If this is your first Alaskan Malamute you are in for a treat, ask anyone who has owned them. These incredibly beautiful dogs make one of the best large breeds for family pets. They are incredibly strong-willed, independent, powerful, and fun-loving. Don't let those wolf-like eyes and grin fool you--raised properly, Malamutes are gentle giants who will protect their pack to the death.
But, until you get your pup potty trained, what you have is a bundle of fluff with oversized paws and ears that are too big for his head, who leaves you with not so little surprises all over the house. Fortunately, Malamutes are incredibly intelligent and can be trained to do a lot of things, including go potty outside.
The task at hand is teaching your Alaskan Malamute that the only place he is allowed to go potty in outside in his designated spot in the yard. Sounds simple and in reality, it is. Potty training is, for the most part, about choosing a training method and then sticking with it until your pup starts to let you know when he needs to go out and is no longer booby-trapping every inch of your floors. The only real hard part is that Malamutes tend to be quite stubborn--it's not that they can't learn to go potty outside, it's more like, "Hey human, I will learn to go potty only when I am good and ready!" Be patient and keep working with your pup until he finally does what you are asking of him.
The good news is that you can start working on potty training your Alaskan Malamute from the moment you bring him home. By the time he is 8 to 12 weeks of age, he is capable of starting to learn where he can and cannot go potty. You also need to learn to recognize his specific signs that he needs to go. These might include sniffing the floor, pawing the door, lifting a leg or starting to squat. Along with this, you might find these items come in handy:
Beyond this, you will need plenty of time to work with your pup, and the patience to keep trying long after you start to feel frustrated. In the end, your pup's strong desire to please you will win out and he will no longer see the inside of the house as a place where he can go potty when he feels like it.
i got nanuk when he was 11 weeks old he wees on the paper but also wees where ever he like in the kitchen even when the door is open he always go'es out side for for a pooh which is a good thing can you help i praise him when he wees outside and give him a treat
Hello Lynn, Unless you intend to have Nanuk use pee pads for the rest of his life I highly recommend getting rid of them and working on teaching him to only use the bathroom outside. The fabric type material of the pee pad and being allowed to pee inside at all at this age, even on a pee pad, is likely confusing him. I recommend starting him on crate training. I would use crate training to potty train him specifically. If he is given too much freedom while in the habit of peeing inside already, then he is likely to have a lot of accidents and take a lot longer to train. Check out this article and follow all of the instructions found there on the "Crate Training" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside On days when you are not at home he should be able to hold his bladder for 3-4 hours while in the crate during the day. If you are gone for longer than that, then I would recommend hiring a dog walker to come by every 3-4 hours to take him outside to go potty. As he gets older he will be able to hold his bladder for longer. In general, a puppy can hold his bladder during the day for the number they are in months of age plus one. So for a three month old puppy, four hours is the maximum amount of time he can go between potty breaks without being forced to have an accident. Too many accidents in the crate will teach him to go potty in there too. Once he turns four months, then he should be able to hold it for 4-5 hours which is a more reasonably amount of time. That number will go up from there every month, until he reaches a maximum of around eight hours a day. If you decide to have him go potty inside, which I do not recommend because of his future size and how much harder that would be too reverse, then at least use the "Exercise Pen" method and a tray of disposable real grass trays, so that he will more easily transfer his potty training skills to the outdoors and learn to differentiate the exercise pen as a toilet from the rest of the house as a toilet more easily. To teach him with the exercise pen, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Exercise Pen" method. Instead of using a litter box inside the exercise pen like the article mentions, use a disposable real grass toilet tray. Also make sure his exercise pen is large enough that he can get away from the grass tray because he will not want to pee right where he sleeps. There needs to be a couple of feet in between. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Here is one brand of a real grass tray. You want real grass, and most manufacturers claim that you can use a single one for two weeks before throwing it away. That will be at your own preference though. https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Patch-Disposable-Potty-Grass/dp/B005G7S6UI Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi! Keda is 7 weeks old and I want to start good habits as soon as possible. We are still on the process of vaccines as she only has had one distemper/parvo so we are restricted to a rock area only. She is so lazy once we get outside. She likes to just lay or sit in the cold floor. I tell her to go potty but she would rather lay down or look for stuff to eat. So when we come upstairs she likes to go pee on the floor. She doesn’t give any signs other then squatting and peeing right away. Any advice helps.
Hello Caitlin, I highly suggest crate training in your situation. You will likely need to carry her to the crate at first too, to prevent squats. When she learns to pee outside, then you can let her walk there on her own so that she will learn where the door is. Check out the article that I have linked below and carefully follow the "Crate Training method". That article will also cover some other tips for motivating her to go potty, like treats, a "Go Potty" command, and a scent attracting spray. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If it is an option, then I would also suggest purchasing a piece of grass sod or a disposable real grass pad to put on top of the rocks. She is far more likely to pee on that. The grass does not need to be planted because you only need it to last until she has more shots, so you can simply lay the piece of grass sod or grass pad on the rocks. The disposable REAL grass pads are more convenient, but a piece of grass sod from a local gardening/hardwood stores will be much cheaper if you can find one this time of year. Example of real grass pad: https://www.porchpotty.com/Training_Sod_for_dogs_Grass_for_dog_potty_p/sod-monthly.htm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00761ZXQW/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B00761ZXQW&pd_rd_w=f5mOt&pf_rd_p=21517efd-b385-405b-a405-9a37af61b5b4&pd_rd_wg=2UaoI&pf_rd_r=96AE1EZRE7TNBQQ0VNVJ&pd_rd_r=853f0813-fd0e-11e8-a6fb-839e66d9df63 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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She will pee outside but she will not poop outside i crate her when she does wrong and she knows when she does wrong cause she runs straight to the crate i take her out frequently and she will only pee outside i dont know what else to do help???!!
Hello, Check out the article that I have linked below. You need to crate her preventatively, not after the accident. Discipline her for having an accident can actually teach her to avoid going potty in front of you (even outside). The crate should prevent her from having an accident, so that pooping outside earns her freedom and she is motivated to go potty outside and not free inside to have an accident until her bowels are empty for the day. When you take her outside, tell her to "Go Potty", walk her around on a leash (movement helps her body need to go, watch her to see if she goes potty (many dogs get distracted after peeing and need you to insist that they go potty again), and if she does go potty, give her four treats, one at a time (to help her want to poop outside to earn more treats next time). The article below was written for a puppy, so she can be taken outside every four hours instead of 1(or sooner if she acts like she needs to go potty or has just eaten or ran around - which will make her need to poop). When she does poop, you can give her time outside the crate until she is getting within a couple of hours of when she usually needs to poop again (some dogs poop morning and night thirty-minute after meals, others are more or less often - pay attention to when she tends to poop and how often each day). https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside You can also attach her to yourself with a six to eight foot leash to keep her from wandering off to poop when you are home (because of her size be careful though). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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