"How Long Does It Take To House Train A Puppy?"

And at what age should your puppy be house trained no matter what?

by Matt Libben

Or is there even a chance that your puppy might never be house trained? And that you’ll be stuck with a dog that you have to watch constantly, and that can never be left alone because he pees and poops all over everything? And go through that for 15 years because that’s how old they get on average if you care for them well.

The answer: That depends...…

Because if you try to house train him like most people do, then chances are:

1) It’s going to take much longer than strictly necessary (read: months of agony).

2) That it ultimately won’t work to get him house trained, or

3) (And this is more common than not house trained at all) That you end up with a sort of half-house trained dog. Thus, a dog that still has regular accidents, and that you can’t leave with any peace of mind without him being in a crate or enclosed area.

Not every dog gets toilet trained on his own if you just put him outside enough, praise him to the heavens if he does his business outside, ignore accidents in the house, and above all have patience. Because that’s what the internet forums tell you. That it will be fine in the end, just as with children. One gets it quicker than another.

But if that’s so... Then why are those same forums full of cries for help by dog owners who do exactly that (letting him out, praising, ignoring, patience – especially the latter) but who nevertheless fail to get their dog or puppy house trained.

Does the following sound familiar? Your puppy refuses to relieve himself outside, and as soon as you bring him in again, he does it in the house... (Or he does relieve himself outside, but does it again as soon as he’s back inside...)

  • You hear from everyone that their puppy was already house trained in 1 to 2 days, so you start to doubt yourself and you wonder if you’re doing something wrong...

  • It drives you nuts that you have to keep an eye on your puppy constantly, because he doesn’t let you know if he needs to go out... And if he does, it’s usually already too late...

  • Then it seems to go well for a while (so you’re on cloud 9), and then all of a sudden you find something again… Or he does it right in your presence, when he full well knows that’s not allowed…

  • And sure enough... Contrary to what you’ve been told, he goes in his crate as well. How would it be otherwise!

  • Every morning you find yourself cleaning up pee and poop on an empty stomach, and during the day you keep the mop handy...

  • You let him out as often as you can, and if he does his business outside you praise him to high heavens, but despite all your effort it just doesn’t seem to work...

  • In short, this whole toilet trainin thing is more or less a full time job for you. And you can’t wait for the whole thing to be over and done with, so you never have to deal with it again.

That’s par for the course, other people say. Welcome to dog ownership!

But I can tell you that this is nonsense because:

If You Go About It The Right Way, Then House Training a Dog Or Puppy Will Not Take Longer Than a Week – Two Weeks At Most If You’re Talking About The More Difficult Cases.

And even then it doesn’t need to be a full-time job, or need to disrupt things too much.

I’m going to tell you how to do this in just a moment, but would first like to point out some common mistakes with toilet training.

First of All,

# 1 Going out with the puppy or dog too often

And I realize that this goes completely against what they tell you on those forums... Because there they will say, the more the better... But what is house training? How do you house train a dog?

The truth is that it’s not that different from toilet training a human child...

Think about it...

When you were in primary school, could you go to the toilet as often as you wanted to?

In the beginning (toddlers, preschoolers) probably so. But as you moved up through school, this was slowly phased out. Then you were just told that you had to wait until the break, or that you had to finish your work first – Reason being: You were being toilet trained!

House training means not only that you your puppy learns that it’s fantastic to go outside to relieve himself, and that under no circumstances is it allowed indoors... It also means you're helping him to build muscle control, because access to the toilet place simply isn’t always possible... So just like your teachers did with you when you were small.

And now you need to do the same thing with your puppy. And when you understand this, you realize that it makes no sense, for example, to take him out twenty times a day, and that this in fact is only counterproductive, because then he never learns to hold it or to build muscle control.

Don't get me wrong... You will of course need to give him plenty of chances to go outside, so you can praise him, and that’s how he learns not to go inside; and especially in the beginning, this is important... but you don’t wan’t to carry this too far, by, for example, taking him outside every 15 minutes or half an hour, because that just hinders the process. Plus, it’s way too much work, because then it really does turn into a fulltime job (day and night). And that’s really not necessary.

Just Like It’s Not Necessary To Keep Walking With Him Until He Has Relieved Himself.

Because this is also only counterproductive.

