House Training a Pitbull

Patience is needed when teaching your puppy to relieve itself in a designated area or outside. This guide is about house training a pitbull.

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Question: House Training a Pitbull

By j 1

I have a 9 week blue nose Pitbull puppy and we are working on house breaking. Its going ok for her age, but the problem I'm running into is I will take her outside and she will go to the bathroom 3-5 times, but then 2 minutes after coming back in the house she is peeing on the floor.

It's always in a different spot and I can spend 5 minutes to 30 minutes and it's always the same. I'm unsure on what to do to stop this, so if anyone has any advise to give, please do.

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By MariaG 1 Flag

February 12, 2011

I need help. My son got a puppy red nose, Bentley, he is 8 weeks now. He lives with my son and his 2roomates but I sit for him two times a week when he waiters. He brings the pad I put it down but he pees on the rug 3 times and once on pad, my son says the pad should be right in family area near TV, but I think it should be near sliding doors in that same room. Is 8 weeks to young to be trained? And does a pit bull have to be crate trained. Please also tell me they definitely are not vicious if we have from such a young age.

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Question: House Training an 8 Month Old Pit Bull

I have an 8 month Gotti razor edge blue fawn Pit. She has been an outdoor dog and now I'm having to move into an apartment. I don't want to get rid of her, but don't know where to start potty training her so she can move with me and stay in our family. Any help?

By A.M from CALI

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By Gabriel F. 1 Flag

July 19, 2015

It's crazy how your thinking of not keeping your dog because it might difficult to teach it where to relieve itself, I feel for your pup.

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Question: House Training a Pitbull Puppy

By Justin Michael W. 1

House Training a PuppyMy 5 week old bluenosed Pitbull keeps using the potty in the house. How do I get her to stop?

By Justin from Akron

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By riahnicole120 1 Flag

September 30, 2015

It's only 5 weeks. It's going to pee. Take it out every 30-60 min and that's about all you can do right now. Five it a little treat every time it does pee outside. I have a 5 month old blue nose and that's all I did with mine and he is potty trained for the most part. I still take him out about every hour

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Question: House Train Pit Bull Puppy

By j.w.roberts 1

I have a 5 month old gator Pit Bull mix. When I got him I was told he was house broken. However, ever since I have had him, he is persistent in pooping and peeing in both his crate and the rest of the house. How do I break his habits?

By J.W.Roberts from San Antonio, TX

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By Sherri 10 551 Flag

December 2, 2010

Hello, how long is he in his crate? All day? He will need to go potty about 20 minutes after he eats or drinks.

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Question: House Training a Pit Bull Puppy

I have a Pit Bull name Kash, he is 13 weeks old. For a while he was good with going to the door and waiting for someone to open it to go outside and pee, but here lately he has been just peeing in the house and his crate. What should I do?

By Adam B.

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Question: House Training a Pitbull Puppy

I have a 5 month old Pitbull Caucasian mix. My dog is peeing everywhere and I have no idea how to train her to pee in a certain place. Plus when I take her out to pee and poop she never does it, even if I stay outside with her for 3 hours. Once we are home she goes pee and poop in the house. I have no idea what to do, any help?

By kami g. from cairo, egypt

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Question: House Training a Pit Bull

How do I get my Pit Bull to quit peeing in the house? I take her out and she just sits there and looks at me.

By Perry

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I have a pitbull puppy I've only had her for a lil over a week. I have newspapers laid down close to wear she sleeps. She has no problem with going pee pee on the paper but every once in a while if she's too far away from it she'll go somewhere else.

When it comes to pooping sometimes she'll go on the paper and most of the time she'll go poop under one of my tables in the living room. I don't hit her or anything, I just put her in front of her poo or pee and tell her bad girl. If she does it on the papers I go and pet her and tell her good girl a couple of times.

Does anybody on here have any suggestions to help me potty train my pitbull puppy. If so, please help me...


RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/08/2005
When we got our dog the vet told us the best way to potty train was to use a kennel. He says dog do not like to poop and pee where they sleep so if you kennel them during the day (make sure and put water in the kennel for her to drink) and take her out as soon as you get home she'll learn the place to go poop and pee is outside and will learn to hold it. Another suggestion was once they become familiar with the pattern is to tie a bell on your door and ring it as you take her out. She will hopefully learn to ring the bell when she has to go out. Good luck with the training.
By Victoria. (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/08/2005
Congratulations on your new arrival! One short week -- your puppy must be excited and scared all at once.

