Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Inland Empire, CA
First off, just because your pit was housebroken at 10wks doesn't mean anything to your new puppy. I've heard of some dogs that took until 5mos old until they were house broken
When my pup was that young, I was taking her out more often than you. It got to a point were I was taking her out every 10mins
I would assume that your pup has some freedom in the house and is why she is going in the house? Puppies can't have much freedom in the house. They need to be confined to a smaller area. You need to watch them like a hawk. I used a playpen until around 12wks. Then I allowed her to have the living room/ dining room area which is an 11x18' area and could still watch her. At 20wks, we finally started letting her have more room and can go into the front hall and kitchen now and then, but is not allowed upstairs unless we're with her
My routine was in the crate for an hr. Then out to go potty, and then come back in for 30mins of play. In that time, I'd take her out for potty if I needed to and usually did. When time was up, it was back into the crate for an hr
If you can't have eyes on your puppy, then she need to be in the crate
I'd honestly forego the bells for now... plus, you'll be keeping a very watchful eye on your pup anyway, so bells won't be needed. Puppies do not have control of their bladder until around 12+wks. Until then, when they have to go, it'll be NOW. Their legs can't move them fast enough and they can't hold it, so they will have an accident. This is why you need to just take them out often. My pup didn't get better about holding it until 13wks and was even better by 14wks and she would start whining to be let out
As for going out, leash her. I'd pick up my pup, put the leash on, then take her outside onto the grass before putting her down. You can then let her walk around, or train her to go in a certain spot of the yard. Regardless, any bathroom time outside should be heavily praised for going potty. Treat if your pup will take them. My pup did, then stopped caring for treats after a while, so I just relied on lots of praise
Also, some pups will have to go a few times (again, they have little to no bladder control and won't go all the way). Too many owners think one and done, bring pup inside, and pup immediately goes again. Plan on staying outside for about 5min just to make sure. I never knew about this, but my pup would only go once and was fine. Guess I was lucky
You got a puppy. Be patient and stay vigilant. It's a lot of work, but don't get discouraged.
Last edited by Armistice; 01-12-2018 at 12:26 PM.