Dog Potty Training Schedule Keeps Training on Track

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Bella’s Dog Potty Training Schedule Story

Oh, how a Dog Potty Training Schedule would have helped!

About ten and a half years ago, it was my last day of seventh grade. I was super excited to go outside and enjoy the nice Florida sun. Of course, without worrying about what was due tomorrow or one week from tomorrow or…well you get the point.

I obviously found out as the years pass that not all Summers were created equal; especially once you enter the adult world.

Still, that Summer really stood out to me. With all of my excitement, I rushed right past my puppy, Bella and didn’t take her out to go potty.

I used to take her out every single time I got home from school. This was since we got her as a puppy earlier that year. But due to my excitement and possibly a spurt of laziness, I failed to do what I had always done.

This is Where the Real Trouble Starts

Dog Poop on Carpet

I’m sure by now some of you have probably guessed what happens next. I came back from a great time outside spent with my friends. And what I found was that Bella had peed and pooped in the house.

Uh oh, mom and dad would be home any minute and I had to clean it up. I picked up a paper towel and wiped the spot clean. Then, I used some regular household cleaner to clean it a little better and voila, it was gone.

Everything was back to normal and no one suspected anything.

But then, something strange happened, it was like clockwork. Every single day after that for about a week, Bella would pee and/or poop in the same spot that I had cleaned and around the same time every day.

After the first couple of times, my parents started to figure out what was going on and made me come home and take Bella out every day right around the time I would come home from school. What do you know, the accidents stopped!

Why is This Happening?

I didn’t really know at the time what was going on, but I knew that it had something to do with me taking her out around 4:00PM. It may seem like common sense, but I obviously didn’t get it at the time just like many first-time dog owners don’t.

Bella was under one year old, and it was the first time that she was on my “Summer Schedule” at our house. This new schedule completely threw Bella off and she would have accidents around the same time every day. After I stepped back in to take her out at my time, the accidents stopped, and I didn’t think twice about it.

That was until I co-founded Athenas Pets with my dad and we started researching dog potty training and talking to trainers about it. What we found was that we had accidentally done a lot of things right as a family when potty training Bella, but we also found out a ton more stuff that would have made the process so much quicker and not to mention, would’ve saved a few carpets in the house from getting destroyed.

The Training Tip That Would’ve Saved Us

I remember one time that my dad and I sat down with a local trainer to talk about potty training, and what he said about how long dogs can control their bladders literally gave us the ah-ha that would’ve helped us so much when just starting out.

After seeing what happened with Bella growing up, it was obvious that as she got older, she could hold it in longer. We still took her out often, but if we were out of the house for extended periods of time, we wouldn’t come back to any accidents. Dog trainers have come up with this rule of thumb to help you navigate your potty training journey:

Generally speaking, dogs can hold their bathroom urges 1 hour for every month old they are until they reach 10 months of age. For most dogs, 10 hours is the longest that they can hold themselves.

So, what do we do with this information? If you think about it, that means that new puppies need to be taken out every hour for at least their first month and then switch to two then to three and so on.

Dog Potty Training Schedule

Training Schedule

To help you better manage your dog potty training schedule, we have put together this awesome one sheet calendar for you to print out that will let you write in when you’ll take your dog out. As a side note, this is also fantastic for when you have someone else watching your dog.

Just click the button below to download yours.

Things to Consider

Of course, while your puppy is sleeping, they can hold their bladders longer, so you don’t need to be up at 4:15AM by the curb…at least not every morning.

The opposite is true if your puppy OR your older dog is being super active. If they are running around or playing, odds are that they will need to go much more frequently during that time. This is where things can get a little tricky.

This gets especially tricky if your dog is active while you’re not home. That means that even when you’re following your schedule perfectly, you can still come home to accidents.

Potty Training

Thankfully, there’s a lot of things that we can do to prevent these accidents and prevent accidents your dog may have while you’re at home with them.

We’ve put together an extensive potty training course that that includes the most effective tips of potty training your dog that we’ve learned from trainers and our own training experiences. We also show you some of the big mistakes that many owners make when potty training.

A lot of the effects of these common mistakes can cost you tons of time and effort to reverse and unfortunately are widely spread on cut-rate dog sites around the internet. We’ll make sure you avoid those mistakes and get the best help you can to potty train your dog.

You can get immediate access to the online course by clicking the button below.

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Dog Potty Training Schedule – Our Advice

The easiest way to tackle potty training is to create a schedule that you follow every day or at least most of the time. The more consistently you follow the schedule, the better your results will be.

I’ve worked with neighbors’ and friends’ new puppies since my experience starting Athenas Pets and have seen awesome results from the owners who follow their own schedule. After just this tip alone, most dog owners see their potty problems go away.

As with any kind of training, be sure to stay calm, be patient, and keep positive! I wish you the best of luck on getting your puppy or dog fully potty trained!

Reach out to us if you have any questions or comments.


Kevin Larrivee

Co-Founder – Athenas Pets

Kevin Larrivee

Kevin Larrivee

Kevin is a life-long dog lover who loves sharing his dog training experience with others. Kevin finds the most excitement in answering questions that average dog owners have, especially if he doesn't know the answer! Continuous learning is what it is all about!

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