Your puppy first of all needs to associate going outside with relieving himself, otherwise he will see it as play time, a fun trip, and will hold it until he’s inside again. And that’s also the reason why you so often hear that a puppy doesn’t do anything outside, and then immediately throws open the flood gates when he’s back in again. And more often than not, when this happens, you have been walking him for half an hour or more. And I can imagine how frustrating that must be. Especially if you’re out there in all kinds of weather and you have other things to attend to.

In fact, it’s much better to keep him on a leash (so you have control) and to take him immediately to the designated area (the place that you as the owner have chosen for your dog to relieve himself). Then you give it five minutes or so, and if nothing happens, you take him back in again, and try again fifteen or twenty minutes later; and you keep repeating this whole procedure until your dog has figured out what’s expected of him. And in the meantime (so when he’s back in) it’s important that you watch him like a hawk, or, better yet, put him in his crate, otherwise you of course run the risk that he has an accident in the house.

Give it a try, if you have this problem: you'll see that it works. And once he’s house trained, you can of course go on walks with him again, but not yet.

Another Mistake that Many Dog Owners Make Is That They Make Food and Water Available to the Puppy All Day.

The problem with this is that if he’s eating and drinking all day, it will come back out all day (and in small bits).

First, this makes it much harder for your pup to hold it (because he has very little muscle control), and secondly it becomes impossible for you as the owner to accurately predict when your pup needs to go out if you don’t watch him constantly.

And I full well realize that there are people out there who will say it's inhumane if you don’t give your dog 24/7 access to fresh water, but during house training it’s better not to, because then you’ll be also following him around with a mop 24/7. And in that case, I would indeed take him out every fifteen minutes.

What’s much better is to give food and water at set times. With food you’ll keep doing this (two times a day is preferred), but once he’s house trained, you can, of course, just leave water out for him.

If you find it still a bit scary with the water – that he might take in too little moisture – don’t hesitate to consult with your veterinarian. They’ll probably say the same thing as I do about this, but for your own peace of mind it might be better just to have your vet confirm it.

On with the next mistake:

Thinking That Paper-Training Your Puppy Is The First Step Of The House Training Process.

One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is that they paper-train their puppy when the goal is that he ultimately handles his business outside.

Paper training your puppy, or putting down a litter box, is meant primarily for dogs whose owners for some reason cannot take them outside (so never), and should be avoided if the intention is that he will soon go out to relieve himself.

Exceptions to this are the very young puppy that doesn’t yet have sufficient muscle control, or who can’t go outside because his immune system is too weak for that.

In such cases the use of newspapers is only temporary.

But as soon as he can go outside, you will want to immediately and abruptly put an end to it (just get rid of the papers), because otherwise you risk confusing him.

So not gradually, by slowly moving the paper to the door or something, but by just replacing the old method with the new instantly.

And it’s also important that you do not reward him if he uses the newspapers, because in that case you will teach him that it’s good to go indoors...

There’s a difference, see, between paper-training your puppy, and just setting down newspaper because it can’t be handled otherwise yet…

So don’t pay attention to it, and just go out with him as soon as possible.

And there are a number of other things that are at least as important if you want a fully housetrained dog that you can leave alone with peach of mind, without him being in a crate, the garden, or some other closed space.


The #1 Reason Why Dog Owners Often Have Such Problems With House TrainingTheir Dog Or Puppy, And Why They Often Don’t Succeed In Getting It Done And Over With In A Reasonable Period Of Time (If They Succeed At All), Is That They Don’t Have (Or Don’t Stick To) a Properly Arranged Housebreaking Schedule.

Because what you get then is that your dog/puppy will quickly adjust to such a schedule, and as a result develop a certain routine in his behaviors. That is: he then does everything at more or less fixed times…

And that – holding to fixed times so that a routine can develop – is absolutely essential for him because he has very little muscle control. And until he has control, you will have to work according to a strict schedule.

And that might sound like a lot of work, but the opposite is true...

Because this not only makes the house training process much easier for your dog, but for you as the owner as well…

Reason being that more or less fixed times also means that you can more or less predict when he has to go or not… Since you now know the patterns, his routine… And that’s exactly where dog owners often run into problems during house training – that they can’t accurately predict when the dog/puppy has to go; and as a result they’re often too late.

