Approximately how long does it take to house break a dog?

I have an American Eskimo pup that is 3 months old now, and I’m getting more impatient by the day. She’s such a cute, lovable ball of fun and I know she really doesn’t know she’s doing something wrong. Then again, she only does a dooky whenever no one is around or watching.

And I can’t crate her, because I have another dog that I don’t crate (I’ve never had to crate any of my dogs). My last pup was a lab mix and she was house broken in 1 week.

Thanks for your answers!

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9 Responses to “Approximately how long does it take to house break a dog?”

  1. volcomsk8ter4lyfe says:

    House Training
    Housetraining for Working Dog Owners

    House Training:

    The key to successful house training, more than anything else, is supervision. Constant supervision of a puppy’s free play time is critical to have successful house training. If at any time you cannot fully supervise the puppy (100% of your attention – this doesn‘t mean watching TV while puppy is playing, it means CONSTANT supervision while puppy is out) , it should be in a kennel or another confined, safe enclosed area. It only takes about ten seconds for you to turn away and for your puppy to eliminate on the floor. Every elimination error on the floor is one elimination that you did not get to reward outdoors. So keep accidents to a minimum, and supervise your puppy during the entire time puppy is active.

    Having a puppy confined does not always have to be in a kennel. A very useful tool to teach puppies and older dogs is to have them lie on a mat quietly. Some people call these "play stations". It consists of a mat, with some of the puppy’s favourite toys that the puppy only ever gets while on the mat. If the puppy is not on the mat, it doesn’t have access to those toys (things like Stuffed Kongs, or a favourite chew bone) Because puppies have short attention spans, you can create these play stations by using a tie-down. A tie-down is a short leash (approximately 3 feet long) that is attached to a bolt securely fastened to a wall (or a strong piece of furniture), that allows the puppy to play quietly on the mat, but prevents the puppy from roaming the room unwatched. This way you can keep an eye on the puppy’s actions, and the puppy is not confined to a kennel even though it can’t have access to the whole room. This is intended for occasional use for short periods of time only. It is not intended to be over used in place of proper supervision and play time. As the puppy matures and ages, you can teach the puppy to stay on the mat without the tie-down.

    Puppies will always need to eliminate at the following times: after sleeping, after eating, after playtime, before bedtime. However this is not the only time they need to eliminate. Small puppies may go every half hour when awake, as their bladders are very small. At a very young age they are not physically able to hold their bladders for long periods of time. As they age, the time they can hold it increases. You can figure that a puppy can hold its bladder for a length of time of its age in months plus one hour. So if you have a three month old puppy, it should be able to hold it in its kennel for four hours. However, don’t take this as the golden rule, as puppies are all individuals, and some will mature at different rates than others! Also remember that holding it in the kennel for four hours and holding it while out playing for four hours are two completely different scenarios! Don’t count on a puppy roaming the house to hold it for four hours.

    So, your first rule is supervision. Now that we have that down, you also now know when the main times a puppy will eliminate are. Now you can deal with the times in between. During "free time", the puppy may begin to show signs of needing to eliminate. Some of these signs are sniffing the ground, circling quickly, and finally, squatting. If you see any of these signs, pick up puppy and get her outside before she goes on the floor. If the puppy starts to go before you reach it, or if you "catch the puppy in that act", say a word such as "Ah ah" or "Outside!" in a neutral voice (do not yell), pick the puppy up and take it outside immediately. Even if you don’t see those signs, it’s a good idea to take the puppy out regularly, at least for the first while, to allow the puppy the chance to make her own decision.

    When outside, pick one location that the puppy will always eliminate in. If you have a fenced backyard, pick a section of it to use as housetraining area. The reason for this is that it will smell familiar to the puppy (it’s own elimination scents will cause it to go there again in future), and it will set up a routine for the puppy to know where to go. Even if as an adult you plan to allow the dog to go anywhere in the yard (such as a fenced backyard), it is easier on the pup to have a smaller area to learn from in the beginning. When the puppy begins to eliminate, say a cue word, such as "Hurry up" or "Go Potty". When the puppy finished, give the puppy a treat, praise, or play a game with the pup. This will allow the puppy to begin to learn a cue to eliminate, as well rewarding the experience will leave a lasting impression on the puppy. Dogs do what works. Behaviours that are rewarded will be repeated. So, by rewarding proper elimination in the proper place, proper elimination behaviour will be repeated. If you clicker train your puppy, this is a fabulous thing to use the clicker to teach!

    At some point in time, you may come across a puddle or a small pile that you did not see the puppy perform. If you do this, simply quietly clean up the mess, with no fuss at the puppy. Most importantly, contrary to the old style of housetraining, do NOT rub the puppy’s face in it! The puppy will not make the association between your fuming in anger and it’s behaviour of three minutes before. The only thing you will cause the puppy to learn in this case is that in the presence of pee or poop, you are a "dangerous, scary person", and that will be the beginning of teaching the puppy to learn to eliminate in out-of-the-way areas, or to eliminate when you aren’t around. That is a bad habit to create, so don’t create it at all. The best thing to take away from a situation like this – take it as a learning lesson to watch the puppy more closely. If the puppy does go on the floor, it is not the puppy’s fault, but an error on the caregiver’s part. Remember, the puppy is not big enough or mature enough to hold it yet, and doesn’t yet know where to go, so it’s up to you to help your puppy make the right decisions, and that happens through prevention, supervision, and reward.

