I’ve got a client who called me for pointers while potty training their puppy. Here’s how the scenario goes.

They had the puppy in the larger crate with their older dog. The puppy was having accidents in the crate, so they put the young dog in its own, smaller crate. The crate was just big enough for the pup to stand up and turn around. This was a good move.

They told me that they let the puppy out every couple of hours to go potty, but they were having trouble with the dog still having accidents when outside of the crate. She was doing fine when confined in her crate for the allotted time.

Here’s the deal. Yes, a puppy can, and should be able to hold it’s potty for a while. The basic rule is that for every month of age, the puppy can hold it’s potty for the number of months of age, plus 1. So, for example, a 2 month old puppy can hold it’s potty for 3 hours, a 3 month old should be able to go for 4 hours, and so on.

However, this is just a basic rule. The thing to remember is that EVERY animal is different. My clients told me that their puppy couldn’t even seem to hold it for 15 minutes!

Now, this puppy was younger than 10 weeks old. So this was another factor that affected their puppy potty training.

My advice was that if this was the case, then they need to take the pup out to go potty every 15 minutes until the animal proves that it can hold it longer. What’s the alternative? Well, you could let the puppy potty in the house and give up on your potty training.

The puppy wasn’t making any messes inside its small crate, just outside of the crate. They were following all of the basic rules for potty training with regards to crate training, feeding and watering, taking the puppy out to go potty after meals, when the puppy first wakes up from overnight sleep or naps, and going in the allotted time frame.

This puppy was really just a baby. Yes, but this could pertain to older puppies too. If the puppy seems to need to go potty every 15 minutes, then that is what you need to do. Simple as that, if your going to have your puppy out of the crate. Remember, she said that the puppy was doing fine in her little crate. It was just when the pup was out when she couldn’t seem to hold it.

You are responsible for your puppy, and you need to do whatever is necessary to properly potty train them. Let me know what you think!