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What age were your dogs housebroken?

Bailey is 13 weeks and as of yet he is not fully housebroken. He will go 5-6 days and be very good and then he seems to have a mistake. We would like to leave him in the garage (it is puppy proofed ie nothing for him to get into) if we happen to be gone for 3-4 hrs instead of putting him in his crate but he can't be left for that long yet. When did most of you feel comfortable to leave your dog alone for any length of time outside their crate.
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Shadow was an extremely easy pup. He was housebroken within days of coming home. He was 9 weeks old when we got him. He did have two bowel accidents and he chose my very special folk art rug with the image of two cats on it!

I took off two weeks when he came to live with us. I had read where I should take him out enough times so that he never failed, so I was outdoors with him a lot. When he did his business he was praised, but not with treats.

The one thing I regret about his housetraining is that I didn't choose a specific spot for him to relieve himself in. Tucker came trained, he was a year old when we gave him a home. He goes wherever also.


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Mine were by 9 weeks.....

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9 to 12 weeks for mine, never trained Chewie he was housebroke

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Probably about 5 month to be completely house broken. My guys were slow learners or maybe we were slow teachers

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My first Golden was 9wks. old, it took a week, Phoebe my second was 7 wks. old it took 3 wks. but Chandler who was 8 wks. old when we got him took a whole month, as far as leaving them alone while you are gone, I would say you have a little time to go yet, not just the housebreaking but little puppies get bored and into mischief, (still doing lots of chewing) while you are at home with him running around, he will learn the rules and boundries to prepare him for later. I would plan on using the crate for a little while yet.
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Hmmm ... I can't really answer that question. I didn't use standard housebreaking techniques to train Ozzy. I took him out round-the-clock & did not crate train him. I didn't get much sleep for the first several weeks he was with us (we got him at 6-1/2 weeks) but he had a total of 5 pee & 0 poo accidents. I just gradually increased the time frame between taking him outdoors. His last accident was about 12-13 weeks of age & that one was totally my fault as I answered my front door to let a guest inside when it should have been time to put him outside before letting him get that excited.

It was only a couple of weeks before he was asking to go outside so I'm not really sure when I considered him "house-trained".



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I think truthfully, when we say a pup was housetrained by 9 weeks, it really means that WE were housetrained FOR the pup at 9 weeks. There's no way a pup, at nine weeks, etc., absolutely knows not to pee anywhere but the designated area. Granted, you may not be getting accidents, but more likely, it's b/c the human is doing a wonderful job at management, supervision and anticipating the needs of the pup to get him to the appropriate elimination area at the right times(s).

My experience has been that, for most dogs, by 6-7 months (and with proper training) they know to hold it until given access to an appropriate spot to pee and I would consider them fully housetrained. BTW, I don't consider a dog FULLY housetrained until we get three full months w/o ANY accidents.

As a puppy, Quiz peed in my house ONE TIME... but I certainly don't think he was housetrained by 8 weeks. I think I was just really good at setting him up for success and getting him out at the right times to teach him the correct place to go.

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about 3 1/2 to 4 months for mine.

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I guess she's house broken now. We take her out so much it's hard to tell. So I would say 5mths, she's now 6.
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