How do I set up a way for my puppy to be potty trained?

My pug Sophie is 4 months old. I have tried taking her outside, but she gets to excited and waits to get inside to use the bathroom. I have also tried waiting til i see her pee or poop and running her to the puppy pads but that obviously isn’t working either.

The vet said shes old enough to learn, so what…

The pee pads are confusing her, get a plan and stick to it. Don’t let her back in the house until she does her potty. Pugs are a hard breed to train, so hang in there. 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 a leash method, so the puppy doesn’t sneak off, or for strange places.
*YELLING. It is not a good idea to “yell” or “spank” your puppy and then take them outside when they have an accident. They may get confused and think that going outside is punishment. While you want to correct them, if you are extreme, they may not want to go outside again. Shake it off, and resume your schedule. You have to keep it real. Puppies train at their own pace, but a puppy can only hold their potty for a few hours. A guide would be 1 hour for each month of age, plus 1 hour, so a three-month-old puppy should only be expected to hold their potty for 4 hours at most.
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I don’t know why those wee wee pads didn’t work, they’re one of the best potty training tools for puppies. But whatever. I don’t know if you have, but you have to scold her and show her that is absolutely not okay to be using the house as a bathroom. Don’t be rough, but show her that she peed or pooped inside the house and say in a loud firm voice, NO. Then when you decide to take her outside to the bathroom, wait 15-20 minutes out there. Don’t go back inside til she goes to the bathroom. When she does pee or poop outside, you praise her.

Keep doing this a couple of times and she’ll learn.

While a lot of people use puppy pee pads, i don’t agree with them, and neither do most trainers. When we give our dog a place to go to the bathroom in the house, we are turning our home into their toilet. And i also feel it’s confusing for dogs…

You’re not doing anything “wrong”, we just don’t realize things sometimes. I didn’t either, but figured it out.

It’s your choice, but i’d take up the pee pads and put the puppy on a schedule to go outside. And, if she shows signs that she has to go (like walking around sniffing at the floor), take her out immediately. At your dog’s age, she’s like a human toddler, and has to be watched most of the time, anyway.

If your dog is excited outside, don’t talk to her or make any gestures toward her. When a dog hears us talking to them, especially in a high pitched tone, it actually excites them. So any type of training needs to be done with as little talking as possible, and lots of confidence and a relaxed state on the trainer’s part.

I always housebroke pups the same way, and it always worked…

Use a catch phrase with the dog for potty time only, such as BIG GIRL. Take a few small, favorite treats with you. Once she goes, say BIG GIRL, and immediately give the treat. Do this every time for a couple days.

After a couple of days, you can encourage her to go outside by saying BIG GIRL a few times… once she does, say it again immediately and then give the treat. It’s good to praise her for going to the bathroom outside.

Believe me when i say, dogs really catch on to associating potty, BIG GIRL with getting a treat…

You can find a lot of good and free training information on the internet by doing a yahoo search for Puppy Training, or Puppy Obedience Training. Now is really the time to assert your role as her pack leader, so she will follow you, not boss you around, during her life!

take care,and i’m sure everything will work well. i hope you get some responses you can use.

i don’t think the pee pads work personally. what you need to be doing is waiting outside with her until she pees. it could take a long time, 30 minutes or longer, but you HAVE to wait. when she goes, lots of praise and maybe a treat. inside, you need to catch her at it. clapping your hands loudly, or yelling no work and startle her so she’ll stop peeing. immediatley pick her up and take her outside to a certain spot (the same spot every time) in the yard. you’ll need to take her out every hour ( or less) until she understands that outside is potty. you can gradually go longer and longer periods in between going outside to train her to hold it till you take her out. a puppy should be able to hold it for about an hour to every month they are old. four months, four hours. you’ll need to be consistent. if you’re gone during the day, you can use a crate. dogs usually don’t pee where they sleep.

Taking her outside is the best way to go. If she gets preoccupied, then take her back in, but keep and eye on her and make sure she doesn’t squat. When you take her outside, say “Potty”, or “Go pee” while she’s in the act, and when she is done treat her. She should catch on eventually, as she will get no treats for going in the house. If she has an accident’ make sure she doesn’t see you cleaning it up, and it’s OK to pick her up while she is in the act, and bring her outside.

Best of luck.

I actually have a maltese puppy he is 3 mos. old and he already knows how to potty outside, I had all these solutions:

*The first time i had him i let him sleep in my room and then i put newspapers everywhere so that it will be easy to clean it and that wherever he may go he will go potty in newspapers but it didnt work out for my dog.

