Bringing a new puppy home is exciting. They can also be exhausting. New puppies are awake a lot during the night, need to be trained, need to be socialized, and need to know the best place to use the potty. You may train your dog to eliminate in one spot such as a pee pad within your house or one special area in your yard. Alternatively, your goal may just be to teach your dog to tell you she needs to go outside and let her roam the yard on her own until she is satisfied. In the whirlwind of having a new dog, whether it is a new puppy or an older dog who needs to be retrained, house training tops the list of things your dog must know.
House training is about praise, love, and repetition. The level of frustration can be high if you are not patient, are intolerant of accidents, or are not taking the time your puppy needs to learn this important skill. It is important to know if you have a puppy, they can usually hold their bladder for about one hour for every month he is old. So, a four-month-old puppy can typically go about four hours without having to pee. However, smaller dogs may need less time in between visits to the potty. Excited dogs may need to visit outside before the magic hour per month time is up. And as your dog is learning what it feels like to have to eliminate and recognize the actions that go with it, you may find him telling you right away without warning. House training is not a difficult task, but the time you put into it these first few weeks will truly be the determinant of how long it will take you and your puppy to succeed.
You will need a few things depending on how you would like to train your puppy.
Remember to ask your dog often if she needs to go potty before she does so in your house.
Your young puppy will need to go at least once, if not two or three times, in the middle of the night so be prepared to lose a little bit of sleep or increase your coffee intake for a few weeks.
Just adopted Fiji 4 days ago. I take her out very often, maybe 5 times a day since I’ve got her. She has only pooped and peed outside once, I praised her when she did. But now she only goes in the house. I will walk her for 20-40 minutes and nothing, then as soon as we go inside she will pee, and gives me no warning that she has to go. How can I fix this ?
Hello Stella, Fiji needs to be strictly crate trained to prevent opportunities to pee inside. She also needs to be taken out as often as every one and a half hours until she starts to understand that she is supposed to pee only outside. While she is crated she can be expected to hold it for four hours if you are gone, but while you are at home take her outside every one and a half hours. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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What can I do if I startled my dog when he was going potty outside. And now he does not want to potty in front of me, therefore refusing to go potty in a designated yard area?
Hello Ramiro, Take him to the bathroom using a long leash, such as 40 feet (use a training leash that drags on the ground, not a retractable leash for this). Take him to that general area of the yard where the designated spot is but don't expect him to go right on the spot at first, we will get there gradually. Tell him to "Go Potty" and let him wander away from you on the long leash, so that he feels he has some privacy. Pretend like you are not watching him from about 20-40 feet away. When you DO see him go potty (because you really were watching from the corner of your eye), praise him enthusiastically and toss several large treats toward him as a reward. As he gets more comfortable peeing near you - because of the praise and treats, then you can gradually coil up more of the long leash over th next few days and weeks, until you have eventually coiled up all but six feet of it and are taking him directly to his potty spot on a normal 6 foot leash. For this to work you have to be very calm when you take him potty and happy when he goes potty outside. He will be less likely to go if he senses you are angry or frustrated (we all feel that way sometimes but don't show him that). Inside, do not yell at him or act frustrated if you catch him having an accident or after he had an accident. Crate train him and keep a careful potty schedule to prevent accidents in the first place. If he starts to squat to go potty inside, say, 'Ah Ah, let's go!', in a calm tone of voice and hurry him outside, with as much cheerfulness and urgency as you can (remember he is learned and not doing it to be spiteful, so treat him like a little one who simply needs to be shown). Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Since he is older you can take him potty every 3-4 hours when home, and up to 7-8 hours if you have to be at work all day (if he demonstrates he can hold it that long in the crate). After he goes potty outside, give him 2 hours of supervised freedom outside the crate inside, before placing him back in the crate until time to go potty or taking him back outside if Tethering him to yourself. If you are gone during the day, use the crate training method then, and the Tethering method in the evening when you are home to prevent accidents. Potty training article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside The better you are about preventing accidents the quicker potty training tends to go. Clean up any accidents with a cleaner that contains enzymes because the enzymes break down things at a molecular level. Other cleaners leave scent that can encourage peeing in those spots again. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I’ve tried everything to get my dog to use the pee pads. The sprays that attract her, catching her midstream and placing her on the pad, pad next to the door, her urine wiped up on a paper towel and put on the pad, the fake grass pad, pads in the places where she goes. She won’t go on the pad. My expectation is for her to go on the pad when I’m at work. I don’t know what to do.
Hello Julie, Follow the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Following that method will ensure that her only option is to pee on the pad since anytime she doesn't pee on the pad you will return her to the crate, then try again in thirty to forty-five minutes (or sooner if it's been a long time since she has pottied. Also, switching from a pee pad to a disposable real grass pad is easier for most dogs since it feels and smells like grass outside - since it is real grass. You may want to consider using a real grass pad instead, especially if you plan to train pup to go potty outside primarily when she is older and can hold it for longer. Use the Crate Training method to pee pad train her. Once she is used to going on the pads, then you can switch to the exercise pen method for further training - without you having to be there all the time. Crate Training method and Exercise Pen method - the methods mention a litter box, but you can use real grass pads or pee pads in place of the litter box and follow the same methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad brands - also found on amazon: www.doggielawn.com www.freshpatch.com You can also make your own grass pad using a large, shallow plastic storage container and a piece of grass sod, cut to fit into the box. Periodically replace the grass as needed. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My puppy will not pee unless I or my wife are with him. He will go outside and poop but he will not go outside and pee. He will go outside when we tell him to go outside but he will not pee unless we go outside with him. What can I do?
Hello David, Honestly, you are expecting far too much of him too soon. It is normal for you to need to go with pup at this age, until almost one year of age. He is actually already doing better than most puppies at this point. Taking him on a leash to keep him focused is even normal still. Some dogs don't need to be accompanied anymore as soon as 7 months but 9 months tends to be the average for when you can simply send pup into the yard on their own and expect them to go potty. Expect to need to go with pup for at least a couple more months. If you don't go with him, he might start having more accidents inside again and slow his progression with potty training. Potty training needs to become a firm, long-term habit first, and that takes time and practice for a dog in most cases. To speed up the process, so that it doesn't take you a year, when you do take puppy potty, tell him to "Go Potty". After he goes, give a treat. If he may need to poop, tell him to "Go Potty" again and give an additional treat after he poops also. After a couple more months of potty training, you can start transition him to not needing you there, taking pup outside without a leash (if you aren't already) if your yard is fenced in. At first, stand near pup and tell him to "Go Potty", then reward him when he goes and comes back over to you afterward. Gradually stop closer and closer to your house - away from where pup goes to pee, a couple of feet at a time. Tell him to "Go Potty", letting him wander out into your yard away from you to go, then come back to you afterward for his treat. As time goes on, you will gradually go less and less far out into the yard with him, so that you are standing closer to the door to your house and he goes out into the yard to go on his own, then comes back afterward. Finally, open the door to let him outside, tell him to "Go Potty" as he is going out the door, watch him from the window, then give him a treat when he returns if he went potty while out there. If he doesn't go potty and returns to the door without going, tell him to "Go Potty" again and walk out there with him a few feet to remind him. Practice this until he no longer needs the reminder but will simply go out, go potty, then return each time he needs to go. Eventually you can phase out the treats completely and the "Go Potty" command will just be something he is expected to do without reward. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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