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House Training a Puppy

House training a puppy takes time, consistency and patience. The proper training methods can make it easier on you and your dog. This is a guide about house training a puppy.
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July 17, 2007

Crate training seems to be all the rage these days although it's relatively new. Possibly because more people are spending more time away from home. Both spouses working and so on. It's trendy, I suppose.

But in the not too distant past, people house trained their dogs successfully without a crate. Crates are useful for transporting and to keep your pet safe in certain instances. But in my estimation, not such a good way to house train an animal who will likely be spending his entire life with you.

Yes, this may be just opinion, but I have house trained all my dogs successfully and they have never been in a crate.

It is such a sweet and wonderful time having a new puppy in the house. But please, before you get him, do research, inform yourself on what his needs are. Do some research even to find what kind of dog will fit best in your home and lifestyle; high energy, low energy, loyalty to small children, and so on.

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The more time you spend picking out a dog makes it better for all concerned. Of course if he is a rescue and needs you right away, just be sure you are prepared to make a few sacrifices and to be very understanding.

For those of us who rescue dogs it doesn't feel like a sacrifice, but there are families who are not so prepared to deal with soiled carpets, chewed things, including people, inappropriate barking, and all the other things that can come along with a dog whose needs haven't been met. It is between you and your family to honestly decide if you are willing to embrace a new animal and do what is needed to meet his needs and your own.

Make an active effort to have a responsible person around the home for at least a week or two at all times when your puppy first comes to your house. The more time you can spend with him when he is little ensures that he can be a safe, happy and well adjusted adult dog.

Puppies don't have very big bladders and can pee a lot of times in a day. Which is great for training. If you notice him circling and sniffing the floor you can be relatively certain he is thinking about going for a pee.

Gently pick him up and take him outside. He may lose interest in peeing once he gets outside, but be patient. If and when he does let him know how pleased you are, lots of praise and lots of love.

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Sometimes he will totally forget about peeing and you can let him back inside, but watch him closely and repeat going outside when he starts to sniff and circle.

If you take him to the same place outside he will quickly learn from the puddles he has already made that this is a good place to pee. That's what he is looking for when he is sniffing the floor.

Accidents do happen though with puppies. If you catch him in the act, gently pick him up, don't say "good dog/bad dog", just suggest that we should go outside. Likely he's done, but give him 5 minutes outside and don't play with him at those times. Play time is for after he pees. Poops.

Right after meal time is poopie time. And you will see him doing the poop squat. Of course take him outside right after eating if you can; give love and praise for a job well done. He might go poopie other times too, just watch him. It's like having a toddler around the house.

If he does have an accident, don't make a big deal about it. I find that SpotBot is great for such things. But any spot cleaner will be useful. Take the dog outside, don't reprimand. And deal with the mess later.

Ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior.

Your puppy is motivated by wanting to please you. And he really is just a little kid--so be understanding. Watch the look on his face and the waggle in his tail when you tell him what a good dog he is. He loves it! And will do almost anything to get it. Teach him what behaviors will get the "good dog" approval.

If you must be away from home when he is new to your house, well I feel sorry for him. He has just lost his mother and his siblings if he had any and now he has to spend the day alone? And to add insult to this still is it fair to stick him in a crate? People often fail to realize what a big deal it is for the puppy.

You could confine him to a puppy safe room and do what you can to paper train him in the same way you would for outside, then move the papers outside as he gets bigger.

A dog will suffer and bear a lot of things because he loves you. But he has needs and as a responsible and loving dog companion, you can make the commitment to give him the love and patience he needs when he is little so that you can be assured that you warrant the abundance of love he gives you.

A lot of dogs end up in shelters with behavior problems because people failed to educate themselves on the needs of these beautiful animals before they got them. Animal shelters are sad places.

And good heavens, dogs are such loyal, responsive, smart, and loving animals. Dogs are not born with behavior problems. And since it is us humans who are bringing dogs into our homes, it is up to us to teach them responsibly and with respect and love for the wonderful creatures that they are.

By Sheraone from Ontario

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September 20, 20120 found this helpful

I also disagree about the crate. My dogs have all loved their "sanctuary" crate! I have 2 cocker spaniels and they often go in their crates on their own to relax in their own space. They go right to the crates when they know I am leaving. I turn the radio on for them and give them some treats and they are happy to be there secure while I am gone. When I am home, we play a lot. So either way, crate or not, the best thing is make sure your dog is safe and secure in their environment.

