Post # 1
We’ve applied for a bunch of puppies from rescues and it looks like we are actually going to get a cocker spaniel mix that we’ve requested (although, I am trying not to be too optimistic until everything goes through)!
In any case, I was wondering how we should go about potty training him to go outdoors. We both work from home so taking him out frequently is not the issue. Our development has lots of grass as well as a dog park but it would take about 2 minutes for us to get from the 3rd floor, down the stairs, down the hallway, and outside to the grassy areas. My concern is that he’ll go along the way IN the building! A friend suggested that we carry him right after we take him out of his crate and take him outside to do his business, but another friend has a pug that apparently got into the habit of being carried all the time that it refuses to walk anywhere! Being a first time dog owner, I have no idea how likely either of those situations are. In short, what’s the best way to potty train our puppy to go outdoors?
Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA!
Post # 3
You’ve come to the right place, there seem to be a lot of animal lovers on this site! I potty trained my puppy in an apartment and I did it by carrying her outside for her first pee of the day (from my bed since she slept with me) then taking her out frequently on the leash throughout the day. If you don’t want to carry her, leash her and try to keep her moving until you get to the grass. Give her a treat when she makes it to the grass, but don’t get upset with her for going before teh grass. And always take her to the grass no matter waht, even if she goes poopy and piddle right outside your door.
Post # 4
You said you haven’t actually gotten a puppy yet …. I’d maybe reconsider getting a puppy and instead get a dog that is a year or two old and won’t need to be potty trained. DH and I also live on the 3rd floor of our apartment complex and that is exactly the reason we chose not to get a puppy. It certainly does take a decent bit of time to get downstairs and outside to grass – it can be hard enough to potty train a puppy when it only takes seconds to get outside.
Our 1.5 year old lab mix from the shelter was already potty trained but still has the energy of a puppy and will still be able to be part of our family for years and years to come. Plus, although I’m really glad you guys are looking to get a shelter dog, puppies typically have no problem getting adopted while older dogs often do. By getting a slightly older (ie non-puppy) dog, you’d likely be saving a dog who wouldn’t otherwise find a loving home.
Just my 2 cents!
Post # 5
I would not recommend carrying your puppy! instead put him on a leash and keep him moving. bring treats with you and give him one to keep his attention if he trys to stop. since you are home all day, you should set a timer for every 30 minutes and take him out. he may not potty everytime you take him out and thats okay. the goal is just to get him outside before he had to go. I would keep him on this 30 minute schedule until he starts showing signs that he needs to go out. Once he learns where is should be going to the bathroom he won’t go untill he gets there. Try to keep him from going until you get to the spot you want him to always use. Good luck!
Post # 6
Schedule, schedule, schedule. Once puppy knows when he/she can expect to go out, it gets a lot easier. Accidents are inevitable, especially early on. House training can take months to stick. Puppies are really good training for children!
Post # 7
I think like Georgia bee said schedule is a good idea.
I think that if you take puppy outside frequently and reward him/her when they potty outside, that is the best way to potty train. We have a bell that hangs from the door knob that our dog hits when she needs to go out. So once you have the potty outside, start working on training them to do some sort way to let you know. The way you do that is, everytime they hit their signal, you take them outside. So they know exactly what will happen when they do it.
Post # 8
The key to successful potty training is this: Consistency, consistency, consistency.
And positive reinforcement. And a schedule.
Don’t do pee-pads. They just slow down and prolong the process. You train the dog to the pee-pad, and then you need to retrain it to go outside. It’s better to just have them go outside from the start.
Take the dog outside first thing in the morning. Whenever you feed the puppy, take it outside about 20 minutes later. Take it out before bedtime. And when it uses the bathroom outside, give it a treat.
Also take the dog out every hour during the day, to give it an opportunity to relieve itself.
If the dog uses the bathroom inside and you don’t catch it in the act, do nothing. (Well, clean up the mess of course, but do nothing to the dog.) The dog doesn’t understand why it is being punished after the fact, it has forgotten all about it’s mess on the floor by then.
If you catch the dog in the act, say “no!” or “unt-uh!”, and promptly take the dog outside. When it finishes using the bathroom outside, give it a treat.
You need to watch the dog constantly. Tie the leash to your belt-loop if you need to, so the dog is always by you and in your sights.
Carrying the dog down the stairs is fine, just don’t carry it everywhere. I’ve housebroken a dog in an apartment before, and I had to carry her down the stairs because they were open grate-style stairs (the grate openings bigger than her feet!). As long as the dog walks on the leash the majority of the time, it won’t be a problem.
Post # 9
I bought one and it seriously works!! The only bad thing is you have to buy extra grass because it can get kinda stinky if you won’t wash the grass enough.
Post # 10
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We trained our puppy from a 5th floor walk-up, it’s not a big deal to do! Just carry them, they won’t pee ON you unless they absolutely can’t help it. We never had a problem if we carried her.
We also read that you can expect the puppy to be able to hold their bladder one hour for every month up to 6 months, so in the beginning you should the dog out every 2 hours or so, on a schedule. Be prepared for lots of accidents in the beginning tho! I’d recommend picking up an rugs you have and come to terms with the fact that you’ll be cleaning up puppy pee for a few months 🙂