Easily Housetrain Your Puppy in a Weekend?

If you are like any dog owner, then you want to potty train your puppy as fast as possible. If you get your puppy on a Friday, then you probably want to house train them in a weekend. Is this possible?

I do suggest that you get your new puppy on a Friday, work with your pup over the weekend, and also take a week’s vacation to be with your puppy the following week. This is the best way to introduce a new dog into your household. If you work with your new dog over this time, they should be very well potty trained by the time you have to go back to work, school, or what have you.

(Please note that your puppy’s bladder still will not be fully developed and they still cannot hold their potty, so you will still have to make plans for getting your puppy out every few hours to go potty.)

I am also realistic. Most people won’t take vacation to work with their puppy, for various reasons. So again, get your puppy as early as possible on a Friday. If you could take a Friday off of work and get your new best friend early that day, this will give you a full extra day to house train your dog.

If you have three full days to work with your puppy, then you can have good success with your house training. I am sure that you have been looking around the internet for information, and have probably seen other sites guaranteeing success in a weekend.

Be aware that, while your puppy can learn the principles of house training in a weekend, and can seemingly be house trained in that time, a weekend is NOT enough time to have a fully potty trained dog. You will be on your way, though. Your puppy can basically learn where it is appropriate to go potty in a weekend.

And, while you are home with them during the weekend, they can have good success. But, what about when Monday comes along and you have to go back to work. Young puppies cannot hold their bladder. The basic rule is that your puppy can hold their bladder one hour more than his age in months. So, a 2 month old puppy can hold his bladder for 3 hours, a 3 month old puppy can hold it for 4 hours, etc.

Your puppy may be different. Your dog’s ability to hold their bladder may vary, and this will depend on the breed, the amount of water and food they eat and when, the amount of play, and other factors.

So, now that I have said all that, when you go back to work your puppy is not fully potty trained and cannot hold their potty all day while you are gone. You will either have to come home every few hours to take your puppy out for a potty break, or have a dog walker come in every few hours for a potty break.

Your puppy house training is not complete over a weekend. Potty training is an ongoing thing that may take months for your puppy to be completely trusted in your home, and for his bladder to be fully developed before you can call your puppy house trained.

Read more on house training your puppy quickly and easily.

I talk mostly about puppy potty training, but, another very important tool in dealing with your puppy is dog obedience training. What I want to make sure everyone realizes is that when you potty train your puppy, this is not the same as obedience training for your dog. This seems intuitive, but I see so many dogs that are potty trained but have no obedience training at all.

You don’t want a dog to go potty in your house. That is why you house train them. Well, you don’t want a dog that misbehaves either. You want a dog that behaves well and does what you say when you give a command. But, for some reason, a lot of dog owners stop working with their dog after potty training. These dogs won’t soil their home, but they may jump up on people, they don’t come when called, they pull when on the leash, and much worse.

Why do people fail to follow through with dog obedience training? I haven’t found the answer to that yet. Bottom line, if you want to have a well behaved dog as an adult, the training must start when they are a puppy. You can either train them yourself, or take classes, or even hire a dog trainer for private sessions.

This is not to say that you cannot train an older dog. Any dog at any age can be trained, if you put in the work. An older dog can be potty trained as well, which I teach in my book “Quick and Easy Puppy Potty Training.” It will just be easier and faster if you start when they are a puppy.

There are plenty of helpful books and DVDs out there so you can start teaching your puppy at home, or you can sign up for a local obedience class near you. Many pet stores offer classes for a reasonable fee. Also, a lot of animal shelters offer classes. If you adopt a dog from a shelter, they will most likely let you know about this.

Even if you decide to train your dog with a profesional dog trainer, it is a good idea to read books, watch DVD’s, and learn as much information about dog training as you possibly can. This will help you form a solid relationship with your pup as you learn and practice training techniques.

Don’t stop at puppy potty training. As you begin to work with your puppy, start to look into dog obedience training. If you want a complete dog, one that is well behaved and is easy to interact with, and one that you are proud of, then you need dog training.

Remember during all the ups and downs you’re sure to face with a new puppy, try to keep your attitude and energy positive, stay patient and focused on your goals, and consult with professionals when you run into obstacles. All of this will pay off in the end when you have a loving and lovable companion.

Crate Training as a Puppy Potty Training Technique

One of the toughest times a new puppy owner has to go through is when you first bring your puppy home and have to potty train him. This is something that takes time, patience, and a good sense of humor. The following technique will make that task a little bit easier on you and puppy.

Take Time to Crate Train Your Puppy

I think that one of the best ways to avoid the frustrations of new puppy ownership, and one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your new pet is to crate train him. Crate training takes some discipline, but it’s well worth the time and effort in the long run. It is probably the best way to potty train your puppy, and it will come in handy in situations like transporting your pet.