Be patient. Be patient. Be patient. :-)

Here's a website with some great information:

She's a baby, and she probably isn't physically ready to be completely house trained. One thing that really seems to help is to PRAISE her every time she does it in the right place. Practice your best Oscar performance, and praise her for every little tinkle, as though she has just created Niagara Falls!

Punishment doesn't really work, especially at this stage. Physical readiness is most important, as well as controlling the environment.

Good luck.

By Patti (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/09/2005
I would try crate training... you can find many informational sites about it and it has always worked best for me. I used to raise Pit Bulls and they are very easy to train so you shouldn't have a problem. Remember not to get too big of a crate also. Best of luck to you!
By Holly (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/09/2005
I have 2 pitbulls and 1 bulldog. I have to agree with the other posts and crate training is the best. That is what we did with all of our dogs. They were completely house trained by 2 weeks at the latest. I would like to add that it's important to take your puppy out shortly after meals, if not immediately. That is when they are more apt to relieve themselves. Here are some good websites to reference:

Good luck!

By Maribelle (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/09/2005
I agree with the others. Punishment only makes a dog fear you, and especially at that age. She has no clue. Also a dog forgets almost immediately so if you try to punish them or yell at them, by the time you try to punish they've completely forgotten what they've done. Even if you catch them in the act, redirect & praise because they will react out of fear, not knowledge. How old is she? Even small pups can be taken out in the yard on a leash. You need to take her out often in order to head the mistakes off. If you work outside the home I agree with the crate training. Dogs are natural den lovers. A crate should be a wonderful getaway, not a punishment. Never force her in it. Make it a reward with treats, water, a favorite blanket or whatever. However, don't leave her with anything she could choke on while you're gone. I don't even leave food down when I'm gone for fear they might choke on it. I have to give accolades to you for getting a pitbul with all the controversy about them. I think it's crap. Dogs aren't born mean, people make them that way.
By Vicki (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/10/2005
My daughter has a 10 month old Pitbull. She got him at 7 weeks old. She started training him by taking him out every hour (of course she is home all day and I don't know if this is an option for you) and then extending it to 2 hours and so on. She also used the kennel when she wasn't at home. It worked really well.
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RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/12/2005
I agree with the person who said about using a cage/kennel. If you put your dog in a cage at night then hopefully they won't pee because they hate to go to the toilet where they sleep or where they eat. And don't worry about them not liking a kennel; They get used to it. I had a boxer and he used to 'put himself to bed' when he wa tired. Because he was a bit over excitable it was also useful if visitors came round.
By Kat (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 03/16/2005
Pull up those newspapers! Use an odor eliminator where the papers were. You can get some great ones at pet stores.

Now, get that pup outside to do it's business. If you keep the papers down you will only confuse her. Use a crate for times when you cannot watch her every move.

Feed on a schedule. This will make her poops more regular. Feed a high quality dog food. It is worth the cost because you feed less and poops are more firm. We feed PMI Exclusive Chicken & Rice.

Pull up water 3-4 hours before she potties for the last time at night. You will have a dry crate!

When she poops or pees outside give her some playtime ON LEAD. When she does both let her have off lead time to play - supervised of course.

When she is doing either outside praise her to the heavens! When she just starts to go use a command like "hurry up". Say it over and over in a happy voice while she is going, then praise.

You can hang a bell on your door with a piece of ribbon. Hang it on the door she exits to go potty. Hang it about as low as her nose although she'll more than likely bat it with her paw.

Every time you take her outside YOU ring the bell and say "outside!" Do not ever force her to ring the bell. Soon she will ring it on her own. It may take a couple of months of you consistently ringing the bell but eventually she will do it.

I hope this helps.

RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 12/04/2005
Pick up the papers your puppy goes on, and put them outside, then take her out when you think she is ready to go potty, use the word potty all the time, with the word outside. She will smell her own smell on the papers outside and will get the idea sooner or later, You did not say how old your puppy is, but sounds like she is still very young. It might take a couple of months for her to get the idea that she goes potty outside ! This is what we do when we are housebreaking a puppy. Good luck, and have tons of patience with her. no spanking or yelling at her, you will only confuse her or make her afraid of you, and this you do not want.
By Rosa (Guest Post)
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 12/05/2005
Most animals do not like to potty or eat near where they sleep. Just like humans they do not wish to smell the potty smell in case it is there too long. Hope this helps, presently a cat owns me and have been owned by many little ones of all species and the above is an observation they taught me.
By wookieland
RE: House Breaking A Pitbull Puppy 12/05/2005
We have a 7 month old Cocker Spaniel, we've had her since she was 8 wks old. Unfortunately she is still not housebroken, but she is VERY close. We use Arm & Hammer puppy pads. I tried other cheaper brands, but they are what you pay for, she had them shredded in minutes. She goes pee and poo on the pads and they are easy to clean up and the pee doesn't leak through (unless you leave it there and it is full). I change them in the morning if she's used it a lot and in the evening. Also try some of the sprays that are used to repel the dog from using a certain area for their "business". Good luck!!
By mrsaddington

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How do you house train 4 month old pitbulls?

Sarah from Seattle, WA


By socal

RE: House Training a Pitbull

I recently adopted an 8 week old Pitbull puppy. The first night in his crate, he cried, and made so much noise, he won the battle and ended up sleeping in my bed. Although this is not a habit I want him to learn. Once they are allowed to do something, you can't change your mind and not allow them to do it. The second night in the crate, he lasted 5 hours. The crate was next to my bed. He calmed down with a lot of calm talking to him. The third night in the crate, he lasted the whole night.

Give them a lot of patience, do not give in. Although they can get loud, put the crate where they can see you. During the day I am home, by the second day, he was walking in his crate freely, and napping. The door is left open during the day. I did put a handful of dog food or a small treat in the crate, along with a stuffed animal and old blanket. He now loves it. Be sure once the puppy wakes you, no matter what time it is, you take him out, praise him/her when taking them out of the crate and when eliminating. The crate should be used when not at home, as my puppy loves to chew, this includes wires. When you cannot supervise him/her, close the door to the crate. Soon, your puppy will be walking in on it's own. (03/23/2007)


RE: House Training a Pitbull

I had my Pit since she was 6 weeks old and a Pinscher mix I rescued when he was 9 weeks. I've crate trained them both and I brought them home on a Friday so that I would be able to take them out often and lose some sleep over crate training for the weekend. I brought them outside every hour and also did not let them have free range of the house, only the room that I was in and I had used baby gates to keep them in that room. I watched for signs if they had to go potty, each dog is different, my Pit goes in circles forever if she has to poop and if she has to pee, she sniffs once or twice then she just squats and pees. I tried to use pee pads, but I noticed it only confused them with a pee pad and a carpet. Again it differs for each dog because my Pinscher mix never got confused, but the pitbull confused easily.

I fed them, and then took them out after 10-20 minutes, again you'll notice the signs and you'll find out approximately how long it takes before they need to go outside. Anytime they made a mistake in the house and I caught it, I would yell no very firmly, and bring them outside immediately, and once they finish their business outside I would praise them and give them treats (my Pit is very food oriented so she'll do anything for a treat). If they don't have anymore business to do outside, I would still take them outside that way they can associate going potty with outside. If they went potty inside and I didn't catch them, I never punished them, because it's not their fault. They don't know any better yet and it was mine since I wasn't watching them. At night, I put my pup in her crate, and she did whine and cry, but she fell asleep. In middle of night she would wake up and cry, but I took her outside to go potty, gave her small treat, and put her back in crate.

After her she was finally housebroken, I would start to give her treats for going in her crate, I would tell her to "go to your room" and she would sit in her crate, and I would give her treat so she knew it was a good place to go to.

Once in awhile she peed in her crate, but I believe it to be my fault for letting her have water before she went in the crate or what not. It takes time, patience, consistency, and being extremely firm to train a Pit, but it is worth it because they are the sweetest dogs out there. (04/06/2008)

By Jen

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RE: House Training a Pitbull

TIP #1: Watch for the Potty Sign. Recognizing that puppy needs to potty is the first thing you should do. One of the easiest signs to spot is the sniffing. Excessive sniffing of the ground is one way to tell that your puppy is thinking about going potty on your nice rug or carpet. Pick the pup up and set it outside.

