How to Train a Pomeranian to Pee Outside

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2-4 Months
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Introduction

One of the great things about Pomeranians is that they are relatively easy to train. This holds true for potty training just as much as it does for basic behavior and tricks. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that your Pom will react far more readily to consistent training. Your Pom needs to be trained to go potty outside and he relies on you to provide the necessary training. This is where consistency truly pays off; if you keep changing your methods of training, your pup will remain confused and may never master the art of peeing outside. 

Defining Tasks

The job at hand is to teach your Pom that going pee, or for that matter poop, in the house is not acceptable. However, you must have realistic expectations. Your pup is not going to master this vital skill overnight. By rule of thumb, a Pom puppy can hold themselves for "one hour per month of age" up to a maximum of six hours. An adult Pom can hold themselves for up to eight hours. You should never leave your pup for longer than eight hours. 

Getting Started

The first thing you need is a way to restrict your pup's access to the house when you cannot be there to supervise him. The best way to do that is to use a training crate. This will be used when you can't supervise your pup or when you need to be gone for an extended period of time. Beyond this, you will only need a few extra supplies, including a leash and treats. For one method, you'll also need potty training spray, which is available at most pet supply stores.

Of course, along with these, you will need plenty of time and patience to work with your pup until this vital skill has been mastered. 

The Scent Method

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Make it smell so good
Take a bottle of potty training spray and mark an area of your lawn with it.
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Set the schedule
Using a timer, set up a schedule of taking your pup out every half hour. Every time it goes off, take your pup directly outside on their leash to the spot so they can go pee.
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Let him wander
Give your Pom time a few minutes to go pee and when he does, be sure to give him a treat and praise him for doing a good job.
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Take him in
If he doesn't go, that's fine, take him back in the house and try again in fifteen minutes. Again, if he goes, praise him and give him a treat.
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Keep working it
The rest is all about continuing to work with your pup until they learn to hold themselves until you take them out.
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The Timed Method

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Grab a timer
Grab a kitchen timer and set it to 30 minutes. When it goes off, take your pup out. If he goes potty, give him a treat and praise him.
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Extend the time
Once he has mastered waiting for half an hour to go potty, it is time to start adding more time to the clock.
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Be sure to treat
Be sure that each time your pup goes pee or poop outside, be sure to praise them and give them treats.
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Keep a close eye on your pup
While your pup may be starting to get the idea, you need to keep a very close eye on them while they are in your house. At the first indication they need to go outside, be sure to take them straight outside so they can go, regardless of the timer. When they go, be sure to praise and reward them.
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If he has an accident
If your pup happens to have an accident during the training process, don’t scold them for it. Unless you happen to catch them in the act, they will have no idea why you are mad at them. Simply use an enzymatic cleaner to remove all traces of the mess and keep working on their training until this is no longer necessary.
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The Leash Method

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Choose a location
Choose a location in your yard for your pup to go potty.
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Choose your cue
Choose a cue word such as "Outside" or "Potty" and use it every time you take your pup outside to go pee.
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Grab the leash
Pop your pup on the leash so he knows it's time to head outside.
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Give them the cue
Give your pup the cue and take him outside to go potty. When he goes, be sure to praise and reward him.
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Routines are important
Routines are very important to your pup. Set a schedule of taking them to go out every half hour at first and take them out on schedule. Again, when they go, praise them and give them a treat.
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Build their confidence
The rest is all about repetition, building his confidence, and his endurance. Take your time and your pup will soon learn where he is allowed to go potty.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers and Success Stories

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Leo
Pomeranian
2 Months
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Leo
Pomeranian
2 Months

How to train my dog to pee outside?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
706 Dog owners recommended

Hello Hema, Check out the article linked below. Is suggest following the Tethering method or the Crate Training method. The Crate Training method tends to be the quickest way to potty train with the fewest accidents, but you can also combine it with the tethering method when you are home to spend more time with pup. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Sebastian
Pomeranian
4 Months
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Sebastian
Pomeranian
4 Months

Potty training. I didn’t want to use pee pads but from the moment I started taking him out he wouldn’t go. I waited sometimes for an hour and he just wouldn’t. I oukd tak him out consistently with no results. I used the term go potty and routinely did this but he doesn’t go until he gets in the house. This was BEFORE using ore pads. Finally I just gave in because he was going all over my apartment and have pee pads now. He’s much better at using them but he still goes anywhere he wants.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
92 Dog owners recommended

There is one word for Sebastian: adorable! Thank you for the question. I like the scent method on this page but if you are more intent on having Sebastian use pee pads, there are a few things you can do. All of the methods here are good for pee pad training: https://wagwalking.com/training/use-a-pee-pad-2. It is important that you clean any messes that Sebastian has made with an enzymatic cleaner, the only product that will remove the smell entirely. Otherwise, despite your best efforts, Sebastian may continue to pee there. You could also consider a litter box with excellent ideas here: https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Good luck!

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Fox
Pomeranian
2 Years
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Fox
Pomeranian
2 Years

I adopted this very smart cutie, but he does not ask me to take him out, if he has to go he just goes anywhere around the house. please help!

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
92 Dog owners recommended

I would take the approach that you need to train Fox from step one. That means taking him out often (every 30 minutes at first) without him asking, and praising him highly when he succeeds outside. When he has an accident inside, be sure to clean up with an enzymatic cleaner. This is the only thing that removes the odor completely. You may not notice the odor but Fox does and takes it as an okay to pee there again. You can also try a training spray - before you take Fox outside, spray the area you want him to pee in. As soon as you go out, take him there and let him sniff around and pee. Then, reward for the good job. Try the schedule method here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-yorkshire-terrier-to-pee-outside. Good luck!

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Max
Pomeranian
2 Months
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Max
Pomeranian
2 Months

Pee outside

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
92 Dog owners recommended

Hello, I have a great instruction guide on potty training. Try either the Crate Method or the Timing Method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside. You really have to take a young puppy out often - I used to take my dog out every 30 minutes and once she got the idea, it was a breeze. So, try the Timing Method and take Max often, especially after a nap and meals. Clean up any accidents with an enzymatic cleaner. It's the only thing to remove the odor. You can buy it at the pet supply store. You may not smell the scent, but Max will and will then continue to pee inside. Reward Max every time he has success outside with verbal praise and a treat (keep treats in your pocket for that purpose). Read the guide I have given you as well. Good luck!

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Lucy
Pomeranian
2 Years
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Lucy
Pomeranian
2 Years

It’s my grand dog. I have carpet in my condo. When she comes over she peeps on it. Doesn’t do that at her home. She has vinel floors there.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
131 Dog owners recommended

Hi there. She may need the signal relayed to her that she is suppose to go outside at your house too. Dogs can't really transfer learned behaviors to other places like we can. The best way to correct this is, take her out to go potty, on leash so you have control over her and aren't chasing her around. Once she goes, praise her and give her a treat. Doing this a handful of times will get that message across to her.

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