How To Potty Train A Puppy
How To Potty Train A Puppy? It is not as easy as it sounds.But is something that has to be done before it gets too late and your dog ends up with bad habits. Potty training a puppy is a matter of concern for most of the dog owners. As no matter how cute puppies look and you just love having them around but cleaning after there mess is no fun at all. And Thus potty training a puppy is an utmost essential in the upbringing of a dog.
Potty Training Puppies
Puppies are adorable and nothing makes it better if they are well potty trained.There are different ways on how to potty train puppies. For instance you can start to potty train them inside the house. That is if you live in an apartment.And going outside is not as convenient then this option can be opted for.
Potty Training Inside House:
The Idea is simple you can use sheets,papers or pads on an area which you would like the puppy to use to litter. When you see your puppy sniffing the floor or walking around. Then gently pick it up and place it on the pad or sheet. Whenever the puppy uses the pad praise it so that the puppy develops the understanding that it has done something right.
Crate Training Puppies:
Is another method to potty train puppies. Crate Training involves the use of crate or confined space in which puppies can reside Temporarily as it makes it unlikely for them to urinate or defecate in a place where they rest or sleep. And thus the puppy would not relieve itself when in a confined space but when it is released. So when the puppy is released it would relieve itself in your presence so make sure to praise your puppy.
Do keep it mind crate training puppies is meant to be for a temporary time period and keeping a puppy in a crate for long period of time will make the problem worse.
Supervising puppy would require your attention to quite some extent as you will be required to keep a track of the schedule of the puppy at what time you fed it. And if you see the puppy sniffing walking here and there in circles or has a high tail these are indications that the puppy wants to relieve itself. So when you see this rush your puppy outside observe it and do not interfere while the puppy is littering. Once the puppy has relieved itself praise it and then take it back inside. Do Not start playing with the puppy as it would not teach it anything. The whole purpose is to bring it outside to litter and then take it back inside is so that the puppy learns how and where it is meant to litter.
Potty Training Your Puppy
Potty Training Tips
It is important to know that when training puppies that they do not know what they are doing is right or wrong. You will have to teach them and train them so that they are able to do the right thing each time.
- Now This is very very important
"You Do Not Punish Your puppy until or unless you catch it doing it"
If you Do Not see your puppy doing it in front of you then just clean it up and let it go. There is no point in scolding the puppy and rubbing its nose in its own mess. As the puppy would only get scared and would not understand as to what it has done wrong.
- Verbal Commands can also be a crucial part in training a puppy. When you take it to an area where you want it to litter use some sort of command such as "Go Poop" or "Go take care of your business" etc. Use a specific command each time you want your puppy to poop and this would make the puppy aware of what you want it to do.
- Another problem faced by puppy owners. Is that they make a mistake of interfering when the puppy is relieving itself. Doing so would make the puppy confused as it would not be able to understand as to what it has done wrong. No commands or interference of any kind should exists when the puppy is urinating or defecating.
- Now this is a factor that cannot be controlled as puppies tend to urinate when they are excited or at times scared. This is something that is not under there direct control and the owner must be patient when this happens and just overlook this accident and ignore this mistake of the puppy. With the passage of time the puppy would grow out of it.
I hope that these tips will ease the task of potty training your puppy. I have been getting lots of questions, just feel free to ask your questions and i will try my best to get back to them.
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Tori Leumas on September 16, 2020:
I have a question: my family’s 2 yr old Great Dane black lab mix is “potty trained.” But, he had been demanding to go out whenever he liked, about every 30 minutes to an hour, and my family let him. But then we started not letting him demand whenever he wanted ‘cause it was taking over our life. We put him out about every two hours now. So, now he just pees in the house whenever he likes instead of demanding to go outside. Do you have any ideas to fix this?
Sir Cuddles mom on November 15, 2019:
I have a Teddy Bear dog, he's 7 months old today. He still messes in my home. I take him outside to go potty. He will not go on potty pads. I even do crate training too. I don't know what else to do. Please help!
Toni on March 14, 2019:
Your link doesn’t work for the book information
Starbitcrazy on January 08, 2019:
Cathy - take him outside directly after every meal, nap and before bed and stay with him until he does his business. Praise a lot and treat him and go straight back inside, don't play. That way he knows that's what you were out there for and reduces risk of accidents. It worked on our 12 week pup very quickly. There were some accidents, I would say about 10 in total including one where she came in from garden and did a wee in my mum's house! She was only crated overnight just to keep her safe and prevent accidents, I was home in the day so could keep routine going. Perhaps your boy hasn't quite left enough time to alert you before having to actually go. He's still a baby, give him time and try the above.
