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Advice on house breaking a puppy?

We got a new puppy about 2 weeks ago. She is about 10 weeks old. i was just wondering if anyone knows any tricks to house breaking a puppy. When we take her outside all she does is sniff around but doesn't use the bathroom. Then when we come back inside she goes on the floor! It's getting really annoying! Please, any advice is welcome on this topic!


Asked by a_bai04 at 1:18 PM on Aug. 4, 2009 in Pets

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  • NO! NO! NO! NO PEE PADS!!! That teaches your dog that it's ok to go inside, and that it's ok to pee on anything but the floor! My last pup was paper trained, and it took 8 MONTHS to get her to quit pooping on our bed, in our shoes, on our rugs... anywhere but the floor!

    Crate training is what finally did it for my Chloe. 2 weeks, and she had the hang of it. I wish I would have started sooner! Get a crate just big enough for the dog to lie down in. Now, not when it grows up. Keep that sucker in the crate every single moment it is not at your side. When you're ready to take it out, clip on a leash before letting puppy out of the crate. Walk puppy outside, and walk around the yard for 10 mins or so. Walking encourages a dog to "go." Make the dog actually "walk" and not just stand around and sniff. After the 10 mins is up and the dog doesn't go, it goes back in the crate. Wait an hour or two, and try again. If the dog does go,

    Answer by matobe at 1:31 PM on Aug. 4, 2009


    Answer by older at 1:20 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • leave her outside as long as you can. treats when she does go outside, if she keeps going in the same spots on your floor some puppy pads, after a few days of puppy pads move them closer to the door and eventually outside. once she has gone on them outside for a few days get rid of them entirely. this works for some dogs, not all. it has worked for 3 out of 4 dogs i've had in my life. for the 4th, just taking him out every 30 mins to an hour, making sure he has no food after a certain time at night so he doesn't have to go at night. the water gets taken up after a certain time too. after about 4 days of taking him out every 30 mins (at night we kept him in a crate in our room, if he was crated downstairs he would whine for hours on end and no one could sleep) he would start to pace near the door when he needed out and we'd take him. some dogs don't bark or paw when they need out, they have other signs you have to watch for.

    Answer by vabchmommy at 1:22 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • When you wake up in the morning take her out, then every 3 hours take her out or let her out around your time scedual and repeat that pattern until she gets used to it but right before you take her out ask her if she wants to go potty, take her to the back door show the door to her open it and when she pottys outside bring her in and give her alot of praise and a treat or two. If its really bad get a "clicker" you can find it at most pet stores its like $5. Start off clicking it when she does what you want her to and then follow the click with a treat. Then bring it into the potty area so that she is already used to hearing the click when she does something good and gets a treat she will soon find out that going potty outside gets mommy to click and give her a treat. It works amazing! We breed papillons and use one on the puppies and it works wonders. Good luck!

    Answer by Alysia_Moore at 1:24 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • praise it like a maniac and get it all wound up and excited. The dog will learn to associate potty with happy!

    Answer by matobe at 1:34 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • get a crate. Crate her when you can't watch her. Take her outside every 15 minutes when your home and give her treats when she does her business outside. Yes it's time consumming but it works. And limit her water while your doing this.Oh if she doesn't go while outside crate her for the next timeframe.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 2:07 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • no pee pads. why would anyone train a dog to urinate and poop inside? that's like telling your kid he can't eat potato chips on the sofa and then giving the toddler a plastic chair he can sh-- in. Makes no sense. Start the animal excreting where you want it to excrete all the time. try petco for the sprays that have smells that encourge the dog to go in a specific spot and also the sprays that have smells that encourage the dog to NOT go in a specific spot. it's useless until the dog is around 16 weeks old, and if youre not consistent the dog won't be either.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:13 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • If want your puppy to go outside, NO PEE PADS. Pee pads teaches them it's ok to pee inside. When you wake up in the morning, take your puppy to pee FIRST before you do ANYTHING else. when you get home from work/store/etc take your puppy to pee FIRST before anything else. Have some treats handy for when puppy goes pee pee outside. Give a treat ONLY if the puppy pee pee's outside. After puppy eats or drinks ANY water, wait a few minutes and take puppy outside immediately to go potty. STAY OUTSIDE with puppy (however long it takes) until he/she pees and poos. Then reward with a treat. Only give treat when puppy actually pees and poos outside.
    Someone suggested crate training. If you crate train, give NO food or water in the crate.
    If you catch puppy using the bathroom inside, pick up the puppy and take him/her outside to finish. It takes ALOT of time and work to potty train.

    Answer by NOLAmommaKRYS at 2:23 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • It really isn't that difficult if you properly use the crate, or use it as I have suggested... without the crate my DH and I worked DILIGENTLY for 8 MONTHS. Crate took only 2 wks. If you give the dog a treat for going outside, the dog will expect a treat every time, and may learn to fake it, just for the treat. Don't ever limit your dog's water intake without your vet's consent! And just for more input, as if you need anymore of mine... if you take puppy out of the crate every 15 mins, it will not understand the purpose of the crate. The purpose is, "You potty outside, or you sit by yourself until you do."

    Another thing to consider, if your dog learns from the beginning that food is ALWAYS available, the healthier your dog will grow to eat and be less likely to gorge, especially in the company of a second pet.

    Answer by matobe at 7:12 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • I got a very large pet kennel for inside the house. Every morning, they (I got two at the same time) went outside, then I took them out regularly during the day. I also took them out right before going to bed and halfway through the night. Any time they were in the house, they were in the kennel. We would play with them outside, but not in the house, because they would sneak off to go to the bathroom somewhere. Then after a few months, they had it down. They would cry to go out...Then we would let them stay out of their cages in the house, and they would cry at the door to go out. Now, not a single problem with potty in the house...Not even if they are in the house and we are not home. It's great! Puppies are a lot of work...A lot like a kid. Good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 PM on Aug. 4, 2009