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Hi everyone,

From your experiences, how long does it take to fully potty train a new pup?
Is there anything I can do to speed up the process or make it happen more smoothly?

2.5 weeks until the arrival of little Odin :)

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Personally, 4.5 weeks to 3 months after bringing them home. Have heard of experienced owners getting a challenging pup that took 5-7 months.

Speeding up the process on your end...well, enzymatic cleaners when accidents occur (helps keeps that spot from being attractive), vigilance (ounce of prevention vs pound of cure), and consistency will make that road easier. The forum in general advises against pee pads due to the fact that the texture can lead a pup to believe similar textures like rugs and comforters are giant and acceptable pee pads. Which, you can guess, slows the entire process down. Really high value rewards when puppy potties outside also help. We await further pictures 馃槈
 

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Toilet training happens when two things come together - the ABILITY to hold the toilet, along with the DESIRE to hold it in order to earn the reward for doing so.

Ideally you want him to not be in a position where he needs to toilet before you have him outdoors, so that every toilet is outside - as far as possible, there will be accidents! So set him up to succeed by taking him out even more than he needs; for example every 45 minutes to an hour and always after sleeping, eating, playing. The time between a puppy realising they need to toilet, and being unable to hold that toilet, is zero. So your aim is to have him outside before he can't help himself. When he toilets outdoors make a huge fuss (never mind the neighbours, act like outdoor toileting is the best thing you have ever seen) and reward him with a high value treat. Do that immediately, don't make him come to you for the treat so he is clear that it's for toileting and not for coming to you. The idea is that he eventually wants to earn the treat enough to hold the toilet until he is outside - once he is physically able to control his toileting obviously. As he is actually performing the toilet you can introduce words he can associate with it (like 'do weewee' and 'busy busy') that later when he is reliably trained you can use these to tell him when you want him to toilet.

If you take him out and he doesn't toilet after five minutes, bring him in but don't take your eyes off him. Any hint of a toilet inside, scoop him up and get him out fast. If he doesn't try to toilet indoors (great!) take him out a second time and repeat until you do get outside toilets. You need the outside toilet to happen SO that you can reward SO that he learns.

If he has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed he may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if he needs to toilet (by going off and toileting out of sight) - the opposite of what you want. Dogs cant make the distinction between you being annoyed at him TOILETING, as opposed to toileting INDOORS. Take a rolled up newspaper and hit yourself over the head for not having taken him outside in time. Not when he is there though in case you scare him. Then clean the area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any trace of smell that might attract him back to the spot.

Indoors if you see him circling or scratching the floor, that can sometimes precede toileting so get him out fast.

Overnight he is unlikely to be able to control his toilet as his little bladder and bowel are underdeveloped and not strong enough to hold all night, so set your alarm to take him out at least once if not twice during the night.

And, as above, pads just give mixed messages about whether indoor toileting is allowed or not.
 

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Murphy came potty trained.. at 8 weeks I know its amazing but he has never had an accident in the house.
Of course he arrived during good weather so we spent a lot if time outside praising him like crazy every time he did a toilet...Im sure that helped too
 

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My Dachshund was fully potty trained after 2 months or so. I decided not to use a crate for potty training but I guess that could've sped up the process a bit :)
 

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A crate can help with toilet training in as much as a dog will prefer not to toilet where they sleep and eat, but when a puppy has to toilet, he has to toilet. And if he is in a crate, that鈥檚 where he will do it. So they can help but are not a solution as such.
 

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My dog became fully potty trained at 6 months old. It does depend on the dog though. Since your dog is a puppy, it shouldn鈥檛 take more then a few months, although the time can vary. Good luck with Odin!
 
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