House Training a Pit Bull Puppy

May 19, 2020

House Training a Pit Bull Puppy - tan and white Pit puppyI bought a blue fawn Pit Bull when he was just a few months old. And now he is almost 5 months old. My boyfriend and I live together and we train him constantly to prevent pooping and peeing in the house. We both have had Pits before and this one just is very different and difficult to train. We got him puppy pads early on and we thought we finally had gotten him trained before we moved.


Even though every time we left home he would have the stuff in the house destroyed. We had tried tying him up with a leash when we left to go to the store and he chewed through that. So we got him a chain lease so that he couldn't chew through it.

Aside from that, every time I leave the house to go somewhere I let him out to potty first and reward him. When I return 5 minutes or 10 minutes later he has pooped and peed on our floors even after he had done all that outside.

Now we taught him early on to stay off our bed, because we got him a bed. Then he starting peeing on his bed. We constantly stay outside with this dog and he uses the bathroom and then still pees on the floor 5 minutes later. We have controlled his fluid intake in the morning, afternoon and at night. He gulps the whole bowl once we fill it in the morning, but it's not helping. He has recently been getting brave and jumping on the bed and urinated on the bed while I was asleep, not even 10 minutes after I had taken him out. I tell him, "No No", ever time. And he did it for a 3rd time, except this time it was while my boyfriend and I where on the bed. He urinated on my arm, he knows better than to do this. He just seems like he is beginning to act out. How to I stop this, all of this? Nothing is working.


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It sounds like you may not have any other choice but to get the dog a crate to stay in when you are gone. He may need to be put in the crate and stay there if you leave the home. This can stop him from chewing up things around your home and peeing on the bed, floors or where ever else he pees and poops. Some dogs are just harder to train and they don't train easily.


There are some dogs that are almost impossible to train and they will always act like this no matter what. Your dog is difficult and may need a trainer to get the job done right. You have done all you can and seem to know what you are doing. You may need to take him to classes to get him trained or hire one to come to your home.

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February 15, 2020

I have an 8 month old blue Pit/American Bully. We got her at 6 weeks and immediately began potty training her outside. She does good for the most part, but she still has times that she will pee or poop in the house. Our vet told us to crate her when we're not around and to confine her to a smaller area in the house until shegets better.

She doesn't bark when she needs to go out, she just paces and if we don't catch her it's too late. Any suggestions?


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Try to train your fur baby on a regular schedule, as close to the regular times as possible. If you keep this up , your fur baby should do better.


If not, some professional training or Vet visit may be needed in case of a medical reason!

February 15, 20200 found this helpful
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You must train them like babies. Try and get them to go every 30 min .
If left alone during the day get some puppy pee pads and put them in the bathroom for the day .

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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 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.

February 21, 20161 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!

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.


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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:

Robyn from Tennessee

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. Crate and Behavior Training an American Bully Pit Puppy - brown dog on couch


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?


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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, 2013

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.


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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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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.


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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


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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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March 19, 20190 found this helpful

Take him to the vet to rule out any urinary tract infection. If he is healthy, put him on a strict feeding and walking schedule. You may need to crate him. He will learn if he wants his freedom to do his business outside.

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November 26, 2013

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


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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, 2013

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.

By Jason

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