Q: Help potty training.
My puppy Mario can now have unlimited water and stay out of his crate all day. He's 3 months and will be 4 months at the end of the week. I take him out after naps, after meals, and throughout the day. I know those are time that he will always need to go. My question is how do I extend the time between potty breaks? Sometimes I'll stay nearby after a meal and watch what he does as he starts to feel the urge to go, is this a good practice? At that time I'll jump in and say "Want to go bye bye?" He'll often either sit and stare directly at the door or he may go to the door and scratch it. Am I stopping his natural process by jumping in? One day I watch him silenty, he DID go to the door and sniff/scratched it and then pissed right at the door. I thought dogs would bark? Whine? He really doesn't vocalize about the potty....any tips? ideas?
Sep 15, 2009
most dogs don't actually bark when they have to potty. My dogs just go sit by the door and wait and if you dont let them out they will come to you and get your attention so you can see them go to the door and that they need out. It can be easy to miss if they are quiet. As far as extending time between potty breaks that is something his system will do naturally. If you try to leave him inside for too long then he will have accidents and may get confused about what it is you want him to do. Watching and learning what he does when he needs to go is a good idea because that may be the only sign you get for a while. Just be patient and let his body do what comes naturally it may be a while before he can hold it all day, but it is better to know he is well potty trained then to rush it and he not know what is expected of him. Good luck with your handsome little boy. hope this helps.
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Sep 17, 2009
at 3 months, it is good that you're taking control of the situation. dogs that young still have weak bladders and not every dog will let you know they need to go out. give it another month or two and if he hasn't learned how to tell you, you can teach him w/puppy training bells. you can find these anywhere by doing an online search. what they are is a cord that hangs from a doorknob or handle that has a few bells on it, and there are instructions on how to teach your puppy to use them. i actually wish i had used these instead to avoid my dogs pawing at the door.
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