We've been working on house training our 12 week old Boston puppy. We've been crating him during the day when we're at work (I come home at lunch to walk him) and at night when we sleep (he gets let out at least once during the night). We've just been really good about taking him out every couple of hours, and a few times, he even barked at the door to let us know he had to go out. He has had some accidents in the crate but they are getting more and more infrequent. He hasn't really had any accidents in the house outside of the crate in a couple of weeks.
Last night, he was playing in the living room while my husband and I were watching tv, and he went and peed inside his crate. It was our fault that we weren't paying attention, but he didn't bark or give us any sign that he had to go. Now we're afraid that he may think that he's supposed to go in his crate. We were going to try to leave his crate locked so he can't get in there to pee, but I want him to be able to go in there when he wants to take a nap and such. My husband wants to try to train him to ring a bell to go out, but I've been reading that it's not a good technique because you're actually training the dog to control you.
Other than watching him very closely while he's playing for any signs that he has to go out, does anyone have any advice on how to train him to alert us that he has to relieve himself? Thanks!
This is pretty typical of Bostons, in my opinion, they tend to 'slip' when they're still young. There's no real tricks involved, he will know he made a mistake, when you scold him, make sure you sternly say, "No, bad, outside", when he pees inside, he'll get it, Bostons are very smart. If he has peed in his crate, make sure you scrub the urine out very well; so he can't smell it. Basically, it's a matter of patience, and perseverance, and he will learn. Good luck.
Pen, we didn't yell at him at all. I thought that you weren't supposed to discipline a puppy for going inside, because technically, it's your own fault. Should we yell at him? We didn't catch him in the act, we didn't notice until a few minutes after he had done it. I don't want to make him feel guilty for something he has no control over.
If you catch the puppy in the "Act" Scold him, pick him up and carry him out side, and wait until the puppy goes. But if you find the mess after they have done it, do not scold him. It does not matter if it happened five hours or five seconds ago, the pup will not under stand the scolding.Only scold your pup if you find him in action weeing. This worked for my pups and I hope it will work for yours. Also once the dog is around five to seven months old they will have better bladder control. Prissypets-
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If you can, avoid punishing your puppy because it made a mistake in the house. Good dog training will reprimand defiant and purposeful behaviours. More often than not housebreaking mistakes are just that, MISTAKES. Your puppy has no control over mistakes. That is why they called 'mistakes'.
If your puppy is going to the bathroom in the crate consider these steps:
1) Is the crate too big, make it smaller.
2) Do you have a large cover in the crate? Often dogs will use the cover like toilet paper. They will go to the bathroom and then try to cover it. Use a smaller cover.
3) Is your puppy on a good eating and drinking schedule? Most young puppies will need to pee or poo soon after they eat or drink. This is called the gastric-reflex.
4) Are you making sure the crate is clean, clean, clean after your puppy's last mistake? Crates that smell of pee or poo can make a puppy's housebreaking even worse.
Perhaps I'm not a proper dog trainer, but if I see a pup, of 4 months circling, and or heading to sniff around to pee, I immediately say in a stern tone,'outside', I don't think that's yelling, or even scolding, it's just a reminder, and positive reinforcement of something that the dog basically already knows, but has momentarily lapsed. I never yell and scold, but my tone is lower, and the dog knows exactly what I mean. This has worked for me, and I don't pretend to be a trainer, by any means.