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Old 04-26-2014, 07:26 PM
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Transition from inside potty to outside

Until today, this pup has been paper 'trained', more or less. He's never been outside to do his thing. How long will it take for him to get the idea? Right now I'm thinking of waiting til he has a poopy accident inside, and taking it outside to the right spot so the smell will be there.
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Oh dear, how old is the puppy and how long have you had him paper trained?

In general, its challenging to switch puppies over, which is why if at all possible, training them to the outside from the start is easier.

We've had a couple people in your situation recently. Hopefully one of them chimes in on what worked for them.
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I have had him about 8 hours, he's 10ish weeks old, and I have no idea how long he was on papers for. I am not keen on pee pads or more papers, as that will teach him even more to go inside.
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I have no idea either, but I guess I would immediately start with outside potty-training and dispense with the pads altogether.
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I have no pads OR papers on the ground for him. I'm bringing him out every half hour, and he's only peed once in that 8 hours.. no poop yet. He's whining and howling, and I bring him out when he does, but i can't tell if it's anxiety from being away from mom or having to go. :/ Hoping he'll be unable to hold it and just go outside so I can praise him for it, but nothing yet.
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If I were you I wouldn't even paper train.Take him right outside every 45 min or so,and get him used to going outside where he should be going.Teach him right awayp what you want him to do and where.Hes gonna have accidents in the house,but he will catch on.If you notice him sniffing around on the ground,take him out ASAP.I would take mine out about every 45 min. when they were that age.If I seen them sniffing or starting to squat I rush them right outside.It didn't take them long to realize that they need to go to the back door.Id see them standing there and let them out.I didn't use puppy aped either,they just shredded them.Good luck with him.
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For me it went quick. When I got Charlie he was so young that he had to go inside. Once we transferred outside, it took maybe 2 weeks. He got that he should do #2 outside straight away (he actually NEVER had a #2 accident inside), but he really was struggling overcoming his resistance to peeing outside. We had to stay out really, really long (so that he had no choice but to do it). Once he got it, no problem but funny enough, for a long time he would only pee on rectangular manhole's in the streets.
With housetraining, the more diligent you are and the more work you put into it, the faster and more reliable it gets.
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I repeat, because it keeps getting said:

I am NOT allowing the paper thing to continue, only going outside. I am not using peepads either! No, no no!

I can handle a couple weeks of work. It'll just be tiring. All this outside! And then during the week while I'm at school will probably slow things down... Do you think if he has an accident inside for poop, putting his pile outside will help him get the hint so the smell is there?
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You are in luck. He is still very young and has not had time to pattern too strongly to the indoors yet. Better yet, you have him in a new environment so you can start him off correctly at your home.

Just follow these directions diligently.
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I have been so far! Lots of peepees outside, but still waiting on the much anticipated #2. He won't go on the grass at all, which makes me feel sad, but he'll use a leaf pile we hadn't cleaned up, on the cement patio. It's not ideal ... but it's not inside.
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