We recently got ourselves a 10week old french bulldog (3/4)/ boston terrier (1/4) mix puppy and I would just like to ask a few questions about training him first.
On average, how long does it take to housebreak a puppy? So far he's been pretty good about going outside (helps that we take him out every hour or so), but he hasn't learned to tell us when he needs to go. We have 2 other dogs but we got them already trained so this is new to us heh. He's not a very vocal puppy.. at least not yet... so how can we teach him to tell us when he needs to go? Or is he still too young for that right now? I'm home all day so I can watch him alot, and race him outside if it looks like he's sniffing around too much, but I don't know if this is teaching him anything. Also, what are you supposed to do to discipline a puppy when he does something bad such as poo/pee in the house? Or get into something he's not supposed to.. etc. I obviously don't want to spank/bop/anything him, but my "No's" and "Eh Eh's!" don't really seem to have any impact on him.
I know some people who have used a bell on the door. The dog hits the bell with nose or paw to let you know it wants out. You would have to train it to use the bell though. Have you ever taught a dog a trick before?
When a puppy is doing something you don't like, chewing a shoe, distract it with something else, toy. Keep puppies busy and they are less likely to be doing bad things. They are like children, when they are bored they look for things to do and sometimes they don't make the best choices.
Another thing about going potty sometimes they are having so much fun they wait to the last minute and then it might be too late to avoid an accident. The puppy isn't being bad it was just a little too distracted. You don't need to punish it just learn to read the puppy's behaviors.
I have had success with poochie bells. My yorkie is now 13 weeks old and I got her when she was 10 weeks old. We hang the bells on the door that we use everytime we go potty. At first she was scared of them, but you basically just stick to the same routine. Everytime you go out, you say the same thing. We say "Let's go potty. Ring the bells". At first we rang them for her and then off we go outside. Now, we say it, but we point to them and she rings them herself. We praise her for ringing them then out we go. The last few days, she has been running to them herself and ringing the crap out of them. That is when we know to take her out. It is the cutest thing ever. One thing to keep in mind is that if you do use the poochie bells, never give them treats for ringing the bells. If you do that, you are teaching them to ring the bells for treats not ring them to go potty. We also take treats outside and give them to her after she pottys. I don't do this everytime because sometimes it looks like she is faking peeing so that she'll get a treat. As of now, I wait until we get back inside to give her a treat for pottying. While I'm outside though I do verbally praise the heck out of her when she does potty.
If you do use the poochie bells, make sure everyone in your family is using the same phrase and if you should have the dog go somewhere else during the day like we do that whoever takes care of him/her uses the same techniques and consistency. Consistency is key. She seems to be getting the hang of them and has ran and rang the bells consistently for the last few days so I know she is getting it.
On average, how long does it take to housebreak a puppy?
This depends on the breeding environment, like a puppy mill or byb. The pups are in crates and will potty anywhere it feels like it. Some are trained quickly and others up to a year. Some never do get it as they tell me.
So far he's been pretty good about going outside (helps that we take him out every hour or so), but he hasn't learned to tell us when he needs to go.
He won't yet, you have to just take him out often.
I'm home all day so I can watch him a lot, and race him outside if it looks like he's sniffing around too much, but I don't know if this is teaching him anything. Also, what are you supposed to do to discipline a puppy when he does something bad such as poo/pee in the house?
You take a newspaper and roll it up and hit it over your head and say I was not watching my puppy close enough! LOL That is what my trainer told me and she was right. They do not understand rubbing the nose in potty. They just think wow this stinks, why are they doing this? Unless you catch them in the act. Pick them up when going potty and carry them outside at that moment. Saying NO BAD PUPPY. Have a towel handy.
Or get into something he's not supposed to.. etc. I obviously don't want to spank/bop/anything him, but my "No's" and "Eh Eh's!" don't really seem to have any impact on him.
I do understand not wanting to hit. I will not hit also. They are animals not punching bags.
I have tapped on the nose for the chewing on stuff that shouldn't be. It worked on Blaze.
Hey good luck, each puppy is different so give your self some time and you will see what works best for you and your pup.