Crate training chart and potty time tips to help puppy 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.
When I first wrote this blog we were well into puppy training with Lacy; she was 13 weeks old and had been with us for 5 weeks! She is our silver Labrador and such a sweet heart who loves to cuddle. Lacy also loves her crate and has no problem going to bed. Win!
The important thing is consistency and patience. Your puppy needs positive reinforcement and lots of love. I have included a chart below to help!
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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. 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.