Here are some general methods to housebreaking your puppy.
Housetraining means that you are training your puppy to
urinate/defecate outdoors. Remember that your Dane wants to please
you and will try its hardest to do just that. Your puppy will
learn faster if you use positive praise and affection. When
you are unable to be home (or unable to pay 100% attention to the pup) never give your puppy full access of the house before they are one
year of age. They are still too immature at this time of their life.
Confining them while you are away or busy (in room with child safety
gate) is the safe choice as well as the best and easiest way to
Remember, a puppy requires constant attention. The key to successful
housebreaking is consistency; preventing "accidents" is key. Once a
puppy soils the carpeting, it becomes much more difficult to train them
out of that behavior.
Here's a good rule of thumb to consider: a puppy can hold his
bladder just one hour for every month they've been alive. For
instance, a 3-month-old puppy will need to empty his bladder every three
- Feeding times need to be scheduled after 12 weeks of age.
- Accept that there WILL be accidents, your puppy’s body is still
immature. Reward him/her when he/she goes outside with lots of
praise, and ignore the accidents. This attitude will speed
up his learning.
1) If you want you can put the puppy on a schedule after 12
weeks of age. You can feed it at a certain time every day. Take it outdoors to
urinate/defecate at the same times each day. First thing in
the morning, before feeding it or even feeding yourself, let it out to
urinate/defecate. Then, after you feed it in the AM, let the
puppy out to urinate/defecate again. Repeat this after each
feeding and watering each day. Praise it once it has done
it's business outside! You puppy will learn much quicker with
For a general gauge to go by: Puppies from 8 weeks to three months of
age should be fed 4 times a day, puppies 3 months of age to 6 months of
age should be fed three times daily. When the dog reaches 6
months of age to 1 year of age, they should be fed twice daily.
Then, when the puppy is over one year old, they can be fed either once
or twice daily.
Give the puppy water every 3 to 4 hours, which is about four to five
times a day. After it drinks, take the puppy outside to
urinate/defecate (this means you will be bringing the puppy outdoors
about 5 to 6 times each day).
2) Be sure that your puppy is given a proper diet. Before
bringing your puppy home from the breeder, ask the breeder what they
have been feeding the puppy and continue feeding the same feed (same
brand and flavor, if applicable) as well as the same amount.
If you wish to change feeds, be sure to do so gradually by adding a
little bit of the new feed with the old each day (this change should be
made over period of 7-10 days). Avoid giving your dog
3) The last water given to the puppy should be around
7:30PM, and yet another trip outdoors to urinate/defecate.
Then, the last time to take it outside in order to urinate/defecate
should be around 11:00PM. (This last trip outside is up to you -
whatever time you normally turn in for the night, just keep it at the
same time over the weekend as well)
4) At first, you must choose one type of housebreaking.
Either you train your puppy to urinate
*outdoors, or you paper train your
puppy. This is where the puppy urinates/defecates indoors in
a predetermined area, such as on a hard floor upon newspapers or puppy
pads. You must choose one, NOT both! This avoids confusion.
You might want to paper train a puppy and then when it's around 10 weeks
of age, train it to potty outside only. The transition
should not be difficult for a young Dane this age.
can teach your puppy to go in one area of your yard by leaving some of
it's stool there for it to catch scent of and always taking it to that
area when it's time to potty. Be sure to praise your puppy like it
just won the Gold Medal when it does potty where it should.
5) The young puppy needs some area of confinement - it
shouldn’t have complete run of the house, especially prior to
housebreaking and during the housebreaking process!
Confinement can be within the kitchen or a bathroom since both usually
have hard floor and don't have wires or tempting remote
controls laying around! Also, using a child safety gate
helps keep the puppy from running about the house and soiling other
rooms. It also serves to save it from other dangers around
the home as well. Personally I train our puppies to use a doggy
door and also crate training.
crate training I, since I'm a breeder, have different size wire kennels,
however, I suggest to my customers to go through the "kennel buying
experience ONCE.... it's MUCH cheaper that way! We buy our Dane
size kennels by Midwest Homes for Pets. The are actually large
enough for two medium sized Danes or one 200 pound male,
online or do a search on eBay and
you might be able to find a deal on one like we did a few times!
6) Get rid of odor from accidents with a neutralizer so that
there will not be any trace of scent for the dog to return to.
If dogs can smell previously soiled areas, they are likely to return to
that area and soil it again. Products such as Nature’s Miracle do this
7) If you ever catch your puppy in the act of
urinating/defecating where you don’t want them to, do not yell at them!
This will scare them; scaring an animal actually MAKES them
urinate/defecate out of fright. What you should do if you
catch your puppy starting to urinate/defecate is to startle them into
stopping. What you want to do is simply give a firm "NO" and
bring them outside right away, saying "good dog" once they
in their designated area.
8) Housetraining your new puppy should only take a few weeks
or so, depending on their age. Not only will you have a home that is
cleaner, you are instilling self esteem in your dog by teaching him a
particular behavior that pleases you greatly.
people train their puppy to ring a bell. Once of our customers
wrote a short article on
her web site about doing this.
like using a confined area with a doggy door. I start training all
my puppies at 6 weeks of age to use a doggy door. I have a
partition allowing them just enough room to sleep, forcing them to go
outside to play and potty, then as they get the hang of it I enlarge the
I enclosed the patio off the master bedroom and
added central air and heat to make it the birthing room and puppy
training room. Mom is great about teaching them to go up the
steps and outside to potty!
I can also use this area to put them in if someone drops in
or if they've been bad which
still allows them inside with A.C.
I purchase my MaxiSeal Behemoth (15 3/4" x 32")
doggy doors from
and highly recommend spending the extra money and getting the DUAL flap
doors. On windy/rainy/cold days, the dual flaps work great at
keeping the weather
to see how well our Danes love their doggy door!
AND these training spots make good places for
TIME OUT when someone's been a bad puppy! Lizzy,
pictured above on the blanket was the innocent by-stander.... it was
ran outside when she saw mommy coming, that did this mess.
She got mad because I had closed them out of the den the night
before because Brandi had started sleeping on the couch and this was what I woke up to!
Thank goodness she'd gotten into the trash can at my desk and not
taken anything off the desk that mattered!