Potty Training for Puppy

Potty Training for Puppy . . .

. . . is the page you need to start at when bringing a puppy home. How long does it take to potty train a puppy? What is the puppy potty training age? There really isn’t one. Just as soon as you can. It could take anywhere from 3-12 months to potty train your puppy depending on how old your puppy is when they come home. Older dogs are easier to potty train but then you give up training them yourself in how you would like them to act.

How to potty train a puppy fast also gets asked a lot. Guess what? There is no way to potty train a puppy fast. All you can do is follow all of my information I give you to a T, and pray for the best. These are tried and true strategies. Potty training puppies is hard work.

Did you know that smaller dogs are harder to potty train? We are going through this right now with my little Lily.IMG_5852  Because of their small size, their bladder is smaller. This is making it difficult to potty train her. Hence this site. If I am struggling, there are definitely others struggling too. Do I want to give up sometimes. For sure! However, I have to remember she is a baby yet and we CAN do this! Here are the strategies to use when potty training your puppy.

The Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy – Here are some great tips for puppy potty training.

#1 Teach with positivity, not negativity. Hopefully, whomever had the puppy before you introduced pottying outside to the puppy. Inside, you want to have a crate and puppy pads or newspapers down in your puppies area. If you check my new puppy page here you will see what to expect the first night and second day. You will want to get your routine started right away. This will make it easier to anticipate when your puppy needs to go potty. You should have your puppy in a dedicated spot of the house where puppy training pads are set up and you can constantly watch them when they are out of their crate. This way you can see the signs they will give out before hand and get them outside to potty on the grass.

Make sure you praise your puppy by using the same words each time they go potty. Use a phrase like “go potty” and “good potty” when they are done. This will help them make the connection of what they are doing to what your are saying. I also give a treat when my Lily goes potty outside along with her praise phrases. She loves treats and they are a great motivator. Really, who wouldn’t want a treat for doing something well!

#2 Be consistent, patient and reasonable. Your puppy will make mistakes, but if you are on a routine they may be fewer and farther between as the weeks go by. Try to stick to the same schedule for at least 2-3 weeks, then only slightly change it after that if needed. Puppies between 8-16 weeks will need to go potty every one to two hours. If they have just had a drink or have eaten, you will want to take them out within 15 minutes. It is almost like clockwork. You can count on that bowel movement about 15 minutes after eating. Also, once a puppy wakes up or stops playing they will also need to go out. Knowing all of this information will help you and your puppy be successful two fold!

#3 Use a crate when not able to watch your puppy. Crate training is an excellent technique to use so you don’t have puppy potty training problems. Most puppDog Crate with Divideries will not want to soil where they sleep, so a crate with a divider is your best bet to help with housebreaking. Hopefully, you have already picked a great crate from my dog crate page. Do not, under any means, use the crate as a punishment. Crates are the puppies safe haven and they should be comfortable going into it. Make sure your crate is in a social area. Dogs and puppies are social animals and want to feel included.

#4 Know that, in the beginning, your puppy will go potty both inside and outside. Playful Puppies

This is okay as long as you have their dedicated spot inside for them and the puppy pads or newspaper is down. As the puppy grows, slowly take away the puppy pad area until you are just down to one pad. Sleeping Puppy


I have a DIY puppy apartment. Lily can go to the bathroom on the other side of her cage when it is night-time or if we are gone for a few hours during the day. Your puppy will get used to their dedicated spots both inside and outside. If you are taking your puppy outside often enough they will want to go potty outside for you. Again, constant positivity and praise are a must always until it really starts to sink in and they can make the connection.

#5 Puppy Potty Training Success Time – Once your puppy has mastered all of this you may celebrate. Remember it can take anywhere from 3-12 months to potty train a puppy.Celebration for dogs

  1. The puppy must be always confined to your dedicated area with an easily cleanable floor. This area is used until the puppy is housebroken. You may make it bigger as you feel fit but don’t let your puppy roam around the house without eyes on it as you will have accidents in places you will never know about.
  2. Your puppy potty area should not be close to its food or water areas. You wouldn’t eat in a bathroom right?
  3. Don’t deter from the puppies schedule. That way you will always be more aware of when your puppy has to go potty.
  4. Keep your puppy in good health. They will get shots at 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 weeks. That means you can’t socialize it until your puppy has been vaccinated and your vet says it is okay. We will not be taking Lily anywhere until she has her last shots at 18 weeks.
  5. Make sure to exercise your puppy at least three times a day. Outside would be best as they can easily go potty, however, we do love to play with our Lily inside also. Michigan winters are not the best!
  6. When your puppy is finally house trained celebrate, but make sure to watch for those signs that they need to go potty outside. Otherwise you may go backwards instead of forwards in potty training.
  7. Praise, Praise, Praise! Remember treats are great motivators!
  8. If you do find your puppy pottying in a spot where they should not, just pick them up and take them to their dedicated spot and then “PRAISE.”
  9. Once you are sure your puppy is potty trained, you may take your puppy pads away. I would wait a few weeks to be sure. If they are ready, they will not potty on the pad anymore.
  10. Lastly, make sure to celebrate all the milestones you are making together!

Once these are achieved,

“Congratulations! You did it!”


2 thoughts on “Potty Training for Puppy

  1. Bridget

    Carol – I love this website! We just adopted an older maltipoo that we love. We would like to adopt another younger puppy. I like your caring attitude and perspective and I plan on taking your advice on potty training. Congratulations on a great website! Bridget from stylishseniorshoes.com

    1. Kelly Post author

      Thanks for your feedback. Potty Training puppies is so hard but definitely worth it in the end. Do you know what kind of puppy you will be getting Bridgett? Have you check out all the breeds? Do you have a certain breed that you like?


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