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How to Train a Puppy to Potty and Poop Outside

I am a proud Beagle owner who loves educating others about this wonderful breed.

When crate training proved unsuccessful, we tried the bell method...and it worked wonders!

When crate training proved unsuccessful, we tried the bell method...and it worked wonders!

Knowing How to Train a Puppy Is Key to Success

Let's face it; puppy training can be a daunting process. So, knowing how to train a puppy will definitely save you a lot of time and anxiety and help you build a great relationship with your dog. Trust me, I know. When we got our sweet beagle puppy, Ruby (a very stubborn breed when it comes to puppy training), we had a few things working against us in terms of potty training her:

  • She was almost 4 months old and had not had any puppy training or potty training up to that point.
  • Beagles are a stubborn breed, making puppy potty training even more of a challenge.
  • We had never potty trained a puppy before.
  • It was the dead of winter and no one, including Ruby, wanted to go out in the cold!

But, armed with the internet and confidence, we read up on what we thought were the best ways to train a puppy and housebreak our beagle. We made a plan to get this pottying-in-the-house situation under control.

Crate Training Doesn't Always Work

The puppy training method we read about over and over again was crate training. The premise behind crate training is that the dog thinks their crate is their "den" and they would never want to soil their den.

I guess Ruby never felt like her crate was her den, because in the middle of every night she would yelp after pooping in her crate. This routine got old real fast. Crate training our puppy turned out to be a bust!

We quickly discovered that if she slept with us in bed then she didn't poop in the middle of the night. Hhmm . . . In hindsight, I now see this as the beginning of her cute manipulative abilities.

This is our beagle puppy, Ruby. Beagles can be a stubborn breed for puppy training, but with consistency and praise we succeeded in housebreaking our dog!

This is our beagle puppy, Ruby. Beagles can be a stubborn breed for puppy training, but with consistency and praise we succeeded in housebreaking our dog!

How Did We Housebreak Our Dog?

Simple . . . consistency and praise (which also works when you're ready to teach puppy tricks). This is what else you'll need for successful puppy training:

  • A ribbon of bells to hang on the door (see photo below)
  • A leash
  • Treats
  • A really good attitude
  • Cleaning supplies for accidents that will happen at first

Six Tips for Housebreaking a Puppy

Though accidents will always happen when training your puppy to potty outside, your efforts will pay off! Here are six tips for helping your dog learn to go potty outside.

1. Hang a Ribbon of Bells on the Door That You Will Use Most Often to Take Your Puppy Outside.

Each time you take your puppy out, either ring the bells yourself or take the puppy's paw or nose and have them ring the bells. At the same time, say something like, "let's go outside," emphasizing the word outside.

After about 6 weeks of doing this consistently, one day Ruby suddenly began to ring the bells all by herself. It was an amazing moment! And now, no matter where we are in the house, she has a way of alerting us that she needs to go outside.

2. Keep a Leash Near the Door With the Bells.

Even if you have a fenced yard, you must put your puppy on a leash and walk it out in the yard. You have to use a leash because when your puppy does succeed at pottying or pooping outside you need to praise them immediately while they're pottying; this is not possible if they are loose in the yard. Additionally, if they are loose and you have a large yard, you may never know if they actually took care of business or not. This is a team effort.

3. Have Very Small Treats in a Container Near the Door for Quick and Easy Access.

When your puppy succeeds at pottying or pooping outside, you will need to heap on the praise and follow it quickly with a tiny treat. Say a phrase with your chosen word for potty in it. We were always consistent and said something like, "Good girl going potty outside. Ruby is such a good girl going potty outside."

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She quickly associated going potty with tons of praise and a treat. She would even turn her head towards us while pottying (or pooping), waiting in anticipation for her reward for a job well done.

4. Take Your Puppy Outside at Key Times.

Until your puppy has associated ringing the bells with going outside to go potty, you will pick the time when you're ready to take the puppy outside. Choose key times like after waking, 10 minutes or so after eating or drinking, after a play session, etc.

5. When Accidents Happen (No Matter How Bad), Remain Calm.

Remember this—accidents will happen. Your puppy is a baby, after all. It will take time to physically mature and to learn what is expected of her, so punishment is never warranted.

