Dear All, I have a 10 weeks old Ridgeback(I had her when she was 9 weeks old) which I keep in the crate confined to the laundry room when I am at home and free to roam around when in the laundry when I am not at home. I work during the day and I am unable to find anybody to go to my place to take her out during the day so I am putting newspaper down when I am not at home and when I am at home I take her out every 30 mins or so. She has been relieving herself outside without much difficulty even though sometimes she is playful and she wes 2-3 imes while I take her out for about 5-10 mins. I have 2 major questions that I would like to seek your advices.. 1. Lately I been having this problem, while I have newspaper down, she poos outside the newspaper just next to her crate even though she wees on them, I have put newspapers down where she seems to choose to poo everytime but she seems to move the newspaper away to poo on the tiles, what shall I do? why is she pooing on the tiles instead of on the newspaper where she has no problem to wee... 2. I am crating her when I am at home and able to take her out every 30 mins but when I am unable to take her out even though when I am at home, I let her roam around in the laundry with newspaper on the floor, my question is as follows: a) Am I encouraging her to relieve herself on the newspaper by letting her out of her crate(I leave the crate door open) and roam around in the laundry? b) Say I did not let her roam around, would she has held a little bit longer instead of just coming out of her crate(since the door is left open) and relieving herself on the newspaper. What I am unsure is whether say there was no newspaper on the floor and she was locked in her crate, would she have given me some kind of signal(e.g cry, yell) to tell me she wants to go out since I understand that dog would not want to relieve themselves in their crate (she did it once though, that's why I am scared of locking hewr in her crate fearful that she might relieve herself in the crate and this means more cleaning for me to do) In a nutshell, in order to properly train her, when I am at home and unable to take her out as often as I usually do (say every 30 mins), should leave the newspaper down and let her crate door open? or I should not leave the newspaper down, like this she might be trained to hold a little bit longer.. Your advice is very much appreciated.. Thank you Regards, Rob
if it was me i would have her with me when i was home most all the time, leashed to me, instead of in the laundry room, with times in the crate only some of the time. and no newspapers down then. i'd leave the newspapers down only when not home. i'd have a schedule of crate times so she gets used to a routine, with the crate door closed. only certain times for water, not all the time till housetrained. about her pooing not on the papers, there's not much you can do if you're not home, so i'd put lots of papers all over, and gradually reduce the amount of papers. being a big dog, you'll need a big area of papers. once she's older she could stay in her crate while you work all day, but not till probably 10 months old.
Do you work a normal 8 hour day? That is much too ling to be leaving a 10 week old puppy in a crate. They are not able to hold their bladders that long, and she will just end up going in her crate, which you do not want them to do. I would definitely encourage you to pay one of the neighborhood kids that are trustworthy to come let her out. You will have a very tough time housetraining her if you keep her coinfined toa cage, but letting her roam about in the laundry room doesn't teach her anything either.
I have a 12 week on English Bulldog. I have been crate training him and it has been wonderful. Also, during the day when I am at work, I leave him in my laundry room with his crate (the door open so he can rest in there) and I leave newspapers on the floor in the corner. He knows to use the paper and only a couple of times he missed the papers and used the floor. I think he learned pretty fast not to use the floor and he has never used his crate. I believe this is a good way to house train a puppy - it works for me!
that doesn't make much sense to crate her when your home and let her roam around in the laudry room when your not...i would have thought it would be the other way around. You are home so you could take her out like every hour or so...like the others say, keep her leashed to you when your home.