I have had my puppy since she was six weeks old. Now she is eight weeks. She is a toy bichon frise female. I was just wondering if I could somehow train her to alert me if she has to 'go'. Right now she is being crate trained, and I take her out every couple of hours and after food and exercise, and she hardly ever has accidents, but I was wondering when I could leave her loose in the house and trust her?
***Edited By: Neha on 8/12/2005 4:30:42 PM*** Reason: spelling error
Not to be mean, but you should have thought of that before you got the puppy. You have a BABY on your hands. It most likely given your puppy is VERY VERY YOUNG it will take a while as in weeks or months. So you either need to get used to picking up poop or pee or return the puppy to the breeder who really shouldnt have let it go until 8 weeks anyway! Right now they have very little control even if they wanted to hold their poop and pee. Smaller breeds are generally harder to potty train than larger breeds. The fact that you are impatient after 2 weeks is a really bad sign that maybe you shouldn't have purchased a puppy. Maybe a housetrained adult from a shelter would have been better for you.
I'm not quite impatient, I was wondering about when I could trust her, because I am tired of leaving her in her crate so long. I was not saying I'm sick and tired of her. I was saying I am wondering when she can be trusted etcetra.
This is one of those things that just varies from dog to dog. Bowen was ok to leave in the house alone for potty training purposes when he was about 6 months old... however he got into trouble and so had ot be confined until he was more than a year old for getting into the trash, chewing on walls, etc. There's literally no telling.
Yeah, that the main reason Taz gets the crate when I'm gone for more that a few hours. He wouldn't go in the house, but once in a while he gets something in his head, and the result always cost me a bunch of money (ie chewing on the coner of the TV).
Yeah, its going to take a while and it varies from dog to dog. Sounds like you are doing the right thing by crate training and taking her out at appropriate times. But it still may be 8-10 months before you can really trust her. My mom crate trained her boston. He's 2 years old and completely house broken, but they still leave him in a crate when they are gone. Its just safer that way. I still crate my GSD mix when I'm gone, she's about a year old or so. But she chews everything, so I don't even take a risk when I'm gone. Expect to keep the crate around a while.
Sorry, I have never heard of a "Toy" bichon frise. Do you have any pictures? I am interested as I have a bichon frise/westie mix. Cody turned a year old last month and he is so much fun. I am just a little skeptical of the breeder, selling pups that young just doesn't seem right. If this dog is a "Toy" bichon frise did it come with papers? Mind if I ask how much you paid, you don't have to answer if you would rather not, I would understand. Just curious.
***Edited By: codys mom on 8/12/2005 7:01:20 PM*** Reason: had something to add
Most defintely not yet. I got my pup when she was 8 weeks old and she dind't have any accidents th first two weeks , but she was still far from being trained. Your puppy hasn't even gone though the teething stage where she's going to start chewing on the furniture or oher unacceptable items, and I guarantee you that she will.
I have a 1 1/2 year old Bichon Frise. She was fully trained around 6 months, BUT, I was with her 24/7. She was never let out without me watching her with both eyes at all times. I trained her to use a bell I hung by the door. Every time we went out...I rang the bell and said out side. When outside, I said hurry up, over and over again. When she went...I praised like crazy and she got a very small treat. Your pup is very young like that others said. Don't expect her to be trained until at least 6-12 months. Crate training is the way to go and you are doing the right thing. I have never heard of a "Toy" Bichon. More than likely, it wasn't from a "good" breeder and you could have some problems.
Bichon's are the best dog's in the world. I wish you luck with your's.
I have a havanese 12wks old.....I got her from a breeder when she was 11wks...so shes here just a 12days with me. I am using the bell training also (shes doing great) ...I can't seems to get her to hit the bell herself....how long before she starts ringing it.
I also have a havanese that is 2 yrs old and fully potty trained but I never did get him to ring that darn bell either.
I do not leave my older havanese alone when I am not home because he is very spiteful. He's fine when I am here but leave him alone and he will rip things apart. I tried it once for a short period of time never again.
It going to take time, plus you got the pup too young. Each dog is different in how long it will take, and some dogs may need crated when your not home even as adults. Many of my adults remain chewers, mostly out of spite for leaving them, and for their own safety need confined. Dont chance they chew that electrical cord while you werent watching!
p.s....Bichon is a Bichon, they is no "toy" version of the breed
Pumpkin729; It took a few weeks for her to use the bell herself. I started with the bell around 4 months of age. Before that it was still snowy out and I picked her up to take her out. I hung it real low so that when I open the door, she actually bumps into it when she had to move over. I used a thumb tack and a big jingle bell on some strong fishing line. I would praise her when she would ring the bell and say good girl lets go out side. After a while she just started doing it herself...of course when she did, she got a treat and lots of petting. I hope this helps. You just have to be consistant with ringing the bell for them. Then I also moved her head a few time so the bell would jingle. And praised her when she did. Now she sometimes rings the bell and other times barks a little if we don't hear it and come right away. If we wait a bit longer...she really rings and barks.
I got a Bichon Frise when he was 8 weeks and he is now almost 7 months old. He has just recently been potty trained FINALLY. The one thing that I did that helped me and the pup was to hang 5 big jingle bells on a string and hang on the door knob. He will soon associate that the bells ring when he goes to potty. Now my Bichon will go to the door and hit the bells with his paw or his nose to let me know that he needs to go out. Bichons will catch on fairly quickly because they are genius dog. Good luck.