Hi everyone! I got a new puppy over the weekend and am trying to lear how to house-train him and train him not to bark/whine we he is put into his crate. He is 9 weeks old right now. Does anyone have advise on how do accomplish these things?
So far, when I catch him peeing or pooping, I clap my hands and take him to either a puppy pad, or outside. The clapping worked a few times to "stop the flow" but does nothing now. Please help! =)
We also got a puppy a few weeks ago. I would take him out every hour to go to the bathroom. When he would do his business I would give him a treat and praise him lavishly. If he went on the floor and I didn't catch it, I just clean it up and don't say anything. I take him out 15 minutes after he eats. If he doesn't go to the bathroom when I take him out, I either keep him on the leash or put him in his crate for about 15 minutes and then try again. I still have some accidents, but things have gotten much better. If he barks when he is in his crate, I use a deep voice and tell him "no bark." Also, I don't ever let him out when he is whining. You don't want to reward bad behavior. I hope that helps :-)
don't take him to "either a puppy pad, or outside" Take him Outside. Take him ONE place so he knows where the appropriate place to pee is. If you take him to a pee pad, you are teaching him he can "sometimes" pee in the house, and that is WAY to complicated for a puppy. He needs ONE place he pees. And yes, act like he has done the most amazing wonderful thing everytime he pees outside. Praise praise praise!
Be patient with him on the whining in the crate. He's lonely after all, and is without his litter mates. Look into getting him something snuggly.. like a snuggley. And you could also put one of your t-shirts or something with your smell on it in the crate with him. Putting the crate next to your bed helps, then he knows he is not alone.
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I am in the same boat! I just got my puppy this past weekend. We have had several accidents, which I know are our fault. She is sleeping in a crate at night which she hates. We put her in our living room in the crate so she could have a radio or tv on at night to help keep her calm (no luck on that) But she does not make a lot of noise when she first wakes up so by the time she whimpers to let me know she is up she has already pooed in her crate. I thougt the crate i had was too big so I went to a smaller one, and she still has accidents in her crate. Which I know is my fault. She is 9 weeks old and of course I know will not sleep thru the night! So how often do I need to get up to wake her up and take her out. It is a viscous cycle becuase she causes a huge commotion during crate time.
Hmmm...those pups are young, folks. I breed and raise toy dogs, and at 8-9 weeks what I do to encourage the puppy training process is set up a small pen where they have a small crate/sleep area (an area big enough only for them to sleep in) and keep that bedding clean. I put a pad or papers right outside the sleeping area. When I see a pup go in the right area, it is PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE. Different breeds train earlier or later, too, and it depends on how your pup was tended by its mom, kept by its breeder.
Bulldog, does she cry in the middle of the night? Our puppy would cry at about 3 in the morning. I would get up and take him out to go. Just make sure that when you do take her out, that you aren't playing with her. Still praise her when she goes, just don't do it quite as excitedly as you do during the day.
Leo, she cried in the middle of the night for a couple of nights! Then after reading some other posts I realized that I was doing wrong so I moved her crate into me bedroom and now she no longer cries. We do have to get up a couple of time through night, but I hear her tags clanking around before she gets a chance to cry.