(Closed) Dog will NOT potty train…What is going on? Help please!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Try a professional and pay for 1 or two personal one on one lessons. Many of us can give you advice, but a professional will work much faster and probably better.

It was a year before our dog was 100% trained. And now she can slip back and develop new bad potty habits if we are not very consistant with the continual training.

Its worth the money, it really is.  I had a friend who thought she was going to have to give away or put her dog down. She was the 6th home to try to have her dog. A few sessions with a great trainer and her dog is fabulous.

Post # 4
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

toy digs are NOTORIOUSLY difficult to potty train. My yorkie us 8 yrs and there are still accidents. (Mostly my fault for giving up on traing him.) He’s better but not 100%. I keep him in one tiled floor room in the house when I’m away and when I home he usually has a diaper Ron. 

best option…crate train him. Keep him in a crate until you’re ready to take him out to pee. At least 3-4 times a day, Say Morning, after work, evening and before bed. Also limit him eating drinking so he doesn’t have free acces.  

Google crate traing. 

Post # 5
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I agree with @ThreeMeers get a professional trainer with personal lessons. The puppy is very young so hopefully training will fix the issue. I’m sure it won’t be cheap but neither is replacing furniture/carpet etc and you and Fiance will be much happier. Good luck!

Post # 6
670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second the toy dogs are hard to train, it took a year to train my toy dog. You may need to put the dog in a crate when there is an accident inside, I don’t like punishing but that is the only way the dog will know they did wrong.

Post # 8
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m a vet tech and have been starting to do training as well. First of all toy breeds are very hard to train so don’t feel bad. Does your dog have a routine? If not you should start one, feeding twice a day at the same time everyday, dog will have to go out about 20 minutes after eating. Puppies wil also have to pee after eating, sleeping or playing. I would treat your dog like a brand new 12 week old puppy even those it is 8 months.


Crate training is really the best method for this, that means whenever you can be watching him like a hawk he is in the crate. he should sleep in there as well as when your gone to work or even in the shower! He has gotten used to going inside and the only way to beak that is to do your best not to let it happen. So wha you want to do is first thing in the morning take him out to pee, if he goes give him a treat. If he hasn’t gone in five minutes take him back inside and put him back in the crate for 5 minutes, after that repeat until he shows outside. This will teach him he doesn’t get any play time until he goes outside. 

If you are with him during the day take him out to pee every two hours, while inside he should be with you contantly! I recommend to client they have the dog on least and tie to to their belt loop, that way there is no room for accidents. Again lots of praise when he does go outside.

the most important thing is he should never be unsupervised ( like when you went back to sleep) until he is fully trained. 

Post # 9
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I have a bichon and he was a nightmare to potty train. Eight months is still really young for a toy breed to potty train, believe it or not. Crate training will break your heart the first couple of days but I swear it’s the only thing that works.

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