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House training! *Sorry havent posted about my puppy yet*

babymomma
August 17th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Okay guys, first off, Im sorry i havent Posted about my puppy yet! I havent been on in two weeks because im too busy with her. But i have a problem already! I have no idea what i am doing with this housetraining stuff! I know when shes going to pee/poop, so i go to the door and let her walk out, I go out with her and she'll do her buisness, i praise the hell out of her. But she still doesnt understand that shes supposed to do her buisness outdoors! Ive been working on housetraining from day one (we've had her for over 2 weeks now) I know i should expect accidents. I need to know how to get her to 'Tell' me when she wants to go out. She just goes where she see's fit if i dont ctach her in time. My dad saiod that his shepherds would at least go to the porch and pee/poop within two weeks. I dont thinks shes ghetting it at ALL! the breeder said she is the smartest puppy that was ever born in her kennel (she has been breeding for 25 years) But she is very stubborn (She is a Yorkshire terrorist afterall!).. Also, How do i show her that peeing/pooping in the house is bad?

katherine93
August 17th, 2008, 06:51 PM
you've had her for 2 weeks and you expect her to tell ypu when she wants to pee or poo outside??? ARE YOU STUPID or something??

growler~GateKeeper
August 17th, 2008, 07:10 PM
kat this is babymomma's first dog/puppy and she's only 15 maybe you could offer her some helpful tips :)

14+kitties
August 17th, 2008, 07:19 PM
babymomma - are you taking her out every time she wakes up, eats, plays, basically for a while it's about every 15 minutes or so? I know that's a lot of work but it's what you need to do.

Do you have a crate for her? If not, it may be a good idea to invest in one. I think I remember you saying you worked and so do your parents and you will be returning to school soon so a crate would be needed.

As for comment from other person that was totally uncalled for......... we didn't call her stupid when she went out and got plastered a few weeks ago when she turned 16. I think someone owes someone else an apology big time!

babymomma
August 17th, 2008, 09:01 PM
babymomma - are you taking her out every time she wakes up, eats, plays, basically for a while it's about every 15 minutes or so? I know that's a lot of work but it's what you need to do.
Yes, I take her out when she wakes up, eats,plays and before she goes for a nap. I did try taking her out every 15 mins- a half hour, but she didnt really pee alot of the times. She seems to go every hour and a half or so.

Do you have a crate for her? If not, it may be a good idea to invest in one. I think I remember you saying you worked and so do your parents and you will be returning to school soon so a crate would be needed.
I do have a crate, but we only use it while we are gone and she is left home(weve only left her home alone about 4 times for about a half hou, other wise she comes with us) I dont like leaving her in the crate we have for her now beause it is quite small, but we have a raincheck for a large wire crate from canadian tire for when i go back to school. For the first few weeks of schoolo she will be going to doggy day care for a few hours and she will have some basic obediance training during those few weeks so its not such a big transition for her (She has somebody home with her now 24/7 but when my parents start work again and i go back to school she will have to be crated for 4 hours a day and than she will have an hour to pee/poop/play on my moms lunch break, than shes crated for another 2 hours.)Im going to start training her for the crate next week so that she is more used to it.
As for comment from other person that was totally uncalled for......... we didn't call her stupid when she went out and got plastered a few weeks ago when she turned 16. I think someone owes someone else an apology big time!

As for the rude comment, dont worry about it to much guys. I try not to worry to much about petty little comments like that.

Thanks for your help:thumbs up

hazelrunpack
August 17th, 2008, 11:25 PM
babymomma, she's probably signalling she has to go out, but not very strongly. Watch for her putting her little nose to the floor, walking around with a little more purpose to her step...subtle stuff....but typically, even at that age, if you watch very closely, you begin to pick up on the signals. It takes quite a while for a dog to transition from merely looking for a place, to actively letting you know when it has to go out. So that means for the first few months, you have to recognize the body signals that mean she's looking for a spot to go.

Also, take her outside immediately when she gets up from a nap or first thing in the morning; after she's eaten or drunk; after she's been playing for a while (at that age, probably every 15 to 20 minutes). She'll be able to hold it longer when she's older of course, but right now her bladder is pretty small. :D While she's outside, watch her behavior closely--especially try to notice what she's doing right before she actually pees or poos--chances are that's the same thing she'll do in the house right before she has to go. :thumbs up

smexch
August 17th, 2008, 11:40 PM
I just got a puppy myself, so I hear what you're going through. As for my little guy, I take him out as often as possible, especially after he wakes up and a little while after he eats.
What I've done was keep him outside till he does his business and whenever he goes, immediately after, I praise and give him a treat with a bit of playtime. After two days of having him, he already is pooping the second I put him down in the grass, staring at my pocket waiting for his treat as he does it. Now of course, he still has a lot of accidents around my place, but as to be expected for the first 3+ months. Now if you catch your puppy doing his business inside, always scold right after (with no hitting of course), but if it isn't immediately after, don't waste your time.

Either way, don't expect your puppy to wait at the door eagerly every time it has to go, it's bladder isn't strong enough yet and won't be for some time. Good luck with training, remember to always have a treat with you when going outside!

babymomma
August 17th, 2008, 11:50 PM
Thank you both VERY much.. I have a problem with giving her treats everytime she does her buisness. In the 2 weeks that weve had her, we have bought 14 different packs of treats (im not kidding, i just counted all of the bags that are in the cupboard) and the only ones she likes are marrow bones , they are big treats and you cant get them for small breed dogs, and if any of you have had marrow bones, you know they arent easy to break into small peices without the treat crumbling to the floor. And i dont want to give her a whole treat each time, im afraid she'll get sick. Any suggestions?


