Timing is key for House-Training (1/14)

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Puppies being house-trained need more frequent potty breaks than grown dogs. Dogs can only be relied on to hold their bladder one hour for every month old they are, until 8 hours at 8 months old. That means a 4-month-old puppy being house-trained can typically hold it 4 hours, 5 hours at 5-months-old. Puppies will typically need to eliminate:

  • When they first wake up in the morning;
  • After a play session (or even sometimes during!);
  • After a nap;
  • Just after drinking;
  • Just before or just after he eats;
  • After chewing on a bone or chew toy
  • If he hasn’t been out for an hour or two.

Contributors: Morgan Thacker from The Pack of Tampa Bay

Written by Ben Skute


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  1. Definitely sharing these tips with my friend who’s having issues with house-training her puppy. Hope they’ll help!

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