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December 22, 2011

I have been training another new pup we just recently adopted. He has been having a few accidents on my beds. So I went to a furniture store where they sell mattresses and they gladly gave me the plastic off some of the beds.

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I wrapped all our mattresses in the plastic and used packing tape to secure them on the bottom. So at least when he is finally trained I will have my mattresses. Thank God I do not have carpets! This saved me a lot of money; rubber sheets are expensive.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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January 11, 2012

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The time to start training your new puppy is on the day it joins your family. Don't expect perfection. Puppies have accidents. They forget the rules at times and sometimes, their curiosity causes trouble for them in areas where rules haven't been established.

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

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July 23, 2011

I had two 8 weeks old puppies to house train at the same time. I took them outside when they woke up, after they played, after they ate, and before they went to bed.

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February 5, 2014

According to the Humane Society if your puppy has an accident while being house trained, take the rags or paper towels you used to clean up the area and place them in her defined elimination spot outdoors.

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April 2, 20052 found this helpful

When we first got our dog (10 month old rescue Pomeranian), we got just so far in housebreaking her and couldn't get any further. We could tell that she wasn't getting the message clearly on what we wanted and we were sort of at a loss on how to let her know that she'd done something wrong without yelling or (god forbid) hitting her.

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June 15, 2007

When house training your dog, take it to the same place, every time you take him/her outside to do it's business. Tell your dog "hurry up" or "potty" as your dog does his business.

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June 13, 2007

When house breaking your dog, remember it needs to go out before and after everything, before a nap, after a nap, before eating, after eating, before playtime, after playtime.

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June 28, 20050 found this helpful

If you get a puppy, keep it in an old baby playpen with newspapers layered over an old shower curtain or other waterproof mat. Then the puppy can stay in the room with you without causing "accidents" on the carpet.

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February 12, 2008

When we get a puppy we start out with lots of love and affection. We get a nice size box and put a clock that ticks (sounds like a heart), a cuddly blanket and a hot water bottle which we place under the blanket.

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November 16, 20040 found this helpful

Convincing Your Dog to Potty in One Place. Adapted From: Dog Tricks For Dummies. Having a dog that eliminates in a designated place is a real advantage. Thank you to Racer for recommending this link.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 27, 2017

I have a 4 month old female German Shepherd. We go outside to potty as soon as we wake up, 10 minutes after 1st feeding, and multiple times throughout the day. I feed her according to what is recommended on her food. Her last feeding is no later than 4pm. She goes out to potty 5 to 6 times between then and bedtime. Also, right before bedtime. Even with scheduled feedings, recommended food amounts, and tons of outside time (with treat training and kennel training) she poops 2 to 3 times during the middle of the night! She has 2 other dogs that are completly house trained in the house and we give her tons of excersize. How do I solve this? Help!

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April 27, 20170 found this helpful

I would have the vet examine her to make sure there are no physical issues.

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April 27, 2017

I recently bought my puppy and she is scared of me, but I'm trying to house train her. She loves being outside and she will play with me outside, but I still can't move towards her. Inside she just sits in a corner. I want to walk her on a leash. I've got a 12 month old baby. Any suggestions on how I can house train her with my baby? My baby is busy; he likes to explore and move around so it makes it hard to house train properly. I need help with any advice on traing and everything including walking, sitting, stopping, going, etc. with my command and making her feel at home.

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April 27, 20170 found this helpful

Many pet stores have training sessions for dogs that are reasonable. I would sign up for one.

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By 0 found this helpful
December 29, 2016

I have a 3.5 month old puppy. She was doing very well with peeing on puppy pads, but would not poop on them ever. She did very well going potty outside. I taught her the phrase "go potty". Then my husband and I went on vacation for 5 days while my brother puppy sat. Now she does not want to go on the pad, even when I bring her to it and tell her to "go potty" when she wakes from a long nap.

She has started to pee on our bed, which she also sleeps on, and her own bed, and the couch, and also the doorway to our bedroom. At first I thought it was because my husband had previously bought lavender scented pads and lavender scented floor cleaner, but we have changed both. We are very frustrated, and don't know what to change to get her re trained

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

I'll try that, we were just doing the pad inside because she usually gets up to pee in the middle of the night, or for when I'm cooking/cleaning and she wakes up from her nap and pees wherever

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December 17, 2016

I'm losing the will to live. I have exhausted everything I know to stop my 4 month old Newfoundland puppy from peeing in the kitchen and then barking to tell me she's done it.

