This technique means what it says – One hundred percent, all of the time, constant supervision. I cannot be more redundant than this. You must watch your pup with eyes like a hawk to ensure that it does not go potty on the carpets and floors.

The constant supervision house training covers a range of techniques that don’t involve the use of a crate. Instead, it relies on always watching your dog or puppy, 100% of the time.

The Basic Technique

Never leave your pup alone or unwatched. 

It only takes seconds for a young fur baby to relieve itself. You must pay close attention to prevent this.

Watch for your pup’s toilet behavior or signal. 

The moment your puppy shows signs of pooping, you must immediately take your dog to the bathroom spot. Signs can include:

  • Ground sniffing
  • Squatting
  • Circling around
  • Going to a quiet spot 

Direct your pup to the right spot.

Sound like a lot of work? You can make things easier by:

  • Have your puppy sleep beside you or sit in your lap. Pups will not do their business on you. However, some do make that mistake, peeing especially.
  • Use the umbilical method. Attach your dog to you using a leash and walk around the house with it in tow.

What You Need and How to Prepare

The basic equipment includes:

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Food treats for reward
  • Cleaning equipment for accidents
  • During the time when you have to go out of the house, you will need a playpen or a baby gate 

Confinement is Necessary

You can’t always supervise your pup. If you do not have a crate, and you need to go out, you can confine it in a large but pup-proofed area of the house. You can:

  • Use a pet barrier or a baby gate to restrict it to a room, usually the kitchen or a bathroom.
  • Use an x-pen or playpen to keep your pup out of trouble. 

Be sure that the space is large enough to place water and bed on one end and at one end some puppy pads or paper for a toilet.

Is Constant Supervision for You?

This approach is best for people who can spend all day with their pup, those who do not want to use the crate, and those who have adopted a rescue or shelter a dog with crate phobia.


  • Constant supervision without breaks can be tiring.
  • Difficult to do since life gets in the way, such as cooking, washing, household chores, phone calls, visitors, and more.
  • When you make a slip, your pup can sneak off and make a mistake.
  • More accidents and mess. There is no pad or paper when your pup does its business when you are unable to watch it.


Utilize paper training and playpen or baby gate when you cannot supervise your puppy.