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When Should a Puppy be Completely Potty Trained?

Are you wondering when your puppy should be potty trained? There is no one size fits all answer. However, many puppies are fully trained within just six months. Still, some dogs may take a year or more to become fully housebroken. If you have questions or are having trouble with your puppy, our team at Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton is here to help!

What You Need to Know About Puppy Care and Potty Training

Providing puppy care may be easier said than done. Still, there are some steps you can take to hopefully make housebreaking your pet easier. If you are welcoming a new puppy into your home, make sure you take him or her outside frequently, at least every few hours.

When your puppy goes to the bathroom outside, praise it. Also, consider providing some treats and other rewards on occasion. This will help your puppy develop good habits. Regularly taking your pet to the same part of your yard to eliminate waste can also help it develop good habits.

Another wise idea is to hang a bell on the door you normally take your dog out to go to the bathroom. Every time you take your pet out, ring the bell. Some dogs will learn to ring the bell when they need to go outside.

What to Expect

So, when will your puppy become fully potty trained? Many dogs will be potty trained after just six months, while other dogs need a year or more. Routine and regular training can help speed up the process. Smaller dogs often take a bit more time to become housebroken. This is because their bladder is smaller and often their metabolism is higher. As a result, they may need to go to the bathroom more often.

To make it easier to potty train your puppy, you should put your puppy on a regular feeding schedule. This will help you better predict when it will need to go to the bathroom. If you want to avoid accidents at night, you can limit your pet’s water drinking a few hours before bed. However, remember that hydration should take priority over a little accident. Potty training takes quite a bit of effort and puppy care is a lot of work. Talk with our veterinarian if you have any questions, concerns, or need advice.

Get Quality Veterinary Care in Pleasanton, CA

Our team at Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton is here to help with your pup! Call us today at 925-734-8387 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudhri.

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