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Troubleshooting Potty Training: Household Accidents Will Happen


June 4, 2017

We have discussed potty training basics in a past article, but for some pups, it takes a bit longer to fully adopt the habit. By now hopefully, your pup has gotten used to the idea of spending time in his crate and is well on his way to house training bliss. If your pup is still struggling with house training and is having repeated accidents, don’t worry or beat yourself up. Housetraining is one of the most difficult processes new puppy owners face, and the majority of puppies still have the occasional accident until they are over 6 months in age. Here are some simple tips to help with the housetraining process.

How To Master Potty Training:

  1. Always take your pup to the same spot if he is having trouble learning where to go. The scent of his last pee will help trigger the instinct to go again.
  2. If there is an accident in the house, clean it up right away. Going along the same lines as the first bullet, if your pup smells urine in the rug he is going to be tempted to go in the same spot.
  3. Timing is key: Keep an eye on the clock. You should take your puppy out for a stroll, or to the designated potty spot 15 minutes after every meal.
  4. Excited puppies will pee. Puppies don’t like to stop playing fetch or wrestling around the living room to go outside for a break. It is up to you to take short breaks during playtime.

As a rule of thumb, a puppy under 6 months old can hold his bladder for about 1 hour for every month of age. That means if your pup is 3 months old he can hold it for about 3-4 hours.