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Q: What is the best way to potty train?

October 7, 2008 | By Eloy H. | 13 answers | Expired: 2138 days ago

Eloy H.

I have a new puppy that I'm having a hard time potty training. I use those pads for inside my house but I would like to train him to go outside.

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Kelly
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Oct 07, 2008

Our rescues/fosters are dogs off the streets that have never had any training. Until they have been socialized & lose the desire to run they stay in indoor 6x12 kennels at our house. They have paper down at one end & we take them out at set times every day. It doesn't take long before they're no longer using the paper because they've learned the routine & they wait for their regular outing. Our last rescue, a totally feral dog, was completely trained in a month. And we've made sure its a workable routine for them - keeping their needs in mind rather than just ours. Its unhealthy for the dog to be forced to wait to relieve itself all day so you need to establish a workable routine. We take ours out first thing in the morning, 3-4 times during the day, & just before bedtime. A puppy will have to go out more often.

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Kathy C.
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Oct 07, 2008

Potty pads teach them its ok to go inside. You have to be vigilant with puppies. You have to take him/her out frequently. We crate trained and set the alarm at night for every 2 hours, but she whined when crated to show that she needed to go out (from the very first night). If you play with your pup, you have to take him out after (they often need to pee when excited). We also did not let our dog onto any of our rug areas before she was trained so that she did not get used to peeing on the rugs. If your pup has accidents, you must clean with an enzymatic cleaner or the smell is still there and they consider that their toilet spot. I also recommend clicker and treat for bathrooming - the Clicker marks the behavior you want to see more of, and the treat is the reward for that behavior. This helps train them in all areas quickly!

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Debbie G.
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Oct 07, 2008

I had great luck using the clicker method. I would put a handful of kibble in my pocket and everytime I clicked he got a piece of food until he came to expect one every time he heard the noise. Then when we were outside when he pottied I would click and give him a treat with lots of praise. This also can roll over to any training.

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Anonymous
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Oct 07, 2008

I am personally not a fan of the potty pads because it teaches them to potty on anything raised (a rug on your floor, a shirt, etc) The other suggestions have been wonderful though, just take them out every 2 hours whether you think they have to go or not and give them LOTS of praise, love, and treats if you like for going potty outside.

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Leiah D.
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Oct 07, 2008

We use the same phrase...go potty...every time we take them out. We take them every hour and give them a treat if they go to the bathroom...

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Leiah D.
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Oct 07, 2008

We take are new ones out every hour. We tell them to go potty. We use the same phrase each time. If they do go to the bathroom, they get a treat.

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julia e.
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Oct 07, 2008

We use an egg timer. Set it for every 15 minutes, when the timer goes off take the dog to it's special spot on the grass. After a few hours increase to 30 minutes then 1 hour. As soon as the dog hears the timer it will begin to go to the door. This method takes several days. If we can get to every 2 hours in the three days it is a success. We also crate train at the same time. Take the dog out everytime you enter and leave the house and after it eats. We go out as soon as we get up in the morning and the last thing at night. Has worked well for us with many dogs.

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Joyce
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Oct 07, 2008

I am having the same problem, We show her the potty, and tell her potty outside, and put her right out. The accidents have become fewer. if possible, take him out many times. praise him when he goes outside. Good luck

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Laura B.
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Oct 07, 2008

Take the pads away and crate train. It's the most humane way of doing it. Just remember to get a small enough crate where the puppy can't go potty and then lay down at the other end. They don't like to lay in their pee or poo so they will learn quickly that they need to wait until they fell grass under their feet!!

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Logan
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Oct 07, 2008

Just keep taking him outside. When going out go out the same door every time so he understands that's where he needs to go when he has to go. When you get outside say go potty and reward him when he goes. You dont always have to give him a treat just get excited and tell him good boy/girl. Good luck!

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