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puppy potty training


Caryl Wolff

is the *only*
dog trainer
in the world who is concurrently certified or endorsed by these organizations, having passed their examination requirements.


International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

IAABC certified dog behavior consultant


National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors


Certification Council for Professional
Dog Trainers

Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers


Association of
Animal Behavior Professionals

Association of Animal Behavior Professionals


American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Certified CGC Evaluator


Puppy Evaluator

akc star puppy


She also is a professional member of these dog training organizations.

Association of
Pet Dog Trainers

Association of Pet Dog Trainers


International Association of Canine Professionals

IACP dog trainer




This site is funny, unconventional,
and unlike any dog or puppy potty training site
you've visited! Be prepared........


First, let's answer the question: What is housetraining, housebreaking, dog potty training, puppy house training, puppy dog toilet training, etc.? Simply put, it's training your dog or puppy to hold his pee or poop until he gets to where you want him to get rid of it.

Let's say right now at this very second, *you* really have to pee. What are you going to do? Are you going to pee right where you are sitting? I doubt it. You are going to get up and walk into the bathroom and use the toilet. Why? Because someone took the time to teach you to do that!!! (BTW, go ahead if you need to. I'll be here when you come back...)


dog with toilet sign


Your dog or puppy is really not that different. S/he already knows *how* to pee and poop-- just not *where* to pee and poop and, sometimes, *when* to do it. So it's up to you to train him or her. (From now on, I'm just going to use "he" and "him" because it gets so awkward otherwise -- "it" is too impersonal, and using "one" to refer to both is really too formal, especially when we're talking about pee and poop! "Saying "urination," "micturition," "feces," "defecation," "elimination," and "waste" is not the way I normally talk in everyday conversation and it feels awkward for me, so please excuse the informality.)

What this means is that dog or puppy potty training (aka housebreaking, housetraining, toilet training) is really a people issue, not a dog issue, so please have reasonable expectations, especially with puppies.

I chuckle at the sites that claim "Housebreak your Dog in Five Days," "Potty Train your Puppy in 48 Hours," or -- my favorite -- "Housetraining your Dog in One Day"! There are all those great promises or gut-wrenching questions which entice you to buy their product. You buy the product, follow their advice, and, somehow, it just doesn't quite work -- because many times, the issue is *not* potty training. It can be due to behavior, health, or other reasons. We need to find out what the real problem is and then solve that, not simply deal with a symptom. Or maybe you have a question because what you're doing simply needs to be tweaked a bit -- but you have no one to ask. Who ya gonna call???

And then there are the sites that rate the other sites -- and get paid every time you click through and buy the ones that they recommend! Lovely. Do you actually know who is behind any of these sites? It could be a legitimate trainer who know what s/he's talking about. It could be an author who doesn't even own a dog but knows how to do research and put words together to make the product appeal to you so you'll buy it. It also could be someone whose claim to fame is being Internet savvy in marketing who hired one of those authors or trainers. Ya never know...

Why is this puppy dog potty training site different? Because you get to actually speak with me and together, we work on a program that will work for you and your dog or puppy!

"Who are you?" you ask. Good question. My name is Caryl Wolff, and I'm a dog trainer and behavior consultant who's been working with dogs and their people for 20 years. I *want* you to know who I am and what my qualifications are so you can be comfortable working with me. I'm proud of what I've accomplished in training dogs and puppies as well as learning about dog and puppy behavior. Click here to find out more about me and my training and experience.

Every time I write an article or a book, I do extensive research including books, magazine articles from dog magazines going back to the 1990s, dog blogs and other Internet forums, as well as looked through my own personal notes which number over 900 pages. There's lots of stuff on pee and poop! Most of them say basically the same thing, but every once in a while, there is a gem that I hadn't thought of before -- plus there's my own personal tricks that I've developed over the years. I pass these on to you and let you know the reasons behind my thoughts. So you're getting a lot of knowledge and experience when you schedule a consultation. Along with the consultation, you get a FREE copy of my book!

puppy potty training

Please go through this site and then click on the Consultation link on the left to find out how we can work together to help you potty train your dog or puppy. If you live in the Los Angeles area, then I also offer personalized home visits. Please email me at for more information.

I'm looking forward to working with you!!!

by Caryl Wolffcaryl-wolff-puppy-potty-trainer

Photo by Bill Alexander


Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is provided as a free service for information only and is not intended as a substitute for veterinary, grooming, dog training, or dog behavior advice or treatment. It does not create any form of legal or professional relationship. Caryl Wolff does not accept any liability or responsibility for any action taken or avoided on the basis of information provided herein. Please consult a veterinarian in matters relating to your dog’s health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention, a groomer for grooming issues, a dog trainer for dog training issues, and a dog behavior consultant for dog behavior issues so that each professional consultation can be tailored to your own individual circumstances.

A telephone consultation is a valuable tool to help you find solutions to your dog’s or puppy’s issues in cases where an in-person private session is not feasible. With both a telephone consultation and private session, I try to determine the reason for your puppy/dog’s behavior and see if there are environmental cues or triggers causing the behavior issue. However, during an in-person session, I can observe your puppy/dog in its home environment and make suggestions and suggest protocols on how to proceed that are specifically geared to you, your puppy/dog, and your environment. Nevertheless, a phone consult is an initial step in helping both you and your puppy/dog. You will receive a written summary of what we discussed, handout(s) and book(s)if applicable, and other resources.

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Caryl Wolff, Internet Dog Products, and/or Doggie Manners (collectively referred to as “Caryl Wolff” or “she”) has made every effort to be as complete and accurate as possible regarding the information in this website at the time of publication.  However, there may be both typographical and content mistakes. Additionally, there are other sources of material which cover other aspects of this subject, approach it in a different manner, or in more depth. Therefore, the user should read other material, use the information on this website as a guide, and tailor it to his or her needs rather than rely on it as the ultimate source.  Even if the user follows any, some, or all the suggestions, the user may not get the hoped-for result.

Caryl Wolff does not represent or warrant the completeness of the information on this website.  She does not assume and she disclaims any liability to any party for any loss, disruption, or damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages caused or alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.  The information, recommendations, advice, suggestions, and strategies contained herein may not be suitable for every situation. 

Any organizations, websites, links, other books, or products referred to herein are for informational purposes only, and those references are not for content, accuracy, or any other implied or explicit purpose.  Those references do not mean that Caryl Wolff endorses any or all the information that those references give or recommendations they make.  Furthermore, those references may have changed or been removed between the time this website was published and the time of reading.

This website is intended for information only and is not intended as a substitute for veterinary or grooming advice or treatment. Any reliance the user places on such information is therefore strictly at the user’s own risk. The user should consult a veterinarian in matters relating to his or her puppy’s/dog’s health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention, a groomer for grooming issues. Any advice or suggestions given on this site is dependent on the puppy or dog’s owner or guardian following through with all suggestions.


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