i need potty training advice ASAP!!!

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hey everyone! we finally picked up our pup about 2wks ago and i've been donig my best at potty training him and keeping an eye on him every time he's out of his crate. but here's the problem. the first few days he did awesome with his potty's. he didn't like to go inside so he would let me know when he wanted out and i would also watch him for the signs. we had a good routine going where i knew to take him out every 1.5 to 2 hours for pee's and 2-3hrs for poo's, after he's eaten. now tho, he goes pee within an hour after going pee outside. and he has no reservations about it. he just stops and goes - no sniffing or any signs. its making me nuts! He's 11.5wks old now, and i don't know if i'm expecting too much. i don't know what to do! should i revert to the leashing him to me the entire time he's outside of his crate and take him out every hour again? i'm trying not to be upset with him, but its so difficult as i think i've spent most of the day cleaning after him! Please help!!!

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There's no reason to be upset with your dog... Think in terms of baby, rather than dog.  You need to take your dog out at least once an hour, and stay outside till it goes, and when it does go, lots of praise and positive attention.  If it's going in the house at this stage, it's because you're not taking him out enough.  When a pup has to go, he goes... doesn't matter where he is.  There isn't any bladder control, so get outside often.  Also, make sure you clean the spots very, very well in the house, you don't want to leave that scent in there for the dog to smell.  (hard, but clean it as much as possible) 

If he makes a mess inside, and you don't see it, there's nothing you can do about it at that point except clean it up, and make a note to yourself that he needs to go out more often.  If you catch him in the act, pick him up, take him outside, and praise him for being outside.  Don't yell at him, or do anything negative, because he doesn't understand, and you'll confuse him and possibly make him scared of you.  Keep in mind that even once your dog understands that you want him to only go outside, he still can't hold it, and will go wherever he's standing at that moment.

So, to correct this, take him out once an hour at least, if he goes in the house, take him out more often.  When he goes outside, lots of lovin!  if he goes inside, don't be negative, and remember that he can sense what you're feeling even if you're pretending to not be upset.

What I started doing immediatly, which will come in handy down the road, is the second he squats to pee or poop, give some kind of command.... I use "Outside".  Now, Dakota will eliminate on command, so if it's cold, or rainy, I don't need to stand around waiting for the diva-in-training to do her business.

 

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thank you for advice! i smiled when i read that about Dakota not wanting to go in the ccold or rain - Max does the same thing! the other night i had to stand out there for 40 minutes and he still wouldn't go. but as soon as we came inside and he got warm he tried to go - but i got him out in time. im trying to be consistent but its so difficult because i want to be inside in the warmth as well. i keep giving in to him when i shouldn't and that certainly needs to stop. lol. here in northern indiana, its already starting to get freezing cold and it sucks! i got him a jacket, but even that doesn't seem to help much. i was considering a raincoat, heavier jacket and an umbrella. lol again, i'm trying not to give in. he is improving - slowly, but surely, and i'm right behind him. :)

 

he is the sweetest most lovable pup ever (in my opinion) so i hate getting frustrated with him. I know he doesn't understand and yet its so difficult to be understanding of that after the 2nd or 3rd large puddle of pee.

thank you for the advice tho. it does help for someone to tell me what i'm doing wrong when i can't see it myself. now i can work on fixing me so that both Max and i benefit.