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Q: Potty Training

October 13, 2008 | By Emily | 7 answers | Expired: 2156 days ago

Potty Training

OK,it feels like my puppy will never be potty trained. Uuuh it is sooo agrivating. We thought she was potty trained but then she started going in the house again. I NEED HELP!!!

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Heatherstevens07
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Oct 17, 2008

As others have said crate training is a great idea. My pup is 6 months old and still potties in the house no matter how hard we try and how much we take her out. Pros though are that she does only potty in the restroom(ironic i know) and she IS getting better everyday. Some pups just take longer than others. just keep up with the training. and use positive reinforcement NEVER bad.

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Rebekah K.
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Oct 17, 2008

I would recommend crate training, dogs wont pee where they will have to lay or sleep. And jsut take your dog out when you are around to supervise and make sure you bring puppy outside for potty breaks on a regular schedule, it takes patience but I have found that to be a good method...

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Jessica P.
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Oct 16, 2008

Make sure your puppy knows how to let you know it has to go out...sometimes us humans are silly and forget that puppies sometimes think the door only opens when a person is rushing out the door. Hang a bell from the doorknob, and lift your pup's paw (or "target" train them to use their nose) to ring the bell...the bell is rung the door is open and it is outside time..Use a "potty" command, and NO playing (inside or out) until business is done..wait as long as you can outside, when you get tired of no progress bring the pup in, and put in crate or tether (to an area or to you) and try again in a few minutes....PRAISE A LOT when your pup goes use a special toy or treat to reinforce...and switch it up. Always reward but slowly increase the time between outings...until minimal rewards are needed and time is sufficent. GOOD LUCK! Be patient, it will come, and while you're learning invest in Nature's Miracle!!

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VOSTHOFF
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Oct 14, 2008

just start over like she never was potty trained. sometimes they still need the constant reinforcement and to be taken out to go more

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Kathy C.
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Oct 13, 2008

toilet training takes a while. My suggestions 1) crate train 2) Keep your pup restricted to certain rooms (non carpeted) 3) use an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle to get rid of smell and prevent recurrences (they will go in the same spots) 4) Take your pup out very often! Minimum every 2 hours if he is really little, slightly longer for older. Don't let him have accidents in the house. This means getting up in the middle of the night as well. You should also take out after exciting activities like play time and feeding (within 20 minutes). Good luck - it takes a while - it took us until 6 months to have consistent training.

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Diane W.
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Oct 13, 2008

Your puppy maybe going from short term memory to long term memory and will need a short reminder phase. We all learn in stages and sometimes it takes alittle longer to fully understand what is wanted. Crating when you can't be watchful also works wonders.

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Cindy
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Oct 13, 2008

If you're not using the crate training method, I suggest you do. Make sure you have your puppy on a strict schedule of eating, playing and going out to eliminate. Use the same schedule for your days off.

Puppies cannot be expected to have good bladder control for at least four months. The rule of thumb is that they can hold their urine about one hour for every month of age, so a 3 month old puppy might be able to hold his urine for 4 hours. That's just a general rule - it varies by size, breed and individual dog.

The other thing you may want to consider is taking yur puppy to the vet -- it may have an infection.

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