I brought a puppy home 2 weeks ago. She is supposed to be a small part Cocker Spaniel but mostly Poodle mix. She looks like neither but is sooo adorable!
Anyways, my question is: What is the easiest way to potty-train her?
I’ve read all over the internet about potty training, but everything I’ve read just seems to be contradicting. I can’t keep her in a crate, because she constantly whines. So while I’m home, I just let her have the run of the house while keeping a close eye on her. I already have a male poodle (2 years old) in my home, but he was house-trained when I got him. I would prefer for her to go outside to potty, so I’ve been taking her out every hour to 2 hours, after she eats or drinks, and when she wakes up. However, I also bought some puppy pads for her, since she is just a pup and doesn’t yet know how to ask to go outside. If she has to tinkle, and I don’t realize or catch her in time to take her out, sometimes she will use the pad, but the majority of the time she will squat in the floor. And she rarely ever poos on the pad. I’m trying to be as consistent as I can with praising her, etc. when she does a good job. But it just seems like she is not getting it.
What am I doing wrong? What is it that I could be doing better? Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. I am getting so aggravated!
Ditch the puppy pads. They’re useless and will only hinder your house training progress.
Really, a puppy of that age is not able to differentiate between a puppy pad and the carpet even with all the supposed implanted ":scents": in the pads.
All she will get is that it’s okay to pee inside sometimes but not others.
Start by taking her outside at least once every hour.
When she defecates/urinates outside, praise her (happy voice ":good girl":, treats etc.)
When she is in the house you need to keep diligent supervision. Watch for signs of her having to urinate (sniffing the ground, walking in circles). If you see this, take her outside immediately.
If you cannot provide adequate supervision, even for a few minutes, put her in the crate.
If she does go in the house, only discipline if you catch her in the act.
If you do not catch her, simply clean the affected area thoroughly.
Also, if she whines while she’s in the crate. Ignore her.
If you come running each time she makes a noise, she’s training YOU to come when you’re called basically.
As others have said…..observation, diligence, patience….knowing the signs and catching before she pottys. Praise when she pottys outside.
Crates are wonderful things, but……I used them only when I was not at home and for night time.
I would ditch the pads too. 1) it is training the dog to potty in the house 2) you will be potty training twice
Add: outside to potty after brief play!!!!!! moving around, running stimulates the need to potty
…it is a long road….
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Considering both these breeds are known to sometimes be a housetraining nightmare, trying to train inside on pads and outside is going to thoroughly confuse the poor little thing. You do not want her to think pottying ANYWHERE in the house is allowed. Here’s a fast way to housebreak:
There is one step in potty training that can not be left out. Take the puppy OUTSIDE when it needs to go! The puppy pads only teach a puppy that it is OK to use the house for a toilet, and I doubt that is what you want.
I would also start by getting rid of the puppy pads.Then start be confining the dog to one room.usually the kitchen, by using gates.Put her and her crate in the room ,making her crate her safe place. Feed her in her crate everytime. ,this helps,because they shoud not soil in thier feeding place. keep her on a strict feeding and potty schedule.When you cannot watch her ,she should be in her crate.Clean her previous areas where she has pottied thoroughly.A good cleaner for urine is a mixture of vinegar,Dawn, and water.Hope this helps –good luck.
take her outside every 45 min to an hour, and if she poops in the house stick her nose near it so she can tak in the smell and tell her no and punish her however u do a light bop on the head or a flick or spray from a bottle. when she does poop outside give her a treat when she comes in and say good job. she should learn farly quickly in a couple weeks or more
So, you put a training mat down (a toilet pad) and you MUST always put it in the same place. What you do is you keep close eye on her, when you think she’s going to do poo or pee, put her on the mat asap, if you can’t catch her in time and she does her stuff wherever before you clean up say No! in a firm voice and put her on the mat. That’s what we did with my brother’s dog and he is now house trained!
Good Luck! Hope I Helped!
I truly can’t say this enough.
Go to the ":Dog Whisperer": Cesar Millan. He has a website and a TV program.