Spanking doesn't help. Go watch Nanny 911, whatever you do for children same goes for dogs. You don't hit, only positive reinforcement.
Make sure you take him out about 30 mins after he eats, right after he plays, and as soon as he wakes up from a nap or in the morning. If he pees in that same spot firmly tell him no and take him outside. When he pees outside give him a treat and praise him.
well i inherited the dog and didnt want him in the first place but now i have grone fond of him i just cant handle him pissing the carpet. i see nothing wrong with giving a smack on the butt It doesnt hurt him.
Your trainer is an idiot. You don't hit dogs, kids, anybody. Would it be ok if someone slapped you for doing something that you don't know any better?? You don't smack toddlers who arne't potty trained. Learn to train your dog.
It doesn't hurt him but it doens't do any good either in the long run and will make him fear you.
How old is the puppy? Has he been neutered yet? Has he been housetrained at all by the previous owner? If you haven't already, get a crate to keep him in when you can't keep an eye on him or when you leave home. Crates can be invaluable tools when housetraining.
Here's what you should be doing. When you catch him in the act (and ONLY if you catch him in the act) pick him up immediately, even if he is still going potty, and take him outside to where you want him to go. keep him outside on a leash until he goes, say 'go potty' as he goes (so he associates the words with the deed), then give him a ton of praise.
If he goes in the house and you find the wet spot 5 seconds later, it will do you no good to punish him or yell at him or anything. Why? Because he won't make the connection between what youare punishing him for and him going potty. I would compare it to people spanking a human infant for going potty on the floor. Even though the dog is older and more mobile, it's just not able ot make the same mental connections, especially as a puppy.
Clean up the wet spot with an enzymatic cleaner like nature's miracle. Hit yourself in the head with a rolled up newspaper and vow ot keep a closer eye on the puppy. Close all doors to other areas in the house, use child gates to block off stairs and hallways if needed, so he is limited in where he can wander too and you ahve a better chance of catching him when he needs to go.
Take him outside immediately after he wakes up from naps, plays, eats, and drinks especially. ALl of these actions cause 'gastronemic reflexes'. IE, they make him have to go potty. And praise him with play time and affection every single time he goes potty outside, until he seems to 'get it'.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/28/2005 1:01:24 AM*** Reason: add
We so don't need to go down this road again. You aren't going to find people on this board that agree with hitting dogs. Hitting them ever doesn't teach, they don't get why you are inflicting pain in that way. It isn't a tool the way a prong collar can be.
You've been given advice for your dog problem, lets just stop the road of my trainer says smacking my dog is fine. It's not.
Go to the pet sore and buy somethinglike Mature's Miracle or a similar product. Pour or spray it where the dog hasd urinated, making sure the carpet is good and wet all over again, but this time with the stuff you bought. This will eimate the smell to the dog. Cleaning he area where he has urinated with an ordinary houseold cleanrer , may eliminate the odor to you, but not the animal. As long he knows that's where he went, he will continue to keep going in that area. You need to neautralize the area with something made spcifially for that purpose.
Also it doesn't help punishing the puppy after the fact. You need to catch him in the act of urinating. Immediate pick him up, hopefully before he has completely emptied his bkadder, and take them outside to a suitable area in the yard and when he finisheswhat it is he has to do, be sure to praise him.
I hope this helps. Remember a puppy is going to have accidents , but if you don't completely elimnate the odor from wjere he previously peed, he will continue going to the same spot or at least near that same spot.
Ooops. Minnevar beat me to it :-)
***Edited By: harlee29 on 5/28/2005 1:10:13 AM*** Reason: added
i have tried most of the stuff you are all telling me but this dog is like 13 and set in its ways. when i smack his butt it is a wake up call for him he knows that spat on the butt means he did bad. my trainer is a professional and she doesnt have a problem with it so i think i shoulf listen to her
If the dog is 13, it could be having medical problems and should see a vet to rule it out. Hittign the dog isn't sending any message but beware of where your hand is at all times. Your trainer is a dolt. If you don't want any of our advice, do us a favour and leave, and ask your trainer instead.