How Long to Potty Train a Puppy?

If you have just welcomed a furry little member in your home, it won’t take you long to discover that puppies pee a lot! And if you don’t want to spend all your days (and nights) cleaning up the little messes they make, housetraining must be your top priority!

In this guide, let’s discover how long it takes to potty train a puppy and what are some of the best ways to teach your four-legged friend not to make a mess inside the house.

How Long Does It Take?

Generally, it takes puppies around 4 – 6 months to be fully housebroken. However, keep in mind that every little canine is unique, and some dogs naturally learn faster than others.

Factors such as your dog’s size and age play a pivotal role in the potty training timeline. For example, small dogs have smaller bladders and thus, have problems holding their bladder. Due to this, they need frequent bathroom trips, which often results in accidents.

Your consistency and effort are necessary during the training process. If you are not consistent and fail to establish a training routine for your pet, your pet will become confused about the instructions you are giving and not understand what is expected of them.

If you find your dog to be a little slow in catching up, don’t be disheartened. Instead, continue with persistence and patience. Your furry friend just needs a little extra time and attention from you!

Your dog can also have anxiety or physical issues that lead him to potty in the house. If the problem persists and you cannot teach him within a year – consult a veterinarian to rule out any health issues.

How to Toilet Train, a Puppy?

The ideal age to begin house training a puppy is between 8 and 12 weeks old. This is around the same age most puppies are separated from their mother.

To begin toilet training, you need to allot a specific bathroom area for your pet. Ideally, you would want them to understand the difference between the play area and the toilet area. However, make sure to keep the area clean as a dirty bathroom will put off your little fellow, and they will choose other places to do their business.

Once you have established a bathroom area, take your puppy there every hour or so. Wait around patiently to finish their business and reward them with a small treat if they manage to go.

Take them as soon as they wake up, the last thing in the night, and right after eating or drinking. However, don’t carry your puppy outside. Instead, let them walk as it will stimulate their bladder and bowel. It will also give them the independence and confidence to explore their new surroundings.

How to Deal with Accidents?

Accidents are part of the game and will happen, especially during the early stages of training. But in case of accidents, you must stay calm and refrain from scolding or punishing your puppy.

Simply clean up the mess in a calm manner and continue your training. Ensure that they clean thoroughly as puppies recognize their odor and want to go to the same place again.

However, if you catch your pet in the middle of the act, quickly pick them up and place them in the designated bathroom area. If they manage to complete their bathroom, do a little victory dance and give them a treat. But don’t worry if they don’t. Just take them back inside and continue your potty training.

Some More Tips to Help Potty Training

  • Stick to a feeding schedule, and your puppy’s bathroom schedule will follow accordingly.
  • The time you need to complete house training can vary, but you must stick to the schedule for the training duration.
  • Set clear times throughout the day when you take your pup to the bathroom.
  • Pay attention to the signs that indicate he wants to go. For example, sniffing the floor, circling, and barking or scratching at the door.
  • Set verbal commands like ‘potty’ or ‘go’ for the bathroom and use them every time you take your pet outside for a bathroom break.
  • Keep his insight as much as possible and don’t leave him unattended for long periods.
  • Don’t punish your pet after he has gone to the toilet in the wrong place. Punishing or scolding will not help and create negative enforcement for the young one.
  • Consult your vet if your pet is unable to respond to the potty training techniques you dictate.


With consistency and patience, you can easily housetrain your puppy in the least amount of time. However, if your puppy takes longer than the rest, don’t worry and carry on with your training. Your pup may be late, but he will eventually get there! Good luck!

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