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The secret of how to potty train a puppy is a consistency, patience, positive reinforcement, and a manageable schedule. Most puppies learn a training schedule within 4 to 6 months, and if they are under 24 weeks old, they will need to potty a minimum of 3 to 5 times per day.

How to Potty Train a Puppy
How to Potty Train a Puppy?

At the beginning of potty training, be prepared for many trips outdoors throughout the day. The best method to teach a puppy to go outside is consistency, and all dogs learn what’s expected fairly quickly once a routine is in place.

12-step potty training guide

Learn to patiently train a puppy to potty in a certain area with this easy guide.

1. Take the puppy outdoors early in the morning as possible.

2. Place your puppy in an area that he will mark as his potty-training spot.

3. Allow the pup to smell the ground and explore until a favorable spot is found.

4. After his potty, lavish your young dog with lots of praise for good behavior.

5. Return indoors to give your pup breakfast.

6. 20 minutes after eating/drinking/playing, take the pup outside again.

7. Place your puppy in the same spot he marked earlier. Allow him to explore again.

8. To help him understand it’s time to potty, walk him around the area slowly and encourage him to follow you or teach him to potty with a command that you’ll continue to use, such as “go potty”.

9. Repeat the command and point down to the area for him to go to. This may take a few tries.

10. Once the pup potties, give him lots of praise, you may even reward him with a tiny treat.

11. 2-hours later, repeat steps 7 to 10.

12. Dog training tip: be consistent, never miss a break, always be supportive to your puppy and you’ll get the results you want in no time!

Which potty training schedule is best for your puppy’s age?

24-hr For puppies up to 6 months old For puppies up 6-12 months old
6.00 short walk/potty short walk/potty
6.30 feed*/water/potty feed*/water/potty
9.00 potty
10.00   potty
11.00 feed*/water/potty  
13.00 short walk/potty feed*/water/potty
15.00 potty  
16.00 feed*/water/potty short walk/potty
18.00 short walk/potty  
19.00   feed*/water/potty
20.00 potty  
20.30 feed*/water/potty  
22.00 potty potty

*roughly 20 mins after each meal/water

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

Some puppies pick up potty training in six months but it can take longer. Puppies, like most young, learn at their own pace and it is important to be patient, kind, and supportive during potty training.

A puppy’s bladder control depends on his size, breed, and age. Smaller breeds need to have increased breaks as their bodies process food and liquids much faster than larger breeds.

From the first day of your pup’s potty training schedule, ensure that you are consistent so that he learns that he goes out after a nap, playtime, food or any activity. Most puppies need potty breaks every couple of hours, regardless of their breed.

10 potty training tips to get you started

  • Create a designated space for your puppy using a baby gate to limit his run of the house.
  • Recognize your puppy’s pre-bathroom behavior; look out for potty trip indicators such as sniffing or circling.
  • Puppies need breaks between 3 to 5 times a day or more.
  • Take a puppy outside 20 minutes after any activity, meal, and drink.
  • Dogs under 6 months old should be on 2-hour potty rotations throughout the day.
  • Pups learn what’s expected through consistency, take him to the same spot every time.
  • Once a pup has pottied, give him lots of praise to reward him for good behavior.
  • Never punish a puppy for mistakes indoors, never yell or get physical with him.
  • If a pup has a mishap, firmly say “no,” gently pick him up or show him where to potty.
  • To ensure pups don’t return to the same spot inside, eliminate odors, clean thoroughly.

Adopting a potty-trained puppy

Potty training should be a positive experience for a newly adopted puppy and can help him to feel settled into his new home.  Here are some beneficial pointers to support you and your new puppy along the way.


  • A baby gate to contain the pup in one area ensures he is always supervised and helps set him up for housetraining success.
  • Crate training tips that let a pup feel confident and cared for, and secure.
  • Good quality pet odor and stain remover.
  • Dog essentials – poop bags (even at home), poop pick-ups as it can spread diseases such as Lyme in certain regions and worms.
  • A puppy-proof potty space.


Consistency and patience are key, and combined with these tips you and your new puppy will be on the right track! Remember, occasional accidents can happen with any dog or puppy, but following these guidelines can go a long way to help set you both up for house training success!

Ok, he’s finally home. Training needs to begin immediately, considering the new pattern on the rug, not to mention the dog’s breakfast he’s made of your new Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals. But where should you start?

