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Getting puppies house-trained: stress-free for house-training

House-training puppies is an important task and should be taken seriously. That sounds like a difficult matter at first, but with persistence and patience it can be achieved. We explain here how this works as stress-free as possible.

Clean contemporaries

The good news right at the beginning: house-training a puppy sounds harder than it is. Dogs naturally keep themselves and their beds clean and willfully neither dirt nor their basket, car seats or the lap of their master. The only catch is that puppies still have a very small and untrained bladder and an "unfinished" digestive system, so they have to loosen up very often. This can sometimes come over you so unexpectedly and suddenly that small mishaps occur.

It is important that you develop an eye for when the puppy needs to go outside. To do this, you have to see or hear when the little one is looking for a place for his business. Don't worry, this is easier than it sounds.

House-trained puppies in the apartment

Since the most important point in house training is the attentiveness of the dog owner, you should not allow your little ones to go on unsupervised excursions through the apartment. It can be helpful to assign a specific area to the puppy, which is ideal with an old playpen or a special puppy fence. In this way, you can limit the little one's range of motion, turn to other tasks with a clear conscience or - for a short time - leave the room.

In order for your puppy to be house trained, you need to watch your dog carefully and bring it outside before it loosens. In addition to typical signs such as noticeable restlessness, intensive sniffing on the ground and turning around, there are certain times when the puppy will probably have to soon: This is always after sleeping, eating and drinking, as well as after extensive play or romping. Regardless of this, you should go outside with the little one at a regular rhythm so that no mishap happens in the house: Puppies under three months of age have to go out every 1.5 - 2 hours, between the third and fourth month about every three hours and between the fifth and sixth About every four hours every month.


When you have grabbed your puppy and brought it outside, you should bring it to the place you want it to be its "regular place". This space should offer little distraction and some green so the puppy can sniff and focus. To do this, you shouldn't talk to him too much, but just stay there with him, possibly walking back and forth a bit.

When the little one finally breaks up, reward them profusely like it's a huge event. After all, it is, because every time you loosen up outside, you get a little closer to house training. So give praise for what it takes, also with a treat. You can also try introducing a word for a solution that you say whenever your dog is relieved. After a while he will quickly associate the word with relieving himself, which can also be very useful later in some situations when things have to be done quickly.

At night

There are a few simple rules to ensure that house training can also be continued successfully at night. The first says that if possible every evening should follow a regular routine so that the little one can orientate himself to set rituals, for example dinner at 7.30 p.m., out for the last time at 10 p.m. and then off to the night quarters. A lockable dog box or a large cardboard box with the dog's basket is well suited for this (the edge of the box should be high enough so that the puppy cannot climb out). This night quarters will then be positioned near your bed so that you can hear the little one when he has to go out at night: In this case, he will most likely make himself noticeable by whining and scratching, because he instinctively does not want to dirty his night camp.

When the time comes, you will have little time before the puppy can no longer contain itself. You should therefore have everything you need (coat, shoes, front door keys) ready before you go to bed so that the two of you can make it to his regular place in time. If that works: don't forget to praise.

Incidentally, it makes no sense to let the puppy sleep alone in the kitchen, for example. The loneliness and the darkness will frighten the little one, which in turn leads to emptying of the bladder, unnoticed by you; then reprimanding him for it in the morning does not help. So the lonely nights counteract the house training rather than contribute to it.

Mishaps happen

If it does happen that the puppy does its business in the house, there is no point in punishing it. In such cases, the owner's inattention is to blame. It is absolutely taboo to punish the little one for it or even to push his nose into his business, fortunately that is now an outdated reaction. If you punish him now, he will soon be doing his business secretly in some corner to avoid the inevitable reprimand.

If you "catch him in the act", you can pick him up and carry him outside without blame. If he breaks up here again or continues his business, of course, definitely praise it. You should then remove the leftovers in the house with a strongly scented cleaner or a water-vinegar mixture so that no traces of scent remain. These could tempt the puppy to loosen up again at this point.

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  1. A great article! I think all the little things are really covered here!

  2. this page was very instructive

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  3. Great, thank you, everything that is necessary cannot be described any better. 1A super

    Really helpful and detailed, especially the preparation of the necessary processes is shown particularly well. thanks

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  4. Great helpful tips to see what you are doing right and what can be improved

    1. Hello Christel,

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  5. Great tips! Unfortunately she is almost 2 years old. Do you have a helpful tip here as well? Sometimes she relieves herself after just 1 hour, despite the previous 1 hour walk. And it's a shame that we all have to close the room doors because of her. The time spent on cleaning costs a lot of the time spent together.

    1. Hello Nasi,

      Thank you for your praise! We are very happy that you found our article helpful.
      The same principles of house training can also be applied to older dogs. Above all, the following applies: Reward generously when the business is done outside.

      If this is unsuccessful, you should have your dog thoroughly examined by the vet to be on the safe side. Sometimes health causes dogs remain or become unclean. If your health is all right and your upbringing is still not successful, seek advice from an experienced canine behavior therapist or a veterinarian who specializes in behavioral science. Sometimes fears or psychological problems are also the cause of impurity. A suitably trained person can help to find the cause and develop an individual solution. If there are no problems, she can also help you implement the correct parenting measures.

      We keep our fingers crossed that you will soon be able to spend less time cleaning the apartment and more time with your dog! 🙂

      Best wishes
      your ZooRoyal team

  6. Instructive article that I can only recommend to every new dog lover. Even though I have the third dog, I've still learned a lot. Because every four-legged friend is completely different!

  7. Great tips on raising puppies 🙂

    1. Hello Tamara,
      thank you for your nice feedback! We are pleased that you like our article 🙂
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  8. Very nice article. Very educational!