What is the Misty Method?

The Misty Method is for the breeders home only, from 3 to 9 weeks. It teaches the dog that there is a designated spot to potty making it easier for the new owner to potty train their new puppy.  It is a way of raising the pups that gives them a concept of housetraining at an early age. This in return not only helps the breeder keep the whelping area clean, it makes the puppy easier to housebreak once they go to their new homes.

How does it work?

This means there are a designated potty area, a place to eat and play, and a place to sleep. After puppies eat, they naturally feel the need to eliminate. This good little puppy has left the play/eating area and made his way into the potty area to do his business. What a good puppy! This is the first step toward potting training a puppy. Potty training should start with the breeder. This type of raising a puppy is called the Misty Method and is a regular practice of MistyTrails Mastiffs/Havanese. Puppies raised using this method are easier to housebreak and have fewer accidents in the house, as you are distilling the concept of housebreaking to them at a very young age. They learn from the start there is a place to sleep, a place to play, a place to eat and a place to eliminate and they will carry this concept with them after they leave the breeder.

Misty Method puppy
Misty method puppy

Are the labrador puppies fully potty trained?


How do I continue to potty train after the misty method?

After about 8, 9, 10 weeks of age, or when the puppy arrives at it's new home, the dog should be taught to go potty outside. Do not have paper or potty pads inside your home. Peeing is for outside only, or you are teaching your new pup it is okay to potty inside your home.

Take advantage of any early training the breeder hopefully has already done. Teach your pup to potty on a designated spot outdoors, making him think.

After you bring home your new puppy the first thing you need to teach the pup is to walk to the door. Do not carry it. Make the puppy walk or it will not learn to alert you.