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Name: momof1
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Hello all, We just brought home a new puppy tonight. She is a 9 week old black labradoodle, and her name is Rielly. She is so adorable and sweet, and my son adores her. But I have a question. What is the best way to potty train a puppy. I have purchased those doggy pads, and have been taking her outside every 2 hours or so. But she has gone inside. I know I have to have patience with her, but any advice would be great!
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Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 3:55 AM
Crate training, or potty areas. She needs to learn to control her bladder, and most dogs won't go to the bathroom, where they sleep. So being confined helps strenght their bladder. We just got a new puppy last week, so we are in the same shoes!!! Google free puppy training tips. 

Name: momof1 | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 4:00 AM
Thanks for the advice, I'm new to all of this. I have a dog as a pet, but he was older when we adopted him. I feel like I have a baby again. LOL 

Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 4:24 AM
We adopted our other dog too!! But he has always, even as a puppy been very calm. Toby (current dog) never did the puppy biting. Nika ( our new puppy) is the exact opposite. She is 12 kinds of crazy!!! But she already knows sit, and she knews lay down kinda. But she is getting it. The housebreaking, she won't use the kennel we have, so goes potty in it. She gets very upset in it. Almost scared, so my husband is going to get her a new one tomorrow. But she only had 4 potty accidents today in the house, and no poop!!! YEAAA. We will have to keep each other updated on the puppies. We have talked before in SAHM. 

Name: lindalu | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 5:27 AM
Yes momof1 crate training or a confined area is best. Dont give the dog full run of the house place him in the crate when he needs to go out take him directly out, after he go's bring him directly in and put him back in the crate. Only take him out a couple times a day for play but dont mix his play with his potty time. You dont want him confused about what he is suppose to be doing while he is out. Play is play time, potty time should be seperate! Also take him out of the crate for feedings dont feed in the crate. 

Name: momof1 | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 6:20 AM
Thank you for all the advice. I put her on the bathroom with a gate up. She has plenty of room to run around. One more questions, should I get up in the middle of the night and take her out to go potty??

momof3... I mistyped about having a dog. What I meant to say is I had a dog in the past, but he was adopted. My Rielly is the first puppy I have every had as an adult! 

Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 3:32 PM
lindalu, maybe you can help me with this one. Nika, the puppy will not be crated. She whines and yelps, which I know is normal, but she goes potty in her kennels. She we have been confing her to the bathroom. During the day she has run of 3 rooms, but I watch when she eats and take her out. She only had 4 accidents yesterday. Which I don't thinkis to bad. But my husband is going to buy a new crate today, is there a way to make sure that she will use it?? 

Name: T-rabbit | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 4:47 PM
pups need to pee about every 15-25 min. thuy have very small bladders at this age. 

Name: T-rabbit | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 4:49 PM
put a stuffed animail in the creat with her. 

Name: T-rabbit | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 4:49 PM

Name: T-rabbit | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 4:50 PM
man it is an off day for me sorry. CRATE.. 

Name: lindalu | Date: Dec 5th, 2006 10:51 PM
Momof3 be sure that the crate is not to big, all they need is just enough room to stand and turn around. When introducing the crat, some dogs cant be put in them straight a way. They need to be introduced slowely! Make it a fun thing! put him in the crate and treat him from the back side of the crate while he is in it. Make a great big happy deal of him beeing in it not while removing him out of it. Put him in it for short increments at a time, slowley increase the time untill he doesnt bark or wine. Keep the crate his only place to be kept while confined. Do not give him full run of the house untill he is house broken. The three rooms he has availabe to him, is to much room! Keep him crated do not let him have the three room run! He will cry and wine but if it is made to be a fun event he will not mind it. If he is beeing brought out every 1 1/2 - 2 hours than he should not have accidents in his crate. Dogs dont like to relieve them selfs where they sleep so if the crate is the proper size and they are beeing brought out to relieve them selfs as often as they should then there should be no accidents in the crate. Moniter the water in take dont give him access to it after 6-7 pm. Dont feed him with a self feeder because you cant regulate his poop time thus causing him to go when ever the earge. Another helpfull hint is to remove all padding from the crate, by doing this he will be even less likey to relieve him self because it will force him to stand in his own wast and he will not like that. Try covering his crate some dogs like it, it gives them a more safe feeling. So in short when ever he cant be supervised he should be crated only remove him for play, eat and bath room time. When he goes poo pee out side prais him bring him back in do not let him play, wait untill he is back in the house and then play. Oh ya always make the crate available to him while he is out, place it in the room that you will be feeding him in and playing with him in. Keep the door open to the crate at all times when he is not in it this will give him access to it if he wants to go back in it. Also never use it as a disaplining tool or a time out all that will do is make him not want to be in it! You want him to like it! 

Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 7th, 2006 5:12 PM
Well, my husband still hasn't went out and got a new crate yet!!! But, 2 days ago she didn't have one accident, and then yesterday she had 2 accidents, but both by the gate that she goes out off to get to the front door, and then last night we left her out all night and she had pooped by the gate, but it was real runny, so I think that she had a tummy ache. She won't eat her puppy food, she only eats my older dogs food. I dont think she is doing to bad, but she doesn't have a way to tell us she needs to go out. 

Name: winnmom | Date: Dec 7th, 2006 7:19 PM
we crate trained and it works wonderful...not only that new puppies need there own space and they get this with the crate. 

Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 7th, 2006 8:16 PM
We have always crate trained in the past and have always recommend and told people how to do it, but this puppy seems to be doing okay!! When she was first brought to the shelter, she was fostered with the lady that runs it, and then when there was room at the shelter she took her there, since she is there all the time anyway, so maybe she had started working with her. 

Name: momof1 | Date: Dec 8th, 2006 2:03 AM
Hello...We had a great day yesterday, no accidents. Todays is another story. The worst place she went was on my couch. How do you get that smell out. I have tried to clean it and I have sprayed Allot of frebreze, and I can still smell it. I hope this gets better, I wish they had little training diapers for puppies.. LOL... 

Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 10th, 2006 6:22 PM
So my husband finally went a got a smaller kennel. Last night we put Nika in it, and went to bed. She whined for awhile, but went to sleep. When my husband got up for work this morning, she had pooped in it again. What I don't understand is when we leave her out at night, she doesn;t do it. I am so confused. I am calling the vet tommorrow to see if he has any suggestions. 

Name: Bluies101 | Date: Dec 10th, 2006 8:46 PM
Do you remember the old science experament??? baking soda and vinager??? rub a little bit of baking soda in the spot then pour some vinager on it It will pull it out. then spray febreze it will smell clean and fresh.. 

Name: lindalu | Date: Dec 11th, 2006 12:32 AM
Its possible that the crate may be stressing him. As I stated some dogs can not be put in a crate strait away, you may have to work her in to it. Try puting her in it for small incrimints at a time, prais her while he is in it! Another thing with getting them usto the crate is to use it all the time dont let them run around all day then when night comes dump him in it and expect him to be ok! That isnt the way to crate train! It has to be all or non! Use the crate just as you would a pen for your child! when you cant watch him crate him! It does however sound as if he is stressing while in the crate. So you may need to introduce him slowely. Keep him in a small confined place but put his crate in the same area with him, leave the door to the crate open so he can gain access to it if he wishes. Only put bedding in the crate this way he will see it as a sleeping spot not a potty spot! Each day wotk with him by putting some thing he likes in the crate at first leave the door open do not close it ! when you can get him to go in and lay down then start closing the door leaving itt closed for short periods making it a bit longer each time. Again never use the crate as a punishment! That will make him dis like it even more.You know some people dont use crates if they have a small confined area that can be used, such as a bathroom or hall that can be gated. If he doesnt seem to take to the crate try a hall or bathroom. If you are persistant and patient he will grow to like the crate. 

