Puppy Confinement Schedule: Tips & Tricks For First-Time Dog Parents

Puppy Potty Training Schedule

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Congratulations! You’re a new puppy parent. It’s a blast! It’s thrilling! It’s a little overwhelming at times.
Take, for example, potty training. “How do I house train my new puppy?” is one of the first questions a new puppy parent has.
My sister recently became a puppy parent for the first time. Her puppy training schedule, it turns out, is very similar to that of a human newborn. In other words, she and her family alternate taking the puppy out for potty breaks throughout the day and night.
One of the most important aspects of puppy training is consistency. You can reward your new puppy for good behavior once you’ve established a schedule for him or her. Potty breaks on a frequent basis instill good habits.
However, there are a number of things that new puppy parents are unaware of when it comes to housebreaking their puppies. It’s normal to have a lot of questions in the first few weeks and months.
You might be wondering how often you should take your puppy out for potty breaks, for example. What is the typical schedule for potty training?
Fortunately, based on your puppy’s biology, there are some universal truths.

Expectations for Puppy Potty Training

Let’s say you get a puppy when it’s 9 weeks old. Expecting them to be house trained at that age is unrealistic. A lot depends on the size of the puppy and how early you start potty training them. By six months, many puppies can be fairly dependable. Some puppies, however, may take up to a year to fully house train.
Most puppies start to have bladder control around 20 weeks of age, or 5 months of age. However, fully house training your puppy may take longer.
When you first start potty training your puppy, it’s normal for him to have frequent or occasional accidents in the house. You’ll be able to achieve your goal in a few months if you have patience, consistency, and plenty of praise.
Keeping your puppy confined is one of the keys to successful potty training. It’s easier to clean up accidents if you know where they are, whether it’s in a dog crate, a playpen, or a section of your kitchen or laundry room.

Physical Limitations in Young Puppies

The bladders of young puppies are small. Consider a puppy who is three or four months old; they have a limit on how long they can hold their urine. The older they are, the less control they have over the muscles that start and stop the flow of urine. They’ll have to take more “bathroom breaks” as a result of this.
The number of hours a puppy can hold his urine can be calculated using a formula. The puppy’s age in months +1 or N+1 is used in the formula. The puppy’s age is indicated by the letter “N.” A 3-month-old puppy, for example, should be able to hold its urine for around 4 hours once potty-trained. That is, if you have been potty training your pup and he is starting to make Otherwise, your pup might not be able to make the dots.
Some puppy parents now keep their puppies in dog crates. Because puppies don’t want to soil their living space, this could theoretically help with puppy potty training. To help your puppy develop good habits and stay happy and healthy, you must still follow the N+1 rule.

A 3-Month-Old Puppy’s Sample Schedule

Hold the fact that a 3-month-old puppy’s urine can be held for up to 4 hours. In that case, schedule potty breaks every four hours into your house training schedule.
You must have a plan and adhere to a strict schedule. Potty training will be a positive experience for your puppy if you do this and give him lots of praise.
It is important to take the puppy outside first thing in the morning. You risk an accident if you wait. Potty time should be held in the same area so that your puppy learns to associate it with bathroom breaks.
You should also keep your puppy on a leash. This prevents them from running in the opposite direction and risking risk. A specific command is also recommended by some dog trainers. The late, great Barbara Woodhouse, for example, popularized the expression “hurry up” as a verbal cue. Words like “make,” “poopies,” and so on have been used by others.
Using your puppy’s sense of smell is one way to encourage him to use the same area every time. To demonstrate the correct place, use a small piece of newspaper or a cloth scented with urine.
There should be frequent bathroom breaks. Let’s say you completed a successful mission at 7 a.m. and are wondering when you should take your next potty break. 11 a.m. would be the latest for a 3-month-old puppy. You’ll want to go out more frequently if you’re just starting out with potty training. You may find that every hour or two is better in the first few weeks.
After your puppy has become accustomed to the potty breaks, every three hours is sufficient. 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m., for example, are ideal times. That doesn’t mean your puppy will be able to hold it all night.
A puppy that is three months old will most likely not be able to sleep through the night without going outside. Setting an alarm for 3 a.m. may be the only way to stop the puppy from soiling the house in the middle of the night. This stage of puppyhood, thankfully, does not last long. (For information on how to paper-train your puppy, click here.)
Each meal should be followed by a 10-to 15-minute walk for your pup. The gastro-intestinal reflex is stimulated by eating, so they’ll feel the urge to go right afterward. It’s important to note that different puppies will need to go to the bathroom at slightly different times after eating.
When your pup switches from one activity to another, you should take him outside. A key time is when they wake up after a nap or when they finish a round of play, for example. So, if you’re playing games with your puppy inside, you should take them outside afterward. Then you can put them back in their crate or playpen.