*the next thing was always watch signs when he is almost urinating or going to potty then when he does carry him outside, even though he is already wetting just take him outside so that he will know that whenever he goes potty it is right to go outside, it almost worked for me but I am a student so i have to leave him and i was unable to continue the training.

*this was the most effective training for me: I CAGED MY DOG, even though some may think that caging a dog is cruel but it is not, because your dog will feel he has his own area, in this way he didnt go potty in his cage because it is his sleeping area so he has to make it clean, everytime i go home from school i take him outside and then he already knows where to potty -outside!!, and whenever he does give him praise for doing so, it isnt easy to control releasing excrete ^^ haha.

hope it works for you! give him praises!

1, eating & pottying go hand in hand, always take her out within 15-20 minutes of eating or drinking. #2, always stay out with her & watch her until you know she has gone. #3, I bought this book on Amazon last year for a few bucks, it will help: “How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days” by Shirley Kalstone. It works if you follow the guidelines.

Here is how I trained my dog to use the bathroom outside.

I laid out newspaper. My dog used it to do his business on because of it’s texture i suppose. I moved the newspaper closer and closer to the door each day until when he would go to the paper, I would point to the door and say outside. Eventually, it got to the point where he would sit at the door and wait for me to take him out. He still does it.


Get a kennel cab, a small one, to help with training her. When she is in it, don’t put food, water or bedding in there. Just bare kennel and maybe a Nylabone or a favorite washable toy to chew on.
When you are ready to go to bed, take her for a last potty. Circle her around the area you want her to go and give her a command that is consistent, like “Take a Break” or whatever you say to her most. When she goes, praise her and reward her with a few tiny training treats. This will get her looking forward to going outside and doing her business out there.
When she comes in, put her in the kennel cab and put the kennel cab near your bed. You can cover it with a sheet to lessen stimulation and make it feel more den-like and secure.
She may pitch a fit at first, but don’t give in to her. Once she is sleeping, like when a person has a baby, you should be able to wake up if you hear her whimper in the middle of the night. Take her out to go potty in her spot and bring her right back in, no fanfare, back into the kennel. Then up early in the a.m.- take her out first thing. Give her praise and training treats when she goes outside.
Supervise her closely when she is inside. If you see her start to sniff a lot or circle, pick her up quickly and take her to her potty area, command, praise, reward.
If she manages to have an accident, tell her something in a firm low tone, like “not inside!” and take her outside immediately. If it’s number two, take that out with her to her potty area. Give her your command. If she even squats and squeezes out a few drops, she is getting the point. Tell her “good dog” and take her back inside. Let her play for a good while and then put her in the kennel cab for maybe thirty minutes, then outside to the potty area again. Take her out any time she looks like she is about to go and then regularly at first every hr, then after the first few days, every few hrs, then extend the time further.
The praise and reward for going outside should make her want to go out there rather than inside. Before you start this, get rid of puppy pads. No peeing or poop in the house on pads, papers or the floor.
Give her consistent feeding times and leave fresh water out at all times when she is not in her cab. Do not leave her in the cab for long stretches of time (except for overnight). Some people do this, but over-crating a dog causes problems and it’s boring as hell for the dog.
She should catch on pretty quick if you work hard at it and are consistent. Some dogs learn quicker than others. Some need a lot more work. Your dog has been used to going inside whether on a pad or on the floor. You’ll have to break that habit with supervision and reward/praise for going outside.
Take up her water bowl at about 8 pm. Put it back down after her first potty break in the morning.
As she progresses, sometimes just give her praise, other times praise and training treat and eventually just praise.
We have three dogs and all are potty trained to go along the fence at the back of the yard. We keep our yard picked up, too, but it’s nice to be able to go in the yard and not worry about stepping in a pile.
Our dogs go for potty breaks about four times a day since we are home a lot. (This includes a walk).
It was a lot of work at first, for one of them, the other two learned pretty quickly. Don’t be surprised if she learns, is doing real well and then suddenly one day (while still a puppy) squats right in front of you. Two of our dogs did that at about six mos old, after being fully trained and not having accidents since about 3 1/2 mos old. A swift trip outside after a firm “not inside” and it didn’t happen again.
When you do reward, I say tiny training treats and just one or two because a dog can get fat or not get the right nutrition it needs if it fills up on “rewards”.
As far as kennel cabs, we leave one open in the office, and one of our three dogs has claimed it as a napping spot.

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