How to House Train a Puppy Fast: Three Training Methods to Try

How to House Train a Puppy Fast: Three Training Methods to Try

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Gingersmaltese loves dogs, especially Maltese and Maltipoos, and enjoys sharing advice on pet ownership with other dog lovers.


There are three main methods for house training a puppy that I recommend. You may use one of the following:

  • pee pad
  • crate
  • or doggie door

Each method has its pros and cons, which I will outline later in this post.

Pee Pad Training

Pee pad training can be a useful method for those who live in apartments or have no yard for the dog to go potty in. It can also be useful for those who wish to gradually train their dog to go outside without having to confine them to a crate at any time.


  • Useful for people with no yard
  • No need to confine puppy
  • Inexpensive setup


  • Most difficult method
  • Potentially unsightly and odorous

Method Details

  • In order for this method to work best, it must be implemented immediately. The longer your puppy goes on your floor, the more difficult it will be to break them of this habit. Allowing them go potty on your floor will also leave a scent that encourages him or her to go on your floor rather than the pee pad.
  • The pad must also be changed regularly or the puppy may not want to go on it if it becomes too soiled.
  • The use of a pee pad spray can aid in training. This spray encourages the puppy to go where it is sprayed. If you have ever seen a dog sniffing around for a spot to go potty you will understand the concept behind this spray.
  • A tray will ensure the pad does not get torn or bundled up by the puppy.
  • A urine scent removal spray can be helpful to remove the scent from spots on your floor where your puppy has gone potty previously.
  • This method can be used to gradually train the puppy to go outside by continuously moving the pee pad towards the door, and then eventually having it outside. Once the puppy is used to going on the pee pad outside, you can then remove it completely. Your puppy is then house trained.

Supply List

  • Pee pad spray
  • Pee pad tray
  • Urine scent removal spray
  • High quality pee pads

Set-up Costs

  • $30-$50

Crate Training

Crate training is one of the fastest and most reliable methods. It is useful for nearly everyone, and it is especially useful for people in apartments who have an outside area where they want their puppy to go potty.


  • Very high chance of successful potty training
  • No unsightly and smelly pee pads


  • Moderate set-up cost
  • Must not be absent from home for longer than 6 hours

Method Details

This method is typically the most likely to succeed of the three methods outline here.

  • It simply involves confining the puppy to a wire crate during the night and at any time you are absent from the house. Dogs do not want to go potty in a confined space. Once you let the puppy out in the morning, you must immediately let him or her go outside to go potty.
  • Remember, punishing your dog after accidents is not an effective way to train. Reward the puppy when they go potty outside. Treats and praise are usually the most effective way to do this.
  • Approximately 15-20 minutes after the puppy eats or drinks you should let the puppy outside to go potty.
  • Eventually, the puppy will want to go outside to go potty and the crate will not be necessary; however, many dogs learn to enjoy there crate as their private spot and will stay inside it even when the door is open.

Supply List

  • Wire crate
  • Crate bed

Set-up Costs

  • $75-$250

Doggie Door Training

This the least labor-intensive method, and it is only useful for owners with a fenced-in yard. This allows the puppy to get plenty of exercise and have outside fun.


  • Virtually no work for owner once puppy is trained
  • Puppy gets plenty of exercise and freedom
  • No need to confine puppy
  • No unsightly and smelly pee pads


  • Must have fenced-in yard
  • High setup costs

Method Details

  • This method allows puppies to go inside or outside at will, which animals typically greatly enjoy. Dogs naturally prefer to go potty outside so this method can work well for many people.
  • This method may need to be used in conjunction with pee pad or crate training until the puppy knows to only go outside.
  • You may need a professional to install your doggie door in your wall our door. Depending on your technical ability you may be able to install your own doggie door.
  • Keep in mind to check on your dog outside regularly with this method to ensure they are safe. This is particularly important with toy breeds, which can be attacked by birds of prey.

Supply List

  • Doggie door
  • Possible professional installation

Set-up Cost

  • $100- $500

Videos About Doggie Doors

  • How to Train a Dog to Use a Doggie Door
  • How to Install a Doggie Door

Stacy napp on June 21, 2018:

I recently got a maltipoo and she is 12 weeks old. We keep her in a crate at night and take her out during the day. We also have potty pads down i case she really needs to go while inside.she has accidentanfrim time to time. Am I doing it right??

Stacy on May 19, 2018:

I just got a maltipoo puppy. I am trying to house train her. We work so when we are gone we leave her in her crate with her bed on one side and pee pads n the other sidebur I take her out in the morning,mid morning, after noon, and at night . She sleeps in her crate at night but she has been crying wanting out. We don't know what to do when she cries at night and am I training her the right way?? Just need some help!

Stacy on May 19, 2018:

I just got a maltipoo puppy. We don't know what to do when she cries at night and am I training her the right way?? Just need some help!

rytham on October 03, 2017:

awww yeah it was xoxo

SUSANJK from Florida on June 18, 2011:

Thanks for the tips. I trained my dog on pee pee pads and then going out. Now if I go out I leave a pad out just in case. It works.

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Troubleshooting: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Crate Train My Puppy On His First Night?
Yes. It is a good idea to get your puppy into the habit of sleeping in their crate overnight from day one.

However as discussed in the ‘crate training overnight’ section, you will want to support this as much as possible with your physical presence and soothing verbal interaction.

My Dog Is Barking In His Crate At Night
If your dog is barking in his crate at night-time, firstly double-check with your vet that he’s fit and healthy.

If your puppy is barking follow our step-by-step guide above. Barking, whining, or howling are all signs you have rushed the crate training process.

My Puppy Won’t Go In Their Crate
If your puppy is very worried about the crate, don’t force the matter.

Keep to steps one and two in this guide for longer periods of time. This will help build their confidence before adding in crate training.

Reduce any clattering the crate makes when it’s stepped into by buffering the underneath with blankets.

You could also cover the rim with a soft blanket so that it’s easier to step inside. It may also be advisable to use pheromone products such as Adaptil, as this can help puppies understand they are safe.

House Training and Crate Training

Unless you plan to keep your dog outdoors--and few of us do because it's not recommended--you'll need to teach your dog where to eliminate. Therefore, house training (also called housebreaking or potty training) is one of the first things you need to work on with your dog. Crate training can be a very helpful part of the training process. This includes house training as well as many other areas of training:

  • Crate Training Dogs and Puppies: Here are the basics of training your dog or puppy to accept and even enjoy the crate. Not only will it help with housebreaking, but it will also give your dog a place of his own.
  • How to House Train your Dog: When it comes down to it, house training is not that complicated, but this doesn't mean it's easy. Consistency and diligence are key during the housebreaking process.
  • Submissive/Excitement Urination in Dogs: If your dog is still having accidents in the house, it may be more than a simple housebreaking issue. Your dog might urinate out of excitement or to express submissive behavior.

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