How to Potty Train Your Puppy in one Week

How to Potty Train Your Puppy in one week!

You have a new puppy and he is the best but he is wetting everywhere.  Not to mention... the brown stuff he is leaving on the carpet. You need to solve this problem as quickly as possible.

Puppies have smaller bladders and do not have complete control of their bladder and bowels.  However, as long as you follow these simple set of steps, you will find that there won't be "accidents" in around one week.

Is it possible to train your puppy quickly and it is easier than you think!

The hardest part of the next week will be making sure to stick to the plan provided. If you do not stick to the game plan, your puppy will continue to pee or poop in the house longer than expected.

So what are these steps and what is the game plan?!

The plan is as easy as one two three!

Step #1- Frequent trips outside on a leash (every 20-30 minutes)

Step #2- Keep your puppy in a confined area like a playpen. You may supervise for a brief time after they go outside to the bathroom
The Game Plan to potty training your puppy in a week

3. Take notes on your dog's bathroom habits to figure out any patterns or common things they do that signal they need to go. (Do they whimper? Do they start to scratch or nibble on their feet?)

If you take the puppy out to potty every half hour during the daytime, and supervise closely and confine at all other times, you will notice that your puppy learns quickly.

This does require time at home with your puppy in order to get healthy habits established while their bladder develops. 

Day 1: Start the game right! This is the actual game plan.

Set up an area that confines your puppy. This can be a puppy playpen. This area should be where your puppy spends much of their time.  It should be comfortable and fun.  It can have toys, their special bed, etc. This is not the same as crate training. 
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Frisco Wire Dog Exercise Pen with Step-Through Door

Take the puppy out every 20 to 30 minutes on a leash, not including when he’s sleeping. 

When outside, the family member should wait calmly and patiently.  They should not be playing with or distracting the dog. This should occur for up to five minutes. 

If your puppy pees or poops, he should get praised.  A treat is very motivating. You can also allow 10 to 15 minutes to play off-leash while supervised. 
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Training Treats
If he does not pee or poop, bring him back to his special area and try again 15 minutes later.

Take your puppy out as soon as he wakes up from a nap, after he eats or drinks, and after he plays vigorously. 

Day 2: Make sure the whole family is on the same page.
Potty training puppies can be easy

One family member may be playing by the rules while others may be less consistent.  On day two, keep track of who is caring for your dog and when.  

Days 3 to 5: Consistency

Continue training the family on being consistent.
The real challenge of stopping accidents inside the house is making sure each family member is keeping an eye on the puppy when it is their turn. 

When family schedules compete with puppy training, the training may not make as much progress.  

When did the mistakes happen?  Who was watching?  Did they take your puppy out on a leash or just let the puppy wander? 

Take a lot of notes during these days.
All family members must be on board when potty training 

Day 6-7  Results

One nice thing about training is that the puppy will start to really enjoy their pen.  It will become their bed or favorite place.  They will not want to soil in their special area.

By this time there should be fewer accidents. 

There will be some accidents and cleanups but when you decide on a puppy, you take on a lot of responsibility
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Carpet Cleaner
When a puppy is young and influenceable, this is a huge part of the responsibility you took on. 

Potty training can be easy

Conclusion- Quick Tips for Quickly Potty Training Your Dog

Having a consistent schedule is the key to successfully potty training your dog.

The younger the puppy, the longer it tends to take. The smaller the puppy, the longer it tends to take. 

It takes longer because younger and smaller dogs have smaller bowels and bladders and this can make training a little more difficult.

Potty training takes a lot of effort and patience.  Keep to the schedule set and your puppy will learn faster. 

Keep track of the successful potty training moments and when accidents occurred so that you can see what may have happened. 

If an accident happens, keep a positive attitude and continue to keep your schedule. 
A consistent schedule is key to successful potty training

Do not yell or hit your puppy when they make a mistake or rub their nose in the mistake.   You can tell them that this is not the right spot with your own words like "no-no" or "not here".

Take the puppy out to the right place and make sure to keep a closer eye on them and shorten the time in between bathroom trips outside in the future. 

Puppies can learn in as little as a week.  However, some take a couple of weeks. Sticking to a schedule of frequent outings and rewards, will earn you a lifetime of good housetraining. 

Now, that is time well spent. 

What type of puppy do you have?  Please comment below!  


  1. Great article! I never knew half of the tricks you mentioned

    1. Thank you. I am glad you liked the article.


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