Potty Training Tips: Why Does My Puppy Go Potty In the House After We Just Took them Outside?

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POTTY TRAINING TIPS! “WHY DOES MY PUPPY GO POTTY IN THE HOUSE RIGHT AFTER GOING OUTSIDE?”

Black Mini Aussiedoodle "Adi" Enjoying the Grass!

Black Mini Aussiedoodle “Adi” Enjoying the Grass!

WHY DOES MY PUPPY GO IN THE HOUSE AFTER WE JUST TOOK THEM OUTSIDE?

This question is one of the most common potty training issues I hear about from our potty training families.. so, needless to say it’s not a very unique issue…  while I dont think anyone will have the perfect answer for every puppy there are some common possibilities that might be causing this.

I’ve added the basics and also some helpful links below…

#1 – GET YOUR PUPPY ON A SCHEDULE 

My #1 tip is always to get your new puppy on a strict sleeping/feeding/potty schedule and figure out how fast your puppies body currently processes food and water, figuring this out will make it alot easier to know when they’ll most likely need to go potty.

The easiest and fastest way to do this is by writing it down – write when they eat & drink and then how long it took for them to go potty. Then edit their crate training schedule accordingly. The times will change as they get older & can hold their potty for longer periods of time.

Use the notes app on your phone OR better yet, add the notes to your puppies schedule on the fridge so everyone in the family can help in the potty training process. It always helps when everyone in the family is on the same page.

#2 – INTERUPTING MID-STREAM

When you take them out to go potty, dont start praising them until after they’ve completely finished going potty,  wait for them to stand up and THEN praise them and give them a treat. If you start praising them mid-stream this may cause them to rush or just stop completely before they’re really finished. Then once inside, they can’t hold it anymore and they go.

#3 – TREATS AS A POTTY REWARD MIGHT BE TOO DISTRACTING…

Food rewards might be too much of an exciting incentive for YOUR puppy and they might be rushing their potty break just to get that treat so, instead of treats try JUST verbal praise and affection, try not to get them overly excited during a potty break it really should be a quiet time not play time, so use your “calm but happy tone” 😂! I know..this might sound contradictory.. but hopefully you get what I mean.

#4 – BLADDER INFECTION

This behavior can also be a symptom of a “bladder infection” which can cause puppies to feel the urge to go pee alot more then usual but when they do they only pee a little at a time another sign of a bladder infection is licking their genatils alot. Puppies don’t groom themselves a lot like adult dogs so if your puppy is doing this. You may want to take them into the vet for a check up.

 Bladder infections can be pretty common in young puppies, most likely because they dont groom themselves as much as adult dogs do.

Read all the symptoms of a bladder infection on VetStreet.com 

#4 – THEY’RE NOT SPENDING ENOUGH TIME OUTSIDE

Make sure your puppy is completely empty their bladder and bowel before bring them back inside. Some puppies may need to go potty and then again 15 mins later. So make sure your potty breaks are long enough. 10-15 mins or as long as it takes for them to finish the job, unfortunately, we have no way of knowing if they’re done or not so this can be a little tricky.

If you’re able to leave your puppy outside in a fenced yard for 10 to 30 mins, that’s always another option.

SOME POTTY TRAINING MISTAKES

– Not watching or confirming if they went potty or not. If you just let your puppy outside for a few minutes and then assume they went, you might be right OR you might be wrong. If you’re puppy is going in the house right after they’ve been outside, then you may need to be more diligent of a poop and pee watcher.

– Having unrealistic expectations with young puppies. Not taking them out often enough or long enough or at the wrong time. Expecting them to get it faster or hold it longer then they actually can.

– Failing to clean previous soiled areas with products made for potty mistakes like *Natures Miricle. Puppies will pee in spots they previously peed in more often then other spots.

– Failing to learn your puppies potty cues or not paying close enough attention to watch for them once back inside and then missing them. Potty cues are usually circling and sniffing and sometimes whining, if they’re semi potty trained and prefer to go outside or on absorbant material so if they cant get to the grass your carpet will do.

– Leaving the puppy in a crate for longer than they’re physically capable of holding it, causing them to have accidents in the crate (which is against their natural instincts of not going potty where they sleep). Crates can be used for longer amounts of time once they’re 12 weeks old but any younger then that and it’s 2 hours max during the day. Younger Puppies can usually go longer at night though like 4 to 6 hours.

For puppies under 12 wks it’s recommended to set up a play pen area with distinct areas for sleeping, eating, playing and eliminating during the day, this is to be used ONLY if you can’t let them out of the crate every 2 hours during a more strict couple weeks of potty training.

– Providing 24/7 access to food and water and having no enclosure or real schedule – which also means you won’t have a good idea when or how often they need to go or how long it takes for them to go potty after eating or drinking. The true “flying by the seat of your pants” POTTY TRAINING protocal? 😅 *Not recommended.

RECOMMENDED READING

Getting your puppy on a schedule:

How to Potty Train Your Puppy in 7 Days! Two Crate Training Schedules!

The Importance of Early Socialization and the Different Stages of Puppy Development:

The Importance of Early Puppy Socialization and the Different Stages of Puppy Development

RECOMMENDED BOOKS


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