I picked up an 8 week old yesterday, however she is teeny tiny and I feel she is too small to go outside! She's doing her business on a pad, I'm not acknowledging it except to clean up and as above, after every meal and nap etc I am placing her on pad. If she wonders away, I place her back until she's done but I don't praise. I've a play pen on its way which I will put outside back door and use for new pup to potty train.
My 10 month old still bites us sometimes. Especially going for feet and trouser legs. Just can't stop it, it's a hilarious game to her. Funny enough she hasn't done it since we got little pup. She bites pup instead. Another problem! Again, your pup is only 12 weeks old and that's very young. They don't learn overnight, it takes time, patience and consistency. There is no fast solve for biting.
I'd say he was doing very well doing all number 2s outside by now. You can't stop him from weeing when excited, he doesn't have full bladder control yet. He'll grow out of it eventually.
Have patience and good luck!
Cathy on January 04, 2019:
I have a three month old. I found him thrown out on a old road, she was almost two months per vet. I have had a month. Was crate training per friend advice, he does real good with pooping with go to door and whine. But goes to door almost all the time for going out to pee, but lots of times he just pees on rugs at door instead of waiting until i can get to door. I have carpet almost everywhere so i was keeping a rugs over carpet by doors. Sometimes he justs pees where ever he isor on dog beds outside crate or carpet when playing or excited. Dont know how to stop that? Help? Also we have a problem with him biting, i have tried several things currently have change in a plastic container and shake loudly and say no! Sometimes he quits, sometimes he barks or growls and tries. To bite again, like he is mad. Got any advice?
Katelyn on November 04, 2018:
I am 8 i have 5 dogs it worked on all of them
Madison on July 12, 2018:
I think it help me
booboo on September 27, 2016:
I think its a shame people just want to get rid of their puppies, I have a two year old lab he trained with in a month, consistency is key.. especially with a male, every hour on the hour he went out side. now he can hold it eight hours or more. now my toy chiweenie she is difficult, as she was pad trained when we got her and now has a texture preference, as is why most of you are finding your dog peeing on rugs and matts. I am trying the praise and treats, hopefully soon I can have the pads out of the house...
Manuel on September 10, 2014:
I just got a 7 month chihuahua and it is so hyper rite when it sees me it pees every where and I can't get her to urinate on her puppy pad she does do it sometimes but has a hard time being consistent my house is starting to stink and its driving me nuts!
maria flores on May 13, 2013:
Im moving soon and I have a puppy that I don't want to get red of my her fluff shes so cute but what do I do I need someone to take care of her help me plz !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
maria flores on May 13, 2013:
okaii Im moving to an apartment soon but I don't want to get red of my puppy but I need someone to take care of my puppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Neddra on May 13, 2013:
why do the dogs always pie when they get scared
bryan on June 29, 2012:
i got a lab/dalmation mix he is 6 weeks old he has mastered walking on the leash so he poops and pees out side when ever itake him out (which is every hour or to) but i cant figure out why he still tends to piss on the floor he has not pooped on the floor for some time but idk what im doing wrong.
Hugh on April 24, 2012:
I need help
puppylove on March 08, 2012:
For the few of you trying to get rid of puppies because they aren't potty training well...Shame on you, taking on an animal is a life commitment, stop getting pets because they are cute be responsible and only get one if you fully intend on caring for them. I have a 5 year old wolf that was so scared of everything that he was constantly peeing out of fear all over the place, it took a lot of bonding to make him trust me and a lot of months training him where to go, but now he is an amazing dog. I recently got a 4 month old husky/wolf mix that is also timid and pees when she is scared, we are not bonded and working on potty training. I understand that there are going to be accidents because that is what puppies do, but the key is patience, it is not going to happen over night. I think the crate is the better option so they are peeing outside and not in the house it can be confusing that they can pee in the house but only in certain areas. Aggression only makes things worse so don't punish an accident if you catch them in the act give them a "no" command and rush them out once they are done praise them and give them a treat over time they will understand that going potty outside gets rewarded and inside gets a firm tone that they don't appreciate. It is never to late to potty train, it is just harder the older they are because they have already learned a bad habit and don't know why they are all the sudden getting in trouble for it. Patience and diligence is the key.
J knight on March 07, 2012:
I have an 11-week-old puppy whonive been trying to potty train for 4 weeks but things are getting worse. I take him out of the crate in the morning, have him go, feed him and wait 30 min then let him out. He goes in command outside but when I take him out of the crate at night for playtime he goes 1 and 2 even after feeding him and letting him out. I can be ding the dishes in the same room and if I don't keep my eyes on him every second he will go when I'm not looking. Help. Pee pads aren't an option. He just rips those up.
