(Closed) Housebreaking Puppies?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Sounds like you are doing everything right, just be patient, and don’t let it become common for her to sleep in bed with you.  I thought you were going on your honeymoon friday??

Post # 4
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Crate training in my opinion is the most affective. With our puppy we crate trained with a piddle pad for the first 6 months? Or whenever it was that he finally had all his shots and could go outside for walks. Also, whenever he did pee on the piddle pad we would say “good boy! you’re pottying!” over and over again while he did it. Then when we moved him to start going outside we would say “potty” and he would understand what we wanted him to do.

Post # 6
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Patience! Our lab is obviously food motivated, so he got a treat every time he went to the bathroom outside (immediately), and he caught on very quickly! We also kept repeating the same phrase “Go peepee” so he associated it with being brought outside. We weren’t without our accidents, but just stick with it and they will get the hang of it soon enough!

Post # 7
4824 posts
Honey bee

We had the same problem with our puppy.

If she doesnt go outside then you come back in and hold her. Do not put her down, when she starts to wiggle away, bring her back outside and repeat until she goes outside. Bring treats with you and treat her when she goes the bathroom outside. Don’t wait to come back in- its too late then

Get Natures Miracle (in a red jug) it eats the enzymes of the urine or fecal smell. Animals go in the same spot often due to smell.  So get rid of the smell.

Get some puppy pads. When you are home don’t let her roam the whole house.   Get a gate and gate her up in your kitchen and put a puppy pad down. If she goes on the puppy pad then bring that out with you when you take her out and put that down. It will have her pee smell on it.

Post # 8
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have two pups. one is a year old, there other 5 months. We create trained both of them, and I HIGHLY recommend that you do this. It will help give the pup a place of her own.

when you have her in the house, make sure she is in sight all the time. If she’s not in sight, she’s in the crate. (ie, cooking supper, you showering, etc).

We put a bell on the door and rang it everytime we took our pups outside (started with every hour, then every 1h 20 mins, building up from there) and now, when they need to go out, they ring the bell. We also use the word “outside”. to prime them. “Need to go outside?” (ring bell) go outside – treat when they pee/poo

See her peeing on the floor? “No! OUtside!”

We were actually told not to use the word “no” cause it’s in common language and the pup can’t distinguish between them all. we use “ah ah” loudly and they stop dead in their tracks cause they know it means they’re doing something they aren’t supposed to do.

Good luck! Our oldest pup was born in may and we had the hardest time house training as she was raised outside, and was used to just stopping to pee where ever. Our newest pup was born in January, and already had the basic concept of going outside to pee when we got her at 8 wks. We’re still working with her though..

Post # 10
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Khumble: We use “outside” as well with our dog, although she’s 10 now, and only had an accident in the house once in the 7 years we have had her, and that’s because she was sick. 

I like the bell trick, that’s a good one! Our dog will just stare at us and wag her tail if we aren’t by the back door, or if we are she’ll stand by the door and keep looking at us to go out! Sometimes, I wish she would bark because her food and her treats are right there, so you never know what she wants until you ask “outside” and either get a tail wag or “kibble” and get a tail wag. She’ll always wag for “bone”!!! She’s so smart sometimes 🙂

Post # 11
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Mrs Hedgehog: That is tough. You probably should have waited until after the honeymoon, but too late now. I would urge your parents to not leave her outside, because as little as she is, she could get heat stroke very easily, especially in the TX heat!

Post # 12
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Are you having her off leash outside?

With ours, we always had them leashed. I’d stand in the same spot and tell them to “go potty” and didn’t move until they went. We would take them out every hour (just about) when they were young, and gradually spaced it apart.

One thing some people do is install a bell (like a jingle bell on a string) at the door. Whenever you take the dog out, have them tap the bell (even if you are the one doing the action with them). They will leave to ring the bell when they need to go out. We never did this, but I have friends that have.

Have patience. Accidents will happen – even when ours was 8 months, we still have an accident (rarely, but it happened). You need to start noticing signs that they need to go out – like circling, sniffing, and other actions your dog may do just before they go. It’s not the dogs fault for the accident, but the owners for not paying attention to the signals they were giving off.

With our first dog, it took until he was about 4 months to fully get it, and the second dog was even quicker to learn since he had someone to teach him.

Crate training is essential! We crate whenever we go out (and still do, as the one is just a year old and the other is almost 2 – he gets ‘roam of an area’ right now), and this helps with training them to hold their bladder. They do not want to soil their home. As soon as we got home, I’d pick the puppy up and take them right outside. Gradually, I was able to leash and walk them out, but originally if I let them out of the crate, they would just go on the floor.

You can crate them at night, or put a dog bed on the floor and train them to sleep there. We always let ours in the bed – the one sleeps between us, and the other now sleeps on his dog bed (thankfully, he’s over 80lbs). He just moved off the bed one day. I’m not a fan of crating at night, since I’m not home during the day I feel guilty leaving them in a crate at night.

Also – if you are working, don’t leave the puppy in a crate all day. Someone needs to come home half way through the day to let it out. I always went home at lunch, and when they were 8-10 weeks, I went in a little later than my Fiance, came home at lunch, and either he came home before me or I just came home early. Leaving them for too long and having them hold it the entire time can cause damage. I didn’t start leaving our dogs for the entire work day until our one was around 8 months old. I still sometimes go home at lunch if I’m feeling up to it.

Post # 13
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I say just try to be patient and take the puppy out often! When they’re so young, they have to go out all the time!

Also @leyfeymw also suggested giving treats right after they use the bathroom outside.  We took our dog to puppy class and they said to give them a treat right away when they used the bathroom outside because they’d learn that it was for good behavior.  The trainer said that if we wait until we come inside, they’ll think it’s because they went inside not for using the bathroom outside.


We also use the bell.  Every time we took our dog out at the beginning, we’d ring the bell.  Eventually she learned the trick, and she’ll ring the bell when she has to go.  It’s nice…but sometimes she rings the bell for fun because she wants to go out and play! lol  That can get old! haha!

Post # 14
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Everyone has given you great advice; I just want to make sure you understand she’s not going to be potty trained by Friday when she goes to your parents? You kept saying you didn’t want her to have accidents there but it more than likely will happen. Just have patience, it takes times, many months for dogs that young because they don’t have much control over their bladders. Also it is possible that anything she may learn the next few days will regress bc of you guys being gone so soon in her arrival. Good luck!

Post # 16
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t know if it was already mentioned, but some breeds have very difficult times potty training. I didn’t know that until I got a doxie mix and I am STILL potty training him. Prepare yourself for the long haul, just in case.

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