I am working with a client now who was able to housebreak her puppy in a single week! I also have another client who has been trying for months. No two dogs are the same. Some housebreak easy, others take a long time.
My experience is that the smaller dogs take a little longer. As do puppies that come from pet stores. Pet Store puppies often have to live in their mess and they become messy. This, in turn, makes them harder to housebreak.
It may also prove helpful to talk about how you are housebreaking your pup. There are a few methods still used today. The most popular being the crate. But some people still paper train to start, and others do it the hard way, trial and error and a great deal of carpet cleaner. :)
I myself have a 9 week old puppy. I think it really depends on how consistant you are. Especially with taking you pup outside for potty breaks. Also it depends on your dogs ability to learn and how naturally clean they are.
I've had my little fellow for a week and 2 days now. Within the first 3 days he was able to understand the command "go pee". I must say being at home all the time certainly helps speed up this house breaking bit. He's even able to sleep through the night and not wake up to pee. However sometimes he does ask to go during the night. It's progress... no matter how small! :)
My first dog was a total disaster... to be honest I take full blame for this. I was working full time so establishing a good house breaking routine was impossible!
Train them to do what exactly? I can teach a new piece of agility equipment and get it failry stable in an hour. Can teach simple tricks in less than that.. But it took till 20 months old to be mature enough to teach to walk on a loose leash.
Training them is unfortunately trial and error, if you've had dogs before you are lucky and have learned from past mistakes. When we lost our 9 month old Chi (hit by car) it really stunk when we got a new puppy, we were just good and done with potty training, and she even learned a bunch of commands, now we have to start all over again , what a pain in the BUTT!! So worth it tho, dogs are awesome.......I never used to think so till I owned one!! So loving and loyal, not matter how bad of day you're having, how bad you look, they LOVE you no matter what!!
Go to the library or pet store and get a book on puppies. Everything really varies on the individual pup and on the owners. Things puppies do, go in the house (until they are potty trained), chew things, steal shoes, eat everything in site, want to explore, some eat poo, yuckie! need to be socialized with people and other dogs and they will adore and love their owners unconditionally, give doggie kisses and more doggie kisses. They will need to go to the vet's, groomers (depending on the type of dog and if you can or can not do it yourself), they need exercise and lots and lots of love and attention from the owners. They are a lot of work but sooooo worth it. I have a 2yrs. Bichon Frise/Westie mix named Cody. He is so sweet and a lot of fun! He brightens up our world when we walk thru that door, no matter how our day went he is always there wagging that tail and greeting us. Enjoy your pup!
Thank you very much Codys Mom and huahualover. your Bichon frise is so adorable Codys Mom, one of my family members has one too but your Bichon is so cute! And im sorry to hear about the accident with your dog huahualover...
***Edited By: KingCavaliers on 6/2/2006 12:38:36 PM*** Reason: mistake
You asked for annoying things that dogs do...and well, my dog, never fails, if I give him a bath one night, by the next morning he must find a spot to play in the mud. This morning, I was sleeping on the couch, and he jumps up on me and falls asleep. I woke up a bit later, and find him laying on top of me, covered up to his thighs with mud. And, better yet, he layed his muddy fishy toy in my face (maybe he wanted to play tug of war). It's a little annoying, but just something I've learned to live with.
As for potty training, the only advice I'll offer you, is pick one method for potty training, and stick with it. And be patient. I kept switching how I was training Merphy, and it took forever to get him trained. Some dogs are harder to train than others, and males tend to be harder than females.