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Suggested Schedule to House Train a Puppy


1)      In the Morning – Let your puppy out of his crate and take him to the location where you want him to relieve himself.  Give your verbal command (“go potty”, “hurry up”, or whatever you decide) and wait.  If your puppy does his business, praise him like theirs no tomorrow.  If he doesn’t do anything, take him back inside and feed him.  Then, take him back outside to the same place and repeat your potty command.  Again, praise him if he does go, otherwise, bring him back inside and return him to his grate.

2)      At Lunch Time – At lunch time, repeat the same process that you used for morning.  If you are not able to be home due to work commitments, try and get a friend or neighbour to do it for you.

3)      Dinner Time – Same process as morning and lunch.  Always remember to praise your pup if he goes on command and the spot you choose.

4)      Bedtime – Don’t feed your puppy (he really shouldn’t need it at this point) put take him outside to the same spot and give your command.  Praise him extensively if he goes.

5)      Middle of the night – this one is optional, but don’t ignore it just because you don’t want to get up.  Again, it depends on your puppy.  If you have a puppy who tends to wake up in the middle of the night, you should get up yourself and take him outside for yet another potential potty session.  If he goes, go heavy on the praise.  If he doesn’t, put him back in his crate and go back to bed.  Always tell yourself that training a puppy is far less work than a human baby.


As your puppy get older, his ability to “hold it" will increase.  As this happens, you will be able to cut back on the potty sessions.  Below are the general guidelines for how long most dogs can “hold it in”. 


1)      6 – 8 week old puppy – 3 to 4 hours

2)      3-4 months – 5 to 6 hours

3)      8 months, your puppy is practically an adult dog now.  9 hours


Fancy Dog CrateEven after going properly training your puppy, accidents will happen.  That’s just life.  When this happens, do not scold or yell at your puppy.  He will have no idea what you are talking about.  Puppies only have memories that last 5 seconds.  Unless you catch him in the act, there is no point in scolding him.  If you take him back to the scene of the crime and start yelling, your puppy will have no idea what you are talking about.  He will probably feel that you’ve gone insane. The best approach is to clean the area thoroughly when your puppy is not looking.  If you have trained your pup properly, it shouldn’t happen again.


When you are housetraining your puppy, it is a good idea to only use a high quality kibble.  This will produce solid, small stools which your puppy will find easier to handle.  Canned food has a very high water content, which can give your dog the runs.  As well, feeding your dog table scraps can result in an upset stomach and diarrhea.  This is not ideal if your goal is to housetrain your puppy.


One final thought.  Rather than giving a verbal command to your dog like “go potty” or “do it”, you might want to try using a small bell.  The bell makes a sound that is very distinct from your voice, and your puppy will be able to recognize it instantly.  The only downside to this is that you will need to bring the bell with your every time you take your puppy out to do his business.  Remember, no matter what command your decide upon, rather it be verbal or a bell, you must stay consistent.


I hope this helps you!


- Grover


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