And instead of constantly reacting to situations as they arise (and which is exhausting because you have to be on top of it all the time), you can now relax and simply anticipate what’s coming. Which gives you the necessary peace and quiet (and more free time too) in a period that is otherwise quite hectic.

You then create order and structure in the chaos that is house training for most dog owners, both for you and your animal. And as a result, you also have him housebroken much faster.

You Therefore Absolutely Need a Schedule If You Want The House Training To Go Well And To Soon Have a Fully Toilet Trained Dog. And You Don’t Even Have To Make Such a Schedule Yourself, Because It’s Already Done Fore You.

You can of course put something on paper yourself, but then you have to go about it in the right way – it has to be done properly – or it won’t be of much use to you. And why would you reinvent the wheel when you can do it the easy way?

You'll find those schedules (because there are several, for different circumstances, and, if you want, you can customize them to your own situation should the need arise) in a new E-book titled: "How To Have a Completely House Trained Dog or Puppy Within a Week"..

And what you get are not pages full of dry theory and all kinds of things you need to remember, but a step-by-step and easy-to-follow Action Plan setting out exactly what you need to do.

It works exactly like a cake recipe. When you follow the recipe step-by-step, you get a delicious cake. But if you follow this recipe, you won’t get a cake, but a house-trained dog.

And that might sound like something from a Tell Sell ad... But what I’m trying to get across to you here, is that we are talking about a proven method for house training your dog in the quickest and easiest way possible, and not some loose collection of tips that you can also find on the internet for free.

The book was written for my publishing house by someone who always trained police dogs for a living, but who has since retired. (For reasons that he assures me having nothing to do with the IRS he prefers to remain anonymous, so that’s why I don’t mention his name here.)


A while back he contacted me because he had heard from my parents (they are acquaintances) that I have a site about un-housebroken cats, where I sell an E-book about how to resolve that. This is a common problem, and one which my girlfriend and I were also bothered by for a while. And because no one had a solution, I eventually went to work figuring it out myself, and so that’s where the book and the site came from.

Anyway, he told me that this is a major problem for dog owners also (the house training), and that the reason for this is because there is so much bad advice given regarding this subject by people who haven’t got the slightest understanding of it – especially on those forums; and whether it would be an idea for him to put something on paper, and if I would then help him – through my publishing house – to distribute it.

Which seemed like a good idea to me, because I had indeed already gotten emails from people asking if my “cat book” could also be used for non-housebroken dogs.

Which is not the case (though there is some overlap), because these species of animals are just too different from each other.

So that’s what got the ball rolling.

And The Best Part Is That You Can Read This Book “How You Can Have A Completely House Trained Dog Or Puppy Within A Week”, before you decide if you’ll keep it.

Because I realize quite well that I’m the one who is making the claims here, and who is making you a promise… So why should you then be the one who assumes the risk by not getting your money back if the method in the book doesn’t work.

Cause that’s how it often goes. In the beginning they promise you the moon and the stars and they are super friendly and helpful and all… but if it then turns out that the product doesn’t deliver, or otherwise doesn’t meet your expectations, they are suddenly not home.

And that's not how I want to do business.

So that’s why I say:

Try it first entirely at my risk. If it doesn’t work, or not satisfied (for any reason whatsoever, you don’t need to explain), then you get your money back. And there are no hidden costs, or strings attached – you get a complete refund of every penny you paid.

What’s the time limit on when I must do this?

There isn’t one. You may have just downloaded it or had it for a year... or for 10 years... I leave that entirely up to your own judgment.

You get the book in PDF format by the way, making it readable on virtually any computer or other suitable device.

And everything and everyone is taken into account:

  • People who are not at home during the day.

  • People who live on the 8th floor, so they can’t always get outside quickly with their puppy.

  • People who are handicapped, and who are physically unable to go outside with their dog.

Because that’s often what’s missing from all those other sources of information on house training – no account is taken of the different circumstances in which dog owners find themselves.

One person works during the day, and can’t arrange in the interim to come home, or have someone come and walk the dog. Another lives in a flat, or is infirm. And then you can say that they shouldn’t have a dog then, but that doesn’t help anybody (and least of all those dogs). Because that would mean that no one who works during the day, or who lives in a flat could have a dog. And that’s not really realistic or desirable if you ask me…

Additionally, the information that they give you is often incorrect (especially on the internet), and, at best, not complete, because they almost never tell you the whole story.

