How Do You House Train an Impossible Puppy – Tips Suggestions Desperately Needed ?

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Q: We have an 11 week old puppy. IMPOSSIBLE to house train. When you walk him, he will wait until he returns home, then dirty in the house. It’s 50/50 if he will use the paper on the kitchen floor. He will be let out in the garden regularly, but still dirties the house. ANY IDEAS,TIPS? PRODUCTS?  Will he be an impossible dog to stop being dirty in the house? We have had the puppy since he was 6 weeks old, This is NOT my first puppy. I am quite aware what’s involved in raising a puppy. However this pup is impossible in as much in the six weeks I’ve had him, he’s not showing any interest in being paper-trained using the garden area to mess in or now that he’s being walked to do so when he’s walked. ~ THANK YOU TO THOSE SO FAR WHO OFFERED UNSARCASTIC FRIENDLY ADVICE, The crate idea is useful not one I had used in the past ~ All ideas very much appreciated — I know he’s still a baby, but same is true he’s old enough to have routines put into practice. My previous and other current dogs did show some interest in at least being paper-trained by this age.

A: "Impossible" puppy? If he’s only 11 weeks, I’m not sure why you’d be saying that. When it comes to housetraining, 11 weeks is nothing at all. When you get a puppy, you need to be ready for a long, messy process. If you’re getting this frustrated with him, and he’s only 11 weeks old, I’m not sure how you expect this "having a puppy" thing to work out. Many puppies are not reliably housetrained until 4 to 6 months of age, and it could even be longer than that; some breeds are notoriously difficult to housetrain. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and have a pup that will train lighting quick, but for the most part, everything you describe is completely normal for many pups that age. Welcome to the joys of puppyhood.

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8 Responses to “How Do You House Train an Impossible Puppy – Tips Suggestions Desperately Needed ?”

  1. Amanda Says:

    "Impossible" puppy? If he's only 11 weeks, I'm not sure why you'd be saying that. When it comes to housetraining, 11 weeks is nothing at all. When you get a puppy, you need to be ready for a long, messy process. If you're getting this frustrated with him, and he's only 11 weeks old, I'm not sure how you expect this "having a puppy" thing to work out. Many puppies are not reliably housetrained until 4 to 6 months of age, and it could even be longer than that; some breeds are notoriously difficult to housetrain.

    Sometimes you'll get lucky and have a pup that will train lighting quick, but for the most part, everything you describe is completely normal for many pups that age. Welcome to the joys of puppyhood.
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  2. PomeranianLuver Says:

    He’s only 11 weeks. He’s still little, and doesnt have much control of his bladder. House training can take months, so you will hae to be patient!

    Below are House Training, and Crate Training Tips.

    Crate Training

    Try locking her in a kennel or crate, or “doggie safe area” for a few minutes, while you go do something. Make sure to do the “Crate Process every time she goes in her crate.

    “Crate Process”
    1. Put Dog in kennel, crate or “doggie safe area”
    2. Give treats and a toy
    3. Leave
    4. When you come back, give her lots of praise, and treats. (Also, use the clicker if you are clicker training)

    Leave her out, of her kennel “doggie safe area”or crate for an hour, then put her in for 30 minutes, Repeating the “Crate Process.(steps 1-3)” Then again, when you come back do step 4.

    Repeat slowly extending the time, and make sure you leave time between kennel times, to spend with your puppy. Never expect your puppy to stay in his kennel longer than the age he is in months plus one. (example, if your puppy is 5 months old, only leave it in there for 6 hours. No dog/puppy should stay in it’s kennel longer than 7-8 hours.

    This is what i mean by “doggie safe area”.

    If you are going to be gone longer than a few hours, either have a dog sitter come to your house mid-day to walk him, or block off your bathroom, kitchen, hall, or other place with tile or wood floors for her to stay in while you are away. Leave food, water, toys, his kennel or crate, and puppy pads or newspapers(unless you want potty on the floor)

    Let the puppy sleep in his/her crate at night, unless you want an adult large dog sleeping in your bed at night. Even if your dog whimpers in the crate, just ignore her/him until he stops. Do not remove the puppy from the crate when he whimpers, or he will learn that this is how to get out.

