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Doggie Duds: Puppy Potty Training

Who doesn’t love a puppy? Adorable, floppy, and downright goofy, every home cherishes these early days. But with puppyhood comes… potty training.
Follow our six simple steps to build a strong potty training foundation with your pup. 


1. Crate Train.

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Dogs are natural den dwellers and most will seek a “den” of their own. Crates often become a sanctuary for dogs – they rest, chew, and seek refuge in that space. It’s also a great tool to support your potty training efforts. Because puppies will be confined in short periods of time, it reduces the likelihood of potty accidents and unwanted behavior such as chewing. *

Crates should be big enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down. If you get a crate for the puppy to grow into, make sure your crate comes with a wire divider. Place the wire divider in the crate to limit the amount of room he/she has.

*Crate training is not a license to confine pets for half a day. For more explicit crate training instructions click here.


2. Set Realistic Expectations.

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Puppies are able to hold their bladders for as many hours as their age in months (up to 9 months). For example, a 3 month old puppy will be able to hold his/her bladder for ±3 hours. This means that you should take your puppy out of his/her crate every few hours.

Potty training takes a full year to master on average. Do not feel discouraged or resentful if your potty training dog has accidents. However, frequent indoor accidents after 1 year could indicate a medical problem, and you should consult a vet.


3. Create a Feeding Schedule.

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A set feeding schedule is key to potty training success. It becomes hard to control your puppy’s bladder if they are eating and drinking as they please. Feed puppies under 6 months, 2-3 times daily. Make sure that you are dividing their daily intake recommendation by number of feedings to prevent overfeeding.

Immediately after your puppy eats, take them potty.


3. Repetition is the Key to Mastery.

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Take puppy out to the same spot every time, and give a chosen command (“go potty”). This will help your puppy understand your expectation. After several eliminations, your puppy should recognize the area’s smell and encourage him/her to go potty.

When your puppy is at their designated potty spot, keep them on leash, and allow them 10-15 minutes to sniff around.


4. Potty Break Successful?

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Reward puppy with a treat immediately after elimination. When you bring them back inside, allow them around 30 mins of action-packed play and running around. Excitement can also cause a puppy to go potty, so be sure to take him/her outside for a potty opportunity before crating again.


5. Potty Break Unsuccessful?

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If your puppy doesn’t go potty, place him/her back inside the crate. Try again in 15-30 mins. You may have to take them in and out a few times, but maintain your patience and keep encouraging your pup.


6. Don’t Do’s.

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Even though puppy potty training can be frustrating and long, there are common practices that hinder the potty training process.

  • DO NOT shove your dog’s muzzle in his/her mess. Dogs do not have the intellectual capacity to connect their urine and feces. This will only teach your dog to fear you.
  • DO NOT scold your dog or be aggressive as you’re waiting for them to go potty outside. You will create a negative association with their designated potty space.
  • DO NOT free-feed. This will make it hard for you and your dog to control their bladder and bowels.
  • DO NOT leave your puppy in the crate for the entirety of your work day. If you are gone for longer than they can hold their bladder, hire a dog walker.

How You Can Help This Holiday Season

Meet Mau,  a 7-year-old fabulous feline with a lot of personality to share!
Mau was adopted December 2014!

During the holiday season, it’s a great time to spread holiday cheer. If your heart is calling you to help our furry friends out, there are many things you can do!

Adopt. If you’re in the market for a furry friend of your own, now is a great time to adopt. Add a four-legged friend to your home and make this holiday season special for you and them!  Shelter pets are definitely the best when it comes to getting a pet of your own, they know they’ve been rescued and they’re forever thankful. Come into Seattle Humane and see all of our adoptable pets today, because no one wants to be alone for the holidays.

Foster. If you aren’t able to adopt, maybe consider fostering a pet. With the help of our foster parents, we are able to help and save the lives of so many more pets. Last year, 5,483 shelter animals benefited from foster care. The care these dedicated volunteers provide is invaluable, both to the animals and to the people who adopt them. You can foster as much or as little as you like for a wide variety of animals including kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small critters. Fostering is a rewarding and enriching experience, and a great volunteer project for families or individuals who love animals but cannot commit to having a full-time pet. Learn more about our foster program and orientation date here.

Volunteer. Volunteers truly make all the difference here at Seattle Humane. The work our organization accomplishes would not be possible without the generous contributions of our volunteers. We offer a variety of ways that you can help people and animals. Volunteers are always needed to help with adoptions, foster care, cleaning, grooming and socializing the shelter animals. In addition, positions are also available in fundraising, education, special events, reception and many other areas. Learn more about the various roles our volunteers play at Seattle Humane.

This cutie is Bazel, a 6-year-old love-bug ready to become your new best friend!
Bazel was adopted in March 2015!

Young Volunteers. We are unable to offer volunteer positions to people under the age of 18, but there are still many ways to help the animals! Humane Teen Club is for teens age 13-17 that help a variety of programs and help prepare our teens to become volunteers when they turn 18. If joining our Humane Teen Club is too much commitment, we also have some other options for you.

Pet Food Drives. Throughout the year, we rely on groups and individuals to help us meet the needs of the animals served through our Pet Food Bank! If you are interested in organizing a pet food drive in your community, school, church, or business, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at (425) 649-7566.

