I have an 8 week old American Bulldog male puppy (Duke). I also have a two year old female Boxer (Tatum). I remember when we first got Tatum how easy it was to potty train her and how quick it went. It wasn't difficult at all. Duke is just another story. He pees in the house constantly even after he is taken out and pees outside constantly. I know that they have a hard time controlling their bladders at this age, but I need help!!! Also, my fiance and I both work all day and we would like to crate train Duke, however he is going potty in his crate everyday which Tatum NEVER did. I didn't think they would. So, now I'm thinking of turning to paper training in our bathroom. Keeping him enclosed in there during the day. Is this a good idea? If I do this, will he think it's okay to potty inside, or will it still be possible to train him to go outside when we are home? Please help!
How do you react when he pees in and out of the house, and how big is his crate? Your dog is just a baby really, many dogs aren't completely housetrained until they're 6 months old.
When you take your dog outside, you need to keep him on a leash until he goes potty, then give praise galore, possibly even a special treat. Only after he's gone potty should he be let outside for a play time. In general, puppies need to go potty after drinking, eating, playing, sleeping, and of course, as soon as you walk out of the room.
When you have him inside, also keep him on a leash, so you willknow exactly where he is at all times. One of the keys to housetraining a dog quickly is catching them in the act. I can't stress how integral this can be to housetraining your dog quickly. If he starts sniffing around, take him out. If he pees, say "No!!!" sharply (hopefully it will startle him) pick him up *immediately* even if he is still going potty, and take him outside. Keep him outside until he goes, then praise, treat, etc. If you see him walking away from a wet spot on the floor, it is too late for you to do anything that will help in housetraining him. Clean up the wet spot with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Remedy (I think thas what it's called, smack yourself in the head with a rolled up newspaper and vow to keep a closer eye on the pup. You will also find that your ability to housetrain your pup will be immensely increased if you limit his access to the rest of the house. Shut doors to rooms you aren't using like bedrooms, bathrooms, put up child gates to block off halls.
Some don'ts. Don't rub your dog's nose where it's soiled, and don't spank the puppy for going potty on th e floor. It'd be like spanking a 1 year old toddler for not being potty trained.
I forgot to say, *most* dogs won't soil their crate. It very much can depend on teh background of the breeder or where you got your pup from. A puppy kept indoors or even outdoors with the rest of the litter is not going to generally soil it's crate. However, if your dog is adopted from a humane society, bought from a pet store, or from a breeder who has a lot of dogs and keeps most of them crated, a dog will go cto the bathroom in their crate because they have no other choice on where to go ,and they can only hold it for so long. If you can at night, set your clock for every 2 or 3 hours and get up and take the little guy outside to relive himself, then bring him back inside and go back to bed.
First, I honestly find boys harder to housebreak then girls. I've also found that when they are excited it takes them forever to learn to hold themselves.
Second. The puppy is 8 weeks old, give him some time. All dogs mature at diffrent rates, some are not as fast.
How much is he drinking? Water in is water out. If he is guzzling water he is going to need to go out every 15-30 minutes.
Right now, start the hard way and take him out every 30 minutes and see how much he has to go. Take him out before he eats, after he eats, after he dirnks, after he plays, when he wakes up. If he can't go and hour he cant go an hour dont try to force him to or he is going to pee on the floor.
Frankly puppies take time and we always remember how good our dogs are. I think, like pain, our mind blanks out all the times of wanting to kill the never ending piddling puppys. All of the steam cleanings, the spot treatments, and the time we put into them.