When an accident occurs, you still need to immediately take the puppy outside, just to continue the association. Follow tips 1–3, but only give praise and treats if they actually potty more outside. Then, when you go inside, clean it up if another family member has not already done so.

Yelling and punishing a dog for accidents only teaches them to conceal better and fear you; it does not teach them the right way to go outside. Remember, consistency and praise.

6. Be Consistent With Tips 1–5.

There will be good days and there will be bad days. But one day, it will click and your consistency and praise will have paid off. Now that Ruby has been trained for several months, we no longer need to give her treats, but we still praise her, and occasionally when she gets a treat it really means something to her—we can practically see her smile.

Ruby waiting patiently to be taken outside after ringing her bells

Ruby waiting patiently to be taken outside after ringing her bells

Potty Training Pays Off

Our little beagle is a lot older now and is still ringing her bells each time she needs to go outside to potty or poop. She's got the drill down, but every now and then as we head out the door, I give the bells a good shake myself and say, "let's go outside." A little reinforcement is easy enough to do. I still tell her, "Good girl going potty outside" sometimes. Getting praise never gets old for a dog!

Knowing how to train a puppy and being part of the success can be very rewarding. Best of luck as you train your puppy. If you found these tips useful, or if you have any questions, please use the comments below. I will be sure to get back to you.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2011 Kristin Trapp


Kevin on December 19, 2017:

I currently have a 10wk old beagle we are having some difficultly housebreaking due to the older 2yr old dog we have when it comes to an eating schedule. She's essentially gotten worse and i feel is beginning to go wherever she pleases in the house. I've caught her a few times in the act and immediately taken her outside. She also sometimes will go right after going outside. It's usually just peeing accidents in the house that i've personally come across. Reading various post I know i need to incorporate treats when she does go outside and put her back on a leash in taking her outside. Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you.

EmilyJ0115 on March 27, 2017:

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, whenever I leave him at home he pees in the house: on the carpet, on the bed, on flowers..

My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

Mary on March 13, 2017:

I am adopting a labradoodle puppy in April He will be 9 weeks old Should I take him out in the middle of the night to potty

WMIGS418 on January 18, 2017:

we got a beagle, 3-4 yrs old, from a shelter. She will have days where she goes both pee & poop outside (once a day) & days she won't go at all-and only a few 'pee' accidents indoors. Becasue we do not know her background, I'm so confused. I never had a puppy, so training is not my forte, but I'm trying. I take her out multiple times during the day and she does nothing except want to go back inside, or walks 1/2 way thru our walking path and sits or lays down-very frustrating. She also keeps her head down and tail between her legs, like she is a bad dog. I have not yelled at her and it breaks my heart that someone seems to have treated her wrong.

Also, she will NOT be affectionate of leave this one little area, near the front door, that has a soft blanket on it.

I do crate her at night, however, because I don't know if she is going to go potty somewhere and/or damage anything. Help! Suggestions?? Maybe she is not the right dog for us??!!

PS: we do NOT have a fenced in yard (can't in our development), so I walk her (or try to) at least 3 x/day.

Madhvi on April 11, 2016:


It's a relief to know that I am not alone in this. My 4 month old retriever hasn't figured out a schedule yet (although bed time and morning after food she is almost always consistent). Rest of the day depends on my luck. Some times before lunch, some times after, no definite plan. She appears lazy to do it when asked.....She goes outside but probably only partially( to get her treat) but then later sneaks into the living area and completes her unfinished business. Rug or hardwood, no preference. It boggles my mind that despite my spending most of the day trying to train her, how come she manages to somehow use the house to go potty. I dream of a dog that can be left in the house without any worry. I have never ever punished or yelled at her for her accidents. She is my baby. She gets a treat and praise every time she goes outside on my watch, I don't know why she would go in the house which gets her nothing. Fewer pee accidents but more potty ones. I was told dogs get confused in big houses as there are a lot of hiding spots. I am planning to start on bells. I have to see how it works. Wish me luck and any advice would be useful. Thank you.

