Hello, Teddy Bear is pretty much potty trained outside. But for him to go I just guesstimate when he probably needs to go and take him outside and for the most part he goes. But there are times when I dont think he'll need to go or am preoccupied with something else and he'll go right on the floor, usually right next to the front door, but its not like he waits around the door and gives up when I dont notice, he just goes. I blame myself for not taking him sooner. But is there a technic or tool or something that can teach him to tell me when he needs to go.?
What I did when I was teaching Jesse was saying "Wanna go outside" in a very excited voice, to the point that she thought we were going to play, and she would go outside and go do her business. Within a week of doing this, she eventually went to the door by herself and would get all excited by herself and I knew she had to go outside, but she also knew that it didn't mean going outside to play, she knew it was to go do her thing. When we went out to play, I would grab her leash and that's how she knew it was time to have fun.
Hope this helps, if not somebody else will be along to give you some suggestions.
some people hang bells on the door knob and have the dog touvh them to ring them. you have to physically manuiplate the dog to do it at first. do it each and everytime the dog goes put. and schedule for potty could help you,
My dog Gemini, a 1 year old Sheltie/border collie, sits by the door and whimpers when she needs to go. But i have an idea for you. Every time your dog shows you he has to go by sitting by the door and whimpering or w/e, give him a treat. That way he'll want to keep doing that. But the problem is, he might do that even if he doesn't have to go.
Well most expets will tell you that those time you are pre-ocuppied or doing something else then paying attention to your puppy. Then he should be put in his crate or a play pen.
He is telling you he has to go out be going to the door. Puppies are like kids. They don't always know they have to go potty 2 to 3 minutes before hand. Sometimes it just hits them or they are busy playing and they know they have to go, but don't always make it to the bathroom.
Your puppy is going to the door and if you were paying attention to him then you could probably get him out in time, but you said that most of the time you are busy with other things.
The number one reason puppies have accidents in the house is because no one is paying attention to them. Other reasons are there not sure what to do yet to let you know, or they just have very small bladders and when it hits they go.
Now if you want to use the bell method then get the bell put on the door. Make sure it is low enough for the puppy to reach. Then the possitive way to train it is to take the puppy to the door about the time you would be taking it out to go potty. Hold a treat up by the bell. When the puppy reaches for the treat the bell should sound give the puppy the treat then open the door and let it out to go potty. Then praise it or give it another treat.
If you physically make the puppy ring the bell like someone said then he might learn to dislike the bell and will fight you to get its paw up there or it nose. With the treat the puppy is doing it its self and will learn to like the bell and not be scared of it. That is how they teach service dogs to turn on and off lights. They put treats up there and when the dog scraches or puts its nose up by the switch it gets a treat. Then they work on the actuall on/off part.
Good luck, but either way you need to be paying attention. Even if the puppy catches on to the bell thing right away. Which it might. It might not ring it loud enough for you to hear in the other room at first. Until it gets older and hits it harder.
I always go with that I can train the dogs to do just about everything I want them to do, but they train me to when it is time to go outside. Others like the train the dog in that area too. Which is perfectly fine if that is the route you want to take. Just remember even that will take time and practice on both of your parts.
when we first got our dog, that same first night at home, he urinated in his cage. after that night, of sleeping on his own pee, he never urinated on his space again. we would frequently let him go outside, we picked aside one tree what wold be his peeing spot. let him out in the morning after he wakes up, at noon, then in the evening and before bedtime. if he pees in the house again, press his nose so he can smell the urine, an say NO, BAD DOG. dont be afraid to punish. imediately after that, take him outside and point to a designated place where he should pee. do that several times. it will take a week, and dont get lazy or overocupied with other stuff. be constant and firm with your method. when he is ready to let loos, he will go towards the door, scratch on the door or bark to let him out.
Granicar I'm sorry but that is horrible advice. The puppy is going to the door that he is suppost to be going out to go potty. It isn't his fault no one is there to let him out.
As for putting his nose in it that is not good advice either. Then he has urine on his nose and everywhere he goes he is going to smell it. Plus you should only correct them if you catch them doing it and if you catch them doing it there is no reason to shove their nose in it.
You just pick the puppy up tell it no no we do that outside and put the puppy out. Tell it this is were you go potty not in the house.
The puppy is getting the right idea of where he needs to go to go outside to potty. Now the problem is that he either needs to learn to have a better signal or his owners need to learn to pay more attention to him when he is loose in the house.
The only accidents our puppy is having is at the back door when I'm not paying attention to him. I don't scold him. I blame myself and apolize to him for not paying attention to him when he was trying to tell me he needed out. It was my fault not his and so there is no call to punish him.
***Edited By: langniappe on 7/3/2005 4:41:30 PM*** Reason: added
I also agree that putting his nose in it is very very bad advice. I have never put my dogs nose in her pee because that's just cruel punishment. No dog or cat should ever have to go through that.
Put it this way, if your child was to pee in his/her pants, would you rub the pants in their face and tell them "No, you do this in the toilet!" ?? I don't think anybody would do that, same thing with dogs. Try any suggestion as mentioned above except for that one and good luck on the puppy training!
How old is the pupy? I definitely agree with canucktigger. Never, ever a push a dog's nose into or near where he peed, or worse, pooped. This teaches the dog ansolutely NOTHING. and is a cruel punishment.
I read that putting a puppy's nose into the waste and saying "NO" could make your dog think that going to the bathroom altoghether is what you are punishing him for. Then the dog would be afraid to go to the bathroom and hold it in for too long. This could cause medical problems/emotional issues.
***Edited By: DontLikeMuttBreeders on 7/3/2005 10:22:59 PM*** Reason: yeah
Putting a puppies nose in urine is useless, and stupid. If a dog has an accident, you don't come along and try to punish the animal for it. He isn't able to make that connection. (did something wrong) If you punish a dog for peeing or pooping in the house, even in the act, you are going to produce a puppy that will hide when he has to go. Because its simply unsafe to go when your around. Even when the dog does something like go in the garbage, if you punish him when you catch him in the garbage, again he'll simply just do it when your not there, Why? Because its safer to do so when your not there.Why? Becasue he cant trust you. If you come home from work and your dog is giving that look like he did something wrong, Hes simply connecting the mess with your past reactions to the mess. Hes simply responding submissively as to not get his butt kicked.(why, he doesn't know, your just not trust worthy) He does not know what he did was wrong, dogs don't see things as right or wrong, just safe or not safe, cause and effect, pleasant or unpleasant. If your pet has an accident in the house it means you screwed up, Praise the dog for eliminating where you want it to and just clean up the accidents in the house. If there is an accident, report to the kitchen, pick up the daily newspaper, and hit yourself over the head.....
Now now, let's stop being so harsh towards each other...This place if for people to help each other out with problems that we may have with our pets, not a place where we can accuse each other of animal abuse, or laziness, or soap opera obsessed fat slobs...
Please, let's tone it down a bit and respect each other...