Joey Lawrence Gets His Daughters a Puppy

Courtesy Joey Lawrence. Inset: Jerod Harris/Wireimage.

updated 08/02/2012 AT 4:05 PM ET

originally published 08/03/2012 AT 2:25 PM ET

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.”

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