Four common puppy potty training mistakes

1. What to Do If Your Puppy Completes a Successful “Bathroom Run”

“Yay!” Exuberantly praise your puppy. When puppies sense that you are pleased with them, they respond with wagging tails and wriggling butts. Make potty training a fun experience for your child.
When your puppy goes potty in the appropriate place, the best time to reward them is right away. Also, don’t be shy about expressing your joy. Clap your hands, jump up and down, sing to your dog, whatever it takes to make it feel good for him.
You can also reward your obedient puppy by petting them and giving them a morsel of delicious food. This is one of the most powerful forms of positive reinforcement for a job well done.

2. What Should You Do If Your Puppy’s “Bathroom Run” Fails?

If a trip outside proves to be a dry run, confinement is the name of the game. This is especially important if you know you haven’t been outside in two or three hours. There are four things you can do to assist your puppy in getting back on track.
  • Place the puppy in a crate.
  • Keep your puppy confined in the kitchen or the laundry room.
  • Place the puppy in a puppy
  • Finally, “umbilical cord training” is available. This is where you attach the puppy to you with a lead. You can use a belt loop to attach it. The puppy can’t get away from you this way, and it’s easier to keep an eye on them.
This type of confinement should last no more than 15 minutes. The puppy is then taken outside for a second potty break.
It also aids in potty training by maintaining a consistent puppy feeding schedule.

3. What Should You Do If Your Puppy Pees on the Floor?

Accidents do occur. Please don’t punish your puppy if he or she has an accident in the house. Dog trainers will tell you that having a puppy means you must constantly monitor them. Then you’ll learn to recognize the subtle signs that your puppy needs to go potty. Circling and sniffing the ground, for example, are classic signs.
Before they pee inside, you’ll be able to escort them outside. If you can’t make it quickly enough, try making a loud noise to distract the puppy. This will make the muscle tighten, so you can take the puppy outside and put it where it should be.
Then, when the puppy has finished in the correct location, praise them. You can clean the area inside with an odor neutralizer to help with the smell.
Then take note of the time and make sure you’re back on schedule. (For more information on how to deal with accidents, click here.)

4. What Should You Do If You Have to Leave Your Puppy for a Longer Period of Time Than They Can Hold Urine?

This is a difficult situation. If you leave a puppy for longer than he or she can hold their urine, they will almost certainly have an accident. You’ll be disappointed, the puppy will be upset, and your housebreaking schedule will be disrupted.
Is it okay if you bring the puppy? If not, do you know someone you can trust who can help you train your child to use the toilet and keep a regular schedule?
You can confine the puppy in a small area if you have to leave the house for 2 or 3 hours. You’re creating a “home” for them by confining them in a crate or a gated area, and puppies don’t want to soil their home. Anything longer than 2 to 3 hours risks your life. Furthermore, puppies who are constantly forced to hold their urine beyond their comfort level are at risk. This can lead to a painful urinary tract infection that requires antibiotics.
Pee pads are useful for some new puppy parents when potty training their puppies. You’re training your puppy to go to a specific location with pee pads. You place them in a convenient location for your dog and treat them as a potty training area.
To train your puppy, you’ll need to use a lot of praise. If you live in a high-rise building, pee pads can come in handy. They’re also helpful if your area experiences severe weather and it’s not always safe to go outside.

Housebreaking Puppies Who Are a Little Older

Have you adopted an older puppy who hasn’t yet been housebroken? Puppies in the 4–7 month age group, for example, are maturing, but they’ll still require a consistent potty training schedule.
The good news is that the time between trips can be stretched out. If you use the N+1 formula for a 5-month-old puppy, you can expect to go about five hours between bathroom breaks. As a pet parent, that’s a more manageable schedule.
Your puppy will still need to go outside first thing in the morning to relieve himself. Then again before bedtime, at lunchtime, later in the afternoon, early evening, and before bedtime. After eating and before doing something else, the puppy will need to go to the bathroom.
Older puppies should be able to hold their urine for at least five or six hours through the night. Confinement, on the other hand, is still a good idea to avoid early morning accidents. You don’t want a puppy who hasn’t been properly trained to have unrestricted access to your entire house. You can use a crate, a pen, or confine them to a room instead.

Spend some time now house-training your puppy to ensure a happy future.

Potty training a puppy is similar to potty training a child. The more time and attention you devote up front, the sooner your puppy will be potty-trained.
In the long run, your investment of time early in the puppy’s life will save you energy and frustration. A consistent house-training schedule is required when house-training a puppy. Potty breaks on a frequent basis, as well as lots of praise, will help you raise a confident and happy dog.