(Closed) House training in an apartment…help!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

When we first got our pom I kept a pee pad right in front of the door we went out to pee, but only at night. 

Do you have a balcony? If so you could get the pee grass to put outside for middle of the night pees, that way you don’t need to go down 3 floors.  

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Post # 4
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

There are tons of articles about how to potty train your dog. I happen to live in the 3rd floor of our apt bldg and we potty trained our dog – and we did it the hard way, without a crate and with both pads and training her to go outside (so that eventually we weened her off the pads) we were told not to do this, but we felt like we knew what was right for OUR dog and what she needed and it worked. My best advice is the Petsmart Puppy Training classes – they’re $100 and will teach you how to potty train your dog as well as a ton of commands like sit, come, down, leave it and drop it, etc. They’re 6 weeks long. I really really recommend the first one – we did the second one and didn’t learn as much. The first one was great.

Post # 5
30 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

We taught our dog ‘busy’ so she goes on command. She would pee, we say busy, give a treat and praise. Easy transition from pee pads to outside. 

For or the first few months, you should get the dog up at intervals to let it out to pee. Bladder control for puppies improves greatly around 4-6 months. if ours woke up at 4am, my husband would set his alarm for 3:45 to get her up to pee. The next week, he’d get up at 4am, etc. until she slept on her own until 7:30. 

Your new pup may cry in the crate. We got ours a snuggle pup that has a heartbeat and heating pad inside. The first four nights without it were torture but on day 5 it arrived and she has been snuggling with it since. We didn’t use the battery or heat pack after the first week. She just snuggles with it now at night. 

Enjoy your new little one!



Post # 6
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you crate train, then you don’t need the pee pads. They naturally won’t pee in the crate, and then you just have to be extra vigilant watching them while you are home so they don’t pee in the house.

Puppies make different cries when they’re in the crate and feel abandoned and want attention vs need to go to the bathroom. The first happens when you first put them in and you CANNOT take them out or they learn crying gets them what they want. Eventually they will calm down and go to sleep. If they wake up in the night and whine, it’s because they have to pee. When you take them out, don’t turn on the light, don’t even really speak or give the puppy a lot of attention, and carry it down to where you want it to pee. The puppy will pee and then you carry it back inside, put it back in it’s crate, treat it, and then go back to bed. By not allowing pee time to turn into play time, they are not rewarded for whining.

Post # 7
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hi there, here’s some advice I used…bring him or her out all the time to teach the dog at first. We got our puppy at 7 weeks. I had to wake up and bring him out a lot in the beginning until he started to bark when he caught on to letting me know. We also use the bells on the door for the dog to tell us he needs to go. If you show him how to ring the bell like put the dogs paw on the bell he will start to recognize that means he has to go potty. Praise the dog when he does pee outside & reward him with a treat. that way they associate going outside to be good behavior. I would take him /her out every hour til they get the hang of it. That’s how we potty trained our dog in an apt. We did use wee wee pads but mostly for when we weren’t home. He started to shred them eventually so stopped using them. haha.

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