Additionally, each winter the Seattle Humane Society organizes a Holiday Pet Food Drive with local grocery stores. Shoppers may purchase pet food to donate to the Pet Food Bank and deposit it into barrels available in designated stores.

Donate. We rely on the kind financial support of our community to provide programs and services to the Puget Sound region. Through the generosity of people like you, we have placed more than 50,000 loving companion animals during the last decade alone.

Founded in 1897, the Seattle Humane Society is a nonprofit organization. We depend on the support of our friends in the community to fund our programs. All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Miss Katie is a 5-year-old purr machine full of snuggles and love to give.
Miss Katie was adopted in December 2014!

We receive no United Way or government funding — we are entirely privately-funded. We promise to be good stewards of your gifts. That’s why we make sure that $0.80 cents out of every dollar we receive goes directly towards caring for and supporting animals through life-saving programs.

Through tax-deductible donations, the Seattle Humane Society is able to save the lives of orphaned or abandoned companion animals, bring the healing touch of animals to the elderly and those who are terminally ill, provide humane education and serve as a community resource for pets when community members are displaced from their homes due to fire, flooding or other disasters.

Help make a life-saving donation to the animals today.


Seattle Humane wants to thank all of you for everything you do each and every day for all of our furry friends – Happy Holidays!

Become a Foster Parent Today!

Are you an animal lover? If you can’t get enough of these precious furry love bugs, then you should consider foster care! Fostering an animal can be so rewarding and so much fun. We are always looking for new foster parents for our furry friends here at the Seattle Humane Society!

Help foster underage puppies!
Help our underage puppies grow in a loving foster home!

Last year, 5,483 shelter animals benefited from foster care. The care our dedicated volunteers provide is invaluable, both to the animals and to the people who adopt them. You can foster as much or as little as you like for a wide variety of animals including kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small critters. Fostering is a rewarding and enriching experience, and a great volunteer project for families or individuals who love animals but cannot commit to having a full-time pet.

Time commitments can range from one to eight weeks. All you need is a room (even a bathroom) and some spare time. We provide all supplies and any necessary medications. To join the foster program, you must first attend an HS101 volunteer orientation. To find an orientation time, visit our volunteer page for more information.

Help our feline friends have a warm place to stay while awaiting their new home!
Help our feline friends have a warm place to stay while awaiting their new home!

Some myths about fostering cats:

 Myth #1: I don’t have enough time.

Fostering a cat does take time, but not as much time as you might think. Many of the cats that need fostering are recovering from colds so they tend to be less active and sleep a lot. It’s true that some cats will need more attention than others, but our foster department will work with you to find a cat that matches the amount of time you have to give. And a long term commitment isn’t necessary – even if you can only foster one time, you are still doing a wonderful thing by helping a cat in need

 Myth #2: I don’t have enough space.

  • A foster cat doesn’t need access to your entire house. A spare bedroom or even a spare bathroom is adequate for fostering. When you think about it, that’s more space than we are able to provide at the shelter. So hanging out in your bathroom will be a luxury!

Myth #3: I have other pets.

  • When fostering it’s best to keep your foster cat separate from your other pets. This reduces the chance that a sick kitty may pass its cold to your other animal companions. If your other pets don’t get along with cats, that’s okay too since your foster cat will be separated into its own spaces. Your pets need not be bothered by your foster guest!

Myth #4: I’ll get too attached.

  • Getting attached to an animal in your care is a normal part of volunteering. The best way to handle this is to remind yourself that you are doing an important thing by giving this kitty another chance at a happy life. People often say, “I couldn’t foster because I’d want to adopt them all myself!” Just remember, our adoption staff does an excellent job at finding great homes for all of our shelter guests. You don’t need to adopt a kitty yourself to give it a wonderful new home. By fostering, you are an integral part of the process and that’s something you can feel great about.

Myth #5: It’s too sad to bring the kitty back to the shelter.

  • Taking a cat from your home environment back to the shelter can be difficult, but being at the shelter gives your foster kitty the most visibility and the best chance of being adopted. Plus, our cats stay in fancy cat condos at the shelter, where they are able to have a home-like environment while we find them a home of their own. Our on-campus volunteers ensure that each and every guest gets the love and attention they need. So you can feel good about brining your foster kitty back to the shelter – doing so marks the beginning of a wonderful new life!

    Be a foster parent for a playful kitten!
    Be a foster parent for a playful kitten!

Our foster parents are heroes! Foster Care Program volunteers are exceptional individuals and heroes to the animals. By opening their hearts and homes to pets in need, these volunteers literally expand the walls of our shelter and save more animals’ lives in our community.

Foster parents help our most fragile shelter guests. They give older pets a break from the shelter environment, allow pets time to recover from surgery, and provide dogs rescued from puppy mills the extra care and socialization they need. They also provide around-the-clock feedings to underage puppies and kittens, and carry out behavior modification programs for dogs to make them adoptable.

To learn how you can make a life-saving difference to the animals in Seattle Humane Society’s Foster Care Program visit us online at seattlehumane.org/volunteer, call our Volunteer Services Manager at (425) 649-7557 or email us at [email protected].

Join our team and make a difference!