How to potty train a dog?

asked 2021-09-26 09:52:29 -0600

I have tried a few different methods to try to help him out but I'm not sure what to do as I'm 19 and this is my first time training a really young puppy. I started with training pads, which he picked up after a few weeks but he continued to still pee in other areas as well as his training pads. I gradually tried getting him to go outside because he was insistent to go with the other dogs, so every day I take him to the steps and put him on a long chain. He does know to pee and poop out there and he can be out there as long as 20 or 30 minutes and as soon as he comes in he sometimes (a lot of time) run$ and pees in the house again. He's so quick that it's hard to find where exactly he's peed. He knows it's wrong to an extent.

I thought maybe his bladder was just extremely tiny so I tried cutting off his feeding time after 7 most days. He's only six pounds so he eats maybe half a cup a day and yet, he has A LOT of poop. Like 5 turds in his crate in the morning, then 2 more outside and then a few scattered around the house and a bucket of pee. I'm wondering if thats considered a lot. I let him out in the morning, then again after he eats, a few times throughout the afternoon, before and after dinner and then once again at 9:30/10 pm.

I'm wondering maybe I'm just being impatient or not doing it right. But it's been over a year so I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to give him away because I don't really believe in that but I think that maybe I might be inadequate to take care of him. He also doesn't free roam because he still isn't potty trained so he's usually with me most of the day.

Is there any tips or recommendations on what to do? Am I just not training him good enough or consistently?

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In my experience, the best is to let your pup go to the bathroom without stress. Your dog should never be punished for going to the bathroom, there is nothing wrong with them going to the bathroom! I personally ignore potty inside the house, and give a very big reward when it is done outside.

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answered 2021-10-31 15:06:09 -0600

To prevent accidents in your home you should consistently allow your dog opportunities to go potty outside. The best times to take your dog outside are after they wake up, after eating, and/or drinking, before and after training sessions, and lastly before bedtime. Younger puppies require more potty breaks throughout the day than an adult dog. https://www.durhamgoldendoodles.com/routineoutsidetime (https://www.durhamgoldendoodles.com/rou…)

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answered 2021-09-27 09:46:06 -0600

I've never trained a puppy, so I can't speak on a proper method. It sounds like you are doing a good job during your waking hours. I can only suggest maybe getting up once or twice during the night to help him relieve himself outside. How old is the puppy now vs when you got him? I do know some breeds are notoriously difficult to house train. Have you taken him to the vet recently to see if there are any medical issues? I would add that regardless of him being outside for 20-30 minutes, he needs to continue to be restricted to one area of the house that you can easily clean up his accidents in, and only allow him to use the pee pads in that area. Otherwise, I think you are just going to have to continue doing what you're doing.

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answered 2021-10-19 13:11:25 -0600

In my experience potty training a dog consists of taking the puppy outside about every hour and 15 mins or less after a meal. You just need to be diligent. It doesn't take the puppy long to learn.

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