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I must be doing SOMETHING right!

March 3rd, 2005, 07:44 PM
I am working on housetraining my little 8 wks old beagle puppy. She is such a good girl. The only time she's had accidents it was my fault.

I have been taking her out it seems like constantly, but she at least goes pee every time we go out. At first it was taking her about 8 minutes (I timed her) to go pee, and I would praise her like crazy. It was taking even longer for poop. Now she's going pee almost immediately after we get outside and when she needs to poop she does it within 3 or 4 minutes. That tells me she understands the reason we're going out.

I always praise her when I put her in her crate and pet her and tell her how good she is before I shut the door. Last night she cried for about 20 minutes and I kept telling myself to ignore it and wait til she was quiet for a minute or two to let her out. When she got quiet she fell asleep, so I left her there til she woke up and then took her outside as soon as I heard her stirring around. When it was time for bed I filled a Gatorade bottle with warm water and took off my t-shirt that I'd been wearing for 2 days :eek: , and wrapped it around the bottle and when I laid it in the crate she went right in and laid her head on it! I praised her and shut the door and she went to sleep til about 2 am. She started crying again, so I got up and waited for her to stop, then took her outside again and she went potty. Back in the crate, back to sleep. I heard her whining one other time before morning and I didn't get up. At 6 am when I got up she had had a poop accident in her crate. I didn't say a word, it wasn't her fault. Took her outside, then cleaned up the mess while she was eating her breakfast.

She had a couple of pee accidents today on the dining room carpet because I tried to "kill 2 birds with 1 stone" and let her have water before taking her outside after her nap in her crate, instead of taking her to pee, then letting her have water, then taking her to pee again. That's what I get.

Tonight I was trying to get the baby to sleep while the puppy was eating her dinner. I thought I'd have enough time to lay him down before taking her out, but as soon as she ate her food she went straight to the back door and stood there for a minute, then started to poop. I said, NO in a stern voice, and she stopped mid-poo. I picked her up and took her outside and she did her business, got praised, peed, got praised and we came back in.

I think she is doing VERY well for such a little girl, don't you?

March 3rd, 2005, 07:53 PM
She is such a good girl. The only time she's had accidents it was my fault.

AND that's why you are succeeding. :thumbs up

March 3rd, 2005, 08:17 PM
I agree--that's probably one of the biggest problems with puppy owners. The key is knowing that YOU set your puppy up for successful training--not the other way around.

Lucky Rescue
March 3rd, 2005, 08:38 PM
The only time she's had accidents it was my fault.

Yay!!!! Finally someone who doesn't think something is wrong because a tiny puppy is not completely housetrained, and doesn't expect it to "know better". Congrats.:)

Just keep trying to prevent accidents. Sounds like you are doing wonderfully.

March 3rd, 2005, 08:45 PM
I would say that she (and you) are doing great :thumbs up Especially since you have a little skin kid as well as the little fur baby. That is a lot to handle and it sound like you are doing great.

March 4th, 2005, 08:55 AM
You're doing absolutely perfect! You have a very good girl and you're a wonderful mom!!! I'm so happy to hear you say "it's my fault". A lot of people try to blame it on the puppy. :mad:

Keep up the fantastic job!! :thumbs up

March 4th, 2005, 09:32 AM
This is the crate training document I gave to all my new pupper owners.
Crate Training

You've got a new puppy!

It's an exciting time for both of you. We'd like to take
some of the stress out of training your puppy.

Usually, the first priority is potty training, or "house
breaking" the puppy. Here's an almost foolproof method
that's easier on you and your puppy.

1) Remember, your puppy is a baby. He has just left the
only place he has ever known, with his mother and his
brothers and sisters. Treat him as you would a baby.

2) Don't hit your puppy. (Would you hit a baby?)

3) Don't expect him to know what you're saying. He
doesn't understand many words yet.

4) Be patient. You will have to repeat each lesson
several times.

5) Don't yell. It only scares and confuses him.

6) Don't hit your puppy. (Just a reminder.)

7) When potty training, don't rub his nose in it!
(Again, would you do that to a baby?)

8) Praise him EVERY time he does something right,

9) Don't let anyone else hit your puppy.

Try to avoid the old newspapers-spread-on-the-kitchen- (or
bathroom or laundry room) floor. What that teaches puppy
is that it's okay to go potty on that floor (or on any
newspaper he happens upon). Think about your someday full
grown dog leaving Lake PeePee on you kitchen floor because
you taught him to.

Instead, try this:


1) Lots of patience
2) Dog crate
3) Soft toy and chew toy
4) Small cookies
5) Nature's Miracle
6) Old blankets/towels
7) More patience


Dogs are den animals. In the wild they seek out caves or
other sheltered lairs. They feel more secure in enclosed areas.


Go to your local pet supply store and purchase a crate,
either plastic or wire. (I prefer wire. You can cover it
when you don't want him to see out, and uncover it so he
can see that you're there.) Get it large enough so that
he will be able to stand up and turn around when he is full grown. This will be his den.

