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Any advice on house breaking?

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Tinamac1, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    Chowder is 9 weeks old and pretty much house trained, whenever he needs to go out he scratches at the door. Here is the problem when I am not in the room with him I cannot hear him scratching. When I am awake it is no problem because I watch him and have his schedule down pat but when I am asleep if I don't wake up at just the right time I miss him and he uses it by the door. I know he is scratching at it because if I get up just at the right time I catch him doing so tell him "eh eh" and he holds it til we go out. I did the kennel the first week and always ended up having to clean my floor, the bars as well as under the puppy pad whenever he had an accident. I am done with that it was more of a pain in the bum then cleaning it up by the door. What I am really wondering is how do I teach him to whine or bark when he needs to go out? If I say speak every time he barks will he pick it up? Then when I take him to the door to go out do I keep saying it til he understands?

    Lol Did I just figure this out on my own while typing this?

    Really tho any advice is totally welcomed.

    Thanks x
  2. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    First off this pup is only 9 weeks old. Your expecting too much too soon.. ot takes time.. so he is left out on his own unsupervised? He should always be with you or in a crate so he doesn't have a chance to have an accident. Where is je when you are sleeping?
  3. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    We don't close our bedroom door and the room he is allowed in opens up from our bedroom. He sleeps on his dog bed at the foot of our bed or with us. Our cats have a room and he has a room its like a big kennel all for him. The problem is just that I don't hear him. If we leave the house we put him in the crate.
  4. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Agreed, you are expecting WAY too much from a 9wk old puppy. The vast majority of 9wk. old puppies aren't going to be able to hold it all night. So put him in his crate at night, and get up 4-5hrs. later and take him out, BEFORE he starts whining. You'll probably have to do this for another couple of weeks til his bladder is bigger. Some puppies can hold it through the night, my new boy has since he was 10wks. old, but it's pretty rare.
  5. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    He needs to be crated at night until he is completly house trained..this will teach him to hold his bladder. And don't put a puppy pad in the crate..it can have a reverse effect.. make sure his crate is only big enough for him to stand and lay in comfortably..
  6. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    I do get up every 3 to 4 hours to take him out. Okay, he fits in the crate just right. This is the first time I have ever used a crate with one of my dogs I guess I just feel bad leaving him in it. We also just changed his food from what they were giving him and his poor belly has been a bit upset so that isn't helping. I didn't know about the gradually changing their food until I read it the other day. Also I understand its not the puppies fault he is having accidents, he doesn't get yelled at or anything.

    This is our first puppy on our own and we are trying to do it right to have a good and happy dog. Thanks for all the advise!
  7. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I know old school people have a hard time grasping the crate...but as long as you make it a fun relaxing spot for your pup he will grow to love it..I know since he is in it at night and during the day it seems like a lot of crate time. But once my dogs are house trained they don't have to be in it at night. Only during the day.. my dogs love yheir crates. Every time they go in the crate they get a treat...when I put them in before I go to work they get a frozen peanut butter kong...they love it! And it takes them a whole to finish it..don't use the crate for punishment. Its their den...I also cover the crate with a blanket. It keeps them quiter since they can't get stimulated by sights..at first he will whine but don't give in..if you are consistant he will love it and have it down in no time..plus you know he will be safe and not getting bored and chewing on furniture or chewing on wires.. its the best way to potty train.
  8. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    Thank you! He seems to be fine with it, I open the door where he can go in and out of it anytime when we are home.
  9. dont feed the pup and take away its water at 4pm. no water, or food till the next morning.
  10. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    4pm?? That's.. super early to be not giving any water. Unless they are going to bed at like 5 or 6pm.

