I got my golden retriever pup when she was 3 months old and she was not housetrained. We thought we could do it without a crate, but we have found out this is not working. I haven't got the crate yet, but have been keeping her leashed in the kitchen so she won't "go" on the carpet. My husband says this is traumatic to her since she has always been able to be right where we are. My question is, will starting crate training now be too hard on her and is leashing her away from me a bad thing to do with her since she is so used to being close by?
Is there a reason the crate can't be put in the Liveingroom?Or even a pen that you can move around. Get the pup out a little more often, start housetraining all over. Its never to late to start with the crate, if all good things happen in the crate the puppy will start to enjoy being in or near the crate.So feed in the crate, give all treats and bones in there.
Thanks for the input. I'll keep all that in mind. We have a fence that we put up across the kitchen right now when we are going to be gone. She has been doing really well at not going in the kitchen. I hate to keep her in the crate from 8 to 3 everyday. Will it be too confusing for her if we move back and forth between the two?
If you have the patience, you can keep her with you on the leash whereever you go in the house. The goal is to not go in the house, doesn't matter how you do it. When enough time passes that the dog does NOT go in the house and DOES go outside, then the outside will be her routine spot. Dogs are creatures of habit. All you have to do is create the habit. But it isn't easy, it takes staying power on your part. And a bad habit is next to impossible to break, so prevention is the best medicine.
Thank you for the feedback. I have done the leashing to myself, which I don't mind except for when she wraps up around things. For the most part I can leave her loose and she generally stays with me at all times(she's likes to follow me everywhere) and she hasn't had an accident yet. Whenever I am doing something that requires my full attention, though, I do leash her to me. I am hoping that she has started to develop her "habit" of going outside already. She hasn't had an accident in the house yet, and she already has a certain spot that she heads to outside. My patience does wear thin sometimes when she's tied to me, but it's better than smelly carpets:) Thanks again.
It should not be too late to crate train your pup. And please don't think of crate training as punishment! Here are a few more potty training tips that may help:
The sooner you potty train your puppy the better. You want to establish good habits from the start. And a dog who has never gone potty in the house will never consider the house a place *to* go potty. I’ve always found the puppies we purchased from actual farms were the easiest to house-train. They only ever wanted to go potty on grass or hay – as they had only ever gone in the barn or outside. They frequently wouldn’t even go potty in a parking lot – we’d need to find grassy areas on the way home for them to go potty.
Most important things to remember when potty training:
1. Close supervision. Do not let him out of your sight! Watch him as though you were babysitting a very young child who could/would get in trouble if you didn't watch them. A puppy is the same as a toddler in this respect.
If you see your puppy starting to sniff around take him outside right away. *If you can't supervise keep him in a crate*. Some people have tied their dog's leash to their waist while potty training - but you still need to *pay attention* - or he'll pee on your foot!
2. If you find him going potty in the house say "NO!" in a sharp tone of voice and take him outside to finish. It could help to put the paper towel you clean the mess with outside so he will have the scent there. Be sure to *thoroughly* clean and de-odorize the area where he pottied in the house. Use special products made for this purpose - or he will go there again. In fact, watch him *extra closely* when he starts sniffing around those areas.
3. Take him outside about once an hour whenever possible. Do NOT play with him until after he goes potty! When he does go potty give him a treat and then PLAY with him. Reward him lavishly and immediately!
4. Control when he eats and drinks - and be sure to take him outside about 15 minutes after he eats or drinks or wakes up. (Be sure he gets plenty of food though and especially plenty of water.) Continue to take him outside for about 5 minutes every 15 minutes until he goes. But *watch him* the whole time! And be sure to *praise and reward* (treats, praise, and play) every single time he does go potty in the proper place
I know this is a lot of work at first until you form the habit. But really, it is the only way it can be done. Be sure you have the proper size crate. Ask at a pet store before buying one. -- Take him outside as much as possible to increase his opportunity to eliminate outdoors - and if he doesn't go outside do NOT take your eyes off him when you bring him in. Most importantly: lavishly praise and reward and play with him when he does go outside. Hope this helps! Michele http://www.e-dog-training.com
I agree with Michele. Got a goldendoodle puppy from a puppy farm...9 weeks old...never pooped in the house. He also pees as soon as he walks out on the grass BUT if he's in the house we have to kep a close eye on him at all times. He will pee in the kitchen if we don't take him out right away after playing or waking from a nap. We crate him at night and sometimes during the day but we like him to have free reign of the kitchen. He barks to poop outside but will pee inside if he has to. Michele...any suggestions. I am a pretty new member.
Thanks for all your advice Michele. Tasha has actually gotten much better at waiting until we get outside. She had one accident the other night because I didn't get up in time to take her out. That was entirely my fault. I didn't catch her doing it, but my foot found the wet spot. I am waiting for a crate to show up from a friend, so we are just keeping her gated in the kitchen at night and when we are gone and she has done really well. When she is out of the kitchen, she is always right with me, underfoot, so it's easy to keep an eye on her. Now, the big problem is keeping her from peeing whenever people come in. I tell them not to look at her or talk to her, but sometimes she gets so excited that she just lets it go. I try to get her out of the room before anybody comes in and she sees them. If you were to guess, how long would you suppose it will take for her to become completely trained so we won't have to gate her in?
I read something on here the other day about teaching dogs to rollover. I was just scrolling through the general dog topics and found it. I think you're supposed to get them into the lie down position and take a treat and work it from the front, down the side and around the back of the dog, while giving the rollover command. The dog is supposed to follow it with their head and their body will go along with it. I haven't tried it out yet with my dog, but I'm anxious to try. If I can get her to sit still long enough:) You might try scrolling through some of the topics if you don't hear anything else back. I'm not sure how far back it was. Or ask Michele. She is listed further up on this thread telling me about crate training. She left an email addy. I'll get it and repost right after this. Her web addy is www.e-dog-training.com