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How to Potty Train your Dog Outside

Updated on January 24, 2012
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The Easy Way

Potty training your dog outside and crate training actually go, pretty much, hand in hand. When you first have a puppy, or even an older dog that you want to teach, you must always have some treats with you. Walking a puppy outside every 3-4 hours to eliminate waste is actually very reasonable. Always, when after or during eliminating, you must praise A lot and give treats to let them know they are doing something "right".

So how you can count how long your puppy can hold it? It is actually by dividing his age (in months) by 2 hrs. For example, if you puppy is 5 months old, he can hold it for about 2.5 hours. If you puppy is 10 months old, he can hold it for 5 hours. A year old puppy can probably hold it for 6 hours.

There are rules to these exceptions though. Your dog (even when it's not a puppy anymore), can hold it for 12 hours maximum, no matter what age it is. When it not in the crate, he probably cannot hold it as long as if he was in the crate. And lastly, if you dog seems like he needs to go, take him out to go.

So how did I train my puppy to go outside?

When I first bought my puppy at 8 weeks old, he was actually potty trained outside. It would cry whenever it had to go pee pee outside, which is a plus because you don't need much of a warning. I did not know it was bad to take a puppy outside to sniff and be on the grass when it didn't have all the shots yet so I had to potty train my puppy then to go inside in a wee wee pad. This was actually kinda horrible and disgusting because the pee pee pad was really not that big and it produced a pee smell in the room. Also, my puppy would occasionally miss and go in different spots because the pee pee pad was full of pee already. After all the shots were finished, I resorted back to peeing outside but he completely forgot how to. During his first few months living with me, he would just stay in the room and tear the entire room apart when I left for work or school. I decided that buying a crate would be a good idea too.

Who knew that the crate and potty training outside would work so well together. It took me about two weeks to train my puppy to go into the crate and be comfortable enough to stay in there when I was gone. I knew that he had to go before going into the crate and right after he was let out. The crate was his "safe place" and dogs will usually not pee in their own "safe place" if they sleep in that area. It was perfect to walk the dog before I left the house and put him in his crate. When I came back after 9 hours from work, I would let the dog out of the crate and the first thing he would have to do is eliminate. So you basically lead him to the place where you need him to pee/poo at. A close by grassy area or outdoors area is an ideal place for this to happen if you need to potty train him outside.

When you make this kind of daily routine for the dog, the dog will learn to be potty trained outside and to "hold" it for a longer period of time as a puppy. This also works very well for older dogs because a routine for them will help them learn where to "correctly" pee.

I am not advocating for you to leave your dog in a crate for over 8 hours so it cannot destroy your room/house or advocating for your dog to pee or poop in his crate. Crate training is very effective for training your dog to pee/poo outside and for your dog to have a "safe" place for them to be when you are away but not as a way to harm your dog or jail cell your dog. So be mindful when you are crating your dog and remember to let it out after no longer than 12 hours.

"Respect your dog and your dog will learn to respect you."

-Esther Au

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    • aznpanda206 profile imageAUTHOR

      aznpanda206 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      It takes a lot to take care of a dog!! Goodluck!

    • aznpanda206 profile imageAUTHOR

      aznpanda206 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hey! Has some of the techniques worked?

    • aznpanda206 profile imageAUTHOR

      aznpanda206 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      My dog is a beagle mix too!! But I don't know the second breed he is mixed with! Can I see more pictures of your dog?

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      BethDW 

      6 years ago

      What breed of puppy is in the photo?? I have a beagle/shih-tzu mix, and she looks just like the picture!

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      madypoo4545 

      6 years ago

      im trying to get my mom to get me a dog so im doing a dog project and this is a lot of help! thanks!

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      supersaion9 

      6 years ago from Citrus Heights

      I have a Pomeranian and he like to snoop around still in the house and find spots where we can't see him lol I will try some of your techniques and see if they work!

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      santos88 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I am almost like 99% positive we are getting a Maltese. They seem to be compatible with my lifestyle.

    • aznpanda206 profile imageAUTHOR

      aznpanda206 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you Cardisa!

      I'm going to come up with more doggy/puppy hubs.

      I will definitely check out the weekly topic inspiration! (i need to find it though)!

      :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Esther, welcome to Hubpages!

      I really liked your articles. I read every word. I have always wondered how the training was done. I know that animals don't like "doing i" in their own area, so thanks for the helpful suggestions.

      For ideas on your next hub we have what is called the weekly topic inspiration which is found in the forums. You can't miss it. It's located top right of the main forums page. While you are at it, kindly check out the help and learning centers to familiarize yourself with our guidelines and TOS.

    • aznpanda206 profile imageAUTHOR

      aznpanda206 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      YAY! what kind of dog do u plan on getting?

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      santos88 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Yay! I just joined about a week ago. I nearly hit the roof from my first comment lol.

    • aznpanda206 profile imageAUTHOR

      aznpanda206 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you!! I'm excited!! You are my first commenter for my post!! :) thank you!!

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      santos88 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Great article! I am getting a puppy soon so I will definitely have to look back here for tips.

      Your puppy is so cute by the way!

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