    One important thing to take note of is how you clean up an area in the house if an accident occurs. Proper cleaning of the area is important so that the puppy is not inclined to use that spot to eliminate in the future. If the puppy smells signs of its past actions, it may be tempted to make a repeat attempt at eliminating. If you are cleaning it up from carpet, use an enzymatic cleaner to do the job. Soap and water, most times, doesn’t work. An old way to clean carpet was to use vinegar to repel dogs from going back to old spots, however vinegar gives off the smell similar to ammonia, a component of urine, and may attract the puppy to the spot rather than repel it. There are many great enzyme cleaners you can find from your vet or pet stores that will do the job.

    A great way to control the success of housetraining is to feed scheduled meals. What goes in must come back out, so they say, and this works to your advantage for house training. Getting your pup on a meal schedule will greatly increase your chances of success for housetraining because you will know those times the puppy will have to eliminate after eating. Free feeding can wreak havoc on house training attempts (as well as cause other problems), so for your own benefit, schedule mealtimes for your puppy.

    If you fully supervise your puppy, and properly clean up all areas of messes indoors that the puppy makes and you are still having problems, or the puppy is eliminating in its kennel even though it doesn’t ask to go out, you should make an appointment to see your veterinarian to ensure there is not an existing health problem such as urinary tract infection or urinary incontinence. If you do have a medical problem, you cannot begin to have successful house training until you get the pup back to proper health.

    Also keep in mind there are other issues that can accompany house training problems for puppies. Puppies have a natural, in-born tendency to leave their sleeping area to eliminate. This occurs in litters from a very young age. Puppies that are raised in pet stores, or raised in very small, enclosed, kennel-style environments may have lost the natural tendency to leave their sleeping area to eliminate, and may have learned to eliminate in its kennel or sleeping area. This can create additional problems for the new puppy caregiver, and you have to become extra vigilant about house training as well as teaching the puppy that the kennel is a sleeping area and not a bathroom. However, if you get your puppy from a responsible breeder, you should have no problems with this issue because the puppies will have had ample space to live and grow in, as well as distinctly separate sleeping and bathroom areas.

    If you can just remember the three main tips – prevention, supervision, and reward, you’ll be on a great path to a successfully housetrained puppy!

  2. mim says:

    It all depends on the breed, some are quick to learn , others not….. try putting papers down near the back door where you would normally let her out…. then by leaving the door open she will learn to go out when she needs to…. plenty of praise is always a bonus !!!

  3. MYC says:

    I believe it takes longer to do the job. My yorkies are with me for 6 weeks now, I am not successful in housebreaking them yet. Every dog is unique, so you might just want to keep trying. Good luck!

  4. jai_jai says:

    hey there,
    i totally understand what you are saying! i don’t like crating my dogs either ( i have 3 rescues all not toilet trained before) what i did was ignore the behaviour inside the house as far as even peeing on the newspaper. but when they were outside and they did their business i would praise them and sometimes give them treats.
    however i would suggest you maybe confine them in the kitchen when you are sleeping or in a save pen so they don’t pee all over the house as that of course gives them the smell and will pee there again. that’s how i did it. i do find this way takes longer but it seems to be working! it took me about a month.
    i found that if i consistently found no pee or pooh when i woke up 3 days in a row they understood what was suppose to be done where.
    good luck! i know it ‘s frustrating but hang in there! it’ll click sooner or later! 🙂

  5. Loollea says:

    it’s not the dog, it’s how much effort you are willing to put in to train the puppy

  6. ஐMy ♥ Your Handsஐ says:

    some animals just take longer,like people…give her time,or ask a vet or try a dog training place.shes in a strange new enviornment and then she has to learn new things…think of it like that…

  7. DP says:

    You can’t crate her cause you have another dog that you don’t crate?? That makes no sense.. IF you are already getting impatient.. Crate train the dog.. Housetraining is EASY.. I don’t know why everyone has such trouble with it at all… Crate train your dog.. Take her outside all the time. GO WITH HER, praise her when she goes.. Don’t come in til she does something, preferably pees and poops.. Keep an eye on her in the house, and crate her at night.. IT’s not rocket science, it’s one of the easiest things to teach a dog to do… If you are having trouble with this one.. You are in trouble.

  8. LX V says:

    If she only does it when no one is watching, then make sure you watch her. Keep her on a leash even indoors so she can’t get out of your sight.

    And honestly I’ve always crate-trained my dogs. It’s fast and when done right the doggies love their den and it’s almost completely accident free.

  9. Faith D says:

    It usually takes about 2 weeks to house train. There is still an accident every once in a while for about a month.