We have two dogs, Hammy who is about a year old and is a boxer/lab mix, and pebbles who is about ten weeks old and her mom was a doberman/rottwiler and her dad was a boxer/lab. Her litter had 12 pups and we met the parents--very sweet. two of the litter looked like the spitting immage of a rottwieler and she was the biggest of the bunch so we chose her. we got her when she was only 5 weeks old.
hammy wasnt too difficult to potty train. it took some time, and some patience, but he is a perfect little boy. he was easy to train because he never, ever wanted to go in his crate.
pebbles on the other hand... since day one, has had no problem sitting in her pee or poo. in fact she rolls in it and gets herself covered. we thought she would grow out of it...
they have a nice big fenced yard to roam in.. and unfortunately, she had a lot of inconsistency in training the first few weeks we had her because we moved from an apartment to a house.
i dont just let her out and run in the yard, i walk with her as she sniffs everything, and make sure that i am there to praise her and give treats should she potty in the grass. the problem is... she rarely does. if i let her in the house she runs and finds a corner to poo within minutes of being let inside, or does so within minutes of being crated. i have varied the time we are outside and have stayed out there up to half an hour.. making my mind up to not return inside until she goes. but shes proven to be even more stubborn than me.
heres the thing: she LOVES her baths. she gives her paws, turns over, and just adores the whole process of being cleaned. especially being dried off. she rolls everywhere and is mrs. lovey dovey. and i would be mad if only she wasnt so darn cute.
anyone have advice? why does she love being covered in her own poop??? i have never had a dog who did this. even when hammy did go in his kennel.. he would go in the corner and move away from it. he had no desire to get it on himself.
her.. she just goes right smack in the middle and rolls in it. so.. if the key to crate training is counting on the instinct that they dont want to mess their 'den' ... what on earth do we do when they dont seem to have a problem with it???
Get a long rope of bells for your door knob. Every time you take the puppy outside ring the bell. I had the same problem with my puggle just sitting in her poo. the books all say they won't mess in their kennel but she always did. I had to take her out every 3 hours on the dot then stand their and say "Potty".when she went she got a small piece of cheese. She had to be on a leash and kept on task. If she drank water, ate or played hard it was more frequently. ALso outside immediately following a nap. I worked full time too and so I wasn't always consistent either. I spanked her as well even though they say not to. i nver spanked her if she went in her kennel though because I fiqured it was my fault for not taking her out. At 8 months she is completely potty trained and uses the bells. She even uses the bells to just go outside to check out the dog next door. Good luck. PS: puppy pads or spray never worked for us at all.
i have 5 dogs. two lab mixes, one red dobie female and 2 chiuahas (if i spelt that right). I never had a problem training any of them. i followed the dobie breeder advice (since my 1st dobie, i am on my third) - she stated, no food or water after 7pm, then take them out before going to bed, like around 8/9/10, or so. after you feed them in the morning, give them only 1 hour and take them out again, praise them when they relieve themselves and wallah, it worked! the small ones i have training pads in case i don't catch them (they go very often) but, so far, so good. you have to be on top of them 24/7.