How to potty train your dog or puppy

When it comes to potty training, it’s best to start early. Older dogs, particularly those that have been pets for a long time, might be more difficult to house train, but the rewards are worth it.

When to Begin House Training Puppy

In general, puppies need to be house trained at least by their first birthday, and they should be potty trained by five months. If you have been following the advice in this blog, you will have already completed most of the important training steps and have a well-trained dog. But, despite this, there are some tricks that you can use to ensure that your puppy is not having accidents in your house. Continue now to learn about when to start house training and how to train your puppy to go potty outside the home.

Establish a routine

For the pet parent looking for the perfect place to start potty training their new puppy or dog, the short answer is: Don’t. Before you decide on a dog potty training schedule, you need to make sure you’ve done all you can to prepare your pet for potty training. You should have a solid understanding of puppy development, starting potty training, and what to expect in the early stages of potty training.

Supervise your puppy

ou’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again: “Supervise your dog at all times.” This is not a suggestion, it’s a necessity. Sure, you can get away with letting him roam free around the yard during the day, but you can’t let him off the leash when it’s dark. You can’t let him sleep in your bed, or on the couch. He needs to be supervised, or he’ll get into something he shouldn’t.

However, it never hurts to be extra careful. While puppies can be a joy to bring home, they can be very mischievous at times. From tracking in dirt to chewing on anything they can get their little paws on, it’s important to be the one who takes responsibility when it comes to teaching your puppy boundaries and rules.

Mistakes happen

Dogs are like humans in that their personalities and behavior traits are all over the menu of things that can go wrong. It is not uncommon for dog owners to have a difficult time keeping their dogs from peeing in the house.  Of course, I’m sure most people would agree that this is a low priority when there are other more important issues to deal with. However, it does happen sometimes.  There are some solutions that have been tried over the years.

Make plans for when you’re away

Did you know you can train your dog to use a dog toilet? Now that you have, you have to wonder: where do I start? Well, the first step is to figure out why your dog is peeing in the house in the first place – is it stress, an accident or maybe you have a puppy? If you have a well-trained adult dog, then he or she will most likely sit to pee – but if he or she is still a puppy then he/she will squat to pee. If you have a puppy, then get a crate and leave him/her inside for a day or two. This will teach your puppy to go to the bathroom in the crate and not on your furniture.

How Long Does Puppy Potty Training Take

Potty training is a funny thing—everyone agrees it’s hard, but no one agrees on how hard, or how long it takes. Some people swear it takes hours, other people claim it only took a day or two, and some say it took only 15 minutes to teach their pup to go outside. Those are two different things, but what is the truth? To find out, we put our dog, Charlie, through potty training for a week. Get ready for some poop!

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