Crate training chart and potty time tips to help puppy and dog parents!
It typically takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be house trained. But on a side note, so you don’t get discouraged, it could take longer to train puppies depending on breed. Smaller dogs can take longer to train because they have smaller bladders along with a higher metabolism which means more frequent potty trips.
We are well into our puppy training for Lacy, she is now 13 weeks old and has been with us for 5 weeks! She is doing better at potty and crate training! This silver Labrador is such a sweet heart and loves to cuddle. Lacy also loves her crate and has no problem going to bed. Win!
The important thing is consistency and patience. The puppy needs positive reinforcement and lots of love. I have included a chart below to help!
Here are 10 puppy training hacks for potty training:
- Crate Training and in my opinion, is the only way to go. The crate is their own sanctuary and you can have peace mind when they are in there. Puppies like to chew, especially lab puppies, and it is much less expensive to get a dog crate than having to buy a new couch, rugs, shoes, walls, remotes…etc.
- Do not use the crate for punishment. If they go potty in the crate, do not scold…just remove them and take outside, then clean it. Make sure you clean the smell or they could go in there again. If they repeatedly go potty in the crate, it may be too big. Puppies like to sleep in close spaces. Another reason crate training works well.
- Have a potty schedule and make sure they get play time. Their bladders will grow as they get older but as puppies within a couple weeks they should have a set routine.
- Feeding at regular times makes it easier to keep a potty schedule. Also pay attention to what you are feeding them. Avoid dog food with “Byproducts” and fillers. See dog blog on the issues with commercial dog food here —>
- When they wake up, pick them up and carry them out to go potty; Otherwise they will probably go on the floor on the way out.
- When playing with puppy inside, keep in a confined area, it’s much easier to keep an eye on. A gate is what we use for to keep Lacy contained and from going up and downstairs or from getting into trouble!
- Take them out to go potty before and after crate time.
- Potty times are: After waking up, after they eat, after playing and about every 3 hours for Labradors. (See crate times below in chart)
- Be careful with what you put in the crate with the puppy as it may get chewed up or peed on.
- Put pee pads in the crate while they are little; we still put a pee pad in the crate for our Silver lab pup. We purchased a large crate because Lacy will grow fast and it is just a little too big yet, so the pee pads are needed.
I sure hope these puppy training hacks were helpful! Having a puppy is just like having a toddler! It’s much easier to keep them close, confined and on a regular schedule!
Happy puppy training! Dog Bless~
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