First, get your puppy an appropriate dog crate. There are plastic and metal dog crates available in different sizes. Choose the best size for your puppy, one that is large enough for him to stand and turn around in.
Don’t get one that is so large that your puppy can just go to one end of the crate and go potty.

You want your dog to view this as his new home or den. Dogs will avoid soiling their own dens. If you get a
large crate in anticipation of your puppy growing, just block off the back part of the crate. Remember to put a soft towel or blanket in the crate.

Encourage your pup to go into the crate with a treat and/or toy. An interesting toy, such a Kong filled with peanut butter will keep your dog engaged and happy in the crate. Leave the door open and praise him when he goes inside and stays there. Don’t force the pup into the crate. Remember, this new home is supposed to be a pleasant place for them, not a punishment. You can even feed your puppy in the crate to create a positive association for him.

When the animal is comfortable being in the crate, close the door and leave it closed for progressively longer periods of time. Begin leaving the puppy alone in the closed crate and gradually lengthen the time you
are away from the crate. Make sure that your puppy has gone potty before you begin this training. This is very important to avoid your puppy having an accident.

If your puppy whines, don’t immediately comfort him and let him out. That just teaches them that if they whine, they get what they want. Ignore the whining. (I know it’s hard!) Let your puppy out only when
he is quiet and calm. Remember, you had your puppy do all his potty before starting this training, so you know his whining is not due to this.

A well-exercised puppy will probably make it easier to crate train, so be sure to keep up a consistent routine of exercise and play. A tired puppy means a quieter, calmer puppy that will more than likely just curl up and nap in the crate.

When you do let him out, don’t make a big deal out of it. You don’t want your puppy to think that being outside of the crate is the better, happier situation.

One of the biggest challenges with a puppy is potty training. Crate training makes this task much easier to handle. Young pups need to eliminate every 2 to 4 hours. Let your puppy out of the crate and outside to go potty on a regular schedule, like first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bedtime. This teaches the puppy a routine that will last throughout his life.

When letting the pup out of the crate to eliminate, put him on a leash and go immediately to the potty area. Give him 5 to 10 minutes to do his business. If he doesn’t go, put him back into the crate. Wait for about another 15 minutes, and try again. Depending on your puppy’s age, when he ate or drank, and the last time he went potty, adjust your waiting time in between taking him out to do his business.

If he does go, praise him, give him treats, and play with him. You can even let him play in the house freely for a time, with your supervision of course.

Keep your puppy crated during the night. You will probably have to let him out in the middle of the night for a potty break, but that hardship won’t last too long. Puppies grow fast and soon he will be able to hold it for longer periods of time.

As for leaving your puppy in the crate when you leave the house, remember that young dogs need to eliminate every few hours, so arrange to come home, have a neighbor check in, or hire a pet sitter to make sure your puppy is taken care of.

Crate training your puppy is an excellent way to house train your puppy. And, when done properly, your dog should love his crate.

How Long Will Potty Training my Puppy Take?

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.

Can’t My Puppy Tell Me He Needs to Go Potty?

I have worked with people who have gotten a new dog, and early on in their puppy potty training (if they did work on it), they are angry at their new dog for not telling them that he had to go out to go potty, and he had an accident in the house.

Yes, this really happened.

Your puppy does not come pre-programmed to tell us humans that they have to go potty. They cannot say, “Hey Human! My bladder is full and I have to go potty now. Take me outside.”

Well… they actually can tell you, but you need to:

  1. Work on your puppy house training
  2. And, learn to read the body language of your puppy

He can tell you when he needs to go potty, especially if you teach him to go to the door. You can teach him to sit, to bark, to touch the door knob, or even to ring a bell.

The key is, that you need to potty train your puppy to do these things.

But, your dog can tell you he has to go potty with just his subtle gestures. Watch your dog closely and you will see it. Some of the signs your puppy will need to go potty are:

  • Putting his nose to the floor and sniffing
  • Circling around while sniffing
  • Circling around while not sniffing may also be a clue
  • Scratching at the floor
  • Scratching at the door (obvious)
  • Whimpering, crying, or barking with a high pitch
  • Suddenly breathing heavily (if they were not before)
  • Squatting, but not doing anything

Now, this last one, squatting without doing anything is an alarm that anyone should recognize. If you don’t get your puppy out to do potty when you see that, well, your dog will do his business, and maybe you should work on reading body language.

Your puppy may also disappear, or go to a corner of the room. It is up to you to watch your dog, so they should not disappear on you. When a puppy does this, they may be leaving the room to go potty somewhere else.

Each animal is different and will display different body language that may tell you they have to do their business. Watch your dog and you will discover what your dog is telling you. This is all part of house training your puppy.

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