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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.


February 19, 20162 found this helpful

That is very smart! You need to check with your Vet for the timing of puppy shots, but it should be done very soon. Parvo is everywhere.

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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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December 4, 20160 found this helpful

Yea I would give him his 5in 1 shots n rabies vaccine

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December 12, 2018

I've had my Pit Bull puppy for 3-4 months. He is now 6 months old and I have been working on the potty training, but he still pees in the house every day. And every night he will poop inside at least 2 times a week. How do I get him to stop going? He whines after he has used the bathroom. He gives no warning that he has to go, he just does it and then whines.


December 12, 20180 found this helpful

Make sure he is on a strict feeding and walking schedule. You may have to crate him.


He will learn quickly enough that if he wants freedom in your home, he will have to do his business outside.

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December 12, 20180 found this helpful

Awww...your pupster is still a baby and still learning. Like human kids, potty training can take a while and there are sometimes relapses. Have you established him with a vet? I suggest having him checked to make sure he is developing properly as pooping inside can sometimes can be related to a neuro development delay and you want to make sure he has a healthy start to his long life!

Crate training is a must...even though they cry and whine, it teaches them the discipine (after he has clean bill of health of course).

Training is all about consistency.


Never yelling, offering treats when done right and lots of positive reinformcenent, loving on him and telling him in a happy voice that he has done good.

Yelling, rubbing their nose in it etc. NEVER works. It causes fear, so don't go there.

Post back how it goes. Bigger dogs do take less time to potty train. My one dachshund took 2 years, but she was the outlier in the process. Prayers for a quick learning and that you have a lovely life together!!

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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.


By loridanny


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

Robyn from Tennessee

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March 15, 20170 found this helpful

Hello,you need to balance his diet . Give him food three times aa day,after he had eaten the food take him to the place he where you that the puppy can do potty

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October 18, 2017

I have a 4 month old bully Pit and he's very moveable and lazy for the most part. He is not yet fixed although I plan on doing so. He hasn't been in his crate a whole lot since I was working from home since I got him at 6 weeks. However, I'm going to start working outside the home so I've been putting him in the kennel at times, especially when we are gone. He pees in it every time.

Is he just showing he's mad for being left in there? How do I correct this? Also, he's still "nippy" when he plays and jumpy when people come to the door. I am also trying to correct this and he's not catching on. One more thing, I have 2 small children and when my dad is watching them and he has to get after them, my Pit gets very protective and growls/nips at my dad. Can this behavior be corrected as well?


October 19, 20171 found this helpful
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Ideas and help:

  1. He is peeing in his crate because he is mad for one and the second he is marking his territory.
  2. To stop this behavior, you'll need to remove everything out of his crate.
  3. Don't give water before putting him in his crate.
  4. Make sure he goes outside and pees and poops before putting him in his crate.
  5. Don't force him into his crate, but get him to go inside with a treat or something like this.
  6. Let him know he is not being punished that this is a good place to be.
  7. As for jumping this one might be a bit harder. You will need to stop this habit and keep reinforcing it all the time.
  8. I have a broom made out of coconut leaves I use for my dogs. When they are bad all I have to do is show them this broom. They stop and immediately and lower their heads and lay down.
  9. I have never hit them with the boom. It is just the noise it makes that gets them to stop.
  10. For biting and nipping the only thing I have ever found that works is to hold the dog's mouth shut and tell them no.
  11. When one of my dogs tries to bite or nip i just hold their mouth shut and tell them NO it hurts.
  12. It normally takes me around 3 to 4 times to do this and they stop all together.
  13. As for you dad and the dog this one is going to be hard because the dog is protecting your children. You might have to keep the dog in his crate if he continues to do this. Or if he growls at your dad, he might have to put the dog in the crate to show the dog he means no harm to the kids.
  14. Your dad is also going to have to talk to the dog to ensure him that he means no harm to the kids. You dad will need to praise the dog and show him he is being a good protector. If not this can get out of hand and this dog will end up biting your dad and you don't want this.
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January 5, 20131 found this helpful

As much as I want to train my dog, I am only with him for 2-3 days in a month, because I work away. He lives at home with my parents who are also busy. I wanted to train him not to potty inside the house, but I don't know where to start and if my time with him is enough. I highly doubt it is. Another problem is he is always excited and always likes to nibble with us. He doesn't bite, but his teeth are quite sharp. He's about 5 months now. Thank you.



