Questions and Answers on Housetraining

This article provides answers to common housetraining problems encountered by dog owners. I’m sure you will gain one or two things after reading. 

Housetraining a puppy: Can I start Professional housetraining for my 15-week old puppy

housetraining,potty training,housebreaking my corgiWe just picked up a 15-week old corgi. She looks comfortable in her crate though she cried while sleeping in the dark last night. On waking up this morning, her crate was messed up with poop. Till this stage, she has had no potty training. I wanted to know if we can start a professional training for her. When is the right time to start housetraining a puppy? We have not tried to take her outside to eliminate.


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First, your puppy isn’t too old. So, it’s good news for you. However, you have to help her. It is quite normal for her to cry in her crate for few nights.

Unfortunately, she is not housetrained but you can start by letting her eliminate outdoor on wood chips. Keeping her in the crate for too long may force her to eliminate there because she may not be able to “hold it”. At her age, she can stay 3-4 hours in her crate without getting pressed.

A very good suggestion is to set an alarm 3 hours after she sleeps. Wake up and take her out to potty if she hasn’t eliminated in her crate. Try another potty break around 6 am if you think she won’t be able to stay till morning.

“Ideally”, puppy housetraining should start when your pup is 16 weeks old or more. However, younger puppies can be housetrained just that you should expect more accident

It sounds difficult but it’s worth the effort. She will develop bowel and bladder control through the use of crate (though it takes time).Professional help may not be necessary at her age. She is still very young. All she needs is attention and love. If she shows some behavioural issues later on, then professional help may be needed.


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Litter box training: Can I train my puppy to use a litter box?

We have a large enclosed balcony in the apartment I live. I need your thoughts and tips on “litter-training” for my puppy


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You can use litter tray on the balcony if there is no space. This will work excellently if she is a small breed puppy. You just have to follow basic housebreaking instructions . Finally, be patient with your pup.


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Dog crate training: my pup messes his crate

 golden retriver potty training, housebreaking, housetrainingAll the time, my 10 week- old Golden retriever messes his crate with pee and poop, and he will not stop. There is enough space in the crate for him to relieve himself on one side and lay on the clean side. Unfortunately, he lies on his own waste. I take him outside frequently to potty, and I shower praises on him. On getting inside, he goes to the kitchen or crate and poop/pee more in it


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This is a real challenge! First, dogs develop good and bad habits with repetition. This problem happens when you keep your dog in a dirty environment. The most likely times when dogs relieve themselves are after they eat, exercise or sleep. Give your dog enough time outside, do not rush him.

You should take 15-25 minutes walks with him frequently and most especially before bedtime. In addition to giving him the opportunity to exercise, it will also help you build a greater relationship.

In addition, your dog’s diet should be well monitored. Water intake should be controlled. Diet plays a huge role during housebreaking!  Natural diet helps your dog to stay healthy and eliminate properly.


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Why does my dog pee in the house? My puppy eliminates Inside, after staying outdoor for a long time.  What can I do?

My 4-month old puppy eliminates inside the house after taking him outside to relieve himself. Few days ago, he was outside to pee at 10:30 pm, only to come in and pee three times before the next 30 minutes.  In the morning (the following day) I took him outside and he relieved himself. My assumption was that he pooped and peed at the same time. On getting inside, he peed within the next 10 minutes. I give him treats, each time I take him inside after pottying. Why does my dog pee in the house in this manner?


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During a potty break, it is very common for puppies to pee and poop more than once, most especially at night and very early in the morning (puppies empty their bladder and bowels at these times).

Ensure you give him enough time to do his business before you take him inside. Never assume that he peed once, and then he’s done

My suggestion is that, you put him into his crate immediately you come inside. After 15 minutes, take him outside again to pee and poop. It is very much unlikely for him to eliminate in his crate. He should be able to hold it until you take him outside again.


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How do I train my dog to tell me when he needs to go outside

I have had my 2-year old dog since he was a puppy. I want to train him to “cry” and make some sound when he needs to go outside. He does not cry whenever he needs to eliminate outside. If I do not see him on time, he urinates on the floor (at the door)

How can I train him to cry or bark when he needs to go outside and pee. I am a very busy person and sometimes, I don’t notice anything until he pees at the door


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A dog with proper housetraining should not urinate indoors if he hasn’t been trained to do so.

It may be quite challenging to get your dog to bark, as a sign that he wants to go outside. However, you can teach him to alert you by ringing a bell at your door. (This may take time)

Follow these steps: attach a bell to a piece of string, and hang it over the handle of the door your dog goes through.