BTW- The treats that she doesnt like are going to the spca tomorrow morning:thumbs up

hazelrunpack
August 17th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Is there something else she likes better than a food treat? Tummy rubs? Chin scratches? Ear pats? As long as it's something that she loves, doesn't matter if it's food or not.

And if you get in the habit of using a word, like 'potty' or 'poopy' or even 'do your job' when she's going, she'll quickly learn to associate the word with the action. :thumbs up

smexch
August 18th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Im very fortunate to have a puppy that isnt the least bit picky about treats and has already enjoyed a taste from all 5 different types Ive gotten him.
Hazel is right, there are many different ways to reward a dog for it`s good behaviors, treats are just incredibly easy and work well. So I would still suggest trying to find a good kind for you dog when you start all the command training. I clap for my puppy after I reward him with the treat and give him scratches on his back while telling him he`s a good boy excitedly, he loves the attention.
Another thing you could try is if your puppy has a favorite toy yet, bring it out with you and not let her see it, and when she does her business, bring it out right away and give her a good little play. Then I`m sure she`ll be very excited to hurry out to do her business to get a chance to play with you.

rainbow
August 18th, 2008, 02:52 AM
You've already received great information on potty training 101. :thumbs up As far as treats for rewarding I would use something special like boiled chicken breast cut up in tiny pieces. Or a cheaper option would be a hot dog sliced into rounds and then quartered. Good luck. :goodvibes:

allymack
August 18th, 2008, 08:43 AM
It seems like you got the best in for you can get on house training. My dog started signaling me to go out when he was about 2 months with a whine ( which i dint understand the first time, and would say, "no whining", let me tell you after the first accident i realized whining meant he need out..now!) he eveuntually changed it to a bark at the door ( or the gate if it was across)..which was more understandable.

Some pepole teach their dog to ring a bell when it wants to go out. If you want to go that route just take her paw and hit the bell right before you take her out..this way she will associate the bell with going out side.


Thank you both VERY much.. I have a problem with giving her treats everytime she does her buisness. In the 2 weeks that weve had her, we have bought 14 different packs of treats (im not kidding, i just counted all of the bags that are in the cupboard) and the only ones she likes are marrow bones , they are big treats and you cant get them for small breed dogs, and if any of you have had marrow bones, you know they arent easy to break into small peices without the treat crumbling to the floor. And i dont want to give her a whole treat each time, im afraid she'll get sick. Any suggestions?

Hmm, maybe you could try a little piece of cheese or a hot dog cut up, dogs almost never say no to those two.


BTW- The treats that she doesnt like are going to the spca tomorrow morning:thumbs up

Woohoo! i'm sure the dogs will love them!

kigndano
August 18th, 2008, 09:44 AM
just wanted to say good luck!

one day the dog just gets it, it just happens.

my dog had an accident in the house the other morning (must have been like 3 or 4 AM) i think he had an upset stomach though, because he holds his pee/poop for 9 hours some days now that hes grown.


so once they get it, they GET IT!

babymomma
August 18th, 2008, 10:13 PM
I cant thank you guys enough for your help!! She went to the door tonight to get out and pee, she dribbled a little on the floor cause' she reeeeaaally needed to go and she waited till' the last minute to tell us, but i dont care about the dribble, she finished her pee outside:thumbs up

hazelrunpack
August 18th, 2008, 10:21 PM
WooooHoooooo! :highfive: Good girl, Keely!! :D

Chaser
August 18th, 2008, 10:25 PM
I think that's good progress so far babymomma! :thumbs up Just remember it won't happen overnight, and sometimes they make progress but then go backwards a bit and slip up again. But, all in all it sounds like you are off to a very good start!

(Have you tried any soft, chewy liver treats? Those are usually a hit, and are pretty small and good for training....Chase never liked crunchy cookie treats for training, but a chewy meat one was always good!)

babymomma
August 18th, 2008, 10:35 PM
I think that's good progress so far babymomma! :thumbs up Just remember it won't happen overnight, and sometimes they make progress but then go backwards a bit and slip up again. But, all in all it sounds like you are off to a very good start!
I know, but it would be soo much easier if they did learn over night:rolleyes: lol
(Have you tried any soft, chewy liver treats? Those are usually a hit, and are pretty small and good for training....Chase never liked crunchy cookie treats for training, but a chewy meat one was always good!)

I didnt try soft chewy Liver treats, but i did try soft chewy lamb treats that she didnt like:yuck: i will pick up a bag tomorrow and see, but i have a feeling the dogs at the spca will have another treat to choose from..

Chaser
August 18th, 2008, 10:38 PM
Well it can't hurt to try...liver is usually a hit with the pups! If not then the cheese or hot dog are great suggestions :thumbs up I just found cheese too expensive and I think hot dogs are disgusting :yuck: so fortunately Chase liked the soft liver treats.

Do you have a Petsmart where you are?

kigndano
August 19th, 2008, 08:32 AM
deli meat works great for cassius.

Soter
August 23rd, 2008, 04:12 PM
But she is very stubborn (She is a Yorkshire terrorist afterall!)..


So sorry, i haven't go and advice, i'm getting my puppy in a few days, but very very good play on words:laughing:

babymomma
August 23rd, 2008, 07:24 PM
So sorry, i haven't go and advice, i'm getting my puppy in a few days, but very very good play on words:laughing:



hehe thanks:p

Frenchy
August 23rd, 2008, 09:09 PM
Sorry I'm late , all the good advices have already been posted :thumbs up

As for treats , if you can get her to eat carrots , you could use tiny bits as rewards.

I use them all the time with my guys , some of them (mostly the fosters) would not eat them at first but they do come around to love the carrots :shrug: