How to Potty Train Pit Bull Puppies

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Things You'll Need

  • Patch of grass

  • Dog treats

  • Doggy door (optional)

  • Carpet cleaner


Never scold your pit bull puppy for relieving himself inside if you don't find him in the act. If you come home from work and see that he has had an accident, you are too late to scold him. If you do so, your pit bull will associate your arrival with punishment and will not understand that he is being scolded for his accident.


Pit bull puppies can usually hold their urine for as many hours as they are months old. For example, a 4-month-old pit bull can hold his urine for about four hours. However, this idea can only go so far. A 12-month-old pit bull should not be expected to hold his urine for twelve hours. Pit bull puppies should be allowed access to an outside area every three to four hours after sleeping regardless of their age and every 30 minutes if they are physically active or have eaten a meal. Pit bulls and all other dogs have pheromones in their urine, so they are drawn back to spots they've urinated on. If your pit bull urinates inside, you must be sure to clean the spot well or the puppy will return and urinate there again. Use twice the amount of cleaner you normally would. An enzymatic cleaner will remove the stain and pheromones best and can be found at any pet store.

Potty training your pit pull

Around the age of 8 to 10 weeks, a pit bull puppy should begin a serious potty-training regimen. Potty training a pit bull can be frustrating, tedious and time-consuming, but it's a necessary step in training your puppy. A pit bull owner may believe something is wrong with the puppy if it has an accident indoors. But most potty-training problems stem from mistakes the owner makes.

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Step 1

Find a spot outside your house (preferably in your back yard) where your pit bull puppy can relieve himself. Place the puppy in the designated area and allow him to become familiar with it.

Step 2

Confine your pit bull puppy to a small area within your home. A good place to confine him is near his sleeping area, because he will be less apt to relieve himself there. The point of doing this is to encourage him to hold back his urge to urinate or defecate. This will teach him control over these urges.


Step 3

When your puppy expresses the need to urinate (excessive sniffing on the ground is a telltale sign), immediately take him outside and place him in the designated area. The younger the puppy is, the less amount of time he'll be able to hold his urine, so make sure you check on him frequently and watch for signs that he needs to go.

Step 4

Reward your pit bull puppy with a treat and praise. Pet him, play with him and show him attention so he associates his behavior with a positive experience and will be more likely to repeat the action.

Step 5

Install a doggy door that leads to the area where your puppy has been trained to relieve himself. This is not necessary in potty training him, but he will be less likely to have an accident inside the house if he can go outside on his own.


Step 6

If your pit bull puppy relieves himself inside the house, it is not necessary to punish him. Hitting the puppy or shoving his nose in his urine is not an effective way to change his behavior. Attempt to correct his behavior only if you find him in the act of urinating or defecting inside. Tell him "no" in a clear, strong voice and take him outside.

Step 7

Clean and deodorize any urine or feces inside the house as soon as possible. If you do not remove your puppy's waste, he will continue to use the spot to relieve himself.

Step 8

Continue to praise your pit bull puppy's good behavior and correct the bad until he no longer has accidents inside the house.