A short piece of text with a few standard tips and a link to an affiliated web shop is usually what you see.

And in most dog books they also never really delve deep into the problem. Often they devote only a few paragraphs or a short chapter to the subject, and they fill the rest with photos or illustrations.

So in general you could say that the problem is shoved under the rug a bit. They only mention it briefly because they have to, but they don’t have to say anything useful about it. Maybe that’s because the subject itself isn’t a sexy as say roller skating with your dog on TV, or learning him tricks… But it quite surprised me to be honest, especially taking into account how many people there are who have problems with toilet training their dog or puppy.

Veterinarians are also bombarded daily with questions about house training. Which is often difficult for them also, because they are medical doctors after all and not trainers or animal behaviorists…

But to continue (because otherwise, this article would be much longer than it already is), I'll give you a small taste of what you're about to learn:

  • The exact age at which a puppy ought to be toilet trained.

  • How long it will take before he is toilet trained through the night. (And why it’s better not to go out with them at night when they’re 4 months or older.)

  • Why it's a bad idea to stay outside with your puppy or dog until he does something.

  • What to do if he does nothing when you are walking him, and then opens the floodgates (or worse) the moment you step inside.

  • How to proceed if you want to house train an older dog.

  • The only proper way to correct your puppy or dog when he has an accident.

  • Why it is better not to reward with food.

  • Where you can best feed a puppy or dog and give him water. (Hardly anyone knows or does this, but you will save your animal a lot of stress.)

  • The exact times that you should give him his food and drink (proper meal and water timing is critical to housebreaking success).

  • The absolute best food to give your dog during house training (and also afterwards, because by giving him this you extend his lifespan at least a few years, and it prevents all kinds of ailments and scary diseases).

  • Why you shouldn’t give Vitamin C during house training, even though the breeder insist you should…

  • The real reason why it is bad for your puppy to see you clean up after he has an accident. (And no, it has nothing to do with him getting attention. And hardly anyone knows this.)

  • What to do if your puppy or dog doesn’t want to go outside to pee, or doesn’t seem to grasp that that is what’s expected of him?

  • How to prevent your dog from peeing in his crate. And why you can't always prevent this.

  • Where you can best put a crate – and where absolutely not.

  • The maximum time that you can leave your puppy crated. And the maximum time you can leave an adult dog crated.

  • An alternative to the crate.

  • How to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety – so you won’t end up with a troubled, anxious dogs that poops and pees all over the house if you aren’t there. And how you can easily solve it if your dog is already suffering from this.

  • Does he urinate or poop in a particular room or area of your home (for example, the hallway)? … This is the reason, and this is how you solve it.

  • What it means if your dog urinates or poops on your bed or on the couch – why you should see this not as a house training problem. And how to fix it.

  • The seven most common stress triggers that cause house training problems (or a setback) for your dog or puppy.

  • What to do if he doesn’t want to go out in bad weather.

  • How you can easily teach your puppy to walk on a leash. (Do this wrong, or not timely, and you’re headed for house training disaster.)

  • The exact steps you need to take if a house training setback occurs.

  • The only right way to remove dog urine. And you don’t need any expensive cleaning agents for this. This stuff (which you probably have in your kitchen cabinet right now, or otherwise you can pick it up for a couple of bucks) works like magic, and it even cleans the more difficult surfaces like concrete, rugs, pillows or bed sheets.

  • How you can determine whether certain problems with the house training have an underlying medical cause, and indicate that you must take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Why – contrary to what everyone says – it’s unwise to praise your dog exuberantly when he relieves himself.

  • How to prevent him from peeing when you greet him, or if he is very excited.

  • What to do if he suddenly starts marking indoors.

  • What to do if he drips urine.

  • How big a newspaper toilet needs to be, and how to prevent him from playing with it.

  • A simple little trick for letting your dog pee on command (it’s like having a remote control) virtually anywhere and on any surface. Which is especially handy if you take him with you on holiday – so you won’t have to walk him for hours – or for letting him pee before you enter somebody’s house, the vet’s clinic, or before he goes to the groomer.

  • How to say goodbye to your dog in the right manner when you’re going to work in the morning – and what you definitely must not do.

  • What to do if you work all day, and can’t come home in between to let your puppy out. And what you should then not do on days when you are at home, such as weekends.

