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How to potty train a puppy
Here are the responses on Potty Training puppies. It's a lot so it may take you a while to read all of it...
Are you crate training him? My suggestions would be to keep him in a crate during the day (when you can't be with him to watch him) that is
big enough for bedding, him to stand up and turn around, a toy or two, and a water container attached to the side. Dogs do not like to soil
their sleeping area and leaving them in a space much larger will allow them to roam/potty far away (across the room) from where they sleep and play.
As soon as you get home to your puppy, take them out of the crate, leash them up, and go out for a walk. Actually walk, too. Don't just stand around
in one space. Dogs like to sniff and potty where other dogs have gone. Also, walking and exercise gets their system going, if you know what I mean.
If there is no potty, they should go back in the crate. If there is potty (sorry for the lame terms) give them a treat and LOTS of fun praise! They'll
remember that. Take them in and play with them. Dogs also like a routine. We feed our dogs once a day (with treats throughout) and when they finish,
they like to go out immediately to potty. Last bit of advice, never, never take the advice of "rubbing their nose in it." It doesn't work. They
with you outside and more likely to potty inside and try to hide it. You don't want that kind of relationship with your pet. If you notice that they're
sniffing around in the house like they have to go, take them OUT immediately! If they go on the floor, still take them outside so they associate potty
with being out doors. I hope at least some of that helps!! Good luck!
We just got a puppy and it is going ok. He is 8 or 9 weeks old. He is crate trained. What we are doing is feeding him at consistent times 3 times
a day (morning 7am, lunch around 1pm, dinner 5:30pm). We do not give him freedom in the house or he has an accident. We keep him on the leash inside,
either with us or tied up. We take him out after each meal and we wait until he does his business. It does not take long now. We go to the same spot
and I use words when he pees or poos (good boy, pee pee or something like that). So when I want him to go I use these words and it seems to help.
He will stay in his crate from 8:30pm until 7am if we exercise him a good deal. As soon as he comes out of the crate he has to go straight outside.
We only have accidents if I give him free reign of the house but with these methods, he is doing well. My husband is home with him so that helps.
He needs to use the bathroom every couple hours. I don't' know how people do it if they work all day.
The Monks of New Skete raise and train German Shepherds and their books are compassionate and very useful. If you're faculty, you can ask for this title
to be delivered to your office. When we got our puppy, one thing we always did was to take her out just before we left and immediately when we came home.
Take her out again right after she eats. Also, she was crate trained and that seemed to help a lot, as dogs won't soil where they sleep. (She was only
in the crate for less than a year.) Sometimes, even at age 8.5 yrs, she still sniffs at the carpet and I have to ask her if she wants to tell me something
and she'll bark and head for the door. It's still a little having a toddler.....:-)
I crated my puppy but went home at lunch every day until she was about 9-10 months old. I left potty pads out where I wanted her to go if she couldn't make
it outside in time and we went out ALOT!! I gave mine a treat everytime she went potty outside - not a regular treat - but a special yummy treat. But
she still had accidents until she was about a year old - just when I thought I would lose my mind she finally got it. I don't know how old your puppy is,
but try to think of it this way - you couldn't potty train a 3 month old child, sometimes they just aren't "old"enough to get it. Keep trying it will get
better! She does great now - but I will tell you that if it is raining outside - then all bets are off - if she is going to have an accident it is going
to be then!
If you crate train a pup, they won't pee pee in their crate but they can only go so long without an accident. You may have to go home at lunch and take the pup
out. Out before you leave, out at lunch and out as soon as you walk in the door. It doesn't take long. My lab now goes all days without having to go until >
My thoughts after three dogs who were all excellent companions for many, many years: The key to potty training is to watch the puppy very closely for signs
that he is thinking about using the bathroom. If you even SUSPECT he's thinking about it, take him out. Once the dog has actually "done business" in the
house, there is nothing that can be done, except clean it up. Don't for a minute believe that they are vengeful. Puppies pee when they need to pee and
poo when they need to poo, and your job is to make them attach certain things to that desire like going to the door and going out. When you see that the
dog is looking for a place to go, pick him up and carry him out, place him on the ground and say "outside" or some other word you pick like "go potty" or
whatever. Say it several timeS. When he goes pee or poo say,"GOOD OUTSIDE, GOOD OUTSIDE!" But always use the same word. This type of training will work
quickly; it only takes a few times, but it involves your having to keep an eye on the puppy at all times and spot the signs of his looking for a place
to go. It also ingrains in the pup that when he feels like going to the bathroom he needs to move towards the door. Once the dog goes in the house, don't
punish him or you will end up with a very confused dog. He will think you don't want to see him go in the house, and he will actually seek out hidden places
to go. This is the type of dog who will pee behind the dresser or in the closet! Good luck. Use a code word, the same one every time. I always used "outside"
and I had dogs that would literally go on command when I said the word.
