He’s everything you hoped he would be, friendly, intelligent, alert, and outgoing. Even your usually somber in-laws can’t help but grin helplessly around your Husky puppy. However, guests only see the positives. There is one negative they’re lucky enough to miss, which is coming downstairs to the unpleasant aroma of an accident, or even worse, standing in an accident. It isn’t his fault, of course, he’s still young. However, you’re keen to tackle this behavior and potty train him properly.
Potty training a Husky will bring with it a number of notable benefits. You will no longer have to clean your nice new floors. Neither will you have to worry about your other pets and young children coming into contact with the potentially harmful bacteria. In addition, you will be able to take him to friends' and families' houses without worrying about him going about his business on their carpets.
Fortunately, potty training a Husky is relatively straightforward. The main task is to get him into a consistent routine. However, you will also need to make the potty as pleasant as possible. That will require an effective motivator. Huskies have a soft spot for anything they can eat. So, some mouth-watering food will play a key part.
Husky puppies are switched on and fast learners. So, if your husky puppy is receptive, you could see results in just a week or so. However, if he isn’t too interested in following instructions, then you may need a while longer. It could take several weeks before you see consistent results. If this training works, you will never have to worry about him going to the toilet in public spaces or in your vehicle again. Not to mention, you won’t have to go out and buy antibacterial spray every week anymore.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. Stock up on some tasty treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small chunks. You will also need a potty location in mind that is easily and regularly accessible.
Try and set aside time at several points throughout the day to take him to his new potty. The more consistently you take him out, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, you just need patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!
We got Yui from a pet store at 12 weeks old. Ever since then she goes potty whenever she pleases. Right after she goes, we put her outside and tell her potty. She will go outside if she has to. Every time we make sure to get rid of the smell with spray. She is also not a nervous pee-er. She does not know how to hold it during the night. Any suggestions?
Hello Camryn, Unfortunately, puppies who come from Petstores that are kept in kennels and not taken outside to go potty are forced to pee and poop in confined spaces, which makes them loose their natural desire to hold it to keep the area clean. Take her outside every one to one-and-a-hour hours when you are home. When you take her outside, tell her to "Go Potty", and enthusiastically praise her and give her five treats, one treat at a time, when she goes. When she is inside with you, attach her to yourself with a six or eight-foot leash so that she cannot sneak off to pee when you are not looking. If she starts to pee, immediately surprise her by doing something like clapping and rush her outside to finish going potty there. Take her outside even if she already finished inside, just to communicate that that's where she should go. Pay attention when she is attached to you. If she tries to wander off, starts circling, sniffing, or squatting she probably needs to pee. The more accidents that you can prevent the quicker potty training will go. She will also need to poop within fifteen to thirty minutes of eating, so take her outside then, even if she just peed before she ate. When you cannot be home, you may need to create an indoor toilet for her. I would recommend using an strong Exercise Pen and making a grass toilet. To make a grass toilet, get a piece of real grass sod and a shallow wide plastic bin and cut the grass sod if needed to make it fit inside. Put the toilet area in one side of the Exercise Pen and when you take her to go potty, some of the times take her over to that toilet area on a leash and tell her to "Go Potty" and encourage her to sniff it and go there. Do this so that she will learn to prefer the grass. When you cannot supervise her, put her in the sturdy Exercise Pen with the toilet on one end so that she will be more likely to pee on that. When she learns through being attached to you and supervised and taken outside to go potty, not to go potty anywhere in the house besides the grass toilet, then you can remove the toilet or put it outside, to transition her to peeing only outside. Anytime that you cannot supervise her, like at night, put her in the exercise pen with the toilet. Although it is a lot less convenient, a grass toilet will encourage outside peeing on grass better, to transition to going outside. Do not use Pee Pads, although they are more convenient because they will likely lead to confusion with other fabric surfaces like rugs, clothes, and carpet, in our house. That might lead to a life of accidents on those materials. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello. We just got Ares from a breeder, he is 13 weeks old. We do not have a fenced in yard, so when we take him to go potty we put him on a leash. He seems to not like his leash very much and will not poop with it on (he pees just fine). How can I get him to adjust to his leash and poop with it on?
Hello Rainie, Check out the article linked below to help Ares learn to adjust to the leash: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash If he is still struggling, you can also try using a long leash, like 15-20 feet long and let it drag behind him while he sniffs until he gets used to the leash. Do not use a retractable leash with him either way - the tension of that leash makes it unpleasant and it isn't good for teaching heel later. Retractable leashes are best for dogs that are already trained. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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hey. so my pup constantly pees inside the house and not on the pads. we place the pads where he’s peed before after cleaning and getting rid of the scents but he still pees in the house and not on the pads. we take him out a few times a day but he never pees or poops outside. why won’t he go outside and how can i train because nothing seems to be working.
Hello Cindy, If Leo is having accidents on just the hardwood or linoleum floor and not on rugs and carpets, then he is probably avoiding eliminating on fabric type materials while inside. Pee Pads resemble rugs to some dogs, and many dogs will confuse the two. If he is confusing the two, then he is right not to pee on them. Whatever is causing that issue what he really needs is to be crate trained, and tethered to you with a leash while he is free. Follow the "Crate Training" method from the "How to Train a German Shepherd Puppy to Poop Outside" article that I have linked bellow. Using this method very consistently should force him to eventually pee and poop outside since he will be trying to hold his bladder while in the crate and will eventually have to eliminate outside if he is given no other options. When you let him out of the crate to take him outside, calmly reach into the crate and clip a leash onto him. When the leash is attached, then hurry him outside without stopping. If you stop he might have an accident on the way outside. When he pees or poops outside, then reward him with treats right after he goes so that he will want to pee or poop outside again next time. Here is that article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If you cannot use the "Crate Training" method for any reason, then use the "Tethering" method from that same article so that he cannot sneak away from you to pee while he is free in your home. You can also use both methods together by placing him into the crate when you cannot watch him, and by attaching him to yourself with the leash when you are at home. Use just the crate training method by itself for at least a couple of days though, to get him comfortable with peeing outside. If you must have him use the bathroom inside because of your schedule or some other reason, then follow the "Exercise Pen" method from the "How to Litter Box Train Your Chihuahua Puppy" article that I have linked bellow. Teach your puppy to pee in a litter box or a grass toilet rather than on Pee Pads when you do this. If he is too large for a litter box already, then create your own litter box out of a shallow plastic storage container and cat litter. The best thing to use for an indoor toilet if you wish for Leo to only use the bathroom outside as an adult, is a grass toilet area. A grass toilet is a plastic or wooden box that is filled with a piece of grass sod that has been cut to fit into the box. This box is less than ideal to clean, but it will clearly communicate to your puppy that he should be peeing on grass, and the box can then be moved outside later on when you transition him to just peeing outside. Here is that article: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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