first off i have not been to this site in about a year 1/2 , some of you might remember my doberman preston passed away. After that i left this site, i needed a break and needed time to get over my loss. i guess you never get over it you just learn to deal with it. At the time i also had just got a rottie 5 days before preston left us. It will be 2 years with April 27th and i have only just decided to get anouther dog, damien really needed a play buddy. Well i got a min american Eskimo who had just turned 6 months, i have had her about 5 weeks now. Well my ? is potty training. My gosh its like 5 steps forward and than 3 back. She will do great for about 3 days no accidents than all of a sudden accidents again. I keep my eyes on her all the time just in case. Any tips or advice would be great. Than the next ? how do i break her from thinking socks are food, i cant even count how many she has tried to eat. I have 4 kids and im trying to get them to pick them up instaed of putting them in there shoes but she finds them. I tell her NO but she just does not get it.
We'll i have a toy poodle so potty training her was a breeze because of her breed, but whenever your dog goes potty in the house, yell at him and put him outside to finish his bussines! When your dog takes out socks again yell at her and put her in a crate or backyard! Do not pet the dog just put them outside and leave so they no ur serious!
Try using a can with pennies or nails in it to startle her instead of yelling when you catch her in the act. Only use the can when you are correcting her. Do you kennel her at all? Don’t let her out of your sight and if she continues even when you are right in the room with her you may want to keep her on a leash next to your side. She’s still young. Be patient she will learn.
oh about the socks. Try spraying Bitter Apple on a pair she has already chewed and give it to her. The Bitter Apple is nasty so if you get it on your hands be sure to wash them before you pick something up to eat. A couple of times she won't want anything to do with socks again.
sereneshihtzu Thanks for the great advice, i will try to pennies. I try not to be to punish her to bad as she is very timmid, she hide for about the first 3 days. When ever someone new comes in the house she hides under the table. Also if you go to pick her up she lays down, as if we are going to hit her. She has been like this since day one, and no one in our house has ever hurt her in that way.Thank goodness she is great with me, my husabnd and kids. Oh boy does she love the kids she is so happy to see them. Im going to look for the bitter apple tomorrow, i will check petco and petsmart. i almost forgot, no i do not kennel her. its hard when you have anouther dogs, he tries to get to her and her to him. They are a tight pait all ready and hate not to be right next to each other. I just make sure i keep as much as a close eye on her as i can, i also let her out about every 30 mins
Now what do you think throwing a can of pennies at a dog that is already scared, shy & timid will do? Just as yelling at her - you will soon have a submissive urinator.
You need to be taking her outside, not just letting her out & is she getting at least 3 20 or so minute walks every day? These are all things that help with the problem you are having. Lots of praise when she does it right & nothing when she has an accident.
Oh & mypoodle - a crate should never be used for punishment.
OMG!!! No one said to throw the can at her. I would have just prefered that to yelling when she caught her in the act. Trainers use this to stop bad behavior even in submissive dogs. Catching her in the act and stopping it to remove her outside is always best. Then she can praise her once she finishes her buisness outside. She has already stated she takes her out every 30 min. The only other thing that I can suggest is kenneling both dogs together (since they want to be together) when she is unable to watch her. As far as the walking three times a day. Not many people have the time to do that. Once a day is far more feasible.
If the dogis scared and timid she needs to be deconditioned and not have a can of pennies shaken after she makes a mistake. She should be in her crate if she does not have 100% of your attention. Going out side for walks and playtime is good so she sees being outside is playtime and inside is be a goood girl time. I do agree with the bitter apple, I use it for my dog and it does wonders. Good luck.
first off no one said to throw the can at her , i was told to just shake it. I do take her for walks, more so trying to get her used to people. I let her out every 20 to 30 mins, she is good at going to the door to let me know she needs out as well. She has to get used to the fact people are not out to hurt her but just to take care of her.
The can of pennies is used to snap her out of what she is focusing on wither it be peeing in the house or jumping on a child. It's not a bad thing even for a submissive dog to know where their boundaries should be. It is actually worse for the submissive dog to be felt sorry for and coddled. All that is doing is reinforcing the bad behavior. If she corrects her dog as she is catching her in the act she is setting boundaries for her. Why in the world would you just ignore bad behavior? If she pees on the floor and she doesn't catch her doing it she can't correct the behavior because the dog doesn't understand. Dogs live in the moment and need to be taught in the moment.
You need to limit the dogs roaning area. Some people disagree when I say get an exercise pen, but it worked for me and I just went to a Border Collie breeder site and she does the same training I used for my dogs on all her puppies and her puppies are looking for their potty spot at 5 to 6 weeks. I cover the excercise area with pee pads. Then I take one pad away until there is only one pad (it takes a few weeks with very young puppies). Then I put the pad outside. I stay with the puppy and use the words, go potty, when the puppy is going on the pad. I praise a lot. After awhile I don't use the pad and just say go potty and they go. It does take time to house train a puppy and you do need to limit the area than they roan when you are not able to give them your attention. Now that my dogs are house trained I use the exercise pen when I'm home, but have repair people over or people who are not used to dogs being all over them.
You do need to be careful with shy dogs and scaring them more. I have a dog who is scared of new things, he would go crazy with a penny can where as our terrier we had for 16 years needed the penny can just to get her attention. A scared dog you might try talking softer. Use a lot of praise and focus on the good rather than the bad behaviors. They take longer to trust and lose that trust faster than a more out going dog. My dog would bark at every dog he saw because he was scared. I started only allow him to go up to dogs that I know are dog friendly so he has a positive encounter. When he doesn't bark I praise him for being so good. I use a lot of treats also. People who knew him a couple of years ago comment how he is a different dog. He is still the same dog, but he is trusting me to keep him safe from the things that bother him.