January 6, 20130 found this helpful

i guess this must be your first puppy. It will be entirely IMPOSSIBLE to house train a puppy 2-3 days a month just as it would be a person. Two ideas: have your parents get involved or hire someone to do it. It is very easy to house train a puppy. Find a favorite treat and ONLY give it to the puppy when he 'goes' outside and lavish him with praise. That's positive reinforcement and it won't take him long to want that special treat, make you want to praise him and go outside. Obviously he will need to go outside a little while after eating.

Never use negative feedback when he makes a mistake- that's your fault, not his. He doesn't understand what you want or he would go to the door and let your parents know he wants out.

If you and your parents are leaving him alone all day as a rule at least build him a doghouse and run outside and hire someone to walk him every single day.

If you can't get your parents involved: sell him to a family that will love and care for him or if you can check them out, give him away. Just make sure it's not a single person that will sell him to a laboratory. As for the nibbling on you, find toys he likes and play with him when he starts biting you. He could grow up to bite if you don't then you're going to have a huge problem. Direct his attention to something he CAN nibble on and play with him with that thing.

Bottom Line: Dogs are creatures that want to please you, protect and love you. The joy and fulfilling relationship you have with him is going to be a direct result of the time you put in to him. Who he becomes is your responsibility.

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April 17, 2017

I have had many breeds in my life and I have never vaccinated them because of the economy in my country. I have always trained them to be defensive (bark at strangers, never bite) and caring, but I have never had a Pit Bull terrier. He is 1 month old and he likes to pee everywhere and my mom does not help. I go to school and I only see him in the afternoon and at night and on the majority of weekends because I'm at home. My uncles and I wanna train him to be an inside dog and be potty trained, but he pees and poops everywhere. I don't know what to do.

Please reply soon.


April 17, 20171 found this helpful

He needs to be walked and fed on a strict schedule. Remove food after meals. Praise him when he goes outside and ignore him when he makes a mistake.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

You said your dog was 1 month old. That's 4 weeks old and way too young to be taken from the mother. 8 weeks is the earliest a puppy should be away from his mom. A puppy that young is too young to train. You will need to fix a spot where you can clean the floor easily. You can begin to train the dog when he is 10 weeks old. There are good sites on the internet that will give you some ideas as to how to train. Remember that a puppy this young needs soft soupy food to eat and needs to be fed 6 times a day or so, all he will eat. Be sure and see your Vet. in a couple weeks to discuss puppy shots. There are viruses puppys can get that can make them very sick. Keep him away from other dogs until he has his puppy shots. Your puppy should not be left outside until he is quite a bit older.

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March 10, 2016

I have a 12 week old Pit Bull puppy. I love my baby. She was going on the pee pee pad, but now she is going anywhere and everywhere. She just runs around outside. She even goes in her crate. I don't understand. Help.


August 20, 20170 found this helpful

If you have a yard for the dog it might be a good idea to let her play there during the day. I have 6 dogs now and I have never used a pee pad in my home. Once the dog is housebroken the pee pad goes away and the dog looks for it.

If she doesn't have any medical issues, then you will need to watch her all the time. Normally, small dogs need to pee and poop around 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating. Younger dogs is 20 minutes or less. After feeding your dog take her out. Make sure she goes to the toilet before allowing her back in the house.

Also wherever she has peed in your home, you will need to clean this to eliminate the order. The same with her crate.

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August 20, 20171 found this helpful

Put the dog on a strict feeding and walking schedule. Take food away between meals. Clean up without a fuss and make a big deal when the dog does the right thing.

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November 29, 2010

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


November 29, 20100 found this helpful

Observe how much fluid intake the dog is getting and going by that, determines when to take the dog outdoors and walk it around a little in one area until the dog goes. A lot of times they want to mark their territory. Use that same area for bathroom duties. Use the same word "out" or "potty" and the dog will eventually understand what you are wanting it to do. Some dogs are more stubborn than others and it requires more time and patience, but don't give up. Reward the dog with a treat when it goes outdoors and tell him "good boy" each time.

If you catch the dog going in the house, say AHHH- AHHH and lead the dog away from the location and take it outdoors right away even if it's done it's business in the house.

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

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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March 19, 2019

I have an 5 month old Pit Bull who refuses to be potty trained. I take him out every 30 minutes. He doesn't do anything, but when we come back in he pees.

Please help.

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November 26, 20130 found this helpful

How do I potty train my 5 month old Pit? She is not aggressive at all. If she makes an accident how do I show her that's wrong without being aggressive?

