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Positive Potty Training Tips

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Drgnrdr, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. rperkins28

    rperkins28 Puppy

    I adopted my dog, she's about 6 months old, and the first few weeks that I had her she had no accidents at all. One day I had to work late and she peed in the house. I told her that was bad but I didn't punish her or anything because it was my fault she hadn't had a walk all day but now she is going in the house alot. She was going the whole night and not having any accidents but now shes peeing in the floor in the middle of the night. What can I do?
  2. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    you can not tell her she was bad..it was your fault, you leave her to long she can't hold it; they don't have a infinite amt of time to hold it. I would first get
    her to a vet to have a urinalysis chk for crystals in urine or UTI. If she is clear of all med issues then start over and read the article, and potty train. She may have been trained at her old house but dogs don't normaly generalize very easily, and you had a honeymoon period of 2 weeks, so train her to your home, she lost the privilege of being loose in house while your sleeping
  3. JHAWK1515

    JHAWK1515 Puppy

    I have a 9 1/2 wk old pit and he is doing great peeing on the puppy pads but when it comes to poop it is somewhat of a different story. he eliminates sometimes on the pad and then other times he tries to go underneath a chair, table or in front of a door(all doors lead outside). Any advise on controlling that?
  4. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Stop using the pads aand take him out frequently. Leash him to you so he can't run off and soil the floor. If you see him sniffing around, take him outside.

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  5. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog


    And do NOT scold him at all if you see him potty in the house. Just take him outside, and praise for being outside. If you scold him in the house, he doesn't associate pottying inside with you being mad. He associates pottying in front of you with you being mad so he'll try harder to hide. Also, don't scold him if you see a mess after the fact, it means nothing to him other than you are scary. Dogs don't rationalize the same way humans do.
  6. JHAWK1515

    JHAWK1515 Puppy

    I have him on a schedule it is like clock work he pees right away and then poops a lil later.....but thanks for the advise I will definitely start taking him out more
  7. JHAWK1515

    JHAWK1515 Puppy

    I dont get mad at him when he poops because I say about 85% of the time I catch him in the act and I pick him up and put him on the pad once he is done I praise him and give him a treat. it just doesn't seem to be working like it does with peeing.
  8. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    I used puppy pads as insurance when I had my young pup. I just put them by the door that I would take her out to do her business. The reason I put pads down there is because when we were trying to train her she gave us about 2 seconds to get up and over before she went. So isntead of it being on the carpet it was on a puppy pad.

    I agree with the advice already given, a 9 week old pup should go out every 30 minutes or so, after they eat or drink, and right after they wake up, naps too.

    Do you always take him out to do his business by the same door? IF not this will help him associate potty with that certain door, which in turn might cause less messes under tables and chairs. :) Hope this helps
  9. JHAWK1515

    JHAWK1515 Puppy

    Yup it is the same door every time. but when i open the door to try to get him to go outside he doesnt go.....He is not of fan of being outdoors. He doesn't like leases but I will leave it on him and then he will walk by my side but as soon as I pick it up he just stops
  10. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    He will get it if you just keep doing it on a consitent basis. If he is food motivated then give him his favorite treats when he does what you want and I gaurantee he will be more willing to go outside :)
  11. pam olmstead

    pam olmstead Puppy

    All great tips, thanks. Penny is 3 months now, we have had her for a month. I know the general rule of thumb is they should be able to hold urine 1 hr for each month during the day. We are home everyday for MOST of the day (one of us, at least), and when I can't watch her she is in her crate even if just for 10 minutes. At 3 months, should we be expecting her to give us some indication like going to the door when she needs to potty? It seems like she should, right? We are very consistent about the place we take her to outside, the word we use and treating for going potty. I find I take her out no matter what every hour or two, but my husband does not pay as much attention to when she went out last. I am also wondering if I am sort of shooting myself in the foot so to speak by taking her out so frequently just to avoid accidents? She doesn't have many accidents for me, but it's because I pay super close attention and like I said, I take her out REALLY frequently even though she doesn't seem to indicate the need. Suggestions? My husband is really frustrated that she doesn't seem to be giving us any signs yet. Ugh!
  12. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I wouldn't expect her to give signals. She'll give signals if and when she's ready. My dog, 10 years old, doesn't give normal signals. He stares at you until you look at him, then he starts to cry and whine to go outside. If you don't look at him, he'll eventually just settle down on to his bed and whatnot. After a while, he'll start to bark but sometimes he won't, or if you ignore him, he'll have an accident inside.

    My point is that not every dog has clear cut signals for needing to go outside. Some dog's don't so expecting all dogs to relay the same signals is expecting too much.

    If you are consistently taking your dog out but your husband isn't, he needs to be better about it. Your dog is used to you taking her out at the same time and shouldn't need to adjust herself for the person that happens to be watching at that particular moment.

    Potty training (or trainer in general) only works if all parties are consistent.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 10, 2014
  13. pam olmstead

    pam olmstead Puppy

    Thank you!
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