Post # 1
First time dog owner here (I have owned other animals, though). We got a puppy a week ago; she is about 8 weeks old right now, so still pretty young. We were impressed when she had no accidents the first day, not even in her crate. Over the next few days she had a couple of wee wee accidents when we didn’t take her out quickly enough after waking up from a nap (I’m talking like 1-2 minutes after she got up, so nothing major), but we quickly brought her outside and cleaned it up.
Since yesterday she has been peeing in the house more. Again, I know she is young and I shouldn’t expect perfection yet, but since she had done so well the first part of the week this is surprising. She likes to pee by an indoor potted plant we have, which is up on a stand, so she can’t actually pee on it, and under our end tables. It seems like she prefers “private” places.
Is this normal potty training behavior? Is she marking the house? Someone stepped on her paw last night, causing her to yelp really loudly–could she be in some kind of disress? (we keep checking her paw and she is showing no signs of pain).
Since we have not had dogs before I just wanted to get some real answers from people who do have them.
Post # 3
it’s probably not her paw, but if she’s favoring her other feet or limping, i’d get it checked. otherwise, our vet told us not to expect full potty-training behaviors until 3 months (12 weeks), because that’s when dogs really begin remembering their training.
Post # 4
also i should mention, my shih tzu is 4.5 and i also have a german shepherd that is 6. house trained them both! 🙂
Post # 5
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It’s totally normal. Our pup at 8 weeks was tinkling all over, regardless of how often we took her out. And yes, there needs to be an expressway from nap time to potty time haha. We got our dog bells that hang on the door. We trained her (with peanut butter) to ring them when she has to go. She’s four now. Sometimes she abuses the power of the bells, but for the most part, they’ve been great throughout the years.
Post # 6
She’s waaaaaaaaay to young to be reliable yet, you are expecting too much. Puppies should be not out of your sight or they will wander off to potty.
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice, everyone.
Yeah, as I pretty much knew, she is probably a little too young to be a potty-pro, so that’s why we’re not upset. And to clarify everything, she is NEVER out of our sight, just sometimes is too quick to wiz before we can stop her 🙂
We’ll keep working on it, but I’m glad to know that she seems to be on track!
Post # 8
At eight weeks old, she should just be leaving her mom and littermates, (with 10-12 weeks being preferable). But she is just a baby. She has a tiny bladder, and when she realizes she needs to go, she will go. She hasn’t yet learned bladder control. She will have days, sometimes multiple days, without an accident, and then she will have another accident. A day or two of being accident free doesn’t mean she’s potty trained, so don’t think you can relax if she makes it a short time without soiling in the house.
I would try umbilical training – the puppy is tethered to you at all times by a leash, so they cannot escape your line of sight to have an accident. This also puts her in close proximity so you will learn the signs that she needs to ‘go’ as she develops them. Also, if you aren’t already, be sure you are cleaning her accidents with an enzyme cleaner made for pet stains, (such as Nature’s Miracle), because lingering potty smells, (or cleaning with an amonia-based cleaner) will encourage her to resoil in the same spot.
Post # 9
Puppies at that age cannot hold their pee in the best. It is just a simple fact. It is a messy one, though that is for sure! lol Give her time. And make sure to take her out every 2-3 hours. If it were me, being that I am stay-at-home, I would take her out atleast every 2 hours. Also do not let her walk to the door. By that time she will go everywhere, or try and find a spot to hurry and go on. 8 weeks is the perfect time to start potty training though. She is old enough to learn, and with time will. 🙂 By about 12 weeks of age she should be having decreased accidents, to almost none, depending on the dog, and the trainer.
We just got a new puppy 3 weeks ago, she was 12 weeks. I did tons of research, because our other dog was fully trained when we got her.
Molly (our new pup) is fully trained now, at 15 weeks. She had accidents here and there at 12-13 weeks. But she was completey trained by 14 weeks. (I would still considered her trained at 13 weeks. Since she only had a few small accidents, here and there.
Here is some more information on potty training at that age:
This one has tons of info, about 8 week old puppies.
Post # 10
Also would like to add, starting NOW everytime she goes outside, praise her! Don’t over due it, but praise her. She will remember that, and as time goes on she will learn that she is doing a good thing. 🙂
Also puppy pictures are VERY welcomed around here! :)))))
Post # 11
@yellowlace: You may want to try the “puppy airlift” method if she’s small – carry her EVERYWHERE. The only places her feet should touch the ground are places she can pee (and obviously, crate her when you can’t do that). It seems really restrictive and lame, but you’ll only have to do it for a short time, and it’s pretty effective.
If she’s too big for that, you could leash her and keep her beside you at all times. Same idea – keep her close to you so you can watch for signs she has to go. It’s not as easy because sometimes they can pop a squat faster than you can pick them up (I got peed on one time because my Ozy couldn’t stop the stream!), but it helps. She’ll get better at holding it as she gets older, and you’ll get better at recognizing when she has to go.
I would add that at 8 weeks you should be taking her out at least every HOUR to give her every opportunity to go in the right place, at least until you’ve figured out her pee frequency.
Post # 12
Sounds totally normal to me. We have an 11 month old golden retriever, who we have had since she was 7 1/2 weeks old. I agree with posters above – she is still a baby and has very little bladder control. It took months for us to house train our puppy and we had several acidents in the house. I remember we went for almost 2 weeks without an accident and then she peed 3x inside the house in the same day. WTF?!
Just be patient and consistent with the training – and congrats on your new puppy!!
Post # 13
Wow, thanks for all the excellent advice! I think I will try the tethering. We have done it a few times but I might do it a little more often. Sometimes I’ll carry her outside if I think she is ready to pee RIGHT AT THAT SECOND 🙂 but other times I’ll let her walk over. I’ll definitely keep an eye on that. Thank you all for your excellent puppy advice!!
Post # 14
You might want to pick up a couple of books on raising puppies and the different stages they go through. It’ll keep your expectations in the right place and really help you know what to expect!
Post # 15
@yellowlace: So she is 9 weeks old and you’ve had her one week????
You have a loooooonnnnng way to go. She is no where close to being housetrained! I think you just got lucky your first week. LOL
I got my dog when she was 16 weeks old and it took another 5 weeks to get her to eliminate all indoor potties. That’s older than you baby. Then we went camping for a week with her and she seemed to forget that she was indoors when we returned and peed again one last time.
Basically it’s still a baby and has many more weeks to go! I agree, leash her to your belt so she’s under your watch at all times. When you cannot watch her, then put her in her crate. Anytime she is let out of the crate, go immediately outside for a potty. Praise her when she goes, so you have to stand there and wait for her to go.
Crates are a MUST for puppy potty training.
Mother Knows Best by Caroline Benjamin Lea is a great puppy book and has a puppy schedule too.