By Stephanie from Kentwood, MI


November 29, 20130 found this helpful

Showing a dog their mistake is a dated training technique. It has been abandoned because it never did work. There are many training techniques on this site and on the web that will work. The successful ones require you to praise and reinforce positive actions only. If you keep that in mind many techniques will work for you.

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December 11, 20130 found this helpful

My Pit Bull puppy goes poo outside, but still pees in the house. How do I break her of this? She is only 5 months old.

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February 15, 20050 found this helpful

I need help in potty training my 5 week old Pitbull puppy. I have a box laying on its side near his bed, and I have newspaper in it. He goes pee-pee on the paper most of the time. He only poops there when he is in the room where his bed is. If he is in another room, he will pee or poop in whatever room he is in. When he does that, I put his face close to the poop or pee, and I smack his bottom with a rolled up newspaper and tell him "no", and he goes straight to his bed.

What is the best advice anyone can give me to help me train his to go either outside, or on the newspaper? I still think he is young yet, and he can't hold his bladder well yet. Any tips? Thanks in advance for anyone's help.

Stephanie in New Jersey


Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

I breed and raise Pit Bulls and the only advice I can give, maybe others do it differently, but I wanted my dog to learn to go outside so I started with Puppy Pads and newspapers and put them where he/she decide they want to go all the time, for some reason, my dogs always want to do it in the middle of the living room floor. So I started in the living room and eventually moved the pads/newspapers towards the kitchen, then out of the kitchen, then next to the back door until I know that when he/she goes towards the back door, then its time for a walk. Then I stop putting down newspapers or puppy pads and they do learn to go to back door and give a little cry.

In the meantime, the only thing to do is watch them and when it looks like they are ready to go, take them and put them on the newspaper then they learn that that is where they need to "go". Pit bulls are VERY SMART and EASY to train- given the time and attention, and they are eager to learn. Also, maybe try giving him a treat for when he does a good job, maybe not every time, but every now and again. Good luck! Enjoy him, they grow so fast! I have a pit bull that I raised from a couple days old (I had to bottle feed her since there was a problem with mother's milk) and she is my pride and joy! She loves me as much as I love her. (Erica) (02/15/2005)

By Erica

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

I have trained several puppies over the years and have had great success. I don't like or use the paper training method. It takes twice the time and twice the work. They are trained directly to the outside. It usually takes only a week or two to house break a puppy and more often it is sooner then that. But you have to be persistent and watch them constantly.

First I have found that puppies always have to go potty as soon as they wake from a nap, which is often because they sleep a lot and second they almost always have to go after they eat. I pick them up when they wake up or finish eating and put them outside immediately. I'd rather they start sniffing around outside for a place to do their business then inside the house and that way they have fewer if any accidents. They get the idea very quickly that they have to get outside to go.

I would not let the puppy have any free range of the house without my eyes on it until it is house broken. Keeping confined to a cage or large carton during the night is wise. Your puppy may take a little longer due to the fact that it is younger than 8 weeks old but it will be worth it in the end. You and your puppy will be happier. (02/16/2005)

By Harriet

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

Your puppy shouldn't even have been taken from his mom yet. But, since he is, taken him out immediately after eating, first thing in the AM , before bed and every 2 hrs or so during the day. Tell him to go potty, and praise him with love, pats and treats when he does. It helps to take him back to where he has gone potty before so he can "smell" what he should do there. If you are not playing with him, in your lap, etc, keep in a crate. (02/16/2005)

By Linda

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

I can't believe that no one told you that it is not a good thing to hit a puppy ever! Training with fear is always counter productive and you'll just end up with a fearful dog. There is no need to hit your puppy. Keeping the pup crated with a ticking clock in the crate with him will help to ease the anxiety he feels because of being taken from the mother too soon. Always take him out as soon as he's awake in the a.m. and every time he eats. It only takes a few minutes and it's worth it when he begins to ask out himself. Make a big huge fuss when he does the deed and maybe a treat. He'll soon catch on. (02/17/2005)

By Bev

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

Please be very careful when raising a puppy when it is so young. The ideal age to adopt a puppy is 10-12 weeks old. They should be with their mother and siblings to learn social manners. Since this pup is so young, he may not know how to interact socially. The mother dog usually keeps them in line when they misbehave. I would talk to your vet about this and either buy a book or go to the library and learn how to raise this pup without having future problems especially since he is a Pit Bull. They already have a bad reputation which I blame the owners not the dogs. All dogs need discipline. This can be done firmly without any physical harm. Good luck. (02/17/2005)

By it'

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

Thank goodness! I read this request at work last night and couldn't reply until I got home this morning but people have already replied and said don't hit the pup! At 5 weeks this pup should still be with its mother who would be washing, (licking) its bottom to either eat the products or, when older, to get it to evacuate outside the 'nest' area. It is far to young to have any idea of bladder/bowel control, as you suspect.

