I'm having a lot of troubble potty training Max, My 11 week old English Springer Spaniel. He doesn't have a problem going pee outside, but when it comes to going #2, it seems he would rather hold it as long as he is outside. When i bring him inside, it seems he will go #2 somewhere in the house. I've tried putting him back into his crate after he doesn't go #2 for about 20 minutes adn then take him back outside, but it doesn't seem to work...Rarely will he go #2 outside....Any suggestions???
Leave him outside to go to the bathroom until he goes. It might take awhile but when he goes poo act like he just did the best thing ever--praise him, treats, etc.
Also, when he goes in the house, you need to catch him in the act every single time & make it known to him that this is not the thing to do. When you see him pooing in the house, say "NO!!" loud enough to startle him and pick him up and bring him right outside.
In order to catch him in the act every time, section him off in the house with a baby gate in the room that you are in. If you are unable to watch him at certain times, keep him in his crate. As soon as he comes out of his crate bring him outside.
A good time to teach him to go #2 outside is first thing in the morning. Usually dogs have to go in the morning. Take your puppy out of his crate, bring him straight outside & wait until he goes. The stricter you are & the more repetitious you are, the faster he will learn. Good Luck!
My dog trainer suggests putting a 10-15 ft. leash on a puppy and tie it to your pants. That way they are always with you and even if you are distracted, they can't sneak away. Anytime the pup is sniffing around take him outside then throw a party every time he does the right thing in the right place. It can take up to 6 months for a puppy to be completly trained in that you can depend on them to go outside every time. Good luck!!
One thing that greatly helps is to keep him on the same routine every day. Feed him the same amount at the same time every day. Limit the treats inbetween. When you take him out, run around a little with him, that seems to get things moving, if you know what I mean. Every time he goes poo say, "go poo" or whatever word you want to use. I did this with my dogs every time they went and now they will "go poo" on comand. They also will "go potty" the word I used for them to "pee" on comand too. When I was in the house I always had them tied to my waist with a six-foot leash. When I couldn't do this they were always crated. The point being is to never let them make a mistake so they don't get into the habit of it if you don't see them to correct them.
When puppies are being house trained they should never have the run of the house or not be supervised.(That means the pup should never be out of sight You need to have him out for longer periods of time (walks) this stimulates the bowels. When he does go outsiide you must praise him. You must never scold a puppy for going in the house. House training can take up to 6 weeks. If a puppy wanders hes going to go, this is called setting him up for failure. If his constantly with you or in his crate or out on a walk.Youre setting him up to succeed. Housetraining is actually easy if you do it right the first time.
I have a question along the same lines....Im getting such a little dog that my friends actually suggested that I train the dog to go to the bathroom in a literbox. What do you think about that? Im getting a Chihuahua and I am not looking forward to the potty training experience per say. I also live on the thrid floor of an apt. building so it might be hard to catch my pup in the act and take him outside. Also, if I teach it do go indoors will it go outdoors too? Just curious.
I have a 7 month old Miniature Pinscher and I taught her to go inside on the puppy pad. I used a lot of the same philosophies mentioned above. Every morning I would take her out of her crate. When they are so little you can pick them up and put them down on the pad and say go potty. I first would say go potty during the process so they know what you are talking about and then you can start telling them to go potty. It may be a little harder work but it is worth it for us in the long run. I don't have a fenced in yard yet so now I don't have to go out in the rain or extreme cold with her to go potty. A lot of times it is hard to get a small dog to go outside in the extreme weather. Mine did not want to go in the wet grass and also would get too distracted to go outside.
There is some very good advice above and you can apply it to going inside. There were times I had to keep putting her on the pad and encouraging her to go but she did catch on and after a couple of backslides she is like clockwork.
Good luck. If feels really good when you can start to trust them and you don't jump up everytime they sit down slowly thinking they are going potty.