Puppy Potty Training Boot Camp


Like doggy boot camps, some puppy owners are candidates for this type of puppy housebreaking program and other pet owners are not.

Before going forward, we’d like to present a more inexpensive option to your puppy potty training needs on Long Island and Queens, New York.

Simply put, it boils down, the understanding of what a puppy potty training boot camp is, but importantly……is NOT?

Before going any further, we’d like to cut to the chase; ALL of our puppy potty training boot camps will require you to use a crate (in some form) upon return until your puppy is between the ages of nine (9) months to eighteen (18) months.

If you are not okay with this (we get it), this is not the program for you. We understand that many dog training Long Island schools will tell their clients otherwise, we can’t speak for their training, but we want you to understand this is how Dedicated Dog Training’s puppy boot camp works.

As with any type of obedience training venue, age of the puppy has to be taken into heavy consideration when trying to identify what the expected results a pet owner can gleam at the conclusion of a potty training puppy boot camp.
There are of course other important factors such as:

1. Temperament;

2. Scheduling;

3. Willingness & ability to maintain;
When deciding on expectations. It is for this very reason many of Dedicated Dog Training’s Nassau & Suffolk County dog training competitors do not offer potty training for puppies (some will offer dog potty training boot camps because of the main factor in degree of success is derived from age).

That said, let’s speak about potty training a puppy and expectations regarding the age.

Puppy Potty Training 8 Weeks to 12 weeks

Not only is this a very crucial time in your puppy’s life (yours too) in terms of bonding that our Long Island based obedience school believes strongly in, it is unrealistic to expect a fully housebroken puppy after a three (3) to 4-week program.

Why? Because of the puppy’s age. A rule of thumb implemented by science & many puppy trainers is – they [puppies] can hold it [elimination] approximately for one (1) longer than their age in months, during the day.

Expectations: This house-breaking program should be viewed as a head start to your potty training endeavors, not a completed potty trained puppy.

So, here is the deal: After this program, you should expect to STILL use a crate A LOT but your puppy should have the concept of not eliminating in the crate.

Puppy Potty Training 12 Weeks to 16 weeks

Basically, the same as above but we’re getting closer to four to five (5) hours of them being able to hold their waste.

Expectations: Using the crate is still a MUST; however, you would use it a LITTLE less and limit his access to that of one small room with exceptionally HIGH SUPERVISION!

The BIG bonus of this program’s age factor is, they’re closer to the age where they can PHYSICALLY hold it; so, that means less diligence while the dog is crated.

Puppy Potty Training 16 Weeks to 5 months

Not there yet, but you’re getting real close; you’re probably at a semi-potty trained puppy as defined by many pet owners.
Expectations: You MUST still crate train, but you should be able to give the puppy more time out of the crate as well as more space.

This is the age where many, not all will be very close, if not a joy to be around instead of walking on egg shells in regards to potty training.

Puppy Potty Training 5 months to Six Months

You can be probably where most puppy owners would consider as fully potty trained (of course, this is dependent upon other factors).

Who a Puppy Potty Training Boot Camp Is NOT For?

If you are completely disregarding the age of your puppy as well as ignoring the maintenance or follow-up responsibilities, this housebreaking program will NOT please you.

There are other variables that MUST be considered as well:

1) Do you have the time to allow your dog the opportunity to eliminate?
2) Does your schedule, household and level of commitment provide consistency?
3) Do you except your puppy to have accidents here and there upon return?

If you answered NO to any one of the above questions, this program is NOT for you.

Who a Puppy Potty Training Boot Camp Is GOOD For?

Potty training boot camps for puppies are good for the puppy owner that comprehends the program entails them to still be actively engaged with their puppy’s training upon return.
This program is far from a set it and forget it.

I have personally saved a lot of puppy owners money & time by providing them with our puppy potty training consultation which takes place in their home and considers the puppy owners’ schedule, puppy and ability to interact with their puppy.

For MOST, this program has worked and will continue to be successful as we’ve been implanting this to many puppy owners in Long Island as well as the New York Area, including the five (5) boroughs.
For some, it will not work because they fall prey to one of the biggest and most common puppy potty training mistakes that our Long Island puppy clients make. That is lack of consistency due to frustration.

Puppy Potty Training, The Bottom Line

To sum up housebreaking a puppy, more specifically, getting them potty trained has many variables that come into play. And because of this, it makes it often leads to conflict between the dog training school and the puppy owner.
We ask that you reread the above and not be driven by frustration (we know it is difficult) and try to take more of an analytical view of expectations.

If you’ve done your research, then you know that the few Long Island obedience training puppy potty training programs are expensive; they are because it’s a lot of work (a dirty job (LOL!) – but you already know this.
When paying a lot of money and spending a lot of time away from your dog many pet owners expect to do nothing upon the return of their dog; after all, you payed all this money, right?

If this is your take on a housebreaking program, we’re here to tell you that a puppy potty training program or boot camp is AGE appropriate and the chart above will give you a pretty good idea of what you must do upon return depending on your pup’s age.

  • carolina caballero

    My dog is a 10 month biewer terrier. He never properly learned to go outside to potty. We hired a trainer that comes to our house and she’s put us back on the crate (he was using a play pen before). Truth is that he will pee through the crate outside. Lift the leg and pee through the railing on the crate. Poop he’s learned to do outside but problem is pee. We like our trainer, I think she explains the right behaviors for dogs but I am Wondering if we should send him to boarding so we can change the pee behavior?

    • dogtraining

      Hi Carolina,

      Our dog boarding and train program on Long Island is mostly geared towards advanced obedience training. As of matter of fact, not all, but most dog trainers prefer that your dog be potty trained and perhaps crate trained prior to enrollment.

      Additionally, in our experience we feel it is more advantageous to have your puppies potty trained in their home environment since potty training has a lot to do with your schedule, the rules of the household etc….We feel they will learn quicker.

      We are with your trainer with respect to implementing the crate. What did she suggest for the peeing outside of the crate? Maybe we can billed off of it; better yet, maybe you’ve implemented her suggestion and hopefully found success. In any event, let us know!!!


  • Portia

    Hi, our dog is a rescue. He’s about 2 and a half. Would you be able to help with potty training at that point?

    • dogtraining

      Hi Portia,

      Thanks so much for the inquiry! When, where & how frequently are the accidents occurring? Thanks, James

    • dogtraining

      Hi Portia,

      Sure, please feel free to fill our short contact form out by clicking here. -james

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