Natlé on August 21, 2015:

Hello:) I have a 4 1/2 year old Boston terrior, who does good when she is outside of her crate during the times we are at home, she always goes to the front door and will stand there and stare at me telling me she has to go potty! But the crate is the issue. She is usually only in there while I am working, so anywhere from 6-12 hours, as I work midnights. But no matter if I let her out right before she goes in the and right when I get home she usually has accidents in the crate :(

Sahdika Khan on July 10, 2014:

I have the most unbelievable method of teaching an indoor puppy to poop where you want it to poop and it's the easiest method I have ever experienced. This method was invented, tried and tested by 'myself' and it worked 100% on ALL 5 of my doggies. And, if you start the puppy off early it's even better!

Firstly you have to section off an area where you want the puppy to poop and leave the area clear and empty. Place some sheets of newspaper on the floor where the pup must poop.

Then when your pup first poops randomely in the house you DO NOT discard it when you clean it up.

You take the poop and place it on the newspaper and leave it there for a few hours!

This is repeated a couple of times and like magic you will see your puppy going to the newspaper to poop because now it recognises that spot by scent as "the poop spot"

My dogs have all diligently always looked for their "poop spot on the newspaper" and rarely ever messed anywhere else. And it's so easy to clean up too.

Try it and drop a comment and let me know what you think.


dearmommy on March 01, 2013:

Great hub. I remember the "doggie" training days... so stressful. I imagine this would be helpful.

Deltachord from United States on February 19, 2013:

You are welcome.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 19, 2013:

dubmakers - I hope this helps your friend. Thanks for thinking to share it.

dubmakers on February 19, 2013:

Thanks a lot for sharing this!! I'm going to save this page so I can show it to my friend who's having some issues on the topic of training his puppy. Thanks again!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 18, 2013:

Beth - Beagles definitely can have a mind of their own. Mine is sort of funny because she knows a lot of commands and tricks, but I can see her mind almost think "what's in it for me" if I ask her to do something. On the other hand, if she wants something I have (as in food) sometimes she just starts doing tricks even if I don't ask. It's pretty hard not to give her something when she's twirling on two feet, rolling over and doing one trick after another. She certainly makes me laugh. But potty training had its moments, that's for sure. Is that your dog in your picture? She looks cute.

BethDW on February 18, 2013:

Awesome tips. I have a beagle mix, and I found her especially challenging to potty train. Wish I had read this back then!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 18, 2013:

Thanks Deltachord. She's the best little girl-real, almost two and a half now and real sweet. The bells are awesome. I'm so glad a friend of mine who got a puppy before me told me about them. Thanks for the vote.

Deltachord from United States on February 18, 2013:

She is such a sweet looking puppy. I hadn't heard of the bell idea. Very interesting. Voted up.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on February 18, 2013:

Excellent advice! I love the expression on the first pup’s face, so adorable.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 18, 2013:

Thanks shahpriya. I'm glad you found these puppy training tips useful.

collinmorrison on February 17, 2013:

Yes, chihuahuas are very difficult from my experience.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 16, 2013:

Thank you Collin. I've never had a smaller dog, actually I've only had this one beagle to train, but I can see how a smaller dog may be more difficult to get housebroken.

collinmorrison on February 16, 2013:

Great hub! I notice that this problem happens to be more difficult with smaller dogs from what I have seen, Yorkees and chihuahuas especially.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 16, 2013:

Thanks Alexdry - I know quite a few people that have used this method successfully. I bet you could still train your dogs to do this even if they're no longer puppies. The dogs might even prefer it to whining and carrying on in other ways to try to communicate what they want.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 16, 2013:

Irene - Thanks for your comment that reinforces my point about positive reinforcement. I also think when dogs understand the "scoop" (as you put it), they learn new things easily.

Adrienne Farricelli on February 16, 2013:

That's a great way to train dogs it's time to be let out. Mine will typically go to the door and whine or come to me and ask me to follow them to the door.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 15, 2013:

Thanks Maggie. I have to say the bell system is nice for both dog and owner. I think it would drive me crazy if barking or whining was Ruby's only way to communicate with us each time she needs to go outside. I just added a photo above where you can see her bells. I got them at Walmart a couple years ago.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 15, 2013:

xlr - Golden Retrievers are beautiful dogs. You might want to deliberately use the word "outside" (or whatever words they know for going to the bathroom) and ring the bells yourself at the same time. That way they associate the "outside" with the bells. Then each time they ring the bell for food I would ignore them or make them go outside, just so they get the point that bells=outside. It probably won't take too long before they quit ringing it for food. Right now they probably associate bell-ringing with getting you to get up, sort of like ringing a bell for a butler.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 15, 2013:

Markie W. - I'm glad to know you picked up on my love for animals through this Hub. I amazed by the unconditional love that my little beagle shows us.

