How to Handle Accidents

Accidents are going to happen. Just accept accidents as part of the process and do not overreact to them. Your puppy is not being willful, disobedient, or resistant, it’s simply part of the process so do not punish him by spanking him, rubbing his nose in it, or yelling at him. If you notice your pup is beginning to pee or poop in the house, clap your hands or make a loud noise. You want to startle the puppy and get his attention, but you don’t want to scare the dog. Calmly say “No” and take him to his spot outside.

When an accident does occur in the house, simply clean up the accident and move on. You cannot apply a correction after the fact, the puppy will have no idea what is going on, why he is being told “No” or what he was supposed to do. Unlike humans, puppies live in the moment and once it has passed, they do not have a recollection of the accident. Trying to discipline a puppy for a past action will only make him scared and make it difficult for him to trust you. Never strike your puppy when you find accidents, or for any other reason. Hitting your puppy will only crush his spirit and break the bond you are trying to build; striking your puppy will not correct his behavior or make the process faster.

If you brought your puppy home when he was older than 12 weeks, he might have lived and eliminated in a cage. If that is the case, it may take a bit longer to house train him because you?ll probably have to ?untrain? a few bad habits. Don?t worry. You and your pup will get there.


Be patient and consistent with your potty training routine and be gentle, kind and loving with your puppy. You’d never yell at, punish, or berate a baby for accidents, so don’t do it to your dog. Follow these potty training tips and in just a few weeks, your puppy will be potty trained and you can feel good about a job well done.