    I take water away (from puppies) at around 8:30-9pm, and usually am in bed by 10pm. I get up at 5:15am most days and the dogs are eating by 6. I would never feel comfortable withholding water from 4pm-6am.
  11. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    After I feed him I make sure I give him time to go to the bathroom before bed. I do the same with water but every time I get up to walk him if he is thirsty I let him have water. He holds us urine fine. I guess I should cut the food out a bit earlier like 7 am I go to bed at 9 am and I get up for the day at 3 pm. He is only left alone between 9 am and 3 pm, well I get up at 12 and take him out.
  12. If they Are worm free/ parvo free then why worry. Its an inside animal at the end of the day.
    Keep up with the worming schedule and vaccine schedule and the pup will be fine. I've always taken my inside dogs food and water away at 4-5 pm to potty train then.
  13. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Because you're withholding water for over 12hrs., which is way too long IMO.
  14. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    Just thought I would update on the house breaking!

    Chowder hasn't had an accident in over a week! He cries to let me know he needs out in the day time when I am asleep which is about once a day. I give him all the water he wants and cut off food from 7 am to 3 pm.

    He also has learned how to "sit and stay" and is pretty close to getting "lay down" down pat! lol pretty good for 10 weeks. I don't push him to hard because he is only 10 weeks. I just go over it a few times a day but he seems he picks up stuff really fast.
  15. Julie&Jane

    Julie&Jane Puppy

    Its all about timing !!

    my 15 week old is already house trained. on my own i decided i was always going to let her out the same door each time i take her outside. i also take her to the same spot in the yard each time we go out. and its pretty easy to notice if she has to go to the bathroom, she either smells the carpet a lot and walks faster than normal, or she sits nicely by the front door. i use treat reinforcement right after she goes out side. ITS ALL ABOUT TIMING !! right after she goes i give her a treat on spot. my trick is keeping the bag of treats right by the door and grab it as we go outside. all of this i learned on my own. i think the most important part is knowin your dogs signs as well. once you get those down, your on a happy road to house breaking them. xoxo Julie&Jane
  16. 7ilovelucy

    7ilovelucy Puppy

    1) puppies especially that young need to go out every 45 mins, after every nap no matter how short it is, 10 mins after eating or drinking, and right away when they wake up in the morning

    2) try using a bell. I got my pup at 7 wks and he is now 7 months, he has never had an accident in the house. Get a bell and tie it to the door nob ... make sure you go out the same door every time. The bell must be at snout level. Everytime he rings the bell even if hes just playing with it, say your potty command such as " gotta go potty" "gotta go outside" and take him out to his potty area. Also if he doesnt catch on to the bell, show him the bell and ring it or take his paw and hit the bell right before you take him potty

    Very cute puppy btw hope I helped a little
  17. 7ilovelucy

    7ilovelucy Puppy

    Dont feel bad in the wild dogs sleep in dens, it actually makes your dog feel safer because they have there own personal space. Also your dog is not going to use the bathroom where it sleeps unless its an absolute emergency like diharea. For the first couple of nights he probably going to wine but you have to ignore it because if u take him out every time he wines hes going to know he can get out every time he wines. If you rally feel bad try giving him a small treat when u put him in his crate... also cut of food and water at least 2 hours before bed and make sure he goes potty before you put him in his crate
  18. Tinamac1

    Tinamac1 Puppy

    Update! lol
    Chowder barks to go out now! I still keep him on his food schedule but honestly I will always keep him on that just as I do the cats. He sometimes will just look at us not giving any indication he needs to go out and pisses in my floor (no idea what is up with that) which makes me mad but he is only 15 weeks so I know...give him time. I just take him outside straight away.
  19. timsm80

    timsm80 Little Dog

    my wife took out Titus every 2-3 hrs 24/7 and he was house broke by 13weeks, also take him to the exact same spots each time.
  20. kamikaze

    kamikaze Good Dog

    Best thing is, to take the pup out more then enough, and super praise when they go outside. Any puppies I've had I must've either taken them out alot so, they grasp early or they were just super awesome puppies. Because they all have learnt right away.

    I feel like most of the time, its the owners being lazy, or not knowing how much they really should be taking them out.

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