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06-20-2014 12:01 PM
Pawsed Whenever a puppy messes up inside, I consider it my fault, not theirs. They can't help it and don't know any better. My job is to see to it that they get the chance to get it right every time, not to try to force them to hold it as long as possible. It's not a puppy's responsibility. It's mine.

Puppies are a tremendous amount of work, and take a great deal of time and effort, and you are just getting started. If you are finding that this is too much trouble for you, I'd be happy to take the little one off your hands!
06-20-2014 11:29 AM
RIDIK0LUS I live in an apartment with stairs as well. I got my puppy at 6 weeks which at that age, they can't really control anything yet. Luckily I work from home and could constantly watch her to make sure she wasn't about to use the bathroom. She's had tons of accidents, but now at 14 weeks, its rare for her to use the bathroom inside. When she needs to go out, she'll sit at the top of the stairs.

Watch for the signs:
Walking around and sniffing (this one is difficult to catch with a new puppy because they could just be investigating)
About 10 minutes after drinking water
Immediately after a nap
Immediately after playing. If the puppy is playing and then stops and starts walking around, pick it up, and go outside

Get the puppy used to going up and down stairs if you're not afraid of injury at the young age. Some owners like to limit stair usage while the puppy is growing, but in our case, there's really no way around it when they get bigger.

But good luck with the housebreaking. Its frustrating at first, but the puppy will gradually learn it if you stick with it and be consistent. Its not something that they will immediately pick up.
06-17-2014 12:34 AM
llombardo My female threw a fit in the crate, she eventually grew out of that. I apologized to the neighbors daily. It's not very neighborly to have a screaming dog. You can get ear plugs for you but what about them? That was part of my frustration when I was potty training mine, her loud crying made me nervous. Once I got past that, using the crate was a beautiful thing
06-16-2014 11:38 PM
wolfie13 Strangely enough mine wasn't taught that by me. He just knew where to go (outside). Except for the first night of course
06-16-2014 10:46 PM
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05-12-2014 09:28 AM
DonnaKay You stated she doesn't give you a "sign" that she needs to go out but did you teach her a sign or signal? If not, then she doesn't know how to signal you that she needs to go out. Mine will sit at the kitchen door, bark once and then lay down until I get to her. That's her way of letting me know she needs to go out to potty but I had to teach her. It wasn't automatic.
05-12-2014 01:08 AM
The Stig Jax08 has provided very very good advice, and I will just elaborate a little w/ my experience because we lived on a 3rd floor apartment for the first 2 years of Janka's life.

I had a decent sized balcony, so I built a 'litter box' before my puppy came home. I used a 5x4 weather-proofed siding (had Home Depot cut to size) as the base and bought a couple of pine planks (cut to size) and nailed them to the sides of base to form a 3-sided wall. It looked ghetto, but it was all about functionality. I used pine shavings in there as bedding & cut a gallon jug in half and used the handle part as a scoop. I scrub the 'litter box' with cleaner and a deck broom & replace the shavings once a week.

That way, I don't have to carry my pup down and up the stairs for toilet duties. It was also to limit her exposure to potential disease while she built her immune system, as there was a surprisingly lack of courtesy from other dog owners in the complex to clean up after their dog. I felt better keeping her off those sort of 'high traffic' areas for a while.

She was potty trained within a week, with just 3 wee-wee accidents. But that was my fault for not reading her well enough and not anticipating. Training was made easier too because I was not working at that time, and being home full-time definitely helps with puppy training.

Even if you do not have a balcony, perhaps you can fashion something similar with a different kind of bedding for your puppy.

House-breaking comes with owning a puppy, and with that comes accidents. So accept that, enjoy your puppy, understand it is still learning, and not let it be an annoyance.

Good luck.
05-11-2014 05:42 PM
Kahrg4 I think Jax nailed it on the head. Don't give her the opportunity to pee inside. Invest in some good ear plugs and make the crate work for you. Other than that lots of treats and happy happy happy voice praise when she potties outside. Pottying outside has to be the best thing EVER for the pup.
05-11-2014 12:57 PM
Originally Posted by placeshifter View Post

She pissed again on my floor today. I was so mad and frustrated. God, it's just so unbelievably annoying.
You should be mad, frustrated and annoyed with yourself, not her. She's just a baby.

- She's either crated or leashed to you when loose.
- Take her out immediately after eating and drinking.
- If she doesn't go, take her out about 5-10 minutes after.
- Take her out immediately after playing. Playing seems to stimulate their bladder and bowels.
- Get Crate Games dvd and teach her there is value on the crate.
- If you let her out of the crate when she's crying and whining then you have taught her that behavior will get her attention.
- Control when she gets water so you can take her out. She doesn't need full access to it if you are making sure she's getting plenty.
- Carry lots of cookies when taking her out.
- Give going potty a command. "Get Busy" "Go Potty" "Pee" whatever.
- When you leave to take her out say Let's go (whatever your command is) so she starts to associate the door with going out.
05-11-2014 12:56 PM
mego I had to deal with this with 4 flights of stairs. In winter.

Don't get mad or frustrated, how many times of these 7-8 times that she has peed have you picked her up mid-stream and ran down the stairs and stuck her in the grass? If you are just finding the puddles later on you aren't paying enough attention. Not saying that's how it goes.

We got a bell for our back door. I taught her how to use it by pushing her nose into it and opening the door, then I'd shut it. we did it about 15 times in one sitting. Every time I picked her up to carry her down the stairs I'd squat down to push her nose into the bell a little bit and say "lets go outside to potty".

The very few times I saw her ready to pee on my floor I screeched ahhh no not here and grabbed her while she was squatting, same thing, poke the nose, run down the stairs etc.

She potty trained in less than a week, I can count the accidents on one hand - and they were all near the backdoor because I was too slow. You just have to be super fast, super watchful, and super consistent.
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