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Housebreaking Your Puppy

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Mollie's Nana, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Housebreaking Your Puppy

    (Or, why paper training doesn't’t work, unless your dog can read!)

    One of the most frustrating things to deal with when you bring home your new pup is getting it housebroken. The first mistake most of us make is trying to housebreak the pup using paper. Dogs are creatures of habit that will generally use the same area for potty, and paper training teaches the pup to go inside of the house, which is the last place you would like him to go!

    The quickest way to house training is consistency, a crate, and a tight schedule, that means feeding time and potty time are the same every day. The crate mimics the dog’s natural setting of a den, and it’s a safe place for your pup whenever you can’t watch him. Most dogs will not soil the very place where they sleep and live, so crate training will speed the process of housebreaking. A crate should be just large enough for the pup to stand up and turn around in comfortably, otherwise that will give him the opportunity to soil one side of the crate and not have to sleep in it.
    The puppy should only be allowed to relieve itself out of doors.

    First thing in the morning, take the dog outside. The dog should go fairly quickly after holding it in all night. Bring him in after he’s finished and feed him his first meal, and then bring him outside to go again. If the pup doesn’t go after his meal, put the pup back in the crate and keep bringing him out every 15 minutes or so until he does. And don’t forget to praise him profusely for doing his business outside! This routine should be performed before and after every meal, and soon your pup will learn what is expected of him.

    In the evening pick up his water around eight o’clock, and take the pup out for potty at least one more time to empty his bladder, because what goes in must come out, and this will keep him dry during the rest of the night. A good rule of thumb to follow is for every month the dog is old, he should be able to “hold it” for that many hours plus one.... i.e., if your pup is 2 months old, he can “hold it” for 3 hours.

    During the day, you can let the pup out of his crate for playtime, but only in an area that has been “puppy proofed” where you can watch him closely. If you must go to another area of the house, tether the pup to you with a short leash. This will allow you to get the dog outside if his bottom should drop to the ground in an attempt to go potty. If the pup should do this, give him a firm NO NO NO, and immediately get him outside. And don’t forget the praise when he does go outside, you should act like the dog just gave you a rare gem, have a party!

    If the pup should have an accident in the house, remember, it is your fault, and not his! Do not ever attempt to correct the dog by yelling at him after the fact, he won’t connect your angry yelling to the pile or puddle he left on the floor for you! Crate the dog so he can’t see you, and clean up his mess without saying a word. Be sure to use an enzymatic cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle to completely remove any stains or smells of the accident to prevent your pup from using the same place again.
    Following these rules, you should have a house trained puppy in no time!

    Copyright © 2002 Laura Waddell K9Problemsolvers
  2. Jrm1985Ohio

    Jrm1985Ohio Good Dog

    Good post! I am working on this with Sophie right now... it is difficult because she had a bladder infection :(
  3. alibumaye

    alibumaye Puppy


    but what do you do when your puppy HAATTTEEESSS his crate!!! He'd drive me up the wall with all that screaming and carrying on from having to go back into it all the time....

    what I tried is this spray that tells them where to "go" I tried it out and it worked. But only for no. 2. He has no. 1 "accidents" all the time.
  4. khendon

    khendon Puppy

    And what do you do if your puppy won't stop peeing in her crate? No matter what you do.
  5. Jrm1985Ohio

    Jrm1985Ohio Good Dog

    Do you keep bedding in there? If so, take it all away. The pup normally with stop if there is nothing to soak it up.
  6. khendon

    khendon Puppy

    I havent put bedding in the crate since the vet told me not to. She is very intelligent, and I sometimes think she does it on purpose. She has even figured out how to remove the tray from her crate(while I was at work) and shredded the carpet underneath.
  7. cavery78

    cavery78 Puppy

    Or, what if you have taken her out and she's relieved herself and still will go in the house. I think she does this out of spite. She doesn't like to be put in her crate so she gets back at me by going on the floor and then goes in her crate! LOL I just don't know with this girl. And she is now 1 so this has to stop and soon. I don't want to crate her all the time, that isn't fair. But, that seems to be the only time she won't go in my house. What am I to do?
  8. alibumaye

    alibumaye Puppy

    mine has done that before...he stays outside a lot now, so it's really not THAT big of a deal. But when it gets cold and he has to stay in more, he needs to be potty trained. So, for right now every now and again I let him in....like a treat. I leave paper in the middle of the floor, and he knows he's supposed to go on it cuz I've WATCHED HIM walk over and pee on it :no2: Today he went and pee'd behind the couch....what a character this guy is. maybe cuz it was already a used paper??
  9. Errol