I have tried everything to get her to 'tell' me she wants out to poo and pee. Every morning I get up at 6am and my kitchen floor is flooded with wee and a mound of poo. I take her out in the garden the last thing at night for around half an hour and she finally wees, but does not poo.

She also pees in the kitchen and then she barks to go out. What she does, I keep taking her out after meals, and if she leans on the back door as if a sign then she wants to go out. She doesn't do anything so I let her back in, within 20 mins or so, she will pee or poo in the kitchen. Then she will bark to 'tell me' and want to go out. I'm sick of it.

She poos every morning in the same place in the garden and wees which is great. Then it all goes to pot. She will then go about her day with me and if she is in the kitchen later on she will wee and poo.

What on earth am I doing wrong? I have tried everything - praise and treats when she's pooed in the garden. I'm so upset it's as tho she hates me. I hope someone can answer me.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

OK don't worry start off new sanitize the house sprinkle very lightly on the floor cayenne pepper this will stop the dog from peeing in the house because when he goes to P the cayenne pepper will burn a little bit to let him know not to P then you take him outside as soon as you see him licking himself. Now upon taking him/her outside when he comes back you can treat him with a little chicken treat and you do this for a while he will know not to P in the house or poo.

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December 8, 2016

My puppy, a German Shepherd mix, is 9 weeks old. She is doing well for the most part with potty training; we take her out very often. She has "cues" that let us know she has to poop. But, sometimes she will run and pee on her potty pad (yay), and then run in her crate and poop all over her blankets.

She, for some reason, thinks this is what she is supposed to do. If I catch her in time, I bring her out and she goes outside, but that does not always happen. And, she is in the crate for about 45 minutes to 1 hour after I leave the house in the morning and before my fiance gets home from his job. She always messes in the crate in that time. It doesn't seem to matter if she poops before I leave or not.

Some people have mentioned using part of her crate for a potty and part for sleeping. Her crate is big enough, but right now we have the divider to make it small. Any suggestions appreciated!

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December 10, 20160 found this helpful

I was never a believer in potty pad so I think it teaches the dog to go potty in the house.

Try tons of praise when she goes potty outside.

Be sure after she drinks she goes outside within half hour and withhold all water after 6 PM.

You can also try take her outside of her crate in the morning put her outside to go potty if she doesn't go potty put her back in the cage try it again 15 minutes later.

A reward would be freedom so when she does go potty outside she gets to play in the house.

Also sometimes people a cage that's too large so the dog can actually get away from an accident they might have in the cage. Dogs are very clean by nature and don't want to be in a cage with poop.

For now you can try take your soiled potty pads and put them outside where you want the dog to go potty no more potty pads in the house to confuse her

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February 18, 2016

I have a 7 week old blue Pit Bull, and it only took me 3 days to paper train him, and then house train him. Is it that they are smarter than most dogs, or do I have a strange dog? He still nips, but I expected that, but when I tell him to stop he does. Also, when is the right age to get him vaccinated for I lost my one Pit who was 8 years old, and I just can't lose Crosby (yeah that's his name). Please someone give me an answer.

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

Puppies can start getting shots as early as 8 weeks of age. This age is fine for pitties. Smaller breeds like toys and teacups check with your vet some like to wait a little longer. I gave had many breeds in my life but my pits have always been extremely smart and quick to learn both good and bad behaviors! Lol! Congrats with training your pittie!

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April 1, 2017

I have a Dachshund puppy and am having trouble with the potty in house. When she does potty in the house she knows that it is wrong. She looks at me and she runs outside cuz that's what we usually do when she potties in the house; we put her outside so she knows that she's doing something wrong. So what can I do?

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April 1, 20171 found this helpful

She needs to be on a strict feeding and walking schedule. Take food away between meals. Praise her when she does the right thing.

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January 10, 2017

I have a 16 week old Husky. When I take her outside to go to the bathroom she would just go pee. Then I give her a treat. Then when I bring her back inside, after 10 minutes she'll poo on a pee pad or next to it. Then other times when she goes towards the door to go to the bathroom I'll take her outside and all she does is just sit there. I don't know what to do.

