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I'm getting a Pitbull puppy pretty soon, and I would like to know if anyone could give me some tips tricks and hints about housebreaking. Methods to use, rewards, how to go about it at night?? And also, I've never crate trained a dog before, so if anyone could help me out, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks =)

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You want to let your puppy know that the crate is his/her home. Put him/her in there after he/she plays. They'll get used to knowing that it's safe and a great resting place.

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Thanks! This really is a good idea! I'll try it on my puppy and let you know how it works! Thanks again!

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The absolute best "secret" is to forget about punishing your puppy for mistakes -- just reward for what the puppy is actually doing right!

Also, try to get your pup on a regular schedule. Same times, every day. This will make housebreaking so much easier.

Check out these dog housetraining tips from 3 vets.

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hey, so when you are potty training you want to keep in mind the five basic rules
1. outside after she wakes up
2. outside right after she eats
3. outside afte she plays
4. outside after she takes a nap
5. outside before bed

it is not recomended that you not feed her at night, spank or rub her nose in it. this will only make her afried to go potty onfront of you. also, dogs are in the moment animals, they cannot connect that you are mad becuse the pooped in the house. depending on how young she is when you get her, she will need to go outside in the middle of the night. the crate helps keep the puppy contained and prevents her from wondering the house to go potty in the middle of the night. just remember that she has a small bladder and cannot be in her crate for extended time periods.
the crate is a wonderful training tool that, when used and inroduced correctly, can be used through out the puppys life. what you want to do is remember that dogs are natrual den animals and they feel safe and happy in a crate if it is used as a den and not a punishment. also, dogs are pack animals and want to be around the family, the pack, so you should put the crate in a family room or a room that the family is in alot. while inroducing her to the crate make sure you do not close the door and leave her, make it gradual. put her in there for five minutes and stay there with out talking to her. when the time is up, open the door and reward her with treats, praise or her favorite toy.
when you get up to 15min, you can leave the room. do not go to her and get her out of her crate if she starts to cry, this will only teach her that when she cries that she gets to go out of the crate. give her a special toy that she will only get when in the crate, make the time spent there positve and rewarding.

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feed your dog in the mornings and noon do not feed her at night because she is likely to poop an hour after eating. take her out in the morning and let her go potty, give her a treat when she goes, if she goes potty in the house spank her gently on the side of her butt or on her nose, NOT strate down she will get very skiddish if you spank her down on her butt! after spanking her put her out side and ignore the whining, when she stops whining let her back in.