Potty Training Abused Dog?

My husband and I purchased Ben off a Craigslist ad. We met the people and they seemed very nice. But on getting Ben home, if you use a stern voice he cowers. When he pottied inside we used the same method we used on our 2 year old Lab. We made him smell it and said no and lightly spanked him. My husband did it, I didn't have the heart to. You'd think he was beating him, because Ben was crying and trying to get away from him.


We had to coax Ben to come back to my husband afterwards. He was scared of him! Not to mention that when we got him you could see every little bone in his body! I've never been in this type of situation before and don't know how to potty train him. I need some help.

By Meg D

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September 29, 20130 found this helpful

Obviously he's been hit and yelled at a lot. Don't punish him at all! Just take him outside more often and praise him lots when he "goes". Ignore the "mistakes" in the house. You should take him to the vet to make sure there are no medical problems.

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September 30, 20130 found this helpful

First of all, hitting an animal, is abuse, pure & simple. Please be gentle with your pet and show him the correct way without hitting him. He is now afraid of your husband since he hit him, spanking is hitting.


Have your husband feed him, walk him and give him treats. Your husband needs to gain his trust, this might take a long time but be patient. Good luck

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September 30, 20131 found this helpful

Unless you correct an animal within seconds of a mistake, he will not connect the correction with the mistake. The old method of putting their nose in it and saying no with a slap never did work. It did teach an animal that its owner was something to be feared and avoided. I am sure that is not the lesson you are trying to get across. You will find lots of potty training methods on this site and on the internet. Find one that will work for you. Build your dogs confidence with obedience training and agility training, and lots of positive feedback (only positive feedback). I am glad this little guy finally has a loving home. Good luck.

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October 2, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, first of all do not "spank" your dog - especially if you suspect prior abuse. And rubbing his nose in it won't help either. Both methods will only make the dog want to hide where he is eliminating from you. Use crate training - google it online and get suggestions. Also, be patient and kind with the dog. Give the dog plenty of opportunities to go outside. Get the dog on a schedule and pretty soon you won't have any trouble with the housetraining!


Good luck!

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

Oh please, don't hit him however gently or shout at him. He doesn't know you'll stop there. He's afraid. He needs gentleness. Don't give up

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