Here is my situation. I have an 12 week old cavalier puppy. I work from 9-5pm but often I am able to go in later and get in sooner. I set up my guest bathroom as her place. In it she has a plastic crate that is perfect size not too big or small, toys, etc...I covered the floor in wee pads which she knows how to use. When I come back from work this is what I typically find she has done. The black ties which hold the crate together have been removed. The wee pads have been shreaded and she has finger painted per say all over the floor. First thing I do when I get home is clean it all up and use a a disinfectant for the smell. Then I put fresh wee pads out. I have a second dog and I set up a see thru gate instead of shutting the bathroom door so my thought was my other dog could see and interact with her. But still I come home and wee pads shreaded. My question is when I am at work how do I get my puppy to stop shreadding the wee pads and finger painting per say because I can't shut the crate door because there is no way she could hold it for 8hrs.
***Edited By: guinness on 2/16/2007 4:51:27 AM*** Reason: re: potty training
I would say that if you work from 9-5, you should find the dog a new home. Being crated up in a bathroom for that long is no life for a 12 week old puppy. You can't just throw weepads down and expect her to know and use them.
I don't expect her to know how to use them. I spend every waking minute I am not at work with her which overall = out to more hours than 80% of most ppl spend with their dogs. The dog does know how to use the wee pads as I have spend hours with her rewarding her and praising her for doing it. The issue is not using it's her shreading them after the fact.
your going to have find another way, Your going to have to have someone comeover and her let her out. I would totally discourage putting pads down. your just teaching her to potty in the house. Just to make sure the crate is the right size when the dog pays down. I would shut the crate door, and have someone let her out. they should take up the entire floor of the crate. To big and they can move to the other side if they potty in it.
Can you build a dog run outside where you are at?
Your job is definlty making it hard for you. Your going to have make a sacrifice somewhere.
A dog that plays with something that has thier own potty in it. Most likely has some sort of desenitzation to being clean. Where did you get this dog. Most dogs would prefer that thier potty, be 100 miles away from them so to speak.
Thier is no magic trick for this. If the dog plays with potty pads, she will continue to do it. it's a self rewarding behavior. as I see it you have 1 option. somehow get the dog outside to go the bathroom. The potty pads are toys to the dog, not a bathroom.
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This sounds more like a separation anxiety/bordom issue.If you must use something on the floor becasue of your long absence, use paper instead of the puppy pads. Its probly alot of fun to shredd the pads. Cover the entire floor with paper, when the puppy soils one, replace it, but after each week reduce the paper slices to one slice, so after a few weeks your down to one slice. I want you to look into separation anxiety, and start leaveing treats to keep the puppy busy during the day. Things to lick and chew are better then toys, they just remind him of the owners that arn't there to play with him. Your true goal is to give the puppy the tools to learn to enjoy and feel comfortable being home alone and entertaining himself. Which brings me to you, lighten up on the attention when you are home, offer him more chewing things and let him chew them on his own bed, but tell him hes a good puppy for chewing on the appropriate item. If your always entertaining him with you and attention, how can you expect him to know how to be on his own? (In the pen)Kongs filled with dog food, yogurt etc etc and freeze it, so it takes alot of time to eat the treat. And after the puppies done they will probly be a bit tired and sleep. They also have something called tricky treat balls, great fun, look into them. Bone (hollow one are great for stuffing and freezeing, and condition the dog to look to chewing for comfort and to fill time. Leave a tv or radio on as well for some sound. There is also always puppy daycare.Haveing someone come in to visit sounds good but really isn't teaching the puppy anything.
Sue your post was exactly what I was looking for ty so much. I just realized I have been making a big error. I always remove her from her pen and give her a ton of attn when I am home. So what you said really struck home. I am off to go to the pet store and buy the stuff you suggested.