As soon as you're done feeding her, take her outside. Stay outside until she goes. When she goes, praise her a lot, make a really big deal out of it. If she won't go, take her back inside but watch her like a hawk, take her outside every 15 mins or so until she goes. If you catch her trying to "go" in the house, pick her and RUN outside, place her on the ground, and when she finishes, praise her. You have to keep an eagle on puppies because they go more often, and if you don't start out training them right it can become a problem later. Also, take her out right before bedtime and don't let her eat or drink a lot before bed. Praising her is very important. Hope this helps.
What everyone else said, plus use a command that you say everytime you take the pup out. They will associate that command with going potty and soon will go on command. Also, if the pup doesn't go, or isn't potty trained he should not have free run of your house. Free run is a privledge gained by becoming potty trained, and they learn that quick. One last thing, be sure to use an enzyme cleaner when the pup does have an accident. If they can still smell the accident, they think it's okay to keep going there. Don't use household cleaners to clean up an accident. Especially windex or ammonia. Ammonia is in urine, so they will confuse it for urine and it won't do anything. And if an accident occurs, only punish if they are in the act, not if it has already happened. They won't make the connection and will just get scared of you.
Hi! I have a 4 month old female min pin. If you want your min pin to go outside all the info listed here is correct. If she whined at night I would get up, throw on some pants, a top and slip on shoes (something fast to put on) and take her out of the crate & straight outside.Told her to go potty & then praised her & gave her a treat for doing her duty. We take her to work every day & we could not get her to go outside at all because there was too much going on outside. She also did not want to go outside if the grass was wet and it was cold. She just wanted to stay on the driveway. She now will walk in wet grass but she is a bit taller now. We ended up training her on wee pads & it has worked out nicely. For training outside, include what everyone has told you about crate training but also pick an area with very few distractions since they are so curious & easily distracted & try to have an area where the grass is trimmed low. Also, I have read that min pins will not go in an area that is too dirty. It said to pick up her piles & leave a small piece so she will know it is her potty area. Otherwise, your min pin will hold it & go behind your couch or somewhere else inside. I find that true with the wee pads. We have to make sure there is only one small wee spot on there towards the side or she will go by the pad & not on it.
Good luck!! We are doing well with ours now but min pins can be hard to potty train just like many other small breeds. A friend that has a yorkie has to shovel an area in the yard for his dog to go whenever it snows.
is your dog a male or female? At one point I thought we made a mistake with the breed and it was too much for us but now I love having a min pin and would not mind another later on to give her a playmate. I would be interested to see how it is going. They say the min pin is the king of the toys and also the most stubborn. Ours is a riot and from what we have been told she is not at all aggressive the way some can be.
Congrats!! I hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoy ours. You will be getting less sleep here for a while!! It is tough going outside in the middle of the night.