• Debby Palencia

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

To potty train a puppy will take approximately 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, although some puppies can take longer. Size plays a very important role since smaller breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms and require more frequent trips outside.


Puppies need to relieve themselves approximately six times a day. A puppy should be taken out immediately after each meal since a full stomach puts pressure on the colon and bladder.




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.Remember the training pads are for "emergency" only, Peeing is for outside only, or you are teaching your new pup it is okay to potty inside your home. Take advantage of the potty training we have 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.


Take the puppy out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour. Also, always take him outside after meals or when he wakes from a nap. Make sure he goes out last thing at night and before he’s left alone.


Make sure everyone who is involved in the housebreaking process is using the same spot in the yard and the same word. Everyone should agree on the place they will take the puppy. The odor from the previous visits will cause the puppy to want to go in that spot. Use a simple word like "outside" when taking your puppy to the chosen spot. Use this word consistently and later this word will help build communication between the family and the dog. When you notice him going toward the door and you say "outside" he can say, "Yup, that’s where I need to go."

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