TIP #2: Be Prepared. Be prepared to clean up some accidents and don't freak out about it. One thing that always made me laugh was how people reacted when they're new puppy went in the house. They acted surprised, like it was a shocker the little thing used the bathroom. So be prepared to clean up some mistakes and remember, the little darling is just doing what comes natural it's your job to teach it were it's okay to go.

TIP #3: Take it Outside. When you notice the dog is thinking about going to the bathroom pick it up and take it outside. I would recommend taking it to the same spot every time. This way clean up is easier because you know it will be right there and not all over the yard. If an accident occurs be calm, carpet can be cleaned, simply pick up the dog place it outside in it's potty area and leave it there (you should be with it) for a few minutes.

TIP #4: Never Correct. This is one many of you may not agree with, but here me out. You don't have to yell at the dog, spank it, and for God's sake don't rub it's nose in the stuff. That's just down right rude. Calmly pick the dog up, set it outside, and proceed to clean up the mess. Bring the puppy back in the house and go on with your life. Correction is a set back in this case because once you scare the puppy it will start to hide and do it's thing. Which makes the process longer and more difficult. No harsh corrections means the puppy will have it's mind at ease and will be able to learn what you want it to do. Which is go outside to potty.

TIP #5: Be Consistent. I know in this busy world it's hard to be there all the time to get the little darling outside to use the bathroom. Consistency is key here, the more times the dog is let out to use the bathroom when it needs to go the less time it will take to learn that's the right thing to do.

A few more extra tips: take the dog out 10-20 minutes after eating and drinking, before bed time, and right when you wake up in the morning and when you get home from work.

House training isn't that hard if you devote the time it takes to get it done right. Respect the puppy and be consistent. In as little as one week you can have a house trained dog.

Good Luck! (09/16/2008)

By Pitbulllover

RE: House Training a Pitbull

One thing that I learned from a resource on training puppie's is if the pads don't work, then use cat litter. Yes cat litter. My 10 week old Staffordshire albino Pit Bull used the kitty litter before he went on the pads. I tried the pads first so I found out that the litter works better, it gives them that feeling of being in dirt. (01/15/2009)

By Don B

RE: House Training a Pitbull

I have a 5 month old Pit who's doing great with his potty training. Don't get me wrong he has had an accident or two.
You have to keep on them and remind them at least every 20 minutes. But at night before bed, I take him out for a pee pee then first thing in the morning.
Remember they are just puppies.

Good luck. (02/16/2009)

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I really can't get my puppy to quit peeing and pooping in the house. She is a red nose Pit Bull, and she is two and a half months old. Any advice?

By Tiffanie from Denver, NC


RE: House Training a Pitbull

Sorry, no advice (I have cats). I just wanted to say that your puppy is adorable! She looks a bit naughty pulling on that, but what young one isn't? I have an eight month old kitten. :-) (02/13/2010)

By mrs.story

RE: House Training a Pitbull

The first time you get her to potty outside make sure you reward her. Pits are very smart dogs. We have 2 of them right now, but they love feeling special. (02/13/2010)

By vkarr1959

RE: House Training a Pitbull

I've trained dogs to potty outside, and at the first sign (takes a few days of training at a young age, best if you are with them all day and night), your prime focus for those days is not the laundry, cooking, etc. You watch them for the pee or poo dance, and once you recognize it for what it is, you take them outside, and after awhile, they start to associate their pee and poo dance with the door leading outside, and before you know it, they will start going to the door and then you know they need outside to pee and/or poo. (02/13/2010)

By Carol L.

RE: House Training a Pitbull

It sounds like you already have great advice. I just wanted to say that she is absolutely adorable! Good luck. (02/14/2010)

By RDLaure

RE: House Training a Pitbull

My vet told me from the moment I brought my puppy home to not use puppy pads. Take him out after feeding, after naps, and after playing. I took his advice and my dog caught on very quick. But I don't work so I'm sure that had a lot to do with it. Now if I'm gone all day, he'll hold it until I get back and it seems to take forever for him to finish when he goes outside. (02/14/2010)

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