I am a new dog owner. My family adopted a cockapoo from a shelter, and he is about 7 months old. I've been having a few problems with him. My first is, he goes to the bathroom on the floor daily. We take him out often throughout the day, and he will go pee, and when we come in he will poop on the floor. He also has uninated on the floor several times. I need some advice on discipline for him, and teaching him to give me a signal when he needs to go out. My next problem with him is chewing. I have young children at home with lots of toys, and the toys are always being eaten up, along with my son's pacifiers. Any advice on stopping these behaviors?
Do you have a crate for him? if not, definately invest in one! I dont know where I would be without one for Bailey! They help with the toilet training and its a good place to put them if you cant keep your eye on them at the time. It took a few weeks for Bailey to learn to signal us, and for us to learn what the signal was! He got praised and a treat each time he went to the toilet outside and eventually something in his brain went "click!" and he now knows to go to the door to be let out so he gets treated and not told off!
Bailey is a real chewer as well and will eat anything he can get his teeth on, so we've had to perservere and try to encourage him chewing his own things rather than ours. We use "bah" as a corrective sound and sometimes put him on his leash so we can check him by pulling it gently and saying bah to him to let him know hes doing wrong, then redirecting him to a toy or something.
Have you thought about puppy school or obedience for your dog? It helped Bailey when he started!
do you live in a house? If so get a doggy door. I got one that fits onto my patio door and it was so much easier to train her that way then my precious dogs. She potty trained in three days and I dont have to worry about her having to signal me. If I forget to open the door back up she will go to it and cry and then start running around the house up and down the stairs. When she acts crazy it's the first thing I check! So I guess that IS her signla :) Good Luck