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How to Potty Train a Great Pyrenees

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Dog crate

  • Collar

  • Leash

  • Puppy treats

The Great Pyrenees are dogs with coats that can vary between white, gray, tan or pale yellow. This dog first originated in Siberia and portions of Central Asia, then was bred as a guard dog by French nobility in the Middle Ages. Today, a Great Pyrenees is valued for its loving disposition and fierce loyalty to its owner. Potty training a Great Pyrenees can be accomplished at home with the assistance of a dog crate.

Place the Great Pyrenees puppy in a crate during the night, when the owners are away from the home or every time the dog cannot be closely monitored. For the most part, a dog will not void where it sleeps. The cage should only be large enough for the dog to lie down. Otherwise, the dog may void on one end of the cage and sleep on the other.

Take the puppy out first thing in the morning, after play, after meals and before bedtime. Secure the puppy with a leash to ensure that it does not wander away during these training sessions.

Place the puppy on a consistent feeding schedule. Giving the puppy food at the same time each day will give the owner more of an idea when the puppy will need to be taken outside.

Watch for cues that the puppy must void. The puppy may whine, sniff the ground or it may even scratch at the door. When these signals occur, take the puppy outside immediately.

Utter the command “potty” or “go” during the act each time the puppy voids. The Great Pyrenees puppy will begin to associate this command with the act and will learn that going outdoors is for business, not play.

Reward the puppy with praise or a treat each time it successfully potties outdoors.

Reprimand the puppy when it has an accident in the home only when it is caught in the act. Clap your hands or say the word “no."

Clean up any accidents in the home promptly after they occur. The smell of any urine or feces stains that remain may attract the puppy to void in the same area.


  • Avoid rubbing the puppy's nose in its waste. The puppy will not understand this form of discipline and this act may cause the puppy to distrust its owner. Take the Great Pyrenees puppy outdoors to void during the evening. The length of time the puppy should remain in its kennel at night will correspond to its age. For instance, a three-month-old puppy should not be left in its crate for longer than three hours.

    Avoid placing a blanket or dog bed into the Great Pyrenees puppy's crate. The puppy has a long coat and may become overheated.