Whether you train your new puppy or dog yourself, take classes, or hire a private trainer, some basic training tips should be tackled right out of the gate. These top 10 tips from professional dog trainers at the top of their game will help get you going.

Aside: When your puppy is old enough, think about getting him or her neutered or spayed, likewise if you adopt a dog. A neutered or spayed dog is more docile, less aggressive, and maybe more open to successful training.

Training Tips for Dogs
Training Tips for Dogs

Top 10 dog training tips

  1. Choose your dog’s name wisely and be respectful of it. Of course, you’ll want to pick a name for your new puppy or dog that you love, but for the purposes of training, it also helps to consider a short name ending with a strong consonant. This allows you to say his name so that he can always hear it clearly. A strong ending (i.e. Jasper, Jack, Ginger) perks up puppy ears—especially when you place a strong emphasis at the end.If he’s an older dog, he’s probably used to his name; however, changing it isn’t out of the question. If he’s from a shelter, they may neglect to tell you that he has a temporary name assigned to him by staff. If he’s from a breeder, he’ll come to you with a long name, which you may want to shorten or change. And if he’s coming out of an abusive situation, a new name may represent a fresh start. But we’re lucky: dogs are extremely adaptable. And soon enough, if you use it consistently, he will respond to his new name.

    New name or old, as much as possible, associate it with pleasant, fun things, rather than negative. The goal is for him to think of his name the same way he thinks of other great stuff in his life, like “walk,” “cookie,” or “dinner!”

  2. Decide on the “house rules.” Before he comes home, decide what he can and can’t do. Is he allowed on the bed or the furniture? Are parts of the house off-limits? Will he have his own chair at your dining table? If the rules are settled early, you can avoid confusion for both of you.
  3. Set up his private den. He needs “a room of his own.” From the earliest possible moment give your pup or dog his own, private sleeping place that’s not used by anyone else in the family, or another pet. He’ll benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of his den. Reward him if he remains relaxed and quiet. His den, which is often a crate, will also be a valuable tool for housetraining.
  4. Help him relax when he comes home. When your puppy gets home, give him a warm hot water bottle and put a ticking clock near his sleeping area. This imitates the heat and heartbeat of his littermates and will soothe him in his new environment. This may be even more important for a new dog from a busy, loud shelter who’s had a rough time early on. Whatever you can do to help him get comfortable in his new home will be good for both of you.
  5. Teach him to come when called. Come, Jasper! Good boy! Teaching him to come is the command to be mastered first and foremost. And since he’ll be coming to you, your alpha status will be reinforced. Get on his level and tell him to come using his name. When he does, make a big deal using positive reinforcement. Then try it when he’s busy with something interesting. You’ll really see the benefits of perfecting this command early as he gets older.
  6. Reward his good behavior. Reward your puppy or dog’s good behavior with positive reinforcement. Use treats, toys, love, or heaps of praise. Let him know when’s he’s getting it right. Likewise, never reward bad behavior; it’ll only confuse him.
  7. Take care of the jump up. Puppies love to jump up in greeting. Don’t reprimand him, just ignore his behavior and wait ’til he settles down before giving positive reinforcement. Never encourage jumping behavior by patting or praising your dog when he’s in a “jumping up” position. Turn your back on him and pay him no attention.
  8. Teach him on “dog time.” Puppies and dogs live in the moment. Two minutes after they’ve done something, it’s forgotten about. When he’s doing something bad, try your chosen training technique right away so he has a chance to make the association between the behavior and the correction. Consistent repetition will reinforce what’s he’s learned.
  9. Discourage him from biting or nipping. Instead of scolding him, a great way to put off your mouthy canine is to pretend that you’re in great pain when he’s biting or nipping you. He’ll be so surprised he’s likely to stop immediately. If this doesn’t work, try trading a chew toy for your hand or pant leg. The swap trick also works when he’s into your favorite shoes. He’ll prefer a toy or bone anyway. If all else fails, break up the biting behavior, and then just ignore him.
  10. End training sessions on a positive note. Excellent boy! Good job, Jasper! He’s worked hard to please you throughout the training. Leave him with lots of praise, a treat, some petting, or five minutes of play. This guarantees he’ll show up at his next class with his tail wagging—ready to work!
End training sessions on a positive note
End training sessions on a positive note