I don't know how many of you remember my earlier post, but I have two 12-week-old Lab mixes...
They were doing fine with the housebreaking, but in the past couple of days, they refuse to go to the bathroom outside! I can stand out there for half an hour waiting for them to go, then LITERALLY as SOON as I bring them inside, they pee.
Any suggestions for house training? Basically all we've been doing is taking them outside about every hour to make sure they pee out there. I can't figure out why it's not working anymore!
How do you guys house-train your pups? I heard spanking them and rubbing their noses in it isn't a good idea, so I've refrained from that (thought that's how mom trained my other four dogs years ago). Paper training seemed to be working (figured I could at least get it somewhat contained) but now they don't even bother with that.
Mom's getting upset, thinking that while she was in NY I was just letting them pee all over the house and not taking them outside, but this wasn't the case!!
Having 2 puppies to house train at once is no easy ride. It is *way* easier to house train 1 puppy than it is two. So expect it to take extra time because of that alone. IMHO don't even bother with paper training, you end up training the dog twice. Once to go on the paper, and then to go outside. Why train them 2 times when you can just train them to go outside and skip the paper.
You haven't mentioned if you are crating the puppies or not. This will help out a lot, especially if you can't keep an eye on the puppies. I think that yhou need to resign yourself to keeping the puppies outside until they go potty. No matter how long it takes. Keep the puppies on a leash and don't let them play with each other until they have gone. WHen they squat to go potty, say 'Go now' or "go here' so they associate the words with the deed. When they are done, make a huge deal out of it, treats, play time, etc.
The key to detering them from going inside is to catch them in the act. When you catch them in the act, don't spank them or rub their noses in them. However, pick them up *immediately* (I am pretty rough about it, I really want them to understand that this is a Bad Thing) and take them outside, even if they are still going potty. Then say 'Go here' and wait for them to go. Again, no matter how long it takes.
For wet spots on the floor, get an enzymatic cleaner like Natures Miracle and clean up the spot, dogs tend to keep going potty where they've already gone. If there's already a wet spot on teh floor where you didn't catch the pups going, clean it up and keep a closer eye on them. Block off areas of the house with a child gate so they can't sneak off into bedrooms or what not and go potty where you can't catch them. Ideally, you can keep them both on a leash tied to your waiste but this is nearly impossible to do wtih 2 puppies at the same time :P
If you are using crates, I would go back to basics and start all over. Limit where they can go, if you have to leash them to your belt. Take them outside, if they don't go, put them in their crate. Take them back outside if they don't go put them in their crates. When they do go, lots of praise, a treat, and then they can be out and with you for a reasonable amount of time, and then start the process over again.
That's what happens when I post at the same time.. lol.
***Edited By: mafiaprincess on 2/26/2005 12:38:55 PM*** Reason: add
Mafiaprincess you added something that i forgot so it's just as well. Life being what it is, sometimes you don't have the time to stand outside for an hour or two waiting for the dog to go potty. This is an ideal time to put the puppies in the crate when they don't go potty.
I haven't been crating them at all, with just a few exceptions. (ie. when I know I'm going to be gone for more than a couple of minute)
The bedrooms are all closed off for that exact reason (so they don't go in there...) Not to mention, they like to try to eat the cat food and/or litter and...ew. ^_^
I don't usually put them on leashes because they're really good about staying in the front yard. I've just recently begun putting the female on a leash because she's getting more adventurous and has taken to running towards the road. :x So, on the leash for her. Could this be why they won't go? Because I've started using the leash when I wasn't before?? Hmm.... Doesn't seem that way, mostly because I started leashing her a day or two after they started peeing inside. :/
But who knows. *shrug*
Thank you for the tips though. :) I have been praising them when they pee outside, and if I happen to catch them inside peeing I grab them and take them out immediately. Usually, I don't even have to grab them; I just give them "that look" or say their name and they know what I'm mad about and head right for the door. Then they go outside and finish peeing. ^_^ So, I suppose they know SOMETHING of house training. LOL.
I'll have to keep on them and hopefully they will turn around soon. :) Thanks again for the advice guys: maybe I'll try crating them or something. Better than nothing, and it might teach them. ^_^ LOL. :D
Not a prob. When I was housebreaking, I praised tons, but I found it wasn't until I gave treats everytime she went in the appropriate place was she consistant. It seemed to speed up the process.. Not that everyone necessarily wants to give something everytime their dog potty's.. but it might help.
treats definatly help. thats how they learn outside is the place to go. their not born with that knowledge. its all about punishment(cage) and reward (treat). thats how i train all my dogs. thats how they learn how you want them to behave
SUGGESTION: make your dog sit by the door before u take him out also. i always know when my dogs need to go out because they'll sit by the door on their own. good luck
I have to disagree about making the crate punishment the crate does not have to be punishment. it can be a safe pplace for the dog. actually i use the crate to hone in a dog's natural instincts to be clean. if the crate is just big enough chances the dog will "hold it" and then you let them out. dogs do not need to be punished to be potty trained.they just need to learn that the house is there den. dogs do not pee or pooh in the den. also I think you can expect quick results. dogs can grasp this concept well before six months without one harsh word or swat or rubbing there nose in it. negative reinforcemet or punishment has it's place in dog training but not with potty training. punishment should be reserved for severe in fractions. dog training is still very very unknown territory. everyone has a clear cut solution. I have started admistering my own dog training classes and the thing I have found is there is no clear cut way. every dog takes a little something different. dogs do not fail us. we fail them by not being the more itellgent being and finding the right and most humane way to communicate/
Not to sound like someone who cannot make up their mind or an arbitrator of sorts, I strongly agree with both Minnyar and gunny. I only differ on one item, that being crate training. It just wasn't for me, but it has for many others. Don't mess with success.