My first dog I got at 14 weeks of age so she was easy - every time she trotted around sniffing I assumed she was looking for a place to 'go'. I then took her into the garden until she did go - with lots of praise and loud exclamations! Some times we 'missed' and I spent 15 minutes in my nightdress in the garden for nothing but most times she did the business. She only ever wee'd in the house 3 times in her life before she became old and weak Even when her arthritis was so bad she could barely walk and we were lying on the veranda waiting for the vet to come and euthanize her she managed to stagger to her feet and walk to the edge of the veranda to wee. My second dog, a Jack Russell, I got at 8 weeks old so that took a little bit longer but once he got it, by the same method, he would rather burst than wee in the house.

Unfortunately my third dog doesn't agree with this method(!) and would wee anywhere, anytime, from a pup, so lives outside unless I am home.

I don't disagree with the 'rolled newspaper' fright method - but for a dog who knows what is 'right' and for some, non medical, reason has slipped up. And it must be done when the dog is 'in the act', not for instance when you get home and find the puddle.

You are obviously a caring owner to ask for tips so why not invest in a cheap book on puppy/dog training - it will be much less frustrating if you know what to expect.

Regards (02/19/2005)

By Jo Bodey

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

My puppy's dad was 1/2 pitbull. Training has been an adventure but they do get the idea quickly. He is young so you will have to have more patience with him. He should learn to go outside only and I hope he has been to the vet for shots as well. You have to catch him in the act to tell him no, taking him back to it after the fact won't work. He won't know what you are talking about. He needs to go out often, I took mine out every 30 minutes when not in his crate. Use lots of praise, even if you look like an idiot and watch him closely. Mine will be 6 months this weekend and he sits next to me and stairs when he wants to go out and if I don't move he barks. So listen to him as well. (02/23/2005)

By Amy

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

I just adopted an 8 week old pitbull puppy from a dog rescue four days ago and today is the first time she didn't go in the house. I put myself on a schedule after I figured out she needs to go ALL THE TIME. I was advised that crate training was the best method so I put it to work. Hope it works for you! Luckily I have a lot of time on my hands and If I'm not there I have my boyfriend to take over, because ITS TIME CONSUMING.

Wake up early, let her out of the crate, bring her directly out to go potty (HIGHLY PRAISE HER when she goes), bring her DIRECTLY back in (not play time), feed her, play with her for about 15-20 minutes, Go potty again, and after I lure her back into crate with her toys and treats broken up. Then I get ready for my day. Then let her out again before I leave the house, let her go back into her crate (pet her and give her treats while she is getting used to going into the crate...Never force her in)

The puppy will probably whine a little at first while in the crate but just talk to her to let her know you are still around and DON"T take her out if she starts whining because she will think that is what gets her out.

Throughout the day, my boyfriend or I will let her out of the crate, bring her directly out to pee, play with her and then let her back in. When I am home for a few hours, I put her crate in the kitchen and block off all entries to other parts of the house that way I can be around while she plays inside or outside of the crate getting used to it and she's not locked up in it ALL DAY. I try to feed her around the same times everyday and repeat the routine. When she is done eating I put away her food dish so she is not nibbling on food all day.

If I need to do stuff in other parts of the house I let her go potty first then I keep her only in the room I am in and CAREFULLY WATCH her. Once you hear sniffing, don't even wait for her... just pick her up and bring her out.

At night, I tell her to "go to bed" while luring her in with treats again and shut off all the lights in that room. She whines for about 5 minutes but I sit in the other room telling her I'm still here and everything is okay. She actually settles down and goes to sleep.

We wake up 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night to let her out because we found that she will not make it through the night. The first two nights were miserable waking up to her crying, but last night and hopefully tonight things were MUCH better!

I hope this helps! Also, make sure the crate is just the right size for them to sleep in and move around a little because if it is too big they will go on the other end of the crate!

