i have had dogs all my life. from lil mixes to rottweilers... now i got 2 puppies (miniature pinschers). a male and a female. they are about 12 weeks old. ok, i know the thing about potty training them etc. but i am helpless on this one. the male got the hang of it (i know its early - but if they know where their foot comes from every day... they know where to 'do their business'} ;) and he always does his outside, we go every 2 -3 hrs. but my female is stubborn. and everytime she goes on the floor, my male thinks it is ok and does it as well. the same for training ( i know it's early but they are very well behaved other wise ) he comes to me when i call his name, i can take him off the leash and he will walk next to me. her, on the other hand... off the leash she is... and there she goes, me running after her. i can try to be stubborn and say byebye but she won't respond to anything. and everytime after something like this happends... my male thinks 'oh well she doesnt do it why should i' . i know this sounds kind of crazy... but my lil puppies have really been on the way on tryin' to outsmart me. please help me guys, i need advice on how to potty train 2 puppies at a time... and how i can make sure that dog training will go well as well. taking them for seperate walks is difficult, i have a lot of time for my puppies... but there are only so many hours in a day ;) i'd be happy for any adv. at all. thank you!!!!!!
***Edited By: quiggles on 4/14/2005 11:35:15 PM*** Reason: forgot to mention the breed ;)
i have a min pin also and so do several others on the board. min pins are very stubborn breeds and will get the best of you if you let them. you have to have a sense of humor to raise them and appreciate them. time and repetativeness (sorry about spelling) should win out, you may need to seperate them for training because min pins are VERY easily distracted and excitable and will feed off of each others energy.
welcome to tp and good luck.... hope to hear more about your crazy little critters
Min Pins are known to be hard to potty train. 12 weeks is way too young to expect much. They will do it right one time and then wrong the next. Be sure to keep showing them where to go and stay outside with the female and male until they go. Maybe try one at a time. Also, walk them to get their systems going. I have mine trained to go inside on wee pads because it is more convenient for us and she was very distracted outside.
Do not spank or use harsh punishment. It only confuses them and scares them. My husband thought we had to be harder with Georgie and all that happened was that she tried to hide the poop. She thought she was in trouble for pooping. You said you know the basics so I won't go over that.
Min Pins are very excitable. Georgie is very smart but they can have the attention span of a knat when other things are going on. Enjoy their lively personalities and don't give up. They will get it. It is too early to expect much out of any breed of puppy at that age.
You may try puppy classes also once they have had their shots. Good luck!!
thank you mforbes. i do have a bunch of pictures, i will try dogster.com :) those pictures are very big, and no one lets u upload more than 5mb at a time... that's a bit of a problem, but as soon as i found a way, i'll give u a link, or i can email u a few if u want.
@ minpinmom CUTE PICTURES!!!! i had to smile about the hiding poop factor ;). well, he is very clean and he wont lay on anything dirty, dusty etc. it is quiet cute. he even started barkin at the door now when he needs to go... i didn't even make him, he started doing that at 2 in the morning by himself yesterday. yeah, those training pads is what we got for her now, she is almost ok with it ;). it'll be ok... i think.
i'm startin' to be a lot more patient.. haha, who would've thought. but they are so cute, i could watch them for hours. i decided to train them just a lil bit whenever the other is asleep... that way they wont get distracted.
thank you, for ur answers.
***Edited By: quiggles on 4/16/2005 6:18:48 PM*** Reason: spelling
It is really best to never let your puppies offleash in the house or have free run of it until they are a year old. I have mini dachshunds and they are stubborn with housetraining like min pins are.
What has worked for me is a combination of crate training with use of excercise pens and leashes. When I am home I keep my puppies on leashes tied to my waist, or my piano leg so they cannot wander. I take them out every couple of hours. When I am not home for a short time I will put them in a crate or carrier, and if I am gone more than 3 hours, I will put the crate or carrier in an excercise pen. I take them out 10 min after they eat or drink. After they releive themselves I will allow them 15 minutes to run off some energy in the kitchen.
and he always does his outside, we go every 2 -3 hrs. but my female is stubborn. and everytime she goes on the floor, my male thinks it is ok and does it as well. If you re-read your statement and I mean this to help but your male is about as potty trained as your female is. your male and female dogs are both getting trained to different things. not that this is your fault. it is not the dogs fault. dogs are not stubborn they are only conditioned to do things and once they are conditione it is almost like they do not have choice. your male is conditioned to walk next to you. your female is conditioned to run and do what ever they please. at 12 weeks old i would never expect a puppy to be even remotley closed to trained. I train protection dogs for a competition and basic obedience. I do not know if you are using crates. if not start. if you do, you need to be more deligent about your practises. always give the dog the benefit of the doubt. Dogs are not choice thinkers. They do not say I have the choice to go potty inside or out i choose in. they do what they feel conditioned to. I suggest for your dogs and any dog for that matter is individual one on one training. everytime you let your dog out of the cage or greet. do not worry about commands. your about building an exciting relationship between you and the dog. play with the dog first before it plays with the other puppy. if you let it play with theother puppy first he dog will learn the dog is fun and not you. play with the dog intensly for about 3 minutes then put the dog away. dog number twos turn do this a couple of times a day. what you are building here is attention you will get the dogs unbreakable attention by doing this. I do not demand a lot from dogs until about a year now. I started out purley as a postive trainer and I found that did not produce dogs that i wanted then i poured on the punishment. I got the responces i wanted but a sad dog. now i am back to mostly postive. correction is saved till after at least a year of age. What i failed to build before i did formal obedience training is a relationship of fun and excitement. this will build a dogs drive. your female actually has more qualities I would look for in competition dog. confidence, drive, and she goes for what she wants you just have to change what she wants. your male is what i look for in companions, a calm submissive dog. potty training will come, just change up what you are doing and be creative.