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Puppy Training Help?

Question by Twilight Illusions: Puppy Training Help?

My sister doesn’t have a Yahoo account so she’s using mine to ask this question about her mixed breed pup. She’s 12 and lives with our grandmother so please, bear with her way of wording things.

“Hi, my puppy bites people a lot and I don’t know why. His name is Tubby and he’s a Terrier/Pomeranian mix. My family gets mad because he bites so hard and won’t stop when you tell him no. He bit my sister hard on her hand and made her bleed. I think he’s only trying to play, but my sister thinks I play to rough with him and that’s why he bites hard and rough with everyone. Any tips on training?”

Second part of her question.

“He also has potty problems. He won’t go outside and I take him out a lot, but as soon as I bring him in, he goes potty in the house and I have to clean it up. I stay out with him for a long time and he won’t go potty. When I bring him in, he goes on the kitchen floor or living room carpet. My grandma says he might have to stay on outside dog if he keeps this up. :(”
I thought I should add that Tubby is now 5 and a half months old and my sister has been trying to housebreak him for over 2 months now. She refuses my advice so I figured she would listen to random strangers better than he eldest sister. Hahaha.
Oops, I also forgot to mention, she has tried to crate train the pup as well, but according to my grandmother, the month of crate training didn’t work either. He just held it in, and when they took him out, he refused to go, but when he was brought back inside, he went on the carpet again.

Also, the word above should be ‘her’ not ‘he’ I apologize for my horrid grammar.
My sister is adding this part again.

“When I take him outside, he never goes, he only goes inside the house so I can’t praise him because he never goes outside. The only time he goes outside is if we keep him outside in the yard for a long time, like 4 hours or more and no one is around to see him do it. He just holds it in when I’m outside with him, but as soon as he’s inside he goes on the floor. We never rub his nose in it because my sister said that is bad to do. She told me to try clicker training but that didn’t work either. He just holds it in until he gets inside the house or he goes outside if we leave him out, but no one sees him go.”

I don’t live with my sister, so I don’t know exactly what goes on with the pup. I know he isn’t violent by any means, he’s only biting to play, but even when you reach down to pet him, he bites at you. I know he’s not doing it maliciously, he’s trying to play, but even with petting him, he bites at you, albeit playfully, but still hard.

Best answer:

Answer by justjrry
Petsmart and Petco both offer dog training. Biting is how puppies communicate. Whether bad or good. Just like a baby, everything ends up in their mouths. Never play tough with a puppy with your bare hands always use a toy. When playing and he begins to bite transition whatever he is biting to a toy that is acceptable to be bitten.

Make sure you say “potty” alot outside or whatever word you want to use. Keeping him on a leash while going to potty is a good way for you to remain in control and keep him focused. Also, you could try puppy pads in the house and put it where he seems to go. Move them slowly towards the door as you start to transition outside. You can use all of these things together to speed the process. Also, remember to reward with praise when he goes outside. EVERYTIME. Just dont freak out and scream at him inside when he goes. Tell him no and then take him out. Hope this helps.

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  • I cant help with your biting problems but as for potty training.
    When you take your dog outside to relieve herself and she goes, praise her! say something like ‘good girl, (dog’s name)’ pet her, treat her like she’s just done the best thing in the world.
    When you catch her pottying in the house tell her ‘NO’ in a firm voice, gently pick her up and take her back outside to finish relieving herself and praise her when she goes.
    Since you know she’s going to go when you come back in.. keep a close eye on her and correct her when she does it.
    Potty training takes time so dont give up on your puppy 🙂

  • OK, fist for the biting. If your puppy is biting he needs to get it in his head that it is NOT ok for him to bite people. I know it’s hard with little puppies, but you need to be very firm with him because this is a serious part of training and how your puppy will grow up. When he bites you tell him “NO” in a very firm voice but don’t let him run away and hide, after that. Get down by him, and close his mouth with your hand. Tell him no again and be very firm (but not mean, he IS just a puppy). If that doesn’t work, then try lightly hitting his muzzle as you are clasping it. Don’t hit it too hard, because again he’s only a puppy and that’s a sensitive place. If you do hit his muzzle use only one or two fingers as well.
    I’ve only had to use this one other way of no biting once, and it is to lightly nip their ear. Again, this is for EXTREME situations and I would not normaly reccomend it because it’s kind of mean. Don’t make them cry or anything, but just let them know how uncomfortable it is. Again, I’ve only had to do this once with a real problem dog we had. We still had to give her away in the end, but she didn’t bite anymore after a few nips on the ear. So only do this technique if your dog is out of control biting and bleeding all the time.

    I can’t give you real good advice on potty training, but he is really young, so the only advice I can give you is to cut him some slack until he’s at least 8 weeks, and then do what you are doing now. Just monitor him after he eats and drinks and if he starts stiffing around then take him outside, and be sure to reqard him heavily when he does go potty outside. Don’t scold him when he goes inside please and definatley don’t stick his nose in it! So, to sum it up, reward heavily when he goes outside, clean up but don’t scold when he goes inside. (The reason for that is that he may begin to think that going to the bathroom in general is a bad thing.) Good luck and congrats on the new puppy!

  • He’s got a teeny tiny bladder. As he gets older, his bladder will increase in size and he will pee less…

    Housebreaking your dog is seemingly the first test of your patience as a dog owner.

    Perhaps you’re experiencing the following scenario:

    You take him outside multiple times a day and every time, he refuses to make. You assume he just doesn’t have to go, so you bring him back inside and moments later he soils the rug.


    You take him outside and he goes, you praise him with “Good boy” and after bringing him back in, moments later he goes again.

    It’s a frustrating cycle not only for you, but for your dog as well. You just can’t seem to make him understand what he’s supposed to do.

    Your dog simply doesn’t understand the rules yet. That’s why it’s important to take your dog outside to make at scheduled times of the day.

    It will take approximately 14 consecutive days of going outside, watching your dog make and PRAISING him for it before he starts to get it.

    During that period, every accident that happens in the house is counted as negative two days. Remember, you’ll want 14 consecutive days of proper housebroken behavior before you can relax a bit.

    After he goes outside, you’ll want to supervise him closely for the next ten minutes he is inside the house. At the first sign of going the the bathroom, take him outside.

    If he does have an accident, only use the “No” command if you catch him in the act. Otherwise, it’s useless and will only confuse your dog.

    The amount of time that you should take your dog outside to make will vary depending on the breed, size and type of puppy.

    It is SOOOOO important that you PRAISE your dog while he is peeing or pooping and make sure you give him a treat afterwards. You want to use positive reinforcement of his good behavior.

    It’s generally recommended that you take your dog out every 2 hours during the day for the first three weeks. Obviously you won’t be taking your puppy out every 2 hours at night before bed. So use the following strategy.

    Take away your dog’s water bowl two hours before bed. During that window of time, walk your dog at least twice. If accidents occur in the middle of the night, you may need to get up once in the night to walk your puppy.

    As your dog gets older, his bladder size will increase and the nightly accidents will disappear.

    After the first month, begin to space out the amount of time you take your dog outside to make. You’ll want to do this until your dog only needs to go out only 3-4 times a day.

    In summary, the trick to all of this is using the follwing tactics.

    – Set a schedule to take your dog outside
    – Praise your dog with the “Good boy” command when he makes
    – In case of an accident, only use the “No” command ONLY if you catch your dog in the act
    – Take away your dog’s water two hours before bedtime
    – Walk your puppy twice before bed
    – Always supervise your dog when he is inside AFTER making outside

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