golden doodle next weekend and I’m really nervous because I haven’t trained in 17 years. I had a terrier who passed away two years ago from cancer after 15 years of being with us. I didn’t want another dog, but realized that growing up with pets since I was a toddler I really needed another one. I feel like I’m going to fail because it’s been so long, but binge watching your videos is helping with my anxiety lol. Thank you for taking the time ti help people like myself

  21. How are you supposed to get a small enough crate for a toy breed? Any videos specific to this? Especially using a pad before they have all their shots and can go out(city life)

  22. I felt bad about my pups cage but looking at this video I realize it’s wayyyy too big it can fit 3 of him lol

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