(Closed) Deaf Puppy potty training

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
120 posts
Blushing bee

This might help. I personally don’t like crates, and prefer to use a large pen. 


Despite how it seems that dogs know when they do something wrong, they are just reacting to the negative energy you put off after you see they did something that displeases you after the fact. 

Also, how old is the puppy? A two month old puppy can only hold it’s bladder for two hours on average, a three month puppy three hours, and so on. So if he’s only two months, he needs to be taken out EVERY TWO HOURS. If  he isn’t going out enough, then there will be accidents unfortunately, because his bladder can’t hold it yet.  http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/housetraining_puppies.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

I’d take the puppy out on a leash, by themselves, and bring treats. Going out with the other dogs might distract the puppy from going to the bathroom. Since he went through so much effort to get to the laundry rooom, he seems to think that’s where his bathroom is. He doesn’t associate outside with where he is supposed to potty yet.

Right after the puppy goes potty, say “good boy!” (he might only be partially deaf, and even if he is fully, they can feel our energy), and give him a treat immediately. Don’t bring him back inside right after, or he might start waiting to go potty longer, because that means outside time ends. Instead, I’d play with a toy for 3-5 minutes or so. That way, there’s TWO positive things after he goes potty, a treat and play time. When the puppy is inside, I’d keep them on a leash with you, unless he is sleeping. That way, you can watch for the tell tale sniffing or circling, and immediately swoop, pick the puppy up, and take him outside. If you keep him on the lead, he can’t access the laundry room. Also, make sure to really clean up any accidents he’s had indoors with a powerful enzyme cleaning made to remove ammonia, if he can smell it, then he’s more likely to pee there. 

When he does go inside, just ignore it. If you need to, take a minute to collect yourself in another room away from him. Yes, it’s frustrating, but he doesn’t know any better right now. It’s better to ignore bad behavior, and then positve reinforce good. 

Good luck! 

Post # 3
209 posts
Helper bee

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Asphalt.Angel :  How old is puppy now? General rule of thumb is the puppy can hold it’s bladder for the same number of hours as it’s age in months (3 months olf = 3 hours). I know you said you’ve tried putting it on a schedule with your other dogs, but if your other dogs are older, that will not work for him. Put him on his own schedule, and do not let him back in unless he does his business. Puppies may need to go outside every hour or two until something clicks. It’s just a matter of patience. Deafness should not have an effect on potty training. If you catch him in the act, I would suggest picking him up and immmediately taking him outside. Re: your laundry room, don’t give up trying to block it off. He will eventually understand it’s out of bounds, but puppies are a lot of work and you just have to stick with it. That’s certainly no reason to rehome him. Give him a chance. Good luck! 

Post # 4
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Try the deaf dog network on Facebook. I guarantee someone on there can help they have lots of experience. 

Post # 5
5046 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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Asphalt.Angel :  I don’t have experience with this but wanted you to know my puppy who CAN hear will still come inside and go potty so it’s also just a puppy thing. Do you treat him when he’s outside and does his biz? That might be extra helpful to know doing it outside is great! And I love a PP’s suggestion of joining that deaf dog network on FB. Puppies are annoying as it is and I’m sure being deaf adds to it. Dogs are GREAT with hand signals, too!

Post # 6
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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Asphalt.Angel :  Same question here, how old is the puppy now? We have a perfectly healthy Chorkie puppy at the moment and up until 4 months or so, she got too distracted outside and just forgot to do what little puppies need to do. Back home she would calm down, relax, and realise that things needed to happen, so they did. Also, at almost 7 months now she might still do an attention pee every now and again. It happens. 

This doesn’t actually sound as if the deafness is the issue, it just sounds like a normal puppy. I would put some puppy pads in the laundry room for damage control, and take it from there. Can you maybe get a flashlight you only turn on when he is up to no good? Shine it not on him but around him to get his attention? If he attempts to do his business in the house, shine the light to interrupt him and take him outside. It shouldn’t be too different from training a hearing pup.

Post # 7
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I swear that it took our dog at least 6-8 months to be potty-trained. Like 110% that I could trust to take my eyes off of him for more than a minute haha! It was very frustrating and deflating, but with persistence and patience, I knew he wouldn’t have accidents forever and it’d eventually click.

Is there a hand sign you and your husband can consistently use every time you go outside? We use a specific term for our dog, but since yours can’t hear, you’ll need to incorporate sign language for him. Not to mention, he’s a puppy and is going to need to go out more than your adult/trained dogs. Good luck!

Also, don’t forget to get this puppy fixed. 🙂


Post # 8
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

Dogs can learn sign language. I disagree with an above poster that number of months old equals how long they can hold their bladder. He should be let outside at minimum every two hours. Accidents can and will happen. Remember he’s just a puppy and don’t get upset with him if there’s an accident. Always give a treat and pet him after he goes.

Also, please spay and neuter your animals. There’s tons of animals euthanized every year in shelters because they are unwanted.

Post # 9
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

If puppy is tucking in his tail and hiding, this is a sign of abuse. Has your husband hit him? I’m sorry to be so blunt, but I have a lot of experience with animals and puppies don’t just tuck their tail in and hide. Don’t yell at him or hit him. He’s just a baby and is still learning. If it’s this overwhelming for you guys, please find a rescue because it seems like he’s already experienced some form of abuse or violence in the home. It’s unreasonable to expect him to know not to do this in the house when he’s only a puppy and has the added obstacle of being deaf on top of it. You have to watch a puppy very closely. They will show signs of needing to go and that’s when you take them outside pronto.

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