My puppy is 12 weeks old. During the day, she stays gated in the kitchen, in which she only goes potty on the pad. And she sleeps in her kennel in our bathroom at night, through the entire night :) My question is : Are we suppose to be keeping her in the kennel during the day as well? My husband comes home at lunch. He could let her out then? I read on another thread that we should be leaving her in there at all times to get her used to the crate, but she already is.... I'm confused? Another thing is, I have her on a schedule when to eat, so that I can pretty much tell when she has to use the restroom and I bring her to the pad in which she'll go. But for the past day or so, she has been going to the restroom around the house... what am I doing wrong? Another thing... When do you start feeding puppies only twice a day? She eats now 3 times a day with a snack in between meals....
I would be more consistent with the crate training. If she is in there at night, she should be in there during the day as well. Especially since you said your husband can come home and let her out for a little bit. Maybe it depends on the breed of dog you have, but I always thought that pee pads were a bad idea. It is basically like training a dog to pee in the house. Crate train and take her outside.
Alot of owners are really not sure how the crate is supposed to be used. Housetraining is really about training the puppy to hold their bladder for periods of time. Being in a small crate keeps them from wandering the house and peeing just anywhere, thus it actually becomes a habit, so the puppy keeps doing it. If a puppy is left in the crate to long between pee trips, and starts to pee in the crate, after a few times that will become a new habit, thats why many pet store puppies, will pee in their crate, becasue at the pet store no one walked them, so they peed where they ate and slept. In the beginning of house training, the period inbetween pee breaks, starts off at small intervals, like an hour for a few days, then its increased to two and so on. You are training their bladders to hold it slowly. Keep in mind that you must never leave a puppy unattended and loose in the house. He/she should never be scolded for accidents in the house, casue thats your fault for not takeing control of the puppies movements, or recogniseing the signs they need to go out. They must be praised for peeing where you want them too. And some dogs/puppies perceive scolding as some form of attention, or reward for what ever they have done, so don't do that. Besides, they will never understand your reasons why they cannot pee in the house. Let them earn access to each room slowly and over time. The puppy doesn't know Mentally right from wrong the way we do, their mind is more in the Mentallity of a toddler of two. They think more like "if I do this I get this" We call this casue and effect learning. Make a desision where you want the puppy to pee and stick with it, every household is different and you need to decide whats best for you, I do perfer that dogs pee outside, but you have to admit, its nice to know if you can't make it home fast enough, theres a pee pad just in case.
I agree with the above posts.. We went with the "the kennel is the den" thing.. Once they knew not to pee in the kennel, you "expand the den" and open up another room to them, ie expanding the den.. Once they know not to pee in that room, you open another room, again expanding the den.. Soon enough the HOUSE will be the den and outside will be where the dog knows to potty.. We also DEFINATELY didn't use pee pads.. You ARE training the dog to go inside.. Also, don't let the dog pee on anything resembling the flooring of your house.. We have ceramic tile, so the dogs are not allowed to pee on the patio since its basically the same thing.. So far we have NOT had problems with the older two.. The new pup is another story.. She WAS allowed to pee in the kennels (which had grass) at the breeders, so she goes into the outdoor kennel and pees and poops on the patio.. Hopefully she'll get over that soon.. Our dogs are over a year old now and we STILL feed them 3+ times a day.. We watch how much we feed them, but we still spread it out.. I know with big dogs some times they gobble down their food if they're too hungry so they're prone to bloat.. So, we're trying to avoid that by feeding more frequently and in an elevated bowl..