I get asked this question all the time. “Just how long will it take to potty train my puppy?”

The answer is, it depends. Wow! What an enlightening answer.

This is the truth though. There are many factors that come into play when working on your puppy potty training. Such factors as:

  • What technique you choose to use.
  • Will you be persistent and consistent in your training?
  • Will you follow the techniques and tips that work to house train your puppy?
  • How long will you leave your puppy alone?
  • Are you very responsible?

This list could go on and on, but you may notice that I did not mention anything about the puppy. Hmm. Why is that. All the things I mentioned have to do with… YOU!

Now, there may be factors about your dog that could make it harder to potty train your puppy. You may have one of those breeds that are harder to potty train than others, you may have an older dog that needs to learn house breaking skills, or your puppy may be ill.

But, for the most part, the dog is not the main factor in house breaking success. The main factor is you. You are the one who has the responsibility to house train your puppy.

If you find a puppy potty training program that works, and follow directions, are consistent, and truly work at house training your puppy, then it will only be a matter of days before your new puppy is house trained. Now, if you do not take the responsibility to do these things correctly, then it will take a longer time and you will have more issues than normal.

Remember, your puppy potty training success will depend on you. Your puppy is not to blame for having any accidents, and there will be some. Even if you train your puppy in a few days, you must continue to work at it. Only over time will you be able to completely trust your puppy and know that he is completely house trained.