Irenevosburgh from Philadelphia, PA on February 15, 2013:

Very good HUB. The best information on housebreaking.

Always praise, practice and provide treats, that positive reinforcement is the key.

I got the "scoop" (pun intended) from a dog trainer years ago and was shocked at how easily my Bellamia was trained in all things, not just housebreaking, with little to no anxiety for both of us. Thanks for publishing this one.

Maggie Bennett from New York on February 15, 2013:

Great hub. The trick with the bell sounds like just what this family needs. Thanks for some great tips.

xkr on February 15, 2013:

I have 2 golden retrievers from the same litter now 2 years old. Very easy to train to go outside. Use the bells on the door that they use to go outside. Like these, Google "leather jingle bell strap"

Then whenever you open the door it jingles and the will think that is what makes the door open. They will smack it with their paw when they need to go out. Only thing is now at 2 years old they ring the bell to get our attention for anything including food and snacks!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 15, 2013:

Leslie - Good luck with your dog and thanks for reading.

Markie W on February 15, 2013:

I love your hub and I can tell just by reading it that you have a true love for animals. You also sound like a very good owner. Thanks for the wonderful piece, and I hope you keep on writing great material like this.

lesliebyars on February 14, 2013:

I enjoyed reading your hub and I learned a few tricks I am going to try with my dog. Thanks!!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 14, 2013:

Billie - Thanks so much and that is an excellent point you make about brevity. Afterall, the puppies are just little babies trying to learn what's expected of them. I think taking them out for long periods of time with no results can be as frustrating for the puppy as the owner (especially if it's cold outside). As soon as our little puppy realized she got a ton of praise and a little bit of apple when she did her business, she quickly made the association of what was expected and her reward. Thanks for your comment.

Billie Kelpin from Newport Beach on February 14, 2013:

This is an EXCELLENT hub. I'm going to tweet it at leftpawedpuppy. I don't know if any comments mentioned this, but someone told me to make that time outside on leash brief. If the puppy doesn't go within a reasonable amount of time, try again a short time later rather than let the puppy get puppy-distracted. (I don't know if it works). I DO know that my little rescue dog Scooter, a Shih tzu-Lhasa (as you see picture with me) seems to have an inner sense of propriety (tee hee) whereas my previous little cooker spaniel had a rebellious little spirit and was tough to train.

Elizabeth Crane from Las Vegas, NV on December 28, 2012:

ktrapp, I use carrots or their dog food kibble for tricks most of the time. I'm always trying to think of new tricks for my dogs. I'll have to see if you have a Hub on that!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on December 28, 2012:

eslucky - Carrots are a great treat too - Ruby loves them. Luckily Ruby no longer requires treats for the bathroom, but sometimes I like to give them to her when we do a run-through of all her tricks or I put them in a puzzle toy she has where she has to find the treat. Thanks again for your comment.

Elizabeth Crane from Las Vegas, NV on December 28, 2012:

Thanks ktrapp. Good idea for the pieces of apple for treats. I use little pieces of carrots sometimes but hadn't thought about apples. I'm going to try that today. Oh, and I forgot to mention how adorable Ruby is!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on December 28, 2012:

moonlake - That's great that you trained your dogs to have a designated place to poop, and how nice that it's in the woods so you don't have to clean up the yard. That was good planning on your part! I think that's funny that your cat uses the bells to go outside. I once knew a cat that used the outside doorbell within her reach to let her owners know she wanted to come inside.

moonlake from America on December 28, 2012:

When we trained our two puppies we also took them out of the yard to the woods and the same spot every time. When they went in the yard on their own they would only poop in the woods. We never had to clean our yard. Our Springer now does the same thing.

Our cat uses the bell on the door to go outside.

