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  1. My 8 week old puppy urinates in the house after he has just been outside. How can I make him go outside?
  2. How can I stop my 1yr old dog from pooping in the house?
  3. How do we know if our dog is telling us he needs to go outside?
  4. My dog pees a little when excited. How do I stop this?
  5. My 9 week old German Shepherd puppy is constantly peeing in my home even though the door is always open. How do I get her to stop?



  1. My 8 week old puppy urinates in the house after he has just been outside. How can I make him go outside?
    Follow the instructions on this page: http://www.loveyourdog.com/housebreaking.html. It is always a good idea to use a timer and take your puppy out BEFORE he has to go. Then he will learn it very fast. Your puppy's bladder will not be able to control itself for quite a while, so be sure to set the timer as often as you need to figure out his frequency schedule (how often he goes). Try not to get mad. Don't yell at or punish him. Just be patient.

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  2. How can I stop my 1yr old dog from pooping in the house?
    It sounds like you need to start over and housebreak your dog. Follow the instructions on this page: Housebreaking. The main thing you need to do is not let your dog roam the house unsupervised. Our dogs are never on their own until they are completely trustworthy in the house and sometimes that is 2 years old! You can get a crate, or a pen to confine your dog. You can put him outside until he does his business, too. Try walking your dog more; very often dogs will poop when they are on a walk or right after. Don't forget to pick it up and toss it in the trash, though.
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  3. How do we know if our dog is telling us he needs to go outside?
    Great question! If you aren't sure, always take him out. If your dog needed to go, he will. If he didn't, there's no harm done. As dogs mature, most find a way that you will recognize to let you know that they want to go outside. Sometimes we don't necessarily know why they want out, but that's okay. They may want a drink, or just some fresh air. The more time we spend with our dogs, the more we will undertand them.
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  4. My dog pees a little when excited. How do I stop this?
    Lots of dogs have this problem. Here is how to solve it. First, don't punish your dog as she really can't help it. It just kind of happens.

    Second, we have to keep her from getting excited in the house. So, when you come home, don't talk to her and don't greet her right away. Just let her follow you right outside and let her pee. Then get all excited when you praise her.

    If she is peeing from excitement even when she is outside, try to tone down your enthusiasm. Greet her calmly. Get down on her level, sit on the ground, and talk to her sweetly. Some dogs pee because they are a little afraid of people, so try not to stand over her. Getting down on her level should help her feel more comfortable and less afraid.

    As always, be sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy.

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  5. My 9 week old German Shepherd puppy is constantly peeing in my home even though the door is always open. How do I get her to stop?
    Even though the door is open, you need to teach the puppy where to go. If he doesn't know where the bathroom is, he will go wherever he is at the time he gets the urge. Find a place outside and take your puppy to it. Praise him when he goes. Take him to the same spot each time.

    Follow the instructions on this page: Housebreaking. It is always a good idea to use a timer and take your puppy out BEFORE he has to go. Then he will learn it very fast. Your puppy's bladder will not be able to control itself for quite a while, so be sure to set the timer as often as you need to figure out his frequency schedule (how often he goes).

    Puppies always need to go when they wake up from sleeping, eat food, drink water, and sometimes after they play a lot. Go with your dog and be there to reward him for peeing.

    Be sure to clean up the soiled areas in the house, because the smell will make your pup want to go again on that spot. Try not to get mad when accidents happen. Don't yell at or punish your dog. Just be patient. Good luck!

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