As you may have already discovered, the Lhasa Apso is one of the most fun-loving and mischievous breeds around. Because of this, it is important that you start training your pup as soon as possible. You can actually start training him at 8 to 12 weeks of age. Because of your pup's curious and mischievous nature, you need to socialize him and start obedience training as early as the day you bring him home. This will make it much easier for you to successfully train your Lhasa Apso pup that your house is not his personal toilet and that he needs to hold on until he is taken outside.
The task at hand is simply to teach your pup that the only place he is allowed to go do his business is outside in the yard. Moreover, you can train your pup to go in one specific area of your lawn, helping to keep his mess all in one spot. Bear in mind, when you take your Lhasa Apso pup outside, the only thing he is likely to be interested in at such as young age is running around, playing, and doing anything except going potty. However, you should never scold or punish your Lhasa Apso when he has an accident in the house--these little guys don't like being yelled at and intimidating any dog into compliance is counterproductive in the long run.
One of the most important aspects of potty training your pup falls on you. You need to keep a very close eye on your dog so that you can start picking up the signs he gives indicating he needs to go outside. These may include going to the door, sniffing at the carpet or floor, whining, squatting, and lifting his leg--among others. This can help you pick up on the fact he needs to go and could save you from any number of accidents. You also need a few "training" supplies.
Along with these, you need the time to spend training your pup and the patience to see the training through to a successful conclusion. You might also want to stock up on extra cleaning supplies for the inevitable messes your pup is bound to leave until he gets this whole potty training thing down pat.
Zoey prefers to go inside the house. How do I change that?
Hello Ayena, For stubborn potty training cases a strict crate training schedule combined with treats when she goes potty outside, is usually what I recommend. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. Since Zoey is older than a little puppy now, you can take her potty every 2-4 hours when you are home and give her 1.5 hours of supervised freedom outside the crate after she goes potty outside before putting her back in the crate until it is time to take her outside again. Crate training method from article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our dog is newly rehomed from a condo. We live in the country on three acres of Florida natural landscaping and sectional fencing. We probably gave him to much freedom to run free chasing lizards, squirrels, and bunnies. He always keeps a check to see if we are "watching and with him" as he rushes every-which-way under bushes around trees and quickly disappearing behind out-buildings. He is so fun to play with, and watch his antics inside and out! Now, after having Casey for a month, his potty habits are anything but stable. He is excellent in his crate, but once out of it he moves swiftly and so fast he's like a ghost dog. He is always ready to "go outside", but can't (or won't) get what we want from him.
Hello Nancy, First, its only been a month so stay consistent with the crate training for potty training. He should either be in the crate or tethered to you with a leash while inside unless he has pottied outside within the past two hours - limiting his freedom only to times when his bladder his empty to stop accidents in the house so that he will be able to learn to potty outside. When you take him potty outside, take him on a leash - this is SUPER important for him. He likely isn't going potty because he is too distracted, then he goes in the house once things are calm again. You need potty trips to become super boring. If he doesn't go potty when you take him outside on a leash, take him back inside and put him back into his crate for an hour, then after the hour - take him back outside to try again on leash. Repeat taking him outside, then crating him if he doesn't go, until he finally goes potty outside. Walk him around slowly on the leash to encourage him to sniff and tell him to "Go Potty" - he will learn with practice what that means and go quicker in the future. When he does go potty outside, praise enthusiastically and give four treats, if you have the time then, you can also let him run around and have fun! Just require him to go potty FIRST so that running around is his motivation for going quickly and not the distraction - of course only let him run around where you know he is safe or on a long leash. Check out the article linked below for more details - he is older so the times won't be this strict for him, more like pottying every 3-4 hours, 1-2 hours of freedom after pottying outside, and crating again for 1 hour then taking him outside again - if he didn't go when you took him. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside You should eventually be able to take him potty off-leash like you have been doing (if it's safe to do so), but he probably needs several months of being taken potty on leash and keeping him focused first. He needs to be completely accident free in the house for at least 3-6 months and in a habit of pottying outside as soon as you say "Go Potty" before you give him more freedom and the add distractions that come with being off-leash. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi, I just recently got my puppy. My family and I have never had a dog before and are still very new to this. Coco will sometimes go outside and do his business it sometimes he will go inside the house. I keep a schedule and he goes about every 2 hours. What can I do better? What steps would be best to train him? What kind of treats would be best for him?
Stephanie, Check out the crate training method from the article linked below. The goal is to only give pup freedom when his bladder is empty - to create a habit of putting outside only. For treats I suggest either using pumps own dog food or using soft freeze dried meat treats, like stella and chewy. 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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We recently got Cassidy and have had no problem getting her to go outside; our problem is that she goes outside, and then 5 mins later during her free time, she goes on the floor. She also spends more time outside eating the mulch than actually looking for a place to eliminate/eliminating. We have tried EVERYTHING and are not seeing any progress; she still goes inside around 5-10 times a day. After she goes inside, we will say "NO!" in a stern voice and then take her outside and coax her, but it has not really been helping. Thanks for any help!
Hello Ella, First, I suggest a trip to your vet. It sounds like something medical could be going on if she went potty outside and still had an accident that soon, unless the accident was due to someone acting angry or overly exciting, and thus submissive or excited peeing. (I am not a vet though). If you rule out a possible medical cause and it's still happening, I suggest using the crate training method and the tethering method from the article linked below together. Use the crate training method but during her free time after potting outside, attach her to yourself with a hands free leash instead of giving full freedom, until it's time to crate again, then take back outside. That method also has tips for getting her to go potty while outside, such as keeping her moving slowly, using a leash, teaching Go Potty, and rewarding when she does go - to make future trips faster. Follow those tips as well, and bring her back inside and crate if she doesn't go - no freedom or even tethering until she is empty. Take pup out again in 30 minutes (or sooner if needed) to try again if she didn't go the first time and needed to be crated for a bit. Crate Training method and Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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