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Housetraining your pup or older dog

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by CarolineH, Dec 7, 2009.


  1. Flo's Dad

    Flo's Dad PetForums Newbie

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    The crate in the kitchen, they usually go to bed about 9.30pm. Up at 6am. Back in if we need to go out, we can't trust them in a room on their own.
     
  2. Flo's Dad

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    Butter wouldn't melt. Nightmare. 1517396432416843097072.jpg
     
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  3. Cookie’s Mum

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    Thank you for responding. The crate we have Is a similar size to yours so I don’t think it’s too big for her now but it may have been when we first brought her home though. My older dog won’t be using it as he gets too hot when cookie curls up with him. I will certainly try putting the blankets on the top as it does make it look more appealing. Have your dogs always been happy to be shut in the crate? Cookie really didn’t like it even though she had slept in a crate with her litter and mother overnight. I even put a soft toy in with her.

    I do limit the area she uses during the day and we have a pet gate on the stairs but she still occasionally manages to toilet behind my back so to speak. She is a lovely affectionate dog but this issue is spoiling our enjoyment of her. That and the chewing ( she got to my post this morning while I was upstairs) but thats another story.

    We can only keep trying.
     
  4. Flo's Dad

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    The one has always been happy on the crate and you can often find her in there during the day, the other we always have to pick up and put in, but she quickly settles down. The blanket stops them seeing what's going on.

    The best advise I had was not to humanise your dog. They do not think and they do not reason, but after course, we do. You can't treat them the same.

    What we and our dogs do, is routine.

    Here in lies your problem.

    It is not important to your dog whether she toilets inside or outside, it's important to you but not her and she'll never understand that.
    But she will understand routine. That's the root behind constantly taking them outside, it creates routine. In time she will wee more outside than inside because of the routine. She will slowly prefer to wee outside because that's the routine, just as ours get anxious at exactly the same time when we take them out, that's routine.

    Keep at it, and create routine.
     
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  5. Cookie’s Mum

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    Yes good point. I need to think more ‘dog’. We were lulled into a false sense of security by our older dog who was easy to house train. I have noticed that she’s worse at weekends when everyone is home all day so I will have to make sure the routine is kept up.
     
  6. Natalie Smith

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    Help needed.

    What's the best way to teach our puppy to ask to go toilet outside?

    Our puppy doesn't have many accidents as we take her out alot and she likes to go outside but she doesn't ever ask to go.
     
  7. JoanneF

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    A crate is helpful as a tool to assist with toilet training but it is just that - a tool, not a substitute for training. If you leave a puppy in a crate until it has no choice but to toilet, it will have to do it because puppies have very small bladders and bowels and simply cannot hold. Also the time between a puppy realising it has to toilet, and being unable to stop himself, is almost zero. So it's far better to set him up for success by taking him out a lot, more than he needs, and aiming for every toilet to be outside than distressing him by forcing him to sit in his mess to "learn".
     
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  8. Sharon Linehan

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    Hi all
    Just wondered if someone could give me some advice please.. I've got a nine month old shih tzu and she gets walks twice a day with access to the garden throughout the day to as I am always at home. She is really good at night and sleeps in the den, never having any accidents but no matter how much we walk her she never does her toileting out side and will wait until she comes back into the house Grrrr!
    Along with the nipping and barking I'm starting to pull my hair out!
     
  9. Cayley

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    Just deleted my rambling rant about training my puppy. Had an anxious new puppy Mum moment.... again.
     
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  10. ZodiacTide

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    Hi,

    Do you have any advice?

    We have an almost 10 week old Lab pup who goes outside, will choose to go out side when the door is open & we look for signs when the door is shut.

    Unlike our 8 month old, she doesn't go as soon as she's eaten, it's usually 2 maybe 3, possibly 4 hours later (number 2).

    At night we take her out at regular 2 hour intervals and usually have to wake her, she sleeps heavier than our boy but she will mess, not cry for a while but is happy to sit in it. She's crated in a small crate, with a divider to make it smaller, she can turn around and lay down but that's it as she messes.

    Our boy was scared of his own mess, he would avoid it like the plague but she is happy to be covered in it, resulting in her having multiple washes a night.

    Any advice? I'm stuck.
     
  11. Cayley

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    I can only ask if you’re leaving her water overnight and how soon before bed do you feed her?

    I was told to take our pups water away an hour before bed and to feed her 4 hours before bedtime and nothing after that. After she has done her last wee and poo, then we would put her to bed.

    (We lucked out that our pup was actually very good at holding her wee/poo and so I don’t know if this is helpful in your case.)
     
  12. ZodiacTide

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    Hi,

    She get fed at about 5 in the evening, we got to bed at 10. She doesn't get any water for about an hour and a half before bed but still manages to do mess. She's been to poop and pee twice now before bed. Fingers crossed!
     
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