Shady on February 25, 2012:
I will take them both thanks
Slye on February 25, 2012:
I got a puppy eney body what her
Nikon on February 25, 2012:
I got a 7 week pupie u what her she will not potty train for me help
Kik on February 18, 2012:
I I I I"..."........ Don't know what to say.............
Oh what, I do thank you!
Chavez24 on January 24, 2012:
I got my puppy this Saturday & I wanna start potty training her so I bought her training pads but when I make her sit on them to take care of business she holds it and doesn't pee or poop she runs away and pees under the table or on the carpet in the living room or my room. What should I do. I can't take her outside because she's only two months and it's to cold outside and I don't want her to get sick.
poop on January 12, 2012:
Pad training is a bad idea
anonymys on November 29, 2011:
I have a shitzu and he needs a lot of work.he always doo doo in the house
444 on November 16, 2011:
Can you train a puppy to go outside and inside at the same time? Cause i take my puppy outside and she goes fine. Then when i see her trying to go inside, i take her to the paper. I use paper cause like others have said, they learn anything plush is there bathroom area on the wee pads.
Laura Feg on November 14, 2011:
A word of advice, wee pads rarely ever work. They just teach your pup that it's okay to pee on any cushy surface. Honestly, you shouldn't have to use wee pads, outside is where a dog should do its business. Oh, and it takes much longer than only a week to potty train a dog. A dog isn't fully potty trained until they haven't had an accident several months!
totts on November 11, 2011:
just go new puppy 2 days ago n she is something ... pee in living room kitchen n office first 3 hours.. n not outside one . took her out last night.for 30 minutes nothing at 1:30 am pooped all over my bedspread stinky poop too the pee pad work if i drop her on top and clean freak that i am not today left the pee pad there n nothing all night so far going to kennel her tonight need some sleep bad. wiping it up with paper towel then throwing out in the back yard looks like litter but at least she is smelling them.
Amanda on November 09, 2011:
We just got an almost 6month old Morkie from my niece who couldn't keep him. He was doing well on wee pads up there (according to her), but here he isn't. Just like another stated, he likes my rugs! Aaahh... I am being patient though and hopefully soon he will use the pads or only outside :)
tigger on November 02, 2011:
I have a 3 month English bulldog and she pee and boo boo on the pads but soon as I take her to living room she pee on the rug. I need help?
V Rob on October 31, 2011:
We Just got a 9 week old chihuahua. I have to work 5 days a week 7-3. She is using the potty pads when she urinates but not when she poops. We take her out when i get home but she NEVER goes outside and right when i take her inside she poops on the floor.
tori on October 28, 2011:
Barking, I got a bark off for my pup and it seems to work, I found it at pets smart, they have a spray for puppy pads to help them go on it also, called wee wee I believe, also at the pet store, and my puppy pees a lot in his condo, I also take him out about four times a day, he doesn't seem to be learning, any help? He is going to be to heavy for me to bathe him everyday because of it.
402 on October 23, 2011:
We had two puppies at once & neither of yhem liked the pads, they perferred our rugs..why is that??
kayla on October 22, 2011:
I just got my 8 week old puppy n I have never caught him I'm up every 2 hrs or so either cleanin up his mess or taking him outside. I bought those pads and he has yet to use it he keeps going around it! HELP! Oh AND I can't get him to stop crying when I crate him. What do I do?
Lule on October 12, 2011:
My puppy is about three months old and i cant distinguish when he wants to go. He keeps doing it inside the house. I hope its not too late to teach him.
Lilolkrista on October 08, 2011:
Mine won't go on the pad either and has urinated on our bed the last two nights and only uses the pads in the car.
shelaine on October 03, 2011:
The pad thing is NOT working for me!!
john on September 26, 2011:
I have a 8 wk puppy I'm tryin to train it on a pad but it would never do it on the pad and always on the carpet what should I do.
Seb on December 16, 2010:
Thanks for a very informative hub. House training our dogs has been something that we struggled with in the past.
smaq (author) on November 19, 2010:
Thank You tnderhrt23 for your kind words. I am glad that i was able to help.
tnderhrt23 on November 19, 2010:
This hub is of great interest to me at this time as I am staying with my son who has a 6 month old puppy that we are trying to potty train. Some days are better than others and she confines most of her pottying to puppy pads in the utility room. However, we are not there yet and shall keep at it patiently. Thanks for some helpful hints...