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Old 02-20-2013, 07:05 PM
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I just got a 11 week old golden a couple days ago and I'm having difficulty with Bear pottying inside the house. I am very new to the puppy scene and don't know much past puppy pads and trying to get a "set" schedule for the little guy. Also, Bear has a bad habit of eating his "no-no"s after he goes in the house; any tips to help break this habit too? Please do help!


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"Bear has a bad habit of eating his "no-no"s "

i love the way you worded that... best laugh i've had all day..
maybe a schedule would help or take out every 15mins.
someone else will have a better answer.
thanks for the humor
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Sandy did that once within a couple of days of getting her home. I know she didn't understand the words that came out of my mouth but she certainly understood the tone. It was the one and only time I let her out of my site during the potty training weeks.
I used pet pads (in an open crate) and when I saw her getting ready, I picked her up and put her there. Lots of encourage before and lots and lots of praise after. If she had a non-no elsewhere, she was placed on the pads and had to watch me clean it up, spray the area with a spot cleaner and listen to that tone of mine. We kept her on the pad for another five minutes after accidents. Within in 2 weeks she was 90% cured of non-nos and life was much better.
After about 5 months on pads and the crate getting smaller and smaller for her, it was her that decided to go outside. But this was only after a couple of no-nos around the area near the door. I finally realized she was was asking to go outside.
Now, at 8months, she is a good girl and does all her business outside. The pads are off the floor and the potty crate is gone. :-)
There is still a lot of encouragement and praise, but the encouragement is more or less to keep her mind on the task and not on the birds and leaves.


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So continue using the puppy pads and just hope he's understands the pattern I'm trying to set?


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So continue using the puppy pads and just hope he's understands the pattern I'm trying to set?


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I know this is probably going against what others have said but personally, if you are going to be around to train your little guy, I would not use the training pads at all if possible.

The best way to house train a puppy in my experience, is to take them outside as soon as they wake from sleeping, after playing, eating etc. Other than that, every 20 - 30 minutes throughout the day.

Using training pads only teaches the puppy that it is ok to potty inside the house. Even during the night, you will need to get up maybe twice at this age to take puppy outside to potty. You can extend the times as pup gets older. Our last puppy was completley clean and dry at night by around 14 weeks.

As for eating their "no no's" if you show disgust or anger at this action, it will only serve to make the pup more anxious and continue to eat it. If you distract immediately, ignore the fact that the pup has gone where you don't want it to, and clean it up away from pup's view.

When pup performs outside, where you want him to go, be prepared with a very tasty treat, and praise, praise, praise!!!

Your puppy isn't being naughty by pottying in the wrong place, he is a baby who needs to learn. Remember also, like a baby, they can't hold it for long, this comes with age and practice.

If you set yourself up for success, use positive methods not ones which cause fear and anxiousness, you will have a happy household with very few accidents.

Our last litter was incredibly easy to housetrain, as I had them in a routine. This was with a litter of 7, so once you get the hang of it with 1 it should be easy.

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When puppies first come home it is best to take them outside on leash after they eat, drink, play, nap and after night time sleeping. Plus every 20 to 30 minutes during the day when they are active. As they get older you can lengthen the time span between each time. Most puppies don't like to eliminate in their sleeping area/home this is why a crate can be a good tool to use. When you cannot supervise the pup and you have taken care of their needs you can have them nap/rest in their crate.
By taking them out on leash and praising them you are setting up a pattern/good habit. When they are little some catch on easily and will tell you they have to go by sniffing the ground or going to the door etc but not all puppies do this early so it is up to the owner to take lots of time to set this habit by not waiting for the pup to tell you it has to go and to be taking the pup out on a set schedule.
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Need help with potty training

Thank you guys so much for the great advice! I've been trying to take him out every 30-45 minutes but ill shorten that time to 20-30 and maybe that'll help ween him off the puppy pads all together. Something I didn't think of till now is that he is our first boy and some of the accidents inside could be attributed to him "marking" his spots?

Bear has been surprisingly good considering this is my first puppy experience; I honestly expected a much more difficult journey. He's been great when it comes to bathing, teething, sleeping patterns, etc. Now hopefully I didn't just jinx myself! 😄


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you've got great advice above. How about some pictures of Bear, just not the ones he is going after his "no-no".
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Need help with potty training

My pup Ellie had a bad habit of eating her poo. I think it's because she was crated all the time, and puppies want clean spaces. I used pumpkin purée in her food for a couple weeks, and that helped to make it distasteful for her, although I can't imagine it would be tasty to begin with! She leaves her food alone, and now she's begun going after her brother's poo. Ha ha ha....pumpkin in his food didn't deter her, so now I've begun enforcing "leave it" outside, and she's been doing much better. She's also older.

Great advice here! I've never quite understood wanting to teach dogs to use puppy pads, as it just seems to confuse the situation. Best wishes!


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As far as eating her stool, our Yogi was too interested in his and we bought a tablet called Deter, then one called Nasty Habit. These types of tablets contain herbs and ingredients that make the poop smell and taste bad. I think most have cayenne pepper in them. We started giving him those tablets as "rewards" for not eating his poop. We intentionally call it his reward and not treat because we use treat for positive training. We also started sprinkling the droppings with cayenne pepper, then scooping it right away to remove the temptation. He is so excited now when he poops and while he is still curious about it he also wants to show me his handiwork so he gets his "reward"! A lot of puppies do this and outgrow it with time. Some don't and it's a lifelong challenge.

I believe you can also use a tiny amount of pineapple to discourage poop eating.
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