How Long on Average Does it Take to Potty Train a Puppy?

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Owners must be consistent with puppies to shorten the potty-training time frame.

Potty-training a puppy can be a tedious experience, but some methods work more quickly than others. The time required is directly dependent on how consistent the owners are in their training methods.


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Time Frame

When the training is done properly, only a few weeks are needed to potty-train a puppy, according to Drs. Foster and Smith Educational Staff. The process may take longer if owners are not consistent.



The fastest method is crate training, which involves putting the puppy in a crate when nobody is around to watch him. A slower method is using puppy-training pads that have chemicals that attract dogs to urinate on them.



To hasten the potty-training process, owners should use positive reinforcement and be consistent with letting dogs outside and using key words, such as "outside." The Humane Society recommends making a potty schedule. For every month of age, a dog can hold its bladder for one hour; for example, if your puppy is two months old, it can hold its bladder for two hours.



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