  • When do you know for sure that your puppy is really toilet trained?

  • How do you teach him that it is absolutely not allowed for him to relieve himself indoors.

  • How to transition from going indoors on the newspaper to having him do his business outside. (Do this exactly as in the book, because otherwise I can promise you that it won’t go well. And don’t listen to others because they will probably tell you that you should move the newspaper slowly closer to the back door or something along those lines. But that’s not correct! This only confuses him!)

  • An answer to the most frequently asked questions about house training (and a solution for the most common problems).

  • And of course those schedules for different circumstances that, if you want, you can customize to your own specific situation.

A small warning: don't expect a beautiful layout or dazzling illustrations. This is 100% guerilla-style material. After all, it's about the information, so that your dog or puppy is toilet trained as soon as possible, and not about the bells or whistles. And, as you may have noticed, I’m not a native speaker (I’m Dutch), and so is mister X, the former police dog trainer (who wrote the book, with me editing and translating it); so you may have to suffer through the occasional grammatical error or weird sentence when reading the book. But overall I think it’s quite an easy read.

The price?

£19.97 that's what I want for it. Which is a fair bargain compared to the result you get. And even less than the price of a sack of good quality dog food or a few toys.

And also a lot less than the 37 euros I currently charge for my cat book. (And must charge, for that matter, because the costs to appear in the paid search results from Google are even higher for that book than for this one.)

Besides, what would you rather have for those 19 pounds: a few toys that only last a short while, or a completely housebroken dog in a week from now (or at the most 2 weeks), so that you’re done with that worry and can finally focus on the fun part of dog ownership? …

Let others babble on if they insist on doing it “their way”; you know better by know. Because the more often he has accidents indoors, the harder it will eventually be to break him of that habit. And what many people do not know is that every time your dog has an accident, you can add approximately three additional days to your house training process.

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As I said, it's in e-book format, and you can read it on almost any computer or other suitable device. And because it’s written in a straightforward way, and the author limited himself only to the things that really matter, you can fly through it.

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And with that we have come to the end of this article.

Thank you for your attention, and I wish you the best regardless. Because I know how frustrating it is if you can’t seem to get your pet house trained, the pressure it puts on you, and how it disrupts your life. But I also know that it doesn’t have to be that way, and that it can be solved quickly. And as I said: it will cost you nothing to at least try it, because if it doesn’t work, or you are dissatisfied for any reason, you’ll get your money back.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything in life came with such a guarantee? ;)


Matt Libben

Tel: +31 50 2806310
Email: mattlibben@gmail.com

P.S. Because this is a new product I’m looking for people who want to make a so-called testimonial for me. A testimonial is a short video or piece of writing (a few short sentences) in which you indicate what you think of the book. So what you think is good and/or bad about it, where it could use some improvement, and, most importantly, if it fulfilled on its promise.

I can then put your testimonial on my website so that other people can read or watch them. I mean, I can tell people all day long that this book is awesome, and that they should try it… But people are skeptical these days, and rightly so. So if other people, like you, who have tried it, and have gotten results with it, do my “bragging” for me, then that’s infinitely more believable then if it were coming from me personally. So that is why these testimonials are so valuable to me.

And if you’ll do this for me, I’ll return the favor and send you a nice little surprise (and you’ll never guess what it is) as my way of thanking you.

But be quick if this sounds like something you would like, because I cannot, of course, place an infinite number of testimonials on my site. (Well, I could, of course, but that would become a bit impractical…)

P.P.S. I almost forgot to mention this… But after you’ve downloaded the book, you’re not suddenly alone. If you get stuck, or if you have questions, then feel free to send me an email. I’ll then forward it to the person who wrote the book, and send his answer back to you. And although the response time can vary slightly, this will never take longer than 24 hours. But you can also call me with your questions if you prefer. The bottom line is that you can contact me if you need me. And please do! Because if this book doesn’t give you the promised result, then neither of us benefits. I don’t because then you’re going to ask for your money back. And you don’t because then you’ll still be stuck with a dog/puppy that’s not house trained.

P.P.P.S. I live in Holland (near Amsterdam); so feel free to call me if you have questions, but do realize that this is an international call you're making and that it will cost you around $.20 per minute to do so. So I think emailing me is your best option. But feel free to call me if you don't mind the charge.

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