I bought two really good books on Pitbulls and training puppies and so far so good! (03/10/2005)

By Steph

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

This may be too late for advice, but my pitbull puppy is 2 and 1/2 months old, and she catches on rather fast, she is down to only going in the house maybe once every 2 or 3 days, but she still messes up, I am use to training boneheaded dogs, so when i yell at her she gets a hurt expression, and that makes me feel bad, lol. The hardest part you'll encounter is moderating the "punishment" to the right levels, I never hit the dog, I use a newspaper to make a loud noise on something around her as to get her attention, if you hit them with your hands they'll actually start to mope and shy away when you try to pet them, thats a big part of training a dog. Remember, be a leader, not a boss. (06/28/2005)

By logicalbomb

Potty Training Puppies

Make use of dogs' most important sense of smell to potty train them. As they grow, they choose their potty places by smell. Put newspaper where they seem to have accidents. After they have used the paper, place the used (and smelly) paper where you want them to go. Then take them to their "place" after meals and at potty break time. For young puppies, this must be frequently, as their systems need time to mature and build their potty habits. Be sure to keep clean paper in the areas where they have accidents until they have built their habits to go where you want them to go! (10/12/2005)

By wonfivegolf

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

bring your dog out side every 30 minutes and he will eventually know to hold it in until you bring him outside (02/02/2006)

By jamie

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

Pit Bull Puppies need constant attention and communication. It's imperative that you use the "happy voice and the unhappy voice" with your puppy so that they will be able to distinguish the two "tones." You must "connect" with your puppy and know when he or she is about to go to the bathroom. This will happen as soon as the puppy wakes up or soon after they eat. When they start to "sniff" it's pee time! When they "sniff" and then "circle" while "sniffing" it's poop time!

You must watch your puppy at all times because they will send you signals, you must catch them in the act of going where they are not suppose too and execute action and take them where they are suppose to go. Keep a set schedule when you take them out and stick to it, don't change it! Remember, YOU ARE THE ONE BEING TRAINED NOT THE PUPPY! THIS IS A PIT BULL AND YOU HAVE TO BE THE ONE IN CONTROL ALL ALL TIMES!

Make time for your puppy, it's a lot of work! It will pay off in the long run. If you can't put in the time you may have purchased the wrong breed to deal with. Do the research, check out the literature on Pit Bulls! You'll find all the answers there. I did this long before I picked my puppy dog up. I already knew what I was in for. All I have to do now is look at my Pit Bull and she reacts! Follows me even without me having to call her. AND THIS IS AT 10 WEEKS! IMAGINE IN 1 YEAR! GOOD LUCK! (05/12/2006)

By Bruce

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

You could also try a product which is sold at petsmart. It could be sold at walmart I'm not sure though. it teaches your pet where to urinate. It comes in a spray bottle and you can spray it in a certain part of your yard or on a newspaper or puppy pad. I have several pits and they have all adapted to using a puppy pad because I spayed this. Also, for biting, you can try YUCK it leaves a bitter taste in the puppy's mouth so it teaches them to stop biting. this also can be found at petsmart. (06/01/2006)

By sarha

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

I found an adorable Brindle walking down a main street he was underfeed and it was about 90 degrees outside. I already have a 5 year pitbull mix and she was easy to train I have a strong feeling that this pup was mistreated and let go because of his stubbornness not to go outside I am trying my best not to lose my cool but today alone aI have picked up 3 gross piles. I popped him on the rear with a towel and he dropped to the floor in the fetal position. I believe that he can make a good pet I have two children and I won't leave him in the room alone because I know he has a bad past what should I do I won't take him to the shelter because I'm attached and the shelter are overcrowded. (06/02/2006)

By Tracy

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

Don't smack him, it might lead to aggression. A pitbull puppy has a very weak bladder so it will need to go outside every hour to eliminate what is inside of it. (06/09/2006)

By paige

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

This is how i have potty trained all of my dogs in the past... Any time my puppies have had to go pee I just take them out back and I pee in the backyard so the puppy sees where to go pee... the puppy without fail will associate the back yard to peeing... and eventually pooping. The longest it has taken me to Potty train any of my puppies was probably 3 days. You just have to make sure that the puppy follows you out to the back yard... now, for a lady trying to train a puppy, you might want to have a guy do it, it might be a bit easier. (06/10/2006)

By Jimmy

Potty Training a Pitbull Puppy

Never put their face in their waste, if they use it inside... just look at it and say ugh then put him or her aside where they can't see and clean it up. If you put their nose in it and clean it in front of them not only does it make them mean but it is a reward for them to see you cleaning it up. Also they don't like to potty where they sleep, they like to potty far away from their beds. Just make sure you bring it potty outside every time they awake from a nap or cry to go outside. A lot of puppies poop right after they eat and if they don't they will poop three hours later. You should NEVER hit a puppy, that's the worst thing to do. When he/she goes outside make sure you look at the waste and point while saying "good job". (08/21/2006)


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