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Ideas on Potty Training a very small dog

April 21st, 2008, 06:37 AM
I finally got our puppy "Nova" she is a papillon and is great, looking though for ideas to help us potty train as she was okay for the first two days and now is just pottying in the house all the time, she hasn't warned she is needing to go, I just take her out about ever 1 hour or so. Plus what is everyone's take on getting up in the night with her, how often should it be?

Thank you for your ideas.

April 21st, 2008, 07:30 AM
Use the umbilical cord method. 20 ft leash attached to you. See her looking to do her business, scoop her up and head outside. Praise her like heck when she does go outside. Ignore the inside accidents as really you weren't watching so she picked a spot.

You don't say how old she is or what she weighs so it's hard to tell you how long she should be able to go through the night?

April 21st, 2008, 07:33 AM
Oops sorry she is 1.8 lbs and is 8 weeks old on Friday!!!!

April 21st, 2008, 07:39 AM
ok, so she's away from her litter too soon. She should not have been sold until 12 weeks of age. She is going to have to potty quite a bit through the night. I suggest you first pee pad train her in the house. Put the pee pad on a boot tray. If she has an accident, then use the pee pad to blot the accident, put it back on the boot tray and show her by gently placing her on the pee pad and praising her for being a good girl. You have your work cut out with this pup. Papillons are a tricky breed and she'll need lots of positve reassurance. When she has her vaccinations under her belt, she'll need lots of puppy socialising. She's missed out on it by leaving the litter too soon. I assume you are feeding her at least 4 times a day? She will need to potty about 5-10 minutes after she eats, almost immediately after she drinks. Supervise her when she does and take her out or over to the pee pad repeatedly until you have success with the pee pads. She's so tiny, be careful about going outdoors as the spring melt exposes her to disease.

If you have a photo, the board would love to see her!

April 21st, 2008, 08:46 AM
I will post a pic on the general forum area so everyone can take a look. Thank you for your advice, we shall try it!

April 21st, 2008, 09:00 AM
Actually I can not post as our Firewall will not allow it, the IRFANviewer will not download....I am so sorry, hubby is a computer guy and has a very strict firewall.

April 21st, 2008, 09:54 AM
HI Deb,, don't think you need to download the IRfan viewer, try using the paint program you likly have in your computer right now. You can resize your picture on there and save it as a jpeg at a lower resilution and you should be able to get it to a size you can load to here :-)

April 21st, 2008, 12:01 PM
Let's see if this works, she is sweet just very hard to potty train!

shane 123
April 21st, 2008, 12:44 PM
Aww, what a precious looking sweetie. So tiny, I agree that she shouldn't have been sold before 12 weeks. Tiny dogs especially need more time than a large breed dog. Being only 8 weeks it might take a bit longer to housebreak her but I'm sure with patience she'll come around. Lots and lots of praise and no negatives, they thrive on lots of praise and cuddles. Good luck to you.

April 24th, 2008, 09:54 AM
She's absolutely adorable... the ears just say it all! Papillons are such cute dogs... the make me think of Gizmo.. that's a compliment by the way! Thanks so much for sharing her photo!