Courtesy Joey Lawrence. Inset: Jerod Harris/Wireimage.
08/02/2012 at 04:05 PM EDT
He's not a contestant
on this fall's all-star edition of Dancing With the Stars
, and that's a good thing for Joey Lawrence. The DWTS
alum and his family are in the midst of house training their new puppy Leo.
"He's [pooping] everywhere," Lawrence told PEOPLE at the Total Recall
premiere Wednesday in Hollywood."But I did teach him to come, sit, and stay within the first week. It was unbelievable, and he's really smart."
The Melissa & Joey
star says his daughters – Charli, 6, and Liberty, 2, – started asking for a pup after watching one too many flicks with dogs in them.
"It was those Air Bud
pictures that did us in," he says with a laugh.
Choosing the breed of dog was easy, Lawrence says, "I grew up with goldens. We always had goldens or Labs."