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Old 01-19-2015, 10:29 PM
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New puppy owner - HELP !

I had just gotten my puppy, Douglas (pomeranian/shih tzu mix) a few days ago. He is only 8wks old. I need tips on training Douglas with going potty. When we had first brought him into our home, he was good with going to the bathroom when placed onto the newspaper, granted he had a few accidents. But today, I haven't seen him go potty on the newspaper at all & when I do place him on the newspaper, he runs away. I know that I'm being too impatient with the proccess, but what can I do to make his 'pottying' more effective? Is it normal for him to be doing this? Also, he had gotten his first set of shots before I got him. Is he able to go outside to go potty at only 8wks old? Or should I be training him on the newspaper? If so, for how long?

I need as much information as possible so I can be at ease & not so paranoid.

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ALSO, I have awarded Douglas with little pieces of a treat when he did go potty on the newspaper. But he ended up having the runs. I'm not sure if he had gotten the runs from the treats but I discontinued the treats until he's a little older.
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Whenever you get a new puppy, a vet visit should follow after. They'll want to do a full physical exam, and likely a fecal exam as well. If you haven't already, that should be your next phone call tomorrow, ESPECIALLY if you're seeing runny stools.

Personally, I'm not a fan of paper training or pee pads. Some use them and love them, to each their own, but IMO, you're setting back real potty training by encouraging eliminating in the house. Do you have a yard, or any sort of private outdoor area (i.e, not a public park or boulevard)?

Here's a nice little guide you may find helpful:
https://www.dogforum.com/housetrainin...-how-tos-2135/
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My puppy Hunter is now a little over 4 months and we have had him potty outside since he was 6wks (before his first shots). We tried the potty pads one time but he chewed those up. XD

I think teaching Douglas to go outside will help him establish his potty area - and lessen the frequency of accidents in the house (and possibly making other things easier. ex: the park or on walks where there's grass)

When Hunter was younger, we started without leash. I have an open yard, but he was too tiny to run off. XD If you have a fenced in yard, that would work perfectly!

Training him to go outside:

Place Douglas outside and stand near him and say "Go potty" (or any other cue you want to use). And wait. The first few times might take 10 minutes or more. Just be patient! c: This isn't play time, so don't try to sound excited or engage in play. Just say "Go potty" and wait. If Douglas sits, pick him up gently to place him on his feet, but don't say anything.

When he goes potty, say "Good boy!" or "Yes!" and be all happy! Then take him inside. At his age, you might want to take him out every 2 hours or so. If he's still having accidents, maybe make your potty times more frequent. Consistency is key, supervise him, and try to catch him when he is about to go potty in your house. You will notice his "pottying positions" and when you do, clap loudly and say "No!" and take him outside immediately.

Do you use a crate for Douglas? Crate training will help with this process!

Again, I'm not too familiar with newspaper/potty pad training for indoors. I just found outside trips easier for my situation. c: You could enclose a small area for your puppy with the newspapers and praise him when he does go on them. Good luck training!


As for the treats, I have never used treats for potty training outdoors, only verbally praising my puppy. That way he doesn't see peeing as a trick he could do for a treat. C:
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As for the treats, I have never used treats for potty training outdoors, only verbally praising my puppy. That way he doesn't see peeing as a trick he could do for a treat. C:
Actually... ACTUALLY. You may find putting his peeing on cue to be a handy trick in your repertoire. Especially if you need him to at least squeeze out a few drops before a road trip, or there are no choice patches of grass around to pee on (ie, you're in a parking lot or something). In instances like those, it helps to invoke the power of command.
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Thank you everyone. We started taking him outside last night. I just got home from work & I've taken him outside 3 times since - 10 mins each & he hasn't gone to the bathroom .It was even after he ate & drank. He just wants to play in the snow. I'm unsure of what else to do. Am I just being impatient?
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I'm unsure of what else to do. Am I just being impatient?
Put him on leash and walk him around. Let him know it is potty time not play time by asking him to go potty. Bring the treats and have a treat party if he goes. I did this and on cold nights its great to take my dogs out and say go and that is what they do.
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You will have to be patient. IMO, 8 weekers are pretty helpless. I prefer not to bring a pup home until 12 weeks but I know that's not always possible. Follow the good advice in this thread and be consistent. I find that with smaller breeds it can take a very long time to potty train them because they are so quick and can crawl into stealthy place to eliminate, or their eliminations are so small we can miss them. The crate is your best friend!
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