Crate crate crate. My daddy says that potty training a puppy is easy. You just have to take them out every other breath. The crate truly does help. Makes them a
happier doggie too. Good luck.
- Take him out every couple of hours and when he goes in the right place praise him (give a yummy treat, lots of pets, whatever he likes). If he goes in the
wrong place (like inside the house) do not scold. If you catch him in the act then make a loud noise (clap your hands once) and then scoop him out and take
him outside. When you cannot supervise him then confine to a small room or crate. Most dogs do not want to soil the place they have to lay. Do not let him
have free roam of the house. You can tie his leash around your belt loop so you can move around the house, but he can't get out of your eye sight. You should
always go outside with him until he is fully potty trained. I also paper trained my dog (some people think you should not do this as it can confuse the dog),
but it helped when I couldn't get home during the day, when it rained and I could get her to go outside. and nights when she was little and could wake up soon
enough to make it downstairs. Schatz is a small dog and their bladder doesn't grow as fast as they do. If you want to paper train I have extra potty pads I can
bring in. I bought a new pack last year when Schatz injured her leg and wasn't very mobile and couldn't squat easily. She doesn't use them any more. You can also
try puppy preschool at Pawtropolis (www.pawtropolis.com). I think it is a 4 week class. They discuss training and health issues of having a puppy as well as starts
building good socialization skills in your puppy (very important if you ever want to go to a dog park or if you encounter other dogs regularly on walks).
- A lot of patience is the best recommendation I can make. Are you crate training at all? That helped us a lot. At first you're just going to have to keep your eyes
on him constantly so you can learn his "I have to go" cues. How old is he? Until they are 6 months of age they have very little bladder control. Their age
in months is us
ually how many hours they can hold it - and at 6 months and older they can usually go about 7 hours. You may just want to set up a schedule
to take him out every few hours until he learns that outside is where we potty. If you are crate training, he'll typically be able to hold it for longer in his
crate while you are away from the home. If you're not crate training you should be - not only will it save you from accidents, but it provides a safe haven for
the dog, a den if you will. When he successfully potties outside make a big stink about it (that's what I read, my dog could have seemed to care less how excited
I was that he peed outside). The best thing I learned was if he wasn't chewing on something, playing with something, or sleeping, he probably needed to go potty.
My pup was very interested in being in the room with me all the time, so if he leaves the room thats another big indicator. Although I also restricted his space
so he was near me at all times so I could watch him, you can even tie a leash or longer tie out around your waist to keep him close - this can also help him bond
with you and get used to a leash. I didn't really find it necessary with my puppy since he stayed nearby anyway. See http://www.clickertraining.com/housetraining
for further reading. I use clicker training with my puppy for obedience training, but I didn't find it very useful for potty training (as I mentioned, he seemed
its just a fact of puppy life, but keeping a close and constant eye on him can keep them to a minimal. If you catch him in the act quickly and quietly grab him and
take him outside. I would usually make a sharp noise to interrupt him, but this can lead to the dog just leaving the room or even worse, hiding in order to potty.
If you do not catch him in the act, there's not much you can do except clean it up. Make sure you use a good enzymatic cleaner or white vinegar to clean up any accidents.
- Just like humans, the age makes a difference. Usually, when they are old enough (Its been a long time--about 10 wks?), if you let the pup out after eating, it'll
happen, but before then, I always kept the pup confined to the kitchen with newspapers until it was able to control. Then, it used to be one decreased the amount of
papers gradually to one, then moved it to the door, then the pup went out. That is old-school maybe, I don't know. Usually though, you really have to keep an eye on
the pup and see when it is going nuts trying to figure out where to go, grab it up and put it outside. Old school??
- It's so great that you are crate training him! You'll be so glad in the long run, especially if you need to have someone watch him in the future or something.
They really love their crates, remember to always make it a positive experience, never send him there if he's being bad. If he needs a "time out" or something
(ours do sometimes) use it for just that (even if he's going in because he's being bad), but keep it positive so he'll never mind going in. It's ideal if you
could make it home for lunch or have someone stop in and let him out, but that isn't always something that is available. "They" say that as a general rule of
thumb a puppy can hold it (in the crate) for about 1 hour longer than months he is old, so if he's 3 months old, he should go for 4 hours. However, if he can't
get outside then he may have some accidents but shouldn't get scolded for it. I would feed him and give him water as soon as you get up in the morning, then as
soon as he's done, take up !
- I saw in skymall.com catalog when I was flying this christmas these scented bricks that you put in your yard to make your dog go in a certain spot. Maybe this