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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I got my Cheyenne when she was 4 months old. I am having trouble potty training her. She goes in her kennel when we are in bed or away. The reason I believe is bc she was in an outside enclosure until she was 4 months, where her and the other puppies went to the potty and I'm guessing that this is what she's used to. We've tried everything we know to try. I don't want her to be an outside dog but at this point, we may have to consider it. Please help!!!
Hello Lola, First, make sure that the crate doesn't have anything absorbent in it - including a soft bed or towel. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed for her. Make sure the crate is only big enough for her to turn around, lie down and stand up, and not so big that she can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean so it needs to be the right size to encourage that natural desire. Use a cleaner that contains enzymes to clean any previous or current accidents - only enzymes will remove the small and remaining smells encourage the dog to potty in the same location again later. Check out the Crate Training article linked below for tips on how to get pup to go potty while outside - which makes accidents in the crate less likely. Since she is older, potty trips can be every 3 hours when you are home and 5-7 hours if you have to leave for the day - with 5 at first and longer once pup is used to holding her bladder. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If you are still struggling after applying the above suggestions, then unfortunately pup may have already lost her desire to hold it while in a confined space. In those cases you can try feeding pup her meals in there to discourage it but most of the time you simply have to switch potty training methods until she is fully potty trained - at which point you might be able to use a crate for travel again later in life. Check out the Tethering method from the article linked below. Whenever you are home use the Tethering method. When you are gone, she will either need to be outside if it's safe for her to be there or you can teach her to go potty in a guest shower if you have the right setup and confine her to the bathroom. One of the easiest ways to do this is to place a disposable real grass pad in the shower and teach her to go on that - then use a shower hose to clean it off. The goal really is to work on potty training while you are home using the tethering method and to train her that way - that just means you have to prevent accidents in the meantime while you are away by limiting her freedom in the rest of the house during those times - via her being outside or using the bathroom shower. Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside You can follow some of the tips from Exercise Pen method to reward her for pottying in the shower and teach that while you are home so that she can learn how to go potty there too while in the bathroom while you are away - be sure to take up bath mats and only put a non-absorbent bed in there such as a cot or www.primopads.com. Exercise Pen method: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Real grass pad brands - Also found on Amazon www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com You can also make your own out of a piece of grass sod cut up and eventually decrease the size of the grass over time until pup can go potty in the shower without the grass also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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When I got my dog he was some what peed pad trained. Now he takes for ever to go outside, I am outside for almost an hour each time he has to go. Then when we come back inside he'll go right away in the house somewhere. I don't know how to curve this behavior, and it gets quite annoying to deal with. He also is having a hard keeping quiet at night in the crate, I do work eight hours but I play with him from when I get home till I go to bed and it's like he never sleeps. That or he never tires himself out always has energy and I am at a lost.
Hello Mary, It sounds like he is getting more distracted while outside at this age - that's common in puppies. Take him outside on a leash to keep him more focused. Slowly walk him around on leash for 10 minutes. If he pees and may need to poop, give him another 10 minutes, then back inside whether he went or not. Place him into the crate if he did not go and try again in 30-45 minutes. Repeat this cycle until he does go. You can also add a potty attractant spray and spray that on the area you wish for him to go potty on right before you take him outside, to see if the scent will help remind him. When you take him outside, tell him to "Go Potty" and and after he goes, give a treat. This should overtime teach him the Go Potty command and help him to go faster when you take him. As far as the barking at night. During the day practice the following with him. When he cries and you know he doesn't need to go potty yet, ignore the crying. Most dogs will adjust if you are consistent. You can give him a food stuffed hollow chew toy when you first put him into the crate (not when he barks for it though) to help him adjust and sprinkle treats into the crate during times of quietness to further encourage quietness. If he continues protesting for long periods of time past three days of doing that, you can use a Pet Convincer. Work on teaching "Quiet" but using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Tell him "Quiet" when he barks and cries. If he gets quiet and stays quiet, you can sprinkle a few pieces of dog food into the crate through the wires calmly, then leave again. If he disobeys your command and keeps crying or stops but starts again, spray a small puff of air from the Pet convincer at his side through the crate while saying "Ah Ah" calmly, then leave again. If he stays quiet after you leave you can periodically sprinkle treats into the crate to reward his quietness. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Only use the unscented air from the Pet Convincers - don't use citronella, it's too harsh and lingers for too long so can be confusing. Do not give treats at night though because that can encourage staying awake. At night pup will be more tired so ignore the barking. Correct with the pet convincer as described about if you know for sure pup doesn't have to go potty and it's been a week of regular daily crate training as described above and it's still an issue. It's imperative to teach Quiet and work on crate training during the day some each day though to condition pup to relax in the crate - which should carry over into nights at a certain point. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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