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January 10, 20170 found this helpful

I would make sure I disinfect any places when she made in the house. Otherwise, she will go back to that place time and time again. Make sure she gets a treat when she does go outside. Speak in a stern voice when she does her business in the house.

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January 8, 2017

I have a Boxer puppy who is 11 weeks old. We got her at eight weeks. I think the lady we got her from used puppy pads. I do not like puppy pads, so I have not used them, but I think it trained her to potty in her box. Sometimes we just let her out and put her in her box and she potties. Is she just doing it to upset me or can she just not hold it? Please help.

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

Dogs must be taken out at the same time every day, to get them used to a routine. Puppies need to be taken out more frequently. As they grow, their muscles will strengthen and allow them to hold in their waste better. In addition, feed them at the same time every day, and take the food away between meals.

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January 7, 2016

I have a miniature Dachshund named Dude, and Dude has been a breeze for the most part to house/office break. Dude goes everywhere with me including my office for work, which makes training him a bit easier considering I don't let him slip at all throughout the day. The key I have noticed is consistency and keeping him on a schedule. Dude is ~5mo old at the moment and I've had him about 1.5 months and has been the ultimate sidekick.

Several times throughout the day, he will come up to me while I'm at my desk to tell me that he needs to go outside. So, we walk outside. Lately he has been doing this thing where he will not obey commands like 'come' (while I pat my leg and walk that direction). I know he knows what I'm saying because he listens and obeys fine while we're in the office or in my home. I repeat the command numerous times and he sits where he is and acts like he doesn't hear me.

I'll play out a scenario for you: Just a few minutes ago, he signaled for me to take him outside. I walk and let him follow me to the side yard. (I generally like for him to do #1 and #2, and he typically goes along and I reward him.) He continues to find a place to go #2. He finishes and sits. So I tell him to come, so we can walk around the other side of the building and hopefully he goes #1. He acts like I haven't said a word even though he's looking right at me in a way that says "I'm not going". So I continue to walk to that side of the building (he doesn't like when he doesn't have me in his line of sight to know where I'm at) while continuing to repeat the command. He runs to catch up with me and sits where he meets me. So I walk back to where we were originally and he doesn't move. This time he stays after he can't see me, even though I'm still saying 'come on'. I walk back to where he can see and obviously hear me, and repeat the command several times. He continues to be dismissive and ignore me. So I pick him up and walk him over to the area I want him to pee and he sits and will not move. At this point, I've run out of things to do to get him to come and walk around with me, so I say, "Let's go inside", open the door, and he runs in like he's expecting a wooping or some kind of scolding.

So here we are, sitting at the desk. He is laying across my chest with his head on my shoulder and shaking because he knows I'm frustrated. I realize these dogs are stubborn and want to do things their way, but I do not know what I'm doing wrong. We have always had dogs (Boxers) and have never had an issue with listening like this.

Anyone that has had a similar experience with a Dachshund, advise and/or solutions are greatly appreciated.

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February 5, 20160 found this helpful

Well, I have a few questions. Why do you want the dog to move after ugoing # 2? I don't understand. Next, dogs do best when the it feeding and potty times are on a routine schedule just like you like your work schedule to be. Imagine if you boss kept changing your lunch hour or your start hour even by just an hour or two a day...wouldn't that really mess with you? Same with the dog! Also what time you feed him dictates when he will need to poop. When you give him water he will need to pee a little while later. You can look up on the web how long it takes your breed of dog to digest it's food and how often/how much you should be feeding him. All these things should make potty time clearer to you and your poor little confused doggie. Remember to keep the same schedule on days off because dogs don't know the difference between a Friday workday or a Saturday off day. They just need a consistent schedule to pee and poop! By the way...dogs don't try to test you limits! They are not humans with human brain capabilities! That's the silliest thing I've heard in a while! They are animals with a natural desire to please. He just wants to do what makes you make the happy noises and pet him! That's it!!! He likes that! Don't over think it! He looks to you to be in charge, treat him kindly, fill his needs and he will be the loyalist friend you've ever had! And absolutely no hitting or striking of any kind please! They don't respond to it except to be extremely afraid of you and that's just abuse!