Fold a blanket or towel in the bottom of the crate for bedding.
Make sure it's washable; there will be accidents. Put a soft
toy and a chew toy in the crate for comfort. If you
choose a wire crate, cover it with a sheet or light
blanket, leaving the door uncovered. It is best to keep
the crate in the same room with you, at least at first, so
Puppy will know you're there. He'll feel more secure and you'll be able to hear him when he needs to go out.

What makes this method work is that a dog doesn't like to
soil his den. YOU have to help him avoid that.

The way you do that is to take him out potty when he
cries. Remember, an eight week old puppy has a bladder
capacity of about two tablespoons. If you ignore him when
he asks to go out, YOU are creating accidents, and defeating the purpose of the crate.


At first Puppy is not going to be very happy about the
crate unless he had one at the breeder's house. A good
way to get him to go into the crate is to toss a cookie or
other treat in, say the one word command (I use "crate")
you're going to use, and hope he goes in. If he doesn't,
GENTLY push him in, close the door, and walk out of the room.
Never yell at Puppy when putting him in his crate. You don't want him to connect it with unpleasantness. NEVER use the crate for punishment.

If he cries when you leave him (probably), let him cry for a
a few minutes, then stick your head in the room and, in a
stern voice, (no yelling) say "No!" Leave again. Try for
longer and longer intervals, until he gives up.

This is where the patience comes in.

He will sound pitiful. You will feel like a big meany.
Poor Puppy! If he wins this encounter, you will never be
able to convince him that you are in charge. Be firm. He
must be aware that this is not negotiable.

After Puppy has been in the crate for half an hour or so,
unless he's asleep (not likely the first few times) take
him out to the spot you have chosen for his toilet, and
give him the one word command you will use for his
business for the rest of his life. It is wise to use a word that won't embarass you in public. I use "Potty".
Stay with him until he goes. Give him ten minutes or so if necessary. After he goes, PRAISE him. (Praise is done in a happy, "up" voice.)
Let him know that he has pleased you. If he doesn't go,
put him back in the crate and start the whole process over.

Eating stimulates Puppy's digestive system. Translated:
When he eats, he's going to poop soon.

After each meal let Puppy socialize for a while. Play
with him (gently), pet him, talk to him. When he starts
sniffing the ground, take him to his toilet. Stay with him until he goes,then PRAISE him.

When you see Puppy squat in the house, pick him up
immediately(yes, in mid pee-pee or poop) and, saying "No!"
(Don't yell), run him out to his toilet. After he finishes, PRAISE him.
For this and other accidents, such as vomiting, Nature's
Miracle removes both stains and odor. DO NOT use ammonia. He'll return to that spot.

If you come into a room and find a puddle or a pile, clean
it up quietly. There is no point in showing it to Puppy
and chastizing him. He will have no idea why you're mad,
and it only confuses him.

When you're not socializing or playing with Puppy, or
feeding him, put him in the crate with a toy. Would you
leave a baby loose on the floor?

He will have accidents. Just clean them up and continue
with the training regimen. After a few days, depending on
the puppy, he will cry when he needs to go out. Move
fast! He doesn't have much time, and at this point, accidents are your fault.

For the first few weeks Puppy will need to go out one or
two times during the night. You'll lose a little sleep,
but it's worth it. A good idea is to withhold food and
water for a couple hours before bedtime. If you have to
leave him for a few hours, take him potty just before you
leave, and don't feed him just before you leave.

This method is almost foolproof if you follow it faithfully.

Be patient, be kind, be consistent. It pays off in love.

March 4th, 2005, 10:23 AM
That's a great document! Thanks for posting that! :thumbs up

March 5th, 2005, 06:35 AM
Rottnsue, thanks for posting that. I printed out an e-book on puppy and dog training and that's what I've been going by. Your documents says the same things, so it reassures me that I'm doing everything that I should be.

You won't believe this but yesterday we let her stay loose in the house all day and she did not have ONE accident! I am so proud of her. DH was here all day too because I had to have my wisdom teeth cut out in the a.m. and he kept any eye on our son and helped watch the puppy. We named her Sophie.

She was only in her crate twice, and that was for naps. The rest of the time she stayed right around us. She did squat a couple of times, and I said NO and took her out where she did her business. She's getting quicker and quicker at going once we get to her potty spot. The grass is cold and she wants to go back in. Once she goes potty, she runs to me waggin her tail for her lovins. It's so adorable!!! Then after I love on her and praise her she goes to the back steps so we can come in the house. She's too little to climb up the steps by herself so I have to carry her.

March 5th, 2005, 09:39 AM
[QUOTE=Dahlia]Rottnsue, thanks for posting that.

Once she goes potty, she runs to me waggin her tail for her lovins. It's so adorable!!! QUOTE]

You're welcome. :)

I love it when they get so excited when they firure out what to do to please you.