New puppy - advice on potty training

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Hi all,

I've been reading this fourm for a long time, but this is my first post! We have a sweet 14 week old red dobe that we picked up from the breeder about a week ago. She is doing great on crate training and pretty good on potty training with one exception and perhaps she just needs more time but I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions. We have been taking her out at all of the suggested intervals and saying "go potty" - she seems to understand that command very well now and does her business. If she has to poop she will also let me know by pawing at the door - but she won't paw at the door if she has to pee - there isn't much sniffing or circling for warning it's pretty quick. She does pee out side if you tell her "go potty" and we go out alot but I can't figure out why she notifies me (pawing on the door) for one and not the other?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

 

 

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Oh potty training is so much fun... Not lol pretty just keep doing what you are doing and put potty pads down. It took our boy awhile to get the potty training thing. The only things that really helped us was our crate at night time and diapers when he was anywhere around carpet and furniture and of course potty pads for the accidents ! And yep just take her out when she's got to go ! You are doing fine but patients is the keys it's not gonna happen over night or over a week it could take a little bit just keep smiling lol 

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I'm really struggling with potty training.  I have a 13 week old male and he is not figuring it out.  He does not poop in the house but I'm guessing part of that is because his poop times are very predictable and I know to get him outside!  But he pees with no warning.  I take him out at least once an hour and of course all the usual; right after a nap, after a meal, after rough play... but he still constantly just stops and pees and will not ask to go out for pee time.  I understand the value of the pads for accidents but I've potty trained many dogs before without them and don't believe in a dog thinking its EVER ok to go inside.  

 

He is crate trained and does not have any accidents in his crate - even holds it overnight for a good 8 hours. 

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Yep that's what they do and it's not making it ok to potty in the house they are making easy clean up. Makes in my experience take forever to grasp the concept that's why we resorted to make diapers and that worked like a charm but yes I know what you mean just stay calm and take him out a lot through out the day not just after meals.

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Oh and just try to remember they are accidents and he's a baby this takes time so don't be hard on him. It took us probably two months to get our boy to really get it down. 

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Thanks :-)  Trust me, I'm not hard at him at all!  He's the baby and spoiled rotten.  I've always had female dogs so I think you are right that the males just take longer to catch on! When he has an accident in the house I try to clap or something to distract him and then take him outside and encourage him to potty.  I leave him out for a few minutes while I clean and nature's miracle the floor so the evidence is gone before he comes back in. He gets major credit too for being a champ in his crate!  And his crate training was a million times easier than my female. 

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Lol ya our took atlwast two months but now he's as good as they come :) he will get it too I promise ! Lol try the male diapers for when he's in the house it really does help :)

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Thanks for the replies - things are going better! She pawed at the door this morning to go pee so she's doing great! I suppose these things just take time :)

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UPDATE - Knock on wood but I think Zues is starting to get the hang of potty training (at 15 weeks; late bloomer!).  I'm watching him like a hawk and pretty much take him out at least every half hour.  He hasn't had an accident in the house in about 5 days and goes to the door when he wants out - now I just need to teach him to make some noise so I know when he's over there! AND, if I try to bring him back in he'll sometimes turn and ran back to the lawn to do his business before coming inside!  I feel like I need one of those workplace injury type signs you see on construction sites where you can change out the number - "It's been X days since an accident in the house!"

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Lol a great way for him to make noise when going to the door is a bell. A lot of people use bell training with dobes for potty training :) you can too it's pretty simple :) 

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I'm having the EXACT same issues with my 12 week old male pup.  He never poops in the house but the peeing it just comes without warning.  I've searched everywhere and they say look for signs, he has none. At least I feel better that I am not alone, I guess.  I even set a 30 min timer to take him out.  He went everytime outside on the 30 min clock with no issues but STILL proceeded to go inside in between.  I know it's not a bladder issue because he will go in his crate from 10 pm to one time as late as 8 am without a peep.  The struggle is real, guess I'll keep at it, the no poop inside is a victory.

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Lol try male diapers or just get some baby diapers at the store that was the only thing that worked for us. I heard cleaning up the urine with vinegar gets rid of the urine smell. But our male took forever to figure out the potty training thing we had to resort to diapers when he was inside because he was destroying our carpet. Now no accidents. He learned to knock on the door to be let out. Maybe try bell training. He rings the be when he had to go out as a way to tell you.

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Rex is about 24 months now when we got him he was 14 weeks and he was not potty trained. It was very frustrating for some time until we got the crate. I read that in the beginning to keep him in a crate unless you can keep an eye on him at all times. This way if you even noticed that he is starting to go you say no or make quick jesture toward him which would make him stop in the middle of it. Then you take him out to same exact spot, tree where he smells his sent and then he will go there every time. He want from fully releaving himself (that also included #2) then to no #2 in the house, to kind of leaking a little rather than full release to now almost no incidents at all.

Stay consistent and you will be victorious!

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Also, make sure to keep your floors really clean when they do have an accident in the house so they don't smell it and think that's where they should be going!  I highly reocmmend Natures Miracle products for that.  

I will say - I learned this weekend that my Zeus has better bladder control than he lets on to at home!  He is 4 months old today and I took him on his first overnight road trip.  That boy went HOURS at a time without going!  I stopped in the car every 2 hours and he never went and he made it 5-10 hours at a time without pottying on the trip!  I was so nervous of him having an accident in the hotel but nope, I felt like I spent half the trip begging him to potty.