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Q: whats the easiest way to house brake a puppy of 9 week old?

May 10, 2009 | By Gummiebear | 10 answers | Expired: 1890 days ago

Gummiebear

we have 2 other dogs plus the puppy and majority of the time we keep them in the mud room (its just a area blocking off the kitchin with a baby gate)but whats the easiest way besides keeping her outside all day?

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Patricia  C.
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May 18, 2009

Take her outside on a schedule especially during the times when she would normally go use the bathroom. Then give lots of praise when she does it outside. Continue to do this with regular frequency and give her treats when she goes. Soon, she will be letting you know when she wants to go out. It really isn't all that hard!

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Kris
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May 14, 2009

My puppy was about 9 weeks old when I brought her home and crate training worked perfectly for me. I had to make sure she was let out every 2-3 hours at first and as she got older I was able to increase the time she was able to hold it. The rule of thumb as others have said is their age in months + 1 for the number of hours they can hold it, so your puppy should be out every 2-3 hours at 9 weeks. Be patient and consistenly; don't punish her for accidents. She will learn.

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Mary C.
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May 13, 2009

The only way to housebreak a puppy is to be consistant, taking them out every 20 minutes, after playing and sleeping also. You have to also get up in the middle of the night when they wake up, sometimes 2,3 or 4 times a night depending on their age. If you can do that you can usually housebreak in a couple weeks, they can get the hang of it real quick if you do your part.

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jessie
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May 11, 2009

first your puppy at 9 weeks is still to young to really know and cannot hold it in that long. rule of thumb is 20 minutes after they eat go out only to potty than right back in praise when done what was exspected. having older dogs helps, he will learn to follow them, I would not use pads if you want him to sooner or later go out, this will just confuse him, until he is at least 12 or more weeks old dont exspect miracles. I read that until a pup is 20 weeks old they wont really get it, but keep trying he will learn.

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MyCutePuggle
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May 11, 2009

well, my puppy has learned to ring a bell! about every 45 minutes to an hour we would take her to the bells and make her ring them, then take her outside! from that day on, she will ring the bell wenever she has to go potty! and she always does too! just an idea!

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Jillian
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May 11, 2009

why do you keep your dogs in a mud room most of the day? its unhealthy to separate them from their family that long and they have no way of getting enough exercise in there.
if you don't have time for your dogs, you should have gotten fish.

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Jillian
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May 11, 2009

avoid crate training and puppy pads. i know a lot of people on here swear by them, but a lot of people have also made potty training more difficult by using these methods.
no puppy pads. you want the puppy to go outside, so why would teach them to go inside? no crate training. puppies bladders are very sensitive, so why would you force them to hold it? no dog will go where they sleep and they don't need training for this. the only time i approve of crate training is when the owner can not be around, but then i don't approve of them adopting a puppy in the first place.
taking your puppy outside and waiting til they go is the best method to potty training. you eliminate any pointless middle man and the puppy quickly learns whats right. praise your puppy when they go, and avoid scolding them when they have accidents indoors. you want them to go, but they're still learning. accidents are okay.

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Theresa L.
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May 11, 2009

We're going through this right now. I agree, you have to be diligent with this. Taking them out after eating or drinking, out every 1/2 hour or hour. We keep puppy pads on the floor in 2 places. Mine is 11 weeks old and he has learned already that if he goes in the house, he makes it to the pad (well he's a male, so sometimes he misses :) His aim isn't all there yet :) )... but within a week or 2, we'll move the puppy pad closer to the door, and then eventually out the door, that way he'll know that the pad is outside now and that's where he goes. He still goes outside also.... It takes patience, and getting a puppy, we knew what we were getting into. We always have at least 1 person home with him all the time, too, which helps.

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arleen z.
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May 11, 2009

I agree crate training is the best way ,and always take her out after eating or drinking

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JerZgirl
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May 11, 2009

Housebreaking a puppy all depedns on your part of supervision and timing. The age that your puppy is in months plus 1 equals the amount of time he can "hold it" maximum.

I recommend crate training him-it teaches puppies to not go where they play or sleep. Until then, every hour have that puppy outside!!! If you are in the house I would keep him tethered to you so you can supervise him. If he drank water or ate wait 10 minutes then bring him outside. Don't yell at the puppy to hurry up and go-just be patient. Once he goes make a HUGE deal of it and tell him how great he is.


NEVER Punish him for going in the house! It is YOUR fault why he went in the house...punishing him or rubbing his nose in it will only make it harder.

If this is too much for you then rehome the puppy. Don't lock your puppy outside all day because you want a quick fix either or are too lazy to commit.

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