Bringing home your first Pit Bull will prove to be an amazing experience as these guys are highly intelligent and make great family dogs. In fact, the origin of the breed was as a family dog, not as a fighting dog (these dogs are often trained to fight using very cruel methods). Keep in mind, you need to fully socialize your pup if you want them to be calm and friendly. This, along with the correct training methods will go a long way towards turning your new pup into a faithful family friend.
The task at hand is to teach your Pit Bull puppy that it is not okay for him to use your home as his personal bathroom and that in fact, he must go potty outside. Since Bullies are highly intelligent, the process often goes faster than with many other breeds. Keep in mind that during the training process your pup is going to have a few accidents, be sure to clean them up thoroughly using an enzymatic cleaner.
Before you start the training process, be sure you have plenty of time to work with your pup. During the early stages of the training process, you will be taking your pup outside as often as every 30 minutes. For those times when you can't be available to take him out on schedule, you should consider using a crate to keep him in a safe spot. The good news is that most pups won't go potty in their crate. You will only need a few other supplies to help you along the way, including treats and a leash.
Beyond this, you need to have plenty of patience as your pup learns what is expected of him. Be sure you work with your pup and, to a certain extent, let him set the pace. It might take a little longer this way, but the results will be well worth it.
Hi,my 12weeks old pitbull puppies does not have a problem to go pee on the newspaper but they will poop anywhere els in the house except on the paper. I have tried everything and dont know what to do anymore. I take them outside every 30min and they will just come in afterwards and poop in the house. Please can you give me some advice?
Hello Melanie, They need to be crate trained and you need to clean up any accident spots you can remember with a cleaner that contains enzymes because only enzymes will fully remove the smell (even bleach won't) and if spots smell like pee or poop to them, the smell will naturally encourage them to go potty in the same spot again. Look on the cleaner bottle for the word enzyme or enzymatic - something like natures miracle enzymatic pet cleaner. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean, so most dogs will naturally try to hold it while in a crate. If you take them potty and they don't do both pee and poop when you know they may need to still, then put them back into the crates when you come inside and take them outside again thirty-minutes to 1 hour later to try again. Going potty outside = freedom out of the crate, not going potty = confinement while they are full still. Also, do not put anything absorbent in the crate - no soft bedding or towel or it won't work. You can use something like www.primopads.com if you want to give a non-absorbent bed. Check out the article linked below for further details on how to do all this and on other tips to get them to poop outside when you take them, like teaching a "Go Potty" command, giving treats when they potty outside, walking them around on a leash so they don't get distracted, and using an attractant spray on the ground outside if you are still struggling. Finally, be aware that most puppies have to poop 15-45 minutes after they eat, even if they just peed before being fed. Be especially vigilant after meals to walk them around again and keep them focused on sniffing around outside after peeing so they will poop too. Movement also helps get things going, so walking them around your yard or calm locations (no extra distractions!) slowly on a leash can help them feel like pooping too. Finally, if your schedule will allow you to switch to only potty training outside, remove the papers, pee pads, or any other potty area inside unless you plan to potty train them to go inside somewhere for the rest of their lives - you don't want to use an indoor potty area for too long or it can cause other issues with potty training later when you try to switch to just pottying outside, like them associating the house with pottying still. 8-9 weeks is usually the paper cut off time. Crate Training method for pooping outside: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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