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How do I get this puppy housebroken?

We are kennel training. Everytime he has an accident we put him in the kennel and if he doesn't go outside when we take him to go potty we put him in the kennel. When he does go we praise him and give him a treat, but he still comes in and pees on our floor. Ugh! How long does it take to get a dog completely housebroken?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:55 PM on Nov. 4, 2009 in Pets

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Answers (10)
  • You need to use your tools wisely. The crate is for unsupervised time. Not punishment.

    1. feed on a schedule, walk on a schedule. Puppies can hold it for about 2 hours at 12 weeks, 3 hours at 16 weeks, 4-5 hours at 20 weeks and so on.

    2. take him out IMMEDIATELY after he eats. Say "do your business" and when he does something, even if he just fake squats and nothing comes out, make a HUGE happy deal out of it. Love him, give him a treat about 1/3 of the time

    3. After he is successful outside, he can have house time. keep him close to you. leash in the house is a good idea. If he didnt produce on you last potty break, take him out again in 30 minutes since the food will make him go.

    4. BEFORE you crate him (bc it's nap time or you are leaving) take him out to potty. Put him in the crate and treat him for going in. Dont make a production about leaving him. You will teach him separation anxiety

    Answer by ecodani at 5:09 PM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • took my dog a year but i wasnt a great trainer he is a medium sized eski. you need to probably spend all day everyday working with him. you are supposed to go outside and stay there for 40 min if you have to i think

    Answer by littledozie at 10:14 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • If he has a accident he needs to go outside not into his kennel. You take him out after he eats. He needs to stay outside until he voids. Plenty of praise when he does. Our dog understood when we were "mad" at him by the tone of our voice. Keep him in his kennel when you leave the house or can't supervise him. Watch him for sniffing, this usually means he is looking for someplace to go.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:23 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • It depends on how old he is. DO NOT put him in the kennel if he has an accident, you want him to know that his kennel is a safe place to go.

    It is unrealistic to expect a puppy to hurry up and go. He needs AT LEAST 20 mins outside to eliminate. AT LEAST!.

    WHen he starts showing signs of going (sniffing, turning in circles, suddenly stopping during play) get him outside. Give a command, like go pee, or potty etc. When he does go... praise him like crazy, do a dance, sing a song, jump up and down.

    It will take at least three to four weeks to reliably housetrain a puppy.

    Answer by Acid at 10:28 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Tie his leash to your belt loop...never leave him unsupervised - EVER. If he goes in the house, he needs to go outside, NOT in his kennel. Make a sharp noise if he starts to go in the house (UH-UH-UH works well) and take him outside immediately. Generally you have about ten seconds from the time he does something wrong to correct him, after that he won't know what he did wrong.

    Here is an article on the proper way to crate train your puppy:

    And an article on how to potty train your puppy:

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 10:30 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • piddle pads work good.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 11:09 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • I recommend attatching the leash to your belt loop as well. If you need to be free of him, put him in his crate, and he should go there at night. this way he is never unsupervised. The crate is thier "den" and most will continue to use it even after training as their safe place. It shouldn't ever be a punishment. If you don't catch them in the act of pottying in the house, they only know you dislike the mess itself, not the action, which is why they look so guilty when they see you have noticed a pile on the floor. Take him out after meals and at regular intervals, and LOTS of praise when they potty outside, WHILE they potty. Good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:28 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • Is he on a feeding schedule? How old is he? Depending on age, you should feed him 2-3 times per day on a schedule. Take him outside about 5-10 mins after eating and stay out there with him. If he goes, praise him like crazy. If he doesn't go within 10-15 mins, take him in and put him in the crate for 10-15 mins (unless you are going to be watching him for signals that he needs to go), then take him back outside. Keep doing this until he goes. Don't play with him outside until he goes so he will understand what he is out there for. You will also need to take him out as soon as he wakes from a nap and first thing in the morning and after a play setion (pretty much every 30mins to 1 hour). Anytime you can't supervise him, put him in the crate. With this routine, it took my dogs about 2 months (I started with the first one at 8wks and the second one at 7wks), but it just depends on the dog. Some take longer to train.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 8:53 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • A puppy is like a toddler. You can't potty train a toddler in a few weeks. I have never used crates or kennels. I treat my dogs just like my children. My youngest was 8 months old when I got her. She was crate trained but not housebroken. It took a couple of months to house break her. Watching like a hawk & being consistent.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 11:34 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • 5. when you come home, take him out of the crate and outside immediately

    6. if he eats 3x daily (as most puppies should) and has water offered to him with meals and after play, he will get on a schedule

    7. use an enzyme cleaner like nature's miracle to clean up the pee spots-- regular cleaners leave behind his special smell and he will go in the same place twice

    8. if he has an accident, don't yell or freak out. your mom never shoved your face in your poop while potty training. show him the crime and say "bad" then go immediately outside and do the whole happy production for trying to pee

    Answer by ecodani at 5:12 PM on Nov. 5, 2009