Housebreaking Part 3

Umbilical Cord Training

This method combines constant supervision and requires you to attach your pup to your body using a leash. This technique will enable you to always supervise your puppy as you attach it to yourself.

Potty Training Length

It will vary from puppy to puppy. However, you can expect the following:

  • Very young pups have little control of their bladder and bowel
  • Smaller breeds, including Toy breeds, can take as long as 16 weeks.
  • Larger breeds have better control of theirs.
  • Some pups learn faster than others.
  • Some will learn within days, and some take a couple of weeks to learn.
  • Frequent toilet trips are necessary since even if they have come to control their bowels and bladder, a pup cannot hold for long.
  • A puppy may learn and then forget. It is entirely reasonable. Continue potty training and it will eventually remember what to do.
  • A 16 –week old puppy can learn proper potty habits, with a few accidents here and there.
  • With proper housebreaking, you can expect your puppy to be fully potty trained by 6-7 months old.

Puppy Bowel and Bladder Control

Just to give you a general idea, a 2-month old puppy can hold its bladder for about 30-45 minutes. For a three-month-old pup, 1 1/2 – 2 hours is the maximum. At four months old, the puppy can hold it for an hour, five months for 2 hours, six months for 3 hours, and so on.

Toilet Time at Night

If you do not give water or feed to your pooch 2 hours before sleep time, take your dog out to relieve, and then it will not have to potty at night.

An 8-week old puppy will ideally last 4-5 hours. It will vary from pup to pup, of course, which means your pup may have to potty at least once at night. 

Do the following:

  • Set a timer for alarm 4 hours after bedtime.
  • Get up. Let your pup out, whether it is making a sound or not. It will most likely be noisy to inform you that it needs to go.

The time your pup can last will lengthen with each passing week. When it is 16 weeks old, your furry friend will last 7 hours, and you won’t even have to get up in the middle of the night for a potty session. If you are lucky, it may reach the 7-hour max between 10-16 weeks old.

Potty Schedule

It depends on when your pup last drank and ate. Its activities and preference are also factors. However, most puppies need to go shortly after drinking or eating.

The general rule is to take your pup to its bathroom spot

  • As soon as you rise from bed, first thing in the morning
  • Before the last awake person goes to bed
  • Immediately after your puppy wakes up from a nap during the day
  • Within 30 minutes after eating
  • Within 15 minutes after drinking
  • After play or any excitement, such as meeting a new person 

You will also need to take it to its bathroom spot approximately at the time mentioned below depending on their age. 
Again, this will vary from pup to pup. Potty accidents are always advised to bring your puppy to the veterinarian before you start housebreaking. Accidents during the training process could be due to health reasons and not bad behavior. Urinary tract infection, gastroenteritis, and medical problems that affect the genitalia or internal organ can cause frequent potty sessions than normal. 


Bathroom Schedule


8 weeks

30 minutes

10 weeks

45 minutes

3 months

1 – 1 1/2 hours

4 months

2 hours or so

5 months

3 hours