I trained my puppy in just days. Pick a weekend when you'll be around, take them out frequently, early morning, especially after eating, playing, napping. Even if its every hour or two. I skipped the indoor training, paper/pads. If they don't go, bring them back inside and try again soon. You'll get to know their pattern and of course reward them when they get it right. My puppy had very few accidents. Good Luck.
Do not potty train the dog to go inside if you want it to go outside. Even without shots you can take your dog to an area where other dogs do not go and let the dog eliminate there. You will cause major confusion by teaching a dog that it's ok to eliminate in the house...and then change the rules overnight. Just train the dog to the outside.
Rule of thumb...# of hours puppy can hold it is no more than age in months....
I can't say enough about crate training. Not only for the ease of potty-training, but also to keep your pup out of harm's way. Before I got a dog of my own, I used to think that crate training was depriving the dog of something. Now that I have a 95 pound pup, I am extremely happy that he's crate trained. He goes in the crate on his own, and sometimes chooses to sleep in it, even when he has other choices.
ok, thanks bright day. I guess I'll start letting her outside then, because it seems like she'd rather go out instead of in. and shes not really catching onto the whole crate thing anyways, or maybe I wasnt teaching her right, but I'll just start taking her out.
My advice is to NOT try to newspaper, and then try to outdoor train the puppy. Small breed dogs are notoriously difficult to potty train, especially once they get it in their heads that it's "okay" to potty inside!
I'd go with crate training, and taking her out often, especially if she already prefers going outdoors!
okay. I bought some "puppy training pads" today, and put them in her crate and it seems like she used it more then before.
I also took her outside on a leash in the front lawn and soon as she went in the grass she used the bathroom and was ready to go!
smart for a little pup!