When you take him outside, try to use his nose to ring the bell, while saying a command like “we’re going outside” or any other command. With time, he will associate the sound of the bell with going outside to pee and poop. This technique uses the power of association! Your dog can learn to associate bell ringing and door opening.


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Dog pee pads: Is It good to train my dog to eliminate outside and use pee pads at the same time?

Our new Pomeranian will be 14 weeks tomorrow and she has been wonderful. We made her very comfortable. We went as far as putting a crate at the door of her pen, so she can go in and out at any time. At the same time, we are also giving her outdoor potty training frequently, while she uses the pee pads at night. I wanted to ask if the combination of pee pads and outdoor potty training isn’t bad.


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Combining outdoor potty training and pee pads can be quite confusing to your dog! The reason is simple! When your puppy gets used to pee pads, he would think eliminating indoors is the best. Puppies don’t really know that pee pads are the only “thing” they can pee on while staying inside the house Pee pads can be very useful when the weather is very cold outside or if you live a high-rise building, where it is difficult to get to the ground quickly. Some trainers say pee pads could make housebreaking more difficult.

You must also note that; all puppies are not created equal! Some are comfortable with a particular training method. If your puppy is fine with the combination, it may be good for her in the short term. However, it is not recommended that you continue this way

Complete outdoor training will be very perfect for her! Since she has a crate, you should use it for housetraining, especially at night. Initially, she may need more than one potty break during the night but as her bladder and bowels mature, it would be easier for her to ‘hold it’ for a longer time.


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Why does my dog pee so much?

My 9-Week Old pug Puppy urinates every time If I may ask, how frequently should my lab pup urinate and why does my dog pee so much?

Each time I take my puppy out, she urinates. Immediately we get inside, she would pee again. It happens almost every 10 minutes. I take her out constantly. I am wondering if something is wrong. Again she is always having frequent accident inside the house.


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It isn’t abnormal for your 9-week old puppy to pee every 30 minutes during the day. However, frequent urination may indicate urinary tract infection, especially if she passes few drops at a time. To be on the safe side, please take her to your vet for a check-up. To stop her from having frequent accident, try using a crate. 


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submissive urination,potty training,housetrainingDog submissive urination: How do I stop submissive urination in my dog?

My little puppy has submissive urination problem whenever I get inside after being away for some hours


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Dog training expert, Cesar Milan, defines submissive urination as a dog’s uncontrollable, instinctive reaction to the presence of another dog or human that they feel is superior or is intimidating to themIt is not really a housebreaking problem! Sometimes, it shows that the dog sees the you as being superior-He sees you as the pack leader. With time, it fades away but it can be stopped by ignoring the dog whenever you get home. Do not bend over to pet him when you get back home. When you do so, he would display that submissive behaviour, which would make him pee more. Again, do not allow people to pet your dog. Finally, you must not scream or shout while correcting him. Follow these tips to get rid of submissive urination


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bulldog housetraining,pottytraing,housebreaking why does my dog pee when excitedMy 10- week old bulldog pees on the floor whenever he sees a visitor or when gets very happy. Again, she just started another annoying habit of peeing on my kid whenever she (my kid) is playing on the floor



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Since your puppy keeps acting “funny” in the presence of people or strangers, the best solution is to take him out as much as possible to meet new people and see new places. Take a walk with him in new places where a lot of things are happening.  With time, the excitement-induced peeing will reduce. In the meantime, keep her in the crate when people are coming over. Peeing on your kid is just another form of showing her excitement. The kid should avoid playing with her on the ground until the behaviour is well controlled.


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Why does my dog eat his own poop? My puppy has an annoying behavior of eating his own poop. What can I do?

Laura, Miami

There are certain taste-aversion products that can make his poop unattractive to him. Please see your vet! However, ensure that your dog is well nourished with natural diet, vitamin and fresh food. Regular exercise (15-20 minutes walk everyday) will also be of help. Please, find time to read this article on why dogs eat their poop and what you can do to it


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Combine dog pee pads and outdoor potty training: I have been trying to train my pug to go from using her pee pads(she got used to the pad very quickly) to going outside. I went as far as moving the pads outside but nothing good came out of it. I have tried to housebreak her continuously for a week and I want to know, if there is a certain training method I need to use.

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For owners who prefer outdoor potty training and want their pup to eliminate outside, the use of pee pads is not appropriate. Dogs get easily confused when you use pee pads and also try to train them to go outside. It may not be too late to switch to outdoor training, using crate. Confine her in a crate and watch her. When she’s out of the crate, keep her on a leash. Read more on crate training


In conclusion, housetraining a dog; whether a puppy or an adult dog, requires a lot of patience and consistency. You need to put in your best to achieve your goal.