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Housetraining for puppies is an important part of the first time with your new family member. You can find important tips here.

Getting puppies house trained, most important tips.

– Praise outside! Not too euphoric, rather calm, with treats as soon as he is ready.

– Don’t yell: remove mishaps without comment.

– Be attentive. Observe and get out quickly when the time comes.

– Detach first, then go for a walk. Choose fixed pee spot.

Other tips.

What do I do if my puppy pees in the apartment?

Keep calm. Mishaps happen more often in the beginning and should become less with time. Under no circumstances should you scold your puppy, this will only cause him to get scared and not want to get away from you, plus it can damage your bond.

Ideally, you should wipe up with an enzyme cleaner (not vinegar cleaner!) when your puppy is not around. Maybe someone can distract him while you’re doing it, so the mop doesn’t become his new favorite toy.

In the future, pay more attention to the signs and react quickly, i.e. go outside quickly.

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How long does it take to housetrain a dog?

Housetraining for puppies usually takes 4-7 months. Depending on the learning experience, it may take longer. So be patient and don’t put pressure on your puppy.

When can a puppy control the bladder?

Puppies can’t control their bladders and excretions until they are about four months old. Before that, they usually disengage shortly after they feel an urge to go to the bathroom, because puppies can’t hold it back yet.

How often does the puppy need to urinate?

As a guideline, the puppy must go to the bathroom after eating, sleeping and playing. Under three months, this is on average every 2 hours, then every 3-4 hours.

How do you know when your dog needs to go to the toilet?

Every dog indicates differently that he needs to go. Watch your pup closely to see what behavior they are exhibiting. Common behaviors before they release:

– Spinning in circles.

– Sniffing the ground intensely.

– Going to a place where they have been disengaged before.

– Going to the door, looking at the door, scratching at it or sitting in front of the door.

– Loud vocalizations, usually whining or squealing.

Why won’t my puppy be housetrained?

This can have many causes. Stress is often behind it, but health issues, such as a bladder infection, can also prevent the dog from being housetrained. Enter your pet’s daily condition in the pet profile to help determine correlations.

Follow all housetraining tips and if in doubt, consult a veterinarian and/or certified dog trainer.



There are many difficulties on the way to a grown-up dog. But getting your puppy house trained is usually just a question of patience and attentiveness.