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How Can I Train an 8 month Puppy??

We are at our wits end.. it's our fault for not being vigilant in the beginning. Our puppy is not housetrained and I am afraid we might have to give her up if we can't get it together. Any advice.. we love her!!!!


Asked by gdawkins at 9:00 PM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Pets

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  • crate train her! we have 6 dogs and we crate train all of them and nobody potties in the house anymore! Put her in a medium sized crate for her size. Make sure you buy one for her now and then later when she gets bigger you will need to get another one. If you give a puppy too big of a crate they really get lonley. Idk why. anyways, put her in the crate while you sleep and get her on a "Potty Play" schedual. Like potty at 6:30 am 10:00 am 2:00 4:00 6"00 and right before bed and when she potties outside make sure (this sounds so stupid) to get a cute little baby voice and pet her and give her a treat and say your such a good girl aww your such a good girl! MAKE SURE TO GIVE HER TONS OF PRAISE FOR GOING POTTY! Normally in our house just because my dogs know when potty time is, we DO NOT SAY POTTY UNLESS YOU ARE TAKING HER OUT! When you get her out of her crate, say you wanna go potty!? lets go outside and go potty!

    Answer by Alysia_Moore at 9:10 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Your puppy can still be trained. Our dog was house trained late too, but you need to be consistent. Here's a link to the book we used. It worked for us. Hope it helps.

    Answer by momsc at 9:07 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • CRATE CRATE CRATE!! It sounds mean, and the puppy may cry and whail, but for 48 straight hours she stays in the crate continuously.... she only comes for exercise, food and to go straight outside to potty (usually about every couple of hours).. The point is you have to re-establish control (leadership) take her outside and Stay with her as long as it takes for her to at least tinkle a bit - praise her for that, then right back in the crate she goes. At the end of 48 hours you can allow her out of the crate a little more time each time - but she MUST go straight outside to potty. Be firm, wear ear muffs if you need to - you can do this. You say you love her - you will do this then. (all this is is restarting her mentality). Exercise is a HUGE part of training, don't skip the walks.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 9:12 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • this has worked for all of my dogs! Good luck let me know how everything goes!

    Oh! or you can get a thing called a clicker, you can find it at any pet stores and when she does what you want her to do click it and give her tons of praise and a very special treat! we give ours hot dogs when they are really good!


    Answer by Alysia_Moore at 9:12 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • There are a lot of websites that can help with advice on your situation. But i am going to tell you now that if you want your dog to be potty trained you need to be consistent and keep working at it. Do not get lazy what so ever. Its a lot of work but will pay off quickly if your doing your job as a responsible pet owner. My advice (ive potty trained 6 puppies) In the beginning Take your pup out every 15 minutes. Little bit of walking, some play....if your pup goes to the bathroom give him a treat and praise. Once he starts getting the idea he should be easy after that. But your need to be on top of things so slack!!!

    Answer by itsokmomshere at 8:11 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • We sold one of our puppies and got him back at 7 months....unhousebroken!! Our dogs love their crates and so did Teddy, and we were able to housebrake him with the use of that crate and alot of patience.

    Answer by Heyroxy101 at 1:32 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Totally crate train. We are working with our 11 week old puppy right now. He has had a couple of accidents but none in his crate. He goes to bed at 9:30 pm and gets up and outside by 7:00am. For 2 weeks no accidents. Still working on him barking to go out but he has already figured out when outside to go potty and run back for attention.

    Answer by mom-2-4boys at 4:20 PM on Jul. 8, 2009