    Errol Puppy

    What do you do when you work 3dif shifts.she is 8weeks.
  10. Great thread!

    Thanks for the tips and advice....I was going about the potty training process the wrong way and this has definitely given me some clarity...I took my boy this morning and he went # 1 and #2 twice!! My mistake was letting him run in the back or just stand out there with him, he would just sit or lay by me like it was stated earlier....

    anyway, I am going to try this on my lunch break from work and see how it goes.

    I am jubilated and just wanted to thank everyone who contributed
  11. what do you do if you do not have a crate? I don't particularly like crates. Not that I think they are cruel I just don't like them. Is there an alternative to house breaking a puppy without a crate or newspaper? He sleeps in our room with the door shut. So he is not free to roam the house at night but he occasionally still messes at night. Is there a way to break him of this? I have been keeping him on a leash atached to my belt loops during the day so he can't sneak away from me and mess. This seems to be working so far ( I let him off in small increments throughout the day and take him out when I put it back on him) I can't keep him on it at night though while we are sleeping.
  12. rguerra

    rguerra Big Dog

    I don't have a crate and I did it the 'hard way'. Even though my dog has his own room, I set my alarm using the simple formula stated in the original post. So when he was 2 months old, I would get up every 3 hours and take him outside to do his business and praise & treat him. He picked up very quick. Yes there were a few accidents, but they were my fault, and now he is 18 weeks old and has not had an accident in over a month. At night, he wakes me up when he needs to go pee, so I don't need to set my alarm anymore.

    It was very exhausting for the first couple weeks because I didn't get much sleep, but it is worth the sacrifice. ( a few weeks VS 10-15 years , it s a no-brainer)
  13. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Im having a tough time figuring out how to housebreak my puppy. We have currentlya foot of snow on the ground and it is freezing out. All she does outside is.shiver and I feel really bad =( what should I do about this?
  14. rguerra

    rguerra Big Dog

    Tough it out for a few minutes. The dog will catch on quick. Make sure that when you take him outside, it is time for him to potty. As soon as he does, take him back inside. He will catch on quick: 'oh, if I potty I go back inside where it is warm and cozy!'

  15. We are doing good so far with housebreaking.....I just don't like the 3am's...lol
  16. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    finally my dog stopped waking me up at 3 and 6 am lol

    now he sleeps till a late 8 AM !!! lol

    but hardly no accidents unless we arent paying attention..
  17. Spacehuman

    Spacehuman Puppy

    *You* don't like them? Right. You are not an animal evolved to live in a den. So don't use it for yourself. Your dog, however, is evolved to live in a den. Your dog likes them. In fact your dog would LOVE a den.

  18. greenchapel

    greenchapel Puppy

    I have had one tough time house-breaking this new puppy. Chopper was such a breeze, but little miss Harley is giving me a fit. It almost makes me think I'm doing something wrong!
  19. I have a 7 month old. I have gotten him housebroken pretty well. We are still working on the occasional accident. But one thing has us puzzled and we dont know wha to do about it. He has a thing with urinating on beds and couches. When I say on them he litterally gets up on the bed and pees right in the middle of them. I dont know why he does it but he will do it right in front of us. I stop him and immediatly take him outside. I have tried increasing his number of potty breaks but yet he still does it. Please I need some help I am constantly washing blankets.
  20. Ninakae

    Ninakae Puppy

    Great post. That's how I house broke my pooches. Yes they screamed,cried for about a week until they got use to the crate but now its like a den. It also kept them from chewing up everything while I would be at work.

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