i brought home a bichon frise puppy 1week ago i have been crating her since day 1 the first 2 days were very hard as i had to be standing outside in the cold for sometimes 1h30 watching her and sayin hurry up non stop ,she would be playing with anything from leaves,tail ...and sometimes she wouldn't do anything at all i would go back inside recrate her and again go back outside after 5minutes and re stand there for another hour i was so ashamed of myself as all my neighbors would be laughing at me and criticising me for my bichon .. as they told me that it was the dumest dog ever and will never be able to housebreak her the third day she stated going as soon as i get outside and i say hurry up . it has been 9 days now she ,she had 1 accident in the kitchen as she was eating and 2 in her crate the two were my fault as i woke up late 2 mornings ..she sleeps through the night take her out at 11hpm and 7 am is it true that no one ever could housetrain them ? i am getting scared even though she is doing ok now
if she's doing okay after only 1 week she is doing really well! it can take up to age 6 months for a puppy to be fully housetrained. don't listen to the neighbors. what do they know? little dogs can be harder to housetrain because they are so little and a house is so big they can find lots of places to potty that are not their living area. just keep to a schedule of crating, feeding and water, and outside trips, and keep her with you at all times. a friend has a bichon who is very well housetrained.
8 weeks old? Ignore your neighbors, they sound like idiots. If your puppy is showing any signs of doing better as far as housetraining goes, you are doing a great job. 8 weeks is WAYYY too young to expect a puppy to be housetrained. 5 or 6 months is more realistic. Aim to have her completely housetrained by the time she is 6 months old, and you will be on the right track. If you're still having issues at 6 months and you have bene consistent the whole time, you might want to be a little concerned, but 8 weeks? Heck no. She's still just a baby!
thanks for your answers. the thing is she is not allowed to roam in the house without supervision .. i am having her on a very strict schedule . crate* potty* play* crate* potty* lunch *potty*play*potty*crate*potty* etc... as i did a lot of reading before settling for a bichon and i did read that some people also complained about lab not housebroken at 1 2 3 years old ..and since i have a 18months old lab that i successfully succeded in housebreaking in 4 months i said maybe it's because of the housebreaking method that those owners were following or not following, my lab had 5 accidents in 18months and they were all befor he was 4months old since then nothing ..i am using the same method with her as one dog trainer told me train her as if she was a lab .. i hope this is gonna work !!
it sounds like you are doing everything right. bichons are the hardest little dogs to housebreak.i get this question all the time from bichon owners. they do eventually become housbroken but it seems to take longer than other breeds. just be patient, firm and consistent and it will happen. good luck.
You are doing so well!!! I agree with what the others said. The only thing I would do different - I woudn't wait 1 1/2 hours for her to do her business. Take her out on a leash to the desired spot & give her 5 minutes - if nothing happens bring her back in. That way she will learn that play time is different from "potty time". You are wise to not let her roam the house unsupervised & keeping her on schedule. You are doing all the right things & will see good results. Do not despair - it just takes time & maturing on the part of the dog. Good luck & ignore the neighbours!