    I Really Hope this helped.

    House Training

    First and foremost, do not make the dog smell his mess, strike him or lock him ouside. This will just confuse the pup, and it might be afraid of you.

    I have just got a puppy recently. The way I trained him was crate training. Here’s a few tips on crate training and house training:

    1.Try to teach them that their crate is a good place. Reward them when you place them in the crate. This is teaching them, that a treat comes with good crate behavior. Always keep your dog in the crate, unless you can keep a good eye on him.
    2. Another option, if you do not want to place your dog in the kennel all of the time, hook his leash to your belt loop, this way he can not go off and use the restroom somewhere, and you don’t know about it.
    3.Always take him outside after;
    + rough play
    +after he eats or drinks
    +after being let out of his crate
    + after he wakes up after a night
    + or if he shows signs of having to use the restroom,(below are those signs)
    *staring at you
    4.Don’t ever hit your dog, or rub his nose in his mess. This will just teach the dog to be afraid of you.
    5.Don’t feed him or give him to much water, before you plan to put him in his cage.
    6.Don’t expect your dog to hold it’s restroom, more than the age of the dog in months, plus one. But no dog should have to hold it’s bladder more than a 7-8 hours.
    7.Be patient!! That is the key, to housetraining. Of course if you get too overwelmed, you can always buy a book, or ask a professional trainer!
    8.Always, when he goes to the bathroom ouside, give lots of praise and treats!!
    9. If you expect your puppy to go outside, and dont use puppy pads when he gets older, starting out with puppy pads, is not a good idea, because this trains them that it’s ok to go inside, and then before they know it, they cant, it is to confusing for them.
    10. Make sure to have a schedule.
    11.When you go outside, stay outside until he uses the restroom.
    Good Luck!

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  3. hanadror Says:

    He is still young give him a chance please. He will get it eventually. I know it is hard but try to hang in there.
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  4. hausie08 Says:

    Hi the following is something I have done for my dog. My dog has been accident free since 13 weeks. No he vomited once inside.

    Consistency and follow recommendations from a food manufacturer.
    Initially you might have to anticipate in long walk until he does it outside. At least hourly toilet break in your house and let him go outside after dinner and intensive playing. Limit water intake before bed. Same command for toileting and a lot of praise when done outside. Limit on food scraps as a part of meal.
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  5. Marti Says:

    To house train your puppy:
    Get him a crate just big enough to stand up and turn around in.
    At least two hours before bedtime pick up all food and water, just before bed take him outside, wait for him to eliminate, the praise him enthusiastically, use key words like GOOD get busy, go potty, whatever you want to use. Then take him in and put him in his crate.
    First thing in the morning, when HE wakes up, outside, wait for it, praise! Then take him in with you and keep him where you can watch him, when you see potty behaviour, sniffing, circling, squatting, scoop him up, outside, wait for it, .PRAISE, if you can’t watch him, in his cate with a few toys, chewies, outside, wait for it, praise. If you use the same words, (I use get busy) eventually he will go on cue!
    Set him up to succeed and he will.
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    30 years pro dog groomer, breeder, trainer, exhibitor

  6. Stephanie C Says:

    Potty training is hard and takes a lot of time and patience but no puppy is impossible to train. Here is a good article that helped me train my puppies.

    Hope this helps!
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  7. ? Says:

    I was beginning to think that my Dal was impossible to train but I started taking him out about every hour to two hours and making sure that when I took him out he went potty and if he don’t we stay out till he does, he catching on very quick now. When its time to go potty I will tell him “Let’s go potty” so he knows that’s what we are going out for. If we are going out just to be going out I will tell him “Lets go out” and when I say that he gets his daily walk and gets to play outside.
    Be sure that you take him out right after he eats, wakes up or gets done playing that’s normally when the really have to go, be sure you also praise him while he is going out side and when he come in give him a special treat so in his mind he will be thinking that when I go out side I get something really great. Yeah my puppy know his routine I started taking him out at like 12:30am, 2:00am, 3:45am and then about 4:00 something and now that’s when he wakes up to go out, I about don’t have to set a alarm clock to get my boyfriend up at 4:00 in the morning for work because the dog is ready to go out.
    Hope this helps you out some and be patient.
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  8. wishnuwelltoo Says:

    I use a crate* to potty train with, but only for potty training and then I break it down and store it. I put blankets and a small food and water dish in the crate. Dogs don’t potty where they eat and sleep. When they are first little, I only expect them to hold their potty for 4 hours, and then 6 hours, then 8 hours and so on. So when they are first little, I set a timer or alarm clock to wake myself up at night to take them *out. I only allow my puppy in the bedroom* or the living room, only one room at a time. They have to graduate to more space. If I allow them to have full run of the house, it will overwhelm them. I take them out the same door each time. I tie a dinner bell to the door handle. Do not use a jingle bell as they could get their toe caught in it. So when they are little, I ring the bell for them, and then open the door to go *outside to potty. When they get bigger, I take their paw and whack the bell and open the door to go potty. Eventually getting to the place where the puppy will ring the bell and let me know when they need to go potty. Dogs want to please you, so it is your job to let them know what behaviors please you and what doesn’t. So when my puppy goes potty, I give her a treat*, and clap, and make a fuss and praise her. So she learns that going potty outside makes me happy. If she has an accident, make a disgust sound like “tsst” and take her out right away. I never yell* or spank* my puppies. Take them out when they first wake up, after they eat or drink, before nap, finish romping, when their activities change, or when they are sniffing around. Some puppies go pee right away, but may not go poop until 10 minutes later, so wait for the poop. I have a little play time here, because sometimes I think they are done, and they are not. Puppies train at their own pace. While I may have a puppy that hasn’t had an accident in several weeks, I don’t let my guard down. I don’t expect my puppies to be “fully potty trained” until one-year-old. If they have a setback, shake it off, and start over. I only have my puppies in the crate when I am not watching them. When I am sleeping, cooking, ironing, doing chores, basically when I am not watching her. All other times, she is out of the crate practicing being a “big girl.” This is the time I train her how to behave in the house. So we are practicing “no barking”, ‘no biting”, “no jumping”, and “don’t eat the furniture.” I also have to practice “playing inside” so she doesn’t knock over things. You must keep the puppy in sight when they are little because they don’t know the difference between newspaper and carpet, and you don’t want them sneaking off and getting into trouble. Some puppies can sleep through the night around 3-months-old, but their bladder is grown around 6-months-old.

    *I use a CRATE to train with. It is the method I prefer, compared to other methods I have tried. I noticed that if they are in the crate, while I am doing chores, they are o.k., because the crate allows them to see me and be re-assured. The crate can also be a comfort when stored in the basement for dogs who live in areas where thunderstorms and tornados are an issue. . However, use the method that works best for you…..a laundry basket, a cardboard box, a woof-woof house, x-pen, child gates, whatever works for you.
    *OUTSIDE, pee pad, litter box, whichever method you are using. When the puppy is first little, keep the pee pad, litter box near the food and water dish, so the puppy can eat and drink, and then go potty. You can move it away as they get older. The pee pad has a scent that smells and initiates potty. Sometimes a pee pad makes a sound that scares some puppies, so you might want to use a litter box if that happens. The pee pad allows a puppy to walk around, but a litter box keeps the puppy in one place.
    *BEDROOMS, I use the bedroom and living room for training, because it works for me. Choose rooms that work for you, but watch for rooms that are damp, or drafty. While my puppies sleep in the bedroom during training, once they are trained, I let them sleep where they want to. They don’t have to sleep in the bedroom forever.
    *TREATS. While I use treats for training, you don’t have to. I like Charlee Bears for training (a little cracker for a little mouth,) I use them for training, but once they are trained, I cut back on them.
    *SOME PUPPIES will go potty in the same spot each time. Some puppies have to be told to go potty. A command like “go out” for pee, or “go finish” for poop, might work for you, keep saying “go finish” until the puppy poops. This is a good thing to train if you travel with your dogs. By using commands, the puppy won’t get confused when you are visiting someone, on vacation with you, or when you get to a new home. The command will tell them what you want them to do in an unfamiliar place. You might also want to use
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