Great tips voted up and shared.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on December 28, 2012:

eslucky - That's great that your goldendoodle was housebroken in a week and without treats. It took a longer with our beagle, not only because she has the stubborness trait, but also because she was already fourteen weeks when we got her and had some bad habits that needed to be reversed. That's great that praise alone worked for you. The combination of praise and a small treat did the trick for us. (At first we used cut up store-bought dog treats, but switched to tiny pieces of apple of meat.) We then were able to easily transition into just giving her praise, which I still do occasionally even though she has been completely housebroken for almost two years. Thanks for your comment and tips for how you had success training your puppy to go to the bathroom outside.

Elizabeth Crane from Las Vegas, NV on December 27, 2012:

I've found with my dogs that I don't need to reward them with treats to potty train them. I do, however, throw a gigantic praise party for them when they go. My new puppy, a Goldendoodle, was successfully housebroken in less than a week. Yes, there have been a few accidents since then but I would have to say only about three or four. Dogs want to please.

There are dogs that are harder to train though and treats could probably come in handy. You are right about Beagles being a little more difficult. I can see where the treats came in handy :)

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on November 18, 2012:

Wow Sure2purr. I think I actually lost track of how many dogs are in your home. Have you ever watched that show, The Dog Whisperer? This guy, Cesar, goes into homes and helps families with a variety of dog issues. However, whenever I've watched it, I've noticed that he actually seems to be training the people and adjusting the actions and reactions of the people to "correct" the dog behavior. And he always has all the people in the home follow the same rules when training the dog(s). So I would say the only solution to your problem is to get every person in the home to follow a set of rules, be it with the pee pads or using only one door to the back yard to let all the dogs out. As far as walking goes, make a routine. Perhaps take the first two dogs out then even if the next two have had accidents take them on a walk anyway. Keep doing that and I bet you'll see that they quit having accidents because they know they're turn to get a walk is coming. Good luck.

kim masterson from southern CA on November 18, 2012:

I have three dogs and my oldest dog now 12 yrs old is fine using the outside to do her business but it's my 4 &1/2 yr old male (neutered) yorkie that refuses to do his business outside even if the door is open out into the back yard. He was pretty good when I just had him alone with me when I was living and working away from my home when he was 8mo's to 1 & 1/2. As soon as he got back home with my other dog he just copped an attitude. I then was given the task of caring for a mom and her two puppies last year just hours after their birth. I got the puppies to use pee pads but then started using those only if I left them inside while I was away. My problem is that when I train my dogs my husband doesn't feel he has to do things same way. He wouldn't put down puppy pads when leaving so I always come home to a flood of pee all over my tile floor next to the 1/2 bath. I ended up against good judgement falling in love with one of the puppies. She went on pee pads and outside when told to until recently when my son came to live with me and brought his 6 yr old dog who only will go potty if let out into the front yard. I refused to do this and she showed me by doing her business inside. Well my baby (youngest dog ) now refuses to go outside too. What do I do? Thank god I have all tile. Oh yeah and what's the best cleaning solution to clean my pee pee floors with? thanks. PS. i do walk them when I have help. I tried walking two at a time alone but the other two were so broken hearted and mad that they did their business while I was out walking the two lucky dogs who got to go out first that day.

Maria on March 16, 2012:

Sounds like great advice, we have a 10wk beagle pup which we just got a week ago. And I will definitely use your advice, especially since this is all new to me...never had a pup/dog before. One thing I'm having a hard time with is, he thinks going outside is PLAY time. All he wants to do is run around a play when I take him outside. It could be because I have a 16month old son who I take outside to play and bring the puppy along. So how would I differentiate when is potty time and when is play time?

Another question I have(if you don't mind). If it's best not to use "negative" how would you train him not to jump on my 16 month old, or bit at the carpet ect. I know he wants to play, but sometimes the play does damage. I've been told to make sure he has lots of toys, but the jumping.... I just want to train him the right way from the beginning. Btw having a tottler and training a puppy(Rocky) is mucho challenging haha! So hope you don't mind the questions. :)


Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 22, 2012:

NetBlots - I do understand what you mean by a hint of negative; puppies and dogs do hate to disappoint their masters. But the problem with a "hint" for some people is that it turns into a constant. It is really fun to train a dog and seem them succeed, and amazing how positive reinforcement works. Thanks for commenting.