Name: momof1 | Date: Dec 11th, 2006 2:17 AM
lindalu...that is really good advice. I was not sure if I was going to use a crate or not. And I decided to use one of our bathrooms. And Rielly is doing great in there. She is getting used to the idea that this is her space. Plus it's easier to clean up any messes that she may make while she's in there. The only down side, is when I know people are coming over. I have to quickly clean everything up , but other than that It's working out great! :) 

Name: lindalu | Date: Dec 11th, 2006 3:33 AM
Thats great momof1! if it works, dont desturb it! You know you can always put one of thoes pet carriers/ pet travelers in the bath room with him instead of the grate. The carriers are more closed in thus making the dog feel safer more secure in them. Just keep the door open to it! Another thing with training is never rub thier face in thier mess or urin! I am not saying you do! but do you know how many people think this is how you teach the dog not to go in the house? All it does is make them confused and it is a nasty un sanatery thing to do. Also never scald them for going on the floor unless you catch them in the act of going. Then distract him by clapping or making loud noises and take him out side. If he finishes out side praise him! Keep up the hard work! Eventually he will be house broke. 

Name: momof3 | Date: Dec 13th, 2006 4:18 PM
I took Nika to the vet yesterday and he thinks that she has some sort of parasite in her belly. So she has an antibotic to take and something to coat her little belly, and she is suppose to take Amodime to stop the diahrea. Plus she is stil on a bland diet, so I keep going to the store to buy hamburger and rice!! The cashiers keep looking at me funny. But I think it is working, she didn't poop in her kennel last night or at all yesterday and today so far so good. 

Name: lindalu | Date: Dec 13th, 2006 9:48 PM
Momof3 thats great news! You must be relieved! Momof1 how are things going with Rielly, is he doing any better with her training? 

Name: T-rabbit | Date: Dec 29th, 2006 12:43 AM

Name: sam | Date: Oct 1st, 2007 5:03 PM
how do u potty train puppys 

Name: lindalu | Date: Oct 3rd, 2007 1:50 PM
Sam there are several methods of training, it all depends on the pup/dog and the trainer. Do you have patience and how much time do you have to spend each day with the pup/dog? I crate assisted with mine, I know many people think its mean and will say there is no need to cage them. I don't see crating as caging! I see it as a tool not only for potty training but to keep the pup/dog safe while you are not home.

Most pups/ dogs will not relieve them selfs where they sleep so by placing them in a proper size crate when you are unable to watch them they will learn how to hold their wast. You must know... you should never place the dog in a crate thinking it is a miracle training device. You will still have to take the dog out, and never leave them in it for more then 4 hours at a time. Crating can be great for both you and the dog but it must be done properly to achieve a positive results.

I would suggest you do more reserch on potty training prior to getting a pup/dog, be sure you learn what method of training is right for you. If you are limited for time during your day I would suggest not getting a pup/dog they are time consuming and one must be with them a lot of the day.

I could get more in to the how abouts of training but there is far to much to much detail to cover, with several ways to do so. If you look back in some of the other posts potty training has been talked about. I think you may find some good advice! 

Name: lindalu | Date: Oct 3rd, 2007 1:54 PM
Sam scroll to the top of this post and read it, I have given some detailed instructions to another poster about crate training. Good luck!!! 

Name: Jordan | Date: Dec 10th, 2007 6:55 PM

Name: tonya m | Date: Dec 19th, 2007 11:14 PM
I just got a 9 week old puppy as well,I'll tell you what,it isen't easy potty training her,and she's teething,so she's also chewing on everything,does anyone have any advice,plus I have another dog and 2 cats 

Name: tonya m | Date: Dec 21st, 2007 2:32 AM
actually she's 8 weeks old 

Name: percypup | Date: Dec 21st, 2007 11:55 AM

Name: Claire | Date: Jan 3rd, 2008 12:53 PM
we have a 10 wk old jack russell, we`ve had her 4 just over a wk, i think we`ve confussed her! we have a training pad in the kithen and offen take her outside with not much result, we got a crate yesterday should we scap the pad and only take her outside? she was very good in the creat last nite only needing the loo once. any tips? 

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