gosh seems a life time ago that i delt with this with bentley but it hanst been hes only going on a year old..lol daisy really isnt catching on to this potty training thing at all. i do take her out side all the time and praise her when she goes. ( crap i dont even think she knows her name yet) but i thought i remembered some one posting not to clean up accidents in front of them? i have been going over and cleaning up her poo when she sits there and watches me do it. what is the correct way to handle this? she will squat right in front of you, she dont hide . i kinda have been giving her some le way just because she has been very sick but now she is feeling better and i have always taken her out every 1/2 hour or so but she pees so little and then comes in and pees very little also. she will poo out side and i bring her in and with in 10 min or so she goes on the floor. do i pick up her poo and take her and the poo out side and put her by it and praise her> do i let her know its wrong when she is peeing on the floor? or dnt say anything? i do say bad daisy but she doenst know what bad is so really its for my own peice of mind i guess...lol im never stern because i know she is a puppy and its my fault that i didnt catch her signs to go out side. she can hold it tho because she doesnt pee or poo in her play pen at night she wakes me up barking to go potty. but thats it- never barks to let me know she has to go any other time only when she is in her bed. any ideas?
catching her as she is going and then swooping her up and running her outside to finish doing her thing and praising her like a nut for doing it outside is the best way to do it. reprimanding her after she has already done it in the house and not showing her where it is approrpriate to go isnt very helpful. if need be take the poop outside with you when you take her and show her it is meant to be done out there.
im not sure what you mean when you say you shoudlnt clean it up in front of her. i dont think she really cares when you clean it up or if she is or isnt watching you lol.
she's a little dog, its going to take her awhile to get the hang of it. just decide how you are going to approach it and be consistent.
Actually I've been told(and I've read in miscellaneous places) that cleaning up pet accidents in front of your dog can be misinterpreted as their actions being an acceptable behavior. In addition, some dogs view it as a form of attention and are apt to repeat it.
Kind of makes sense to me, so as a rule of thumb I always made sure to not make a big production of it all, and to not clean up in front of them.
Also make sure you clean up all pet accidents thoroughly, so they (or any other pets) don't catch the scent and repeat it in the same spot.
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Here are a couple links, there were a bunch more but this will give you the basic idea.
this is where crate training can become an asset while learning potty training basics. Most dont want to soil their "den"..ie=crate. So when your not watching her w/ an eagle eye crate her and as soon as you take her out the crate take her to the place you want her to potty. When she does, get all excited and happy and tell her how proud you are!
Or you can run around snatching her up in the act and hauling her in 1/2 poop mode to the desired location, or clean the poop up every time she does it while waiting for her to catch on to the idea.
I made Nap go out to his puppy safe yard every morning and absolutly would not let him back in the house untill he did his business. That was his reward for going potty. He would try holding out but I wouldnt cave. Some times you have to resort to tough love.he,he.
i do watch daisy every second and rooms are all blocked off but living room and kitchen. which i do watch her and as i said she will do it right in front of me . i do grab her up and take her outside and it seems she will hold it till we come back inside. that is what i ment by cleaning up her poop/pee while she sits there and watches, i thought i read a post on here that you shouldnt let them see you clean it up, then they think its ok. daisy does have her playpen which is like a real baby play pen and thats in my room and she sleeps in there, she has never had a accident in there, she will bark and wake me up to get out so she can go potty, which is as soon as i get her out and i set her down for a second to put my robe and slippers on and she has done her deed with in 2 seconds... now im trying to get ready first and then take her out. do you think the snow has a factor that it seems they are cold so they just want to come back in? bentley is the same way - but bentley is doing a wonderful job and still doesnt let me know he has to go out but i can tell by how he acts and i say lets go potty and i repeat it over and over and then he goes to the door. and he always goes potty but in the snow he seems to stand alot and want in alot quicker..lol but daisy i will tkae her out and she will stand there a minute and maybe walk around and follow bentley and then she will go back to the porch to be let in with out doing her deed- also when bentley is going potty daisy is right there hounding him, hes peeing and she has her head under his leg or hes pooping and she is trying to tackle him to play- i feel bad for bentley so now i try to hold her till hes done or walk her away from him. should i take them out at differnt times and not together???
it would be too hard for me to take them out at separate times, so i would hold back daisy away from bently to give him some peace till he's done with. yeah definitely don't take daisy out of the pen till just before heading outside. so she has places she doesn't like to pee or poop, i guess that's a good sign, has to get where she doesn't like to pee or poop in the house. little dogs can be so much harder some times. i think daisy's a little dog??? LOL can't remember!
***Edited By: pearl on 11/18/2006 5:24:16 PM*** Reason: x
Lorrie, thanks for those links i learned alot from them. things i didnt even know..lol makes house breaking seem alittle easier with what i just learned and im going to do things differntly from now . thanks for your help...
also daisy is a maltese and bichon mix shes 3 months old.. if she was born august 18th she would be 3 months old is this correct? gosh for some reason this seems wrong. lol she now weighs 4 pounds. she was very malnurished when i got her over 3 weeks ago and she only weighed 2.1 pounds so she is getting heathier and getting fatter..lol
the vet has me feeding her small portions many times threw out the day basically when she is hungry. i think this is why she is gaining so much weight and she is a little porker..lol shes my little rollie polie. and they have her eating adult low residue dog food would this also make her chubby? i guess i should talk to my vet about this and if i should switch her to regular feedings and not feed her when ever she is hungry. wont adult food also make her chubby? im not saying shes fat and im happy she is gaining weight but she does have a big belly and im assuming its from feeding her all the time..