Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Potty training puppy and teaching it not to bite?

Hey. i have a new puppy and he's 3 months old as of yesterday. Leo (thats my puppys name). i need help figuring out how to potty train him. (also, we got him only 5 days ago) we havnt gotten our electric fence yet so we have to take him out on a leash. he always plays with the leash instead of going to the bathroom and then he has accidents. what can we do??? also, when he does "go" outside, we give him a little treat. also, he bites alot, even though he has chew toys. what can we do?? thanks in advance!!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There are several ways to housebreak a puppy.

    First off, I have found puppy training pads helpful. These are pads come in various sizes (2ft x 2ft or larger) and are treated with a scent of "outdoors" and promotes/encourages them to eliminate/use these areas for going to the bathroom. Whenever you see them starting into their "pre-potty pattern," such as walking around and sniffing the floor, you gently pick them up without talking and carry them over to the pad and then praise them when they go to the bathroom.

    When all goes well and they are using the papers consistently, the papers are either moved closer to the door and/or another set is placed outside. The transition is made from concentrating the toilet habits to one spot inside the home to one spot outside the home. Finally, the pads inside are eliminated. The only problem with this method is that for a period of time it encourages the animal to eliminate inside the home. Depending on the dog, housebreaking may take longer when this method is used...but I have personally found this method helpful

    Crate Training: The second popular method of housebreaking involves the use of a crate or cage. The often-stated reasoning is that the animal is placed in a cage that is just large enough to be a bed. Dogs do not like to soil their beds because they would be forced to lay in the mess. It works, and while in these confines, most pups will control their bladder and bowels for a longer time than we would expect. Young puppies, at 8 or 9 weeks of age can often last for 7 or 8 hours, however, we would never recommend leaving them unattended in a crate for that long in most circumstances.

    During housebreaking, whenever the puppy is inside the home but cannot be watched, he is placed in the crate. This might be while you are cooking, reading to the children, or even away from the home. The last thing you do before you put the puppy in the crate is take him outside to his favorite spot. The first thing you do when you take the animal out of the crate is another trip outside. No food or water goes in the crate, just a blanket and maybe a chew toy to occupy his time. Overnight is definitely crate time. As your faith in the puppy grows, leave him out for longer and longer periods of time.

    Most people do not recognize an important advantage of crate training. It does more than just stop the animal from messing in the house. It also teaches the puppy something very important. The puppy learns that when the urge to urinate or defecate occurs, he can hold it. Just because the pup feels like he needs to relieve himself, the pup learns that he does not have to. This is thought to be the main reason why puppies that have gone through crate training have fewer mistakes later on.

    Treats are a good method of "praise" . The key to House training in general is *patience*

    Source(s): Animal/Veterinary Sciences and long time dog owner
  • 1 decade ago

    With potty training- pick him up and carry him outside until he starts to get the idea. That way he won't play with his leash. Put him down in the same place each time, and still give him the treat, but *praise* him also when he does go outside.

    For the biting- he's a puppy. They bite, they teeth, they chew. There are a few methods of dealing with it. First, you can 'yelp' whenever he bites you, as his siblings would do. This lets him know he is hurting you. After you yelp, give him a chew toy and praise him. If that doesn't work, and he keeps on going for your hands/skin, get up and walk away, and tell him 'No'. This shows him that biting means no more playing. He'll probably teeth for two or three more months, though. Also, make sure you have a variety of chew toys available. For example, our puppy has a rubbery bone, a plastic nylabone, and a flavored bone. In addition to that, he has some stuffed toys, and some rubber ones, some of which squeak.

    Good luck with Leo!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If he's biting YOU, my solution has been to hold their mouth closed when they do it, and say "No bite"

    Say it firmly, but do not yell. We have a 1 year old dog we got recently who had a biting problem, and it solved it rather quickly.

    As for potty training, I would say definitely stick with the leash, dogs need to be leash trained, it's very important, even if you have an electric fence. Try taking the little guy out for walks, he won't understand what you're trying to do, but getting him used to the leash is important.

    To potty train our dog (She was 1 year old, not potty trained. Got her from a bad home. Never wore a collar or leash in her life)

    We took her outside, and waited out there UNTIL she went potty. We would stand out there for 45 minutes if we had to. When she finally did we praised her. Made sure she understood the word "Potty" Or whatever word you want your little guy to know, make it a command, like SIT, LAY DOWN, and more importantly PEE lol.

    When our little girl is sniffing or playing, we make sure to pull the leash a little, not hard, just enough so that she feels it, and knows "Oh, gotta keep focus gotta pee"

    Good luck to you! Don't lose your patience either, they can sense when you do!

  • I would watch him in the house. Dogs usually have signs that they are about to go to the bathroom, like they'll start sniffing or walking around. Then you can bring him outside. Giving him a treat when he goes to the bathroom outside is good. Also, when he starts going in the house, tell him no and bring him outside. But if you find an accident don't tell him no because he wont know what your scolding him for. It's a new concept for him, like teaching a person they can only breathe outside or something. If he doesn't stop biting the best thing I can think for that is to walk away when he starts biting and maybe telling him no bite or something, but puppies are notorious for biting. Also, use the same command over and over again. So when he goes to the bathroom outside maybe say potty, then when he's done give him a treat. Then after awhile when you bring him outside to go to the bathroom say potty to him and hopefully he'll know to go to the bathroom.

    good luck!!

    Source(s): potty training my own puppy
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  • 1 decade ago

    Take him out every 3 hours, keep him on the leash so you can watch him at all times so there is no accidents. When he goes to bite you stick a toy in his mouth each time. Get him to go after the toy and not your hand, NO rough playing with the puppy. Also get some reading material on how to train your dog.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dog should not be left out by themselves, especially puppies, so forget the electric fence. Electric fences don't stop other critters from coming in and hurting your dog.

    It took us three months to potty train our Toy Poodle. She was four months old when we got her. Just keep taking your puppy out to potty every hour and stay out there for 10 minutes each time. When he does potty outside, give him a treat, play with him, etc.

  • 1 decade ago

    for the biting say no or ouch very loud and firmly,it will scare him,for potty training,the breeder should of starte dthe traing,you can use wee pads,or physically pick up your pet and take him outside hourly to potty,he won't run away if off leash but you have to make sure you are watching him very carefully when he is outside,if he pee's indoors say no and take puppy outside,use a spray that will remove the pee odor,or the puppy will go potty in the same spot indoors

  • 1 decade ago

    patience - don't get mad, change the channel in their brain, distract with proper chew toys, etc. it's never too early to begin obedience training. get to puppy kindergarten for help with the basics PLUS wonderful source of socialization!

    a puppy can Hold It for one hour plus 1 for every month of age: 3 months = 4 hours, 5 months = 6 hours -- and that includes through the night

    training a puppy is tedious but rewarding!

    feed and water on a regular schedule; at least three times a day with water again in the late evening. give him as much water as he will drink, but limit it to four times a day so that you can get him on a regular, managable schedule.

    after feeding or watering, get him out in 15 minutes and stay out until he goes. praise and treat immediately!

    get him outside as soon as you see a behavior change like agressive play or slinking away, extra sniffing, etc.

    crate 'em if you can't watch 'em to prevent Accidents and choking and destructive chewing.

    a tired dog is a happy dog -- play and exercise at least 3, 1/2 hour sessions a day

    be consistant. don't start something you don't want to see forever. don' t feed from your plate unless you plan on doing it forever. don't let them on the furniture unless you want that forever. etc.etc. etc.

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