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March 11, 2011

We have had our baby Bichon for three weeks. He is now about twelve weeks old. We simply cannot keep him in his bin because he barks and barks. So, we let him run free which I think has been a terrible mistake. Please give me ideas as to how to potty train him. I do have the pads and he occasionally uses them, but most of the time he does not. Help please. Thanks so much.

By Montana Jewel Therapy from The Last Best Place NW Montana

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

There is a lot of good feedback here from Brenneman and Lorelei. It takes a long time to train a puppy and it requires patience and love, consistency and the same terminology, whatever you decide to say. Crate training is really wonderful because the dog is safe from harm and so is your house and belongings. Good luck!

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September 6, 2016

We just adopted a 4 month old puppy. She's a Shepherd mix and she's the loveliest dog ever. The only problem is that she peed and pooped on our bed and couch more than once. She also pooped on the beige couch of a friend of mine. I honestly dunno what to do. The vet says that nothing is wrong with her health.

We have returned her to the crate and are monitoring her. But OMG, I need help, we dunno what else to do, we love her so much, but I can't get rid of a new bed set everyday. We do walk her quite often, she does her business outside, then (I dunno how) she has more poop to poo in our bed whenever we are not looking. How can I communicate to her that pooping in this areas is wrong? Help!

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September 9, 20160 found this helpful

First of all, keep her off furniture for now. Dogs in the wild don't have furniture. They don't need it. A blanket or throw on the floor should be fine until you are sure.

The trouble you are having is simple. A four month old puppy is a "toddler" that has JUST been potty trained. They still have "accidents." It happens. She's a puppy and puppies are babies.

All you need to do is continue her training. Wash/clean poop and pee stains thoroughly, removing any smell. If you see any poop or pee but didn't catch her in the act, don't say anything to the dog. It won't help after the fact, and showing anger will cause her to simply hide the places she goes. If you do catch her in the act clap your hands very loud to startle her. Then pick her up and take her straight out. Don't yell, it won't help.

Take her out frequently (at least once every four hours until bedtime) but don't let her get distracted. Take her right to a place where she is used to "going" and hold the leash (NO flexi-leash! Short leash!) until she goes. It will help if you leave some poop there and don't pick it up. Even better if other dogs in the neighborhood go in that spot.

She will eventually catch on and then should be able to graduate back to the furniture.

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August 30, 2016

I have a 6 month old Blue Heeler puppy and he has a few times peed in my bed while I was asleep. He was also sleeping; he didn't get up or anything just peed. We are working on house training and he almost has it, but last night he went on the pillow we were both sleeping on.

Also he will pee when I get up in the morning if I don't walk right to the door. If I stop for shoes or pants he will go right in front of me. I've even been putting his leash on him and he just pees right there. Any advice?

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

It isn't a good idea to let a dog sleep in your bed until it is fully housetrained. A six month puppy should be able to "hold it" for six hours. That means you will need to set your alarm and take him out once during the night.

If you already are doing that but it isn't working, try crate training.

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February 25, 2013

My puppy is peeing everywhere. He is 11 weeks old and he is a Pit Bull terrier. He uses the wee wee pads sometimes and other times he goes anywhere in the house.

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February 26, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, Depending on how old he is, he might or might not be able to hold his bladder.

The main thing is to take him out all the time and never let him have run of the house. When he is in the house, out free, he must be under constant supervision so you can help him not make mistakes.

When you see him start to pee, then take him outdoors, while happily saying "Lets go potty" or "outside". When he does his job and eventually he will if you take him out enough, praise him and clap and "yaaa".

Anytime a puppy gets up from a nap, or runs and plays, or drinks or just a little while has gone by, it is time to take him out to do business.

There are sprays you can use that help the puppy know where to go.

Very young pups cannot hold their urine a long time, nor should they be asked to.

Make it fun for your pup, use lots of treats, and make him have good days during potty training.

Potty training can be one of the happiest times for you and your puppy.

Invest in a wire crate and have him in it when he is not able to be watched. This is so important in managing his environment.

Here are some resources for you to look at:

http://www.ehow  ull-puppies.html

ttp://www.pbrc.net/training.html

http://youtu.be/YH_QaTn9epU

Blessings,

Robyn from Tennessee

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July 5, 2016

I have a 6 month old puppy, he is potty trained. He is getting neutered in a few weeks, but all of a sudden he started peeing on the furniture, he just walks up and lifts a leg. He does it at my in law's house too.

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