NetBlots from Melbourne on February 22, 2012:

Yeah dog training is always fun, Through my experience positive reinforcement, with a hint of the negative works best!!

Cheers, great hub!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on January 29, 2012:

Hi Robbi. Ruby did the same thing sometimes - we would take her out and she wouldn't go, but then would soon after coming in. Their little bodies are still so immature at that age that I think it is difficult for them to always know when they need to go out. That is why it is important to just be consistent. As hard and as frustrating as it is, every time your pup has an accident indoors, I would immediately take him back outside, even if it is just for a few minutes, just to get the message across that potty is outside. Having one spot outside too often helps them to know what is expected.

If you notice, sometimes their pottying is related to other activities and not necessarily the passage of time. For example, when Ruby was little, she was more apt to have an accident if we were playing a lot with her, or within 20 minutes or so of eating or drinking, or when someone new would come in the house. Don't give your puppy a lot of free reign in the house so you can watch closely for clues that they are about to go potty, especially if you just came in from outside without him going. (It is as much of a learning experience for you as the puppy.) If Ruby started to sniff and turn I knew she was about to have an accident and would scoop her up and say "let's go potty outside," ringing her bell for her on the way out.

You just have to keep doing it consistently, always praising and never scolding. It just takes time, but the accidents will get fewer and far between. Ruby was about 6 months old before she completely quit having accidents, and before that they were just periodically. It sounds like your puppy is still real young, but is already having a lot of success and may be fully trained sooner. We didn't even get Ruby til she was 14 weeks so it was a bit of an uphill battle for her to unlearn bad habits.

As far as treats go - we gave Ruby a little piece of apple or chicken each time as a reward. We had chopped up other store-bought treats real small but found that she was allergic to many of them and developed a horrible cough from them. But if your puppy does not go potty outside then no reward should be given. But EVERY time he does go potty outside, heap on the praise and small treat after.

Robbi Gould on January 29, 2012:

Hi! Thank you for the great article! We are in a very similar situation right now, we just got a beagle pup. He is 10 wks (got him when he was 8 wks). He knows, SOMETIMES, to run to the door with the bells on it to go out and he does good at night. We set an alarm and take him every 4 hours at night. However, during the day he can go out and potty and then potty inside 5 seconds later and in his crate too!!! I just don't understand! I am a SAHM so we are home all day and don't leave him in his crate for extended times. We praise him when he goes out, use consistent words. Any advice would be appreciated. Also, what are some examples of small treats? It seems like he gets so interested in treat he forgets everything else. Plus it takes forever for him to chew them up even a bit of carrot or dog biscuit that I've broken to size of my fingernail! Thanks

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on January 29, 2012:

Thanks Chris. I agree that this would work for older, adopted dogs, as well. It seems that most dogs are people pleasers, so when they get a lot of praise for anything they do, they seem to be able to make the connection readily between the action and the reward and repeat it.

Chris Haydel from NYC on January 29, 2012:

Love this article!! Excellent advice even for older, adopted pets. Great job!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on November 15, 2011:

Christinepurr - Thanks for your comments. You should try the bells. I still am amazed when Ruby rings hers, which she does faithfully when she needs to go out. Plus, I can hear them even if I'm upstairs in the house.

christinepurr on November 15, 2011:

p.s. I've always wanted to try hanging bells on the door.. you've inspired me to actually get up and do it!

christinepurr on November 15, 2011:

Very great advice! Potty training my Sadie dog was an absolute nightmare, but Desoto dog was an absolute gem. Crate training is a wonderful, wonderful tool. Lol. *Votes up*

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on October 14, 2011:

Thanks Habee. Your Danes are incredible dogs, especially with the children. My daughter, while trying to convince me that we should get a second dog, was telling me that it is easier to potty train the second one because the puppy mimics the behavior of the trained dog. That's probably true, but one is enough for me. I don't know how you do it actually.

Holle Abee from Georgia on October 14, 2011:

Great advice! One of our Danes (the smarter one) was super easy to house train! The other one, however, not so much. Rated up!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on August 02, 2011:

Thanks. I enjoyed sharing this info. and hope it helps puppy owners.

justmesuzanne from Texas on August 02, 2011:

Very excellent advice! Voted up and useful! :)

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