Puppy Potty Training: Unleash the Pup-tastic Potty Plan


Welcome to the exciting yet challenging journey of puppy parenthood! One of the first hurdles every new pup parent faces is the dreaded potty training phase. But fear not, because with the right strategy and consistency, you can sail through this phase smoothly. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of creating a puppy potty training schedule that sets you and your furry friend up for success.

Puppy Potty Training Schedule

Embarking on the journey of potty training your puppy requires a well-structured schedule. Here’s a breakdown of what a typical day in your puppy’s potty training journey might look like:

  1. Morning Routine
    • Start the day with a potty break outside.
    • Encourage your puppy to eliminate in the designated spot.
    • Reward with praise or treats for successful potty trips.
  2. Mealtime
    • Stick to a regular feeding schedule.
    • Take your puppy outside to eliminate shortly after meals.
    • Supervise closely to catch any signs of needing to go potty.
  3. Midday Breaks
    • Plan for regular potty breaks throughout the day.
    • Aim for every 1-2 hours, especially during active play sessions.
    • Use verbal cues like “go potty” to reinforce the behavior.
  4. Evening Routine
    • Wind down the day with a final potty break before bedtime.
    • Limit water intake close to bedtime to minimize accidents overnight.

Frequently Ask Questions:

  1. How Long Does It Take to Potty Train a Puppy?
    • Potty training duration varies depending on factors like breed, age, and consistency in training. On average, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
  2. What If My Puppy Has Accidents Indoors?
    • Accidents are a natural part of the learning process. Clean up accidents promptly using enzymatic cleaners to eliminate odors and prevent repeat incidents.
  3. Should I Use Puppy Pads During Training?
    • While puppy pads can be a temporary solution, they may confuse your puppy about where it’s appropriate to eliminate. Gradually transition away from puppy pads to outdoor pottying as your puppy learns.
  4. What Do I Do If My Puppy Doesn’t Eliminate Outside?
    • If your puppy doesn’t go potty during outdoor breaks, bring them back inside and supervise closely. Try again in 10-15 minutes, and reward generously when they successfully eliminate outside.
  5. Is Crate Training Necessary for Potty Training?
    • Crate training can be a valuable tool for potty training by teaching your puppy to hold their bladder and bowels. However, it’s essential to use the crate properly and never use it as a form of punishment.
  6. How Can I Prevent Accidents When I’m Not Home?
    • When you’re unable to supervise your puppy, confine them to a designated area such as a puppy-proofed room or a crate. Consider enlisting the help of a professional dog walker or pet sitter for midday potty breaks.


Congratulations on taking the first step towards a harmonious relationship with your furry companion through successful potty training. Remember, consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement are the keys to success. With the guidance provided in this article and a puppy potty training schedule tailored to your pup’s needs, you’ll be well on your way to a house-trained and happy furry friend. Happy training!

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Cat Hocking

Having had dogs all of my life I have learnt so much and continue to learn more with each individual dog that enters our family. These amazing creatures can teach us so much! In the Dog Care Guru I share information, resources and accessories for our canine children.

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