How do you toilet train a puppy when you work all day?

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For a 10-week old puppy, make sure this is at least every 3 hours.

Take your pup to the potty training spot (by this time they should be busting), praise and reward when they go.

Play with your pup and then settle them back down into the crate.

Repeat this through the day until you return home from work.


When you start to house train, follow these steps:

  1. Keep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take away his food between meals.
  2. Take puppy out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Take puppy to the same spot each time to do his business.

4-6 months

In this Article. House training your puppy is about consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. The goal is to instill good habits and build a loving bond with your pet. It typically takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, but some puppies may take up to a year.


  1. Take puppy outside to the toilet area and wait with him until he empties himself.
  2. Bring him indoors and allow him free access to your kitchen for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  3. Crate or cuddle the puppy until it is thirty minute since his last wee.
  4. Take the puppy back out to the toilet area.

This can be as often as every couple of hours, and sometimes during the night as well.

However, puppy toilet training should begin as soon as you get your new puppy home at the age of at least 8 weeks old.


Toilet Training

If you catch your puppy about to 'go', say a stern 'no' and pick them straight up and put them outside. As they go say for example 'have a poo', 'have a wee' according to what they are doing with lots of praise to reinforce that they are going in the right place at the right time.

Experts recommend that you begin house training your puppy when he is between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old.

At that point, he has enough control of his bladder and bowel movements to learn to hold it.


It typically takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, but some puppies may take up to a year.

Size can be a predictor.

For instance, smaller breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms and require more frequent trips outside.

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