Any feedback on potty training a puppy?

United States
June 24, 2010 12:04pm CST
The hardest part of adopting a newborn puppy is the potty training bit. Several people have recommended the bells on the door knob thing. Puppy pads are sometimes good, until they come out of the newborn stage and start chewing up everything that will fit into their mouths. Our bundle of joy will be coming home this weekend and we're in need of some suggestions.
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@moog27 (60)
24 Jun 10
With my dog we found that lots of praise (and cooked chicken!) meant that she knew the garden was the right place to go. We took her outside regularly so that the likelihood was that she would do her business outside and we could praise her. To teach her how to tell us we taught her to "say woof". Again, with more praise and chicken she soon worked out what "say woof" meant. Then we linked the two - whenever she said woof, we would open the back door and go outside - she would follow. Very quickly she learnt that if she said woof, we would open the door. She could go outside and do her thing, as a result she would get praise!! It worked brilliantly.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
28 Jun 10
For a newborn puppy it takes few days to learn where to pee&poo. But accidents will happen many days after that, because he hasn't 100% control over his bladder yet. You must know the moments of the day when he needs to go: - right after he gets up (first thing in the morning and first thing after every nap he takes) - after every meal - after a good play session Keep him on a schedule. Feed him at the same time every day, get up and go to sleep at the same time every day. Feed him the last meal in the evening at least two hours before going to bed. Also remove the water two hours before bedtime. If you decide to take him outside or to use puppy pads, you will have to do the same: take him to the spot where he has to do his business. Don't play with him there until after he goes. Keep him there for 10 minutes at most. If he goes, praise him a lot. If not, take him to the crate for 10 or 15 minutes, then try again.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
25 Jun 10
This is kind of untraditional but it helps to have a new puppy hang out with an older dog for a couple of days. When my sister in law got her puppy we brought the puppy here for a few days, the puppy loved my dog and followed her every where, when my dog went out side so did she, when she saw my dog go potty so did she. It also really important to recognize the signals that the puppy is about to go then just as they begin to squat or lift their leg you grab them and carry them outside and then praise them for going potty outside and even give a treat. Yes you may get wizzed on a couple of times so do it on a weekend where you can where old clothes and be home all weekend to work at this.
• United States
25 Jun 10
If I were you, I'd buy the potty training pads. Put something the puppy likes on it, like a toy or food. When he has to go, he'll know.... Oh but keep the pad in a certin spot, don't put it somewhere different everytime you change it.