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potty training for puppies?

we just got a black lab for my dd....i was wondering if there's an easy way to house break them?....i know its for the better but I think that "spanking" them is cruel and I don't have the heart for it, but at the same time the doggie pads are disgusting....any tips?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Apr. 16, 2009 in Pets

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  • I dont think spanking would have worked on my rednose But we took her out ALOT and if she had an accident she knew it was wrong, so at night we put her in a crate its called crate traing and it only last as long as it takes for them to get trained. I even had to take her out at night just a first then never, until she was preg. and she would come sit by my bed and whine to go out. Good luck

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:22 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Take her out RIGHT AFTER the dog eats. This will get her into a pattern of eating, then going outside. And I would probably take her out every hour because they have very small bladders right now. Use a command to signify going to the bathroom like "Go Potty" or "Do Your Business" or something else. When they hear you say that, they will learn that they are outside to go to the bathroom.

    Unfortunately, you will still have accidents. If you catch her in the act, firmly say "NO" and pick her up. By doing this, picking her up that is, it should stop her from peeing (sometimes it doesn't). When you get her outside, use the command and hopefully she'll finish going. Do not discipline her if you do not see her doing something in the act. She will not understand what she is being yelled at for.

    Also, good advice, get her crate trained!

    If you have any questions, msg me. I have a 2 year old black lab :) GOOD LUCK!

    Answer by ap9902 at 11:54 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Crate training. Get a crate. Keep puppy in there most of the time. every 4 hours take her out and watch to make sure she pees. If she does praise her love her and let her stay out for about half an hour. Back in she goes. Eventually she will whine when she has to go. Let her out if she goes after whining, praise love. If she doesn't back in she goes. After about a week lengthen her time out to fourty five mins. Although if she is having accidents when she is out for half an hour lower it and go from there. Be patient. Good luck!!!

    Answer by shaye at 1:15 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Yea, you have to take the dog out OFTEN! Right after it eats or drinks anything. They say for however old they are in months is how long in hours they can hold their bladder. Also I would suggest crate training. It gives them a place where they feel secure to sleep at night and when you leave the house. If the crate is the rights size they won't go to the bathroom in there because they don't want to lay in their own mess. Make sure you praise them when they do go potty outside also. Good luck!!

    Answer by Trajik003 at 1:16 PM on Apr. 16, 2009


    House training is one of the first tasks that every new dog owner will undertake in the introduction of their puppy to its new home. There are three categories of house training types :
    a) Basic house training ; the establishment of an allowable toilet area for your pet.
    b) Submissive wetting ; urination occurring when greeting, disciplining or high excitement.
    c) Marking ; upon reaching puberty - some dogs (male or female) will mark their territory.
    House Training :
    House training should only take approximately two weeks to establish as a routine provided;
    a) you must be consistent and committed
    b) you are prepared to train your pet from the moment you take possession. Have a leash, collar, a designated area and are prepared to maintain a schedule.
    Retraining a dog that has already established bad habits can take six weeks or more.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:41 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • As soon as possible get your new puppy to the vet for a complete check-up. This will assure you that you have obtained a healthy pup and alert you to any medical complications that can make house training more difficult. Situations such as intestinal upset, intestinal parasites and urinary tract infections can make house training difficult to impossible.

    The designated toilet area can be as general as outside of the house or as specific as a particular corner of the backyard. You must have a specific plan as to what the designated area is going to be. You can not teach the dog what is acceptable if you are uncertain.

    Your attitude is one of the most important ingredients in house training your dog. Your puppy does not know what is wrong. If there is a mistake tell him "no" but do not discipline too severely.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:42 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • You only want him to know that you are displeased, you do not want the pup to feel that you are the source of pain. When the pup has done well, pat him, praise him, let the dog know that you are very pleased. The pup will want to do things that please you. House training can be a foundation for all future training. Affection and praise as a reward for proper response - "no" signaling displeasure and guidance to show the dog what you do want.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:43 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Scheduling:
    1. Create a schedule that is practical for you to maintain. If you can not stick to your schedule - you can't expect the dog to adhere to it.
    2. Do not allow your dog to free feed until house training is well established. Be very careful of your dogs diet - avoid foods and/or snacks that can be upsetting to his digestive tract.
    3. Schedule your dog's bed time and waking-up time. Adhere to these times as closely as possible.
    4. Young pups will require frequent nap times, be sure that your schedule can accommodate the pup's naps. Remember that the pup will need to be taken outside after each nap.
    5. Emotional intensity - after intense emotional stimulation (badly scared, frightened, or a particularly rowdy play session) the pup may need to relieve himself.
    6. Within two to three days, most dogs will be able to "control themselves" for eight hours during the night.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:44 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • You must keep in mind that your daytime schedule will need to be somewhat flexible. By paying attention to your dog, you will learn his nap requirements. Your dog will learn "the routine" and you will both have a schedule that you can live with.

    Supervise in the House :
    1. By knowing where your dog is at all times, and what he is doing, you can avoid mistakes. When a pup stops playing and starts to look around for a "good spot", he needs to go out. By observing your dog you will quickly learn to tell the difference between the pup's exploring his new universe and his searching for a "good location".
    2. If the pup starts to make a mistake, firmly but quietly say "No" and take the dog straight to his toilet area. Do not yell at the dog. Do not chase the dog. At this point it is up to you to be observant of your dog. Any mistakes that are made are due to your not paying attention.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:45 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • 3. If you can not supervise the dog for a period of time, put the dog in a confinement area (prepared with papers) or confine him to the room where you are.
    4. When you are relaxing (watching TV, reading or on computer), have the dog with you. Give the pup some of his toys to play with. Have the dog on his leash or confine him to the room where you are, so that he doesn't wander of and have an accident. Teach him that it can be enjoyable just being with you.

    When you can't be with your dog:
    1. Provide a small area confinement area (bathroom with all "chewable" items removed, fenced off area of the garage, or a crate).
    2. Do not leave food and water with the dog, or fill him with cookies or snacks before you leave. You should schedule the pup's breakfast to be at least 2 hours before your planned departure time. That way the pup can eat, digest his food and relieve himself prior to your departure.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Apr. 16, 2009

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