Leo vs Potty Training Pt. 1

Remember the endless articles I mentioned in the first post? About half of them were related to potty training. The gist of the articles combined was consistency, routine, controlled water intake, and endless potty breaks, so that’s what we set out to do.

Our plan was to take Leo out immediately after meals and about every hour that he was awake. Every time we took him out, we set him in the same potty spot so he would smell his own scent and eliminate there again.  As soon as he would eliminate, we would give him a treat and quite literally throw a party. If anyone would’ve have told me a few months ago I would jump for joy and cheer when my puppy squatted, I would’ve laughed at the thought of it. Well, here I am now, cheering, “Good boy, Leo! We are SO proud of you!”

A major challenge (other than the fact that our entire apartment is carpeted) we have in taking Leo out is the length of the walk from our front door to Leo’s potty spot. We live smack dab in the middle of our apartment building on the top floor, meaning the farthest apartment from the elevator. Awesome, right? Because of that, we carry Leo from our apartment and don’t set him down until we are at the potty spot. He doesn’t seem to mind. I think he likes being in our arms. We’ll see how this goes as he puts on the pounds.

When inside, we watched Leo like a hawk. He didn’t leave our sight, unless he was in the crate. If we were in the living room, we would blockade him in with us so we could grab him if he was about to squat, and as a way to get him used to his leash, we would also keep him tethered to us if we were in the kitchen or elsewhere.

We must be really lucky with Leo because, so far, potty training hasn’t really been the nightmare some articles and people made it seem to be (I’m knocking on wood as I type this!). Of course we’ve had accidents, but not an exhausting amount.

Look out for Leo vs Potty Training Pt. 2 in the next few weeks!

In the comments below, please leave me any tips on potty training my pup! I’d love any and all the help I can get!

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  1. Good luck Leo ! 🙂 look forward to reading Leo’s future adventures.

  2. Annemarie LaredoJune 29, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks, Rosa! We need all the luck we can get! 🙂

  3. I used to have 2 mini dachshunds (brother & sister). We keep puppy pads where the pups could see them. The problem my little boy used them faithfully but my little girl, a real prima donna felt she did not need them! She would go to the pad walk to the middle of the pad getting your attention then she kept looking at you while she walked off the pad and did her number on the carpet all the while still staring at you. When we put in a puppy door my little boy was shown how to use it and he would. BUT his sister was darned if she would put her head on it and push. When I tried to show her how her 4 legs became steel rods and there was nothing she would do. Finally, out of desperation we took her outside. She felt, being the prima donna that it was beneath her to use her head in a demeaning. That’s the stubborn doxie for you…I’ve had 7 doxies over the years and she was the top. My last 2 are not doxies but mixed and they came already potty trained.

  4. I love your story and your baby (Leo, who of course will always be your baby, just like my 2 babies ages 10 and 13). I can surely understand your story as I have had babies for some 65 years or so. So I know exactly what you are going through. The last 4 of my “rescue babies” have been Chihuahuas. I never wanted that breed because I hate all the yapping, etc. that seemed to go with the breed. I have now discovered that it’s not the pup’s problem that make them that way, it’s the owner’s! All of my girls have been very calm, cool and collected, I think, because I am very laid back, calm, cool and collected. Like owner, like pup!!! My only suggestion to you is to be and act the way you want your baby to be. If you are excitable, baby will be excitable. If you are calm and relaxed, baby will be too. Just a suggestion that I hope will help. Good Luck to you and to Leo. I already love Leo, just reading about him!!!

  5. We are training our 4th Shi-Tzu male pup. The first was trained to go outside, the next 2 had been to the pad inside, and would go outside when weather was good. Our latest was born on Dec,29, 2018. Not quite 6 month’s old he is nearly completely trained to inside, am down to one set up. (down from 4) This pup is huge for the breed, already 12#, and taller than any we’ve had. as a real good demeanor about him. He is a pure breed, All our our pups came from the same breeder. He is first we got sight unseen. Was the only one of a litter of 2, sister was killed with too muck attention from the new mom. Training to inside and out means we don’t have to get out in rough weather. We’re 63 now.

  6. Annemarie LaredoJuly 2, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Thank you all for sharing your stories with me!

  7. This is good

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