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Potty Training Dogs: How to Do It — 14 Comments

  1. I was away and didn’t get to this. Hope you have resolved it by now. If not, ask locally for help.

  2. I have 2 5 yr old Shih Tzus Honey and Biscuit which I was told they are hard to train to go outside and in the house. But when I go away to my Son’s house it is a problem and I get warned out. I am 75 yrs old and I love these Dogs but my Patience is running thin. They go outside when I put them out but we have a sun room and they have always used that room to go into which I am grateful for that. I will leave a Towel for them on the floor so they won’t made too much of a mess when I am away. I have to watch them every closely in the house and put them out 6 times a day. They hate the rain so they won’t go out when it is raining. I tried Puppy Pads but Honey chews they up. She did that when we had them in Grates as puppies. I always had German Shepard’s all my life and never had trouble with them. Please help.

  3. I have a 4 1/2 month old pug puppy and I am failing at training. I’ve crate trained two others dogs that worked just like it’s supposed to. He could care less if he goes in his crate (pees and poos). I take him on long walks several times a day and he’s never gone pee or poop on one. They are a fun adventure for him. He can hold it several hours and sometimes he will and sometimes he will pee every 10 min with just tiny amounts. He doesn’t have a special place in the house. He just goes wherever he is. He doesn’t necessarily poop right after he eats, which makes it hard. He’s gone up to 6 hours after eating before he poops. He poops all day long though. I work but from home and I will take him out every hour when no one else is home and he’s still gone in his kennel half the time. He’s out when we are home and I try for every 30 min. He understands that I want him to pee outside I highly praise him and he gets one tiny piece of food as a tread and will go each time (usually just small amounts) but will walk right back in run to grab a toy and pee again. We will spend hours outside running and playing with the kids and he doesn’t go every 10 min when he’s out. It doesn’t feel like he’s being stubborn with it or defying, etc. It’s like he’s just clueless that I don’t want him to go inside and can care less about going in his kennel. I’ve used dog bed, my worn shirts, blankets. None of it seems to matter. I honesty feel like he’s getting worse every week. We’ve had him for around a month. He was in a cage at a pet store when we got him which my other two dogs weren’t. My other two were also female.

  4. Lisa, you could have a vet check to see if there is a reason for this. Maybe you should hire someone to come in and walk here while you are gone. Another thing to try would be keeping her in only part of the house.

  5. My dog doesn’t poop in the house when I am home of when I go on short trips. However, when I am gone all day at work she poops in the house. She is 2.5 years old how do I fix this. I hate crating her all day.

  6. Puppy potting training via blog comments is less than ideal! He is still very young, you know. I can’t help but wonder how many hours a day he is home alone. I don’t think it is stubbornness as much as still being young. When you and he are both home, one thing you could try is attaching a long leash or rope from him to you, like on your belt. That means he will not wander far enough to make a mess in the house without your being aware of what is going on and catching it in time. I suggest you see what local dog trainers you can find who can help you with this, but be sure to get one who only uses painfree methods. Best wishes!

  7. I have a 6 month old American Badogge Mastiff, I have crate trained him and also installed an electronic dog door for him to go in and out of when he has to potty. The problem is he will go in and out of the door with no problems, but he does not always go potty outside, he waits until he comes in the house and potty. How do I break this habit to have him go potty outside every time? it has become so frustrating to have to clean up pee and poop almost everyday, we praise him when he potty outside, we praise him when he does not potty in the house and give him treats, when I catch him potting in the house he goes in his crate for about 30 minutes. I just don’t know what else to do, it seems like he is very stubborn.

  8. Kelsi, I thought I had answered you but when I was checking on my comments here, I didn’t see it. Please let me know if you still have questions! Best wishes, Rosana

  9. Hi I have a question or need some advice. We are fostering a dog who will be 1yr old in a few days. He came to us somewhat potty trained. We let him out with our other dog to go outside and he usually is good about going potty then. But sometimes, even though he has been out already and gone potty, he will still go inside. I’m not sure what to do. He is a small dog (breed) wonder if it has to do with his bladder? Thank you for your advice.

  10. I’m a high school student who lives with her parents and we have an adult dog who is not at all potty trained. My parents don’t know how to train dogs, and my mother got him on an impulse after our last dog passed away. She got him from a very bad home, and he has very bad separation anxiety where he acts like you’ve been gone for years when you’ve only been gone for a few minutes or so. We have very different and irregular schedules, my parents working long hours that change often, and me going to school and work too. My parents don’t understand how training dogs works, and when they get home they don’t really want to deal with it even if it annoys them. We got him a crate, but we’re normally gone for so long it feels awful to put him in there, and my mother sees him as her baby and sometimes would let him out without us knowing in the middle of the night, and we found out he actually either peed on it or in it later. We weren’t ready for a dog, but now we have one that is so attached to us and my mom so attached to him I think giving him away isn’t an option. Do you have any suggestions or tips I could use or make my parents use to try and potty train him with our busy schedules, or do you think he really would be better off with a family that is actually ready to have and train a dog?

  11. i was given an older dog,the only time he poops in the house is when we are asleep,never the rest of the day,its always in the same area,i don’t know what to do,i’ve had him about three months

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