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Potty Training

    Top Product Picks for Potty Training

    If you're adding a new puppy or dog to your home, it's best to be prepared! Preventive Vet's certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, shares her top picks for house training supplies and training tools. Combine these with rewarding your puppy or new dog for going potty outside, and your house training will be faster and easier for all!

    Potty Training Set Up Supplies

    These supplies will be helpful when setting up your puppy's crate and puppy play zone to encourage proper potty habits:

    Large Dog Crate


    MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Crate
    Buy on Chewy | Buy on Amazon

    This crate includes the important divider panel, meaning you only need to purchase the size of crate based on your puppy's estimated adult size (rather than buying multiple crates as they grow). 

    Midwest Foldable Metal Exercise Pen


    MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Playpen
    Buy on Chewy | Buy on Amazon

    These panels can be arranged in a variety of configurations and easily attach to your pup's crate to build a puppy zone.



    Here's an example of how we set up new Preventive Vet puppy Finnegan's crate and puppy zone.



    Tuff Mutt Hands Free Leash
    Buy on Amazon | Buy Similar on Chewy

    If your puppy doesn't go potty when outside, and you need to keep a close eye on them when you're indoors, keep them tethered to you with this hands free leash. This way you can catch any signs that they need to go potty quickly and take them outside again.



    Gardner Super Absorbent Puppy Pee Pads
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    Stock up on potty pads for your puppy, even if you aren't planning on using them long-term. These make cleaning up potty accidents in your puppy pen much easier (just scoop up the entire pad and toss) and help protect your carpet or flooring.



    Wee-Wee Patch Indoor Potty (Synthetic Grass)
    Buy on Chewy 

    Synthetic grass potty patches can be helpful for potty training in an apartment or during the transition to outdoor-only potty training. I recommend keeping these on a patio rather than inside, as the smell can become a bit overwhelming unless cleaned after every bathroom break.



    Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty (Real Grass)
    Buy on Amazon

    I prefer to use real grass potty patches as they make transitioning to outdoor-only potty training easiest. Nothing like the feel of real grass under your puppy's paws! These also tend to not get as stinky as synthetic grass (but aren't as easily rinsed off). If you choose real grass options, you can set up automatic subscriptions and deliveries.




    Pogi's Pet Supplies Poop Bags with Dispensers
    Buy on Amazon | Buy on Chewy

    I use these poop bags and I love that they come in bulk and are eco-friendly. The 50-roll pack comes with two bag dispensers you can attach to your puppy's leash. 



    Mieuxbuck Rechargeable LED Headlamp
    Buy on Amazon

    Keep a headlamp like this one by your puppy's leash for those middle of the night potty breaks. Being able to see your puppy and whether they've done their business makes these trips much quicker!

    Helpful Potty Training Products



    Doggy Doorbells with Adjustable Lengths
    Buy on Amazon | Buy Similar on Chewy

    Having a way for your puppy to tell you that they need to go outside can prevent potty accidents! Hang these at each door you use to take your puppy outside.



    Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0
    Buy on Amazon

    Looking for a more high-tech option than hanging bells? You can teach your puppy to push a button instead, and ideal for puppies that would rather chew on the bells. This also has a variety of sounds to choose from that might catch your attention better than traditional bells.

    Watch Preventive Vet pup Finnegan show off his doorbell button skills in this video.


    Pooch Pads Potty Training Attractant Spray
    Buy on Amazon

    Using potty attractant spray tends to be hit or miss depending on the puppy. However, if you're using indoor potty pads or grass potty mats, using a spray can help entice your puppy to go in that spot over other areas of your home. If you're only focusing on outdoor potty training, don't worry about using a spray.

    Potty Accident Cleaning Supplies

    There will (unfortunately) be puppy potty accidents! Properly cleaning up any house soiling is important to prevent future accidents in the same spot. Dogs often seek out the scent of previous places they've gone to the bathroom. Use an enzymatic cleaner for best results.

    Pro Tip: Whatever you do, don't steam clean first when cleaning up a puppy potty accident. You need to neutralize the odor with enzymatic and bio-based cleaners first. Otherwise, the steam can "set" the stain and odor by permanently bonding the proteins contained in the urine (or poop) to the fibers of your carpet.




    Mister Max Anti Icky Poo Cleaner
    Buy on Amazon | Buy on Chewy


    Nature's Miracle Advanced Stain & Odor Remover
    Buy on Amazon | Buy on Chewy



    Vansky UV Flashlight Pet Urine Detector
    Buy on Amazon

    Use this blacklight flashlight to locate urine stains around your home that need a deeper clean. This way your pup is less likely to return to those same spots when they need to go potty. Learn how to find potty accidents with a blacklight in this article.

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    Related Resources

    Puppy Essentials: Potty Training Workshop
    How to Potty Train a Puppy
    Potty Training a Puppy When You Live in an Apartment
    How to Clean Up Puppy Pee and Poo Accidents
    Puppy Potty Training Problems and How to Prevent Accidents
    DOWNLOAD: Puppy Potty Log
    4 Easy Steps to Teach Your Puppy to Go Potty on Cue
    Puppy Zone: How to Set Up a Long Term Confinement Area
    Everything You Need to Know About Crate Training Your Puppy
    Crate Training Your Puppy at Night