hey everyone im new to the forum but am seeking advice and help. Me and my wife recently brought into the family a great dane pup, his name is hemi and he is now about 12 weeks old. Hemi is a love and rarely does anything wrong, he already knows sit, shake, and lay down. he even responds to NO BEG, and will lay down in a opposite spot of the room. However hemi is having trouble with the potty training routine. he gets treats when he does his buisness outside, but he rarley makes a effort to go outside, mostly squating were he happens to be and either pee's or poops. any tips to break him of his habits would be great, we also have a pointer and have never had a issue with the potty training with her. We are very patient and are willing to try anything with hemi, for as we all know hemi will only be a puppy great dane for so long, it wont be long befor he is great dane leaving mountains, and swimming pools for mom and dad. Note- Hemi does do his buisness when outside with his sister, they go out often to play and run in the yard, however when brought inside he will imediately pick a spot to pee even in little amounts, what do we do guys. we considered wee wee pads, but he is a dane, they dont make massive wee wee pads....HELP
After they sleep, after they eat, after they play,YOu take them out. I would take him out on a leash and make sure he realizes he is there to potty and not to play. Good luck !!! Make sure to praise that dog have a party when they do it outside :)
Have you attempted to crate train him? He won't just ask to go out at this age. Unless you are home 24/7 and catch him after he wakes up, take him out, feed him, take him out, and so on, he will have to be crate trained, because he's used to peeing and pooping in the house. I know you have to have a massive crate, but it will be worth it in the long run. Good luck with him.
Hey guys thanks for the tips, we certainly praise him greatly when he does good, and with every day he seems to get a little better. We are taking into consideration the kennel training idea, it seems like a reasonable idea but are still not to keen about kennels. Hemi goes out every hour or every time he wonders from our sight, sometimes he grunts and sits to display he is not in the mood to go outside, but we bing him out anyway and he usually ends up peeing within the first minute, we are hopeing to do the pestering technique to inspire him to do his messes outside and not inside.
If you are with the dog 24/7 it will be a lot easier to train him to go outside. When I said crate training, I didn't mean it as a punishment, just a tool to help you, because most dogs will not do their business in their bed, so to speak. Where does he sleep at night? ] >
Was your pup younger than 12wks when you got him? A pup should not be taken away (I realize in some situation this is not possible) until at least the 12th week. Puppies imprint on their moms until this age. I totally agree with Pen on this. A crate would help your pup immensely. If he was taken away to soon, he could be insecure and confused. I know you are showing him support and love but unless you are with him 24/7 it will not be enough. He should be crated when you are not with him or cannot watch him. As soon as you let him out you should leash him and take him out to the spot you want him to use, to do his business. Then as soon as he has completed his task, praise him in a very happy voice and take him in IMMEDIATELY do not allow him to play or explore after his business has been completed. He should only be allowed outside (for now) to do his business. This will condition him to "when outside, I do my business". A dog will usually want to eliminate: When first waking up, after eating/drinking,after or during play. Watch your pup for a pattern. Keeping him on a leash during this process will do several things for you. It makes him comfortable with this thing that has a hold of him, it helps you keep control of him and in the area of the yard you want him to use,keeps him within 6ft. of you,(which conditions him to not run away when off lead) And last but not least helps you condition him to come when called. (I know I am off the subject now... lol). I cannot tell you how important it is that you go outside with your pup until he finishes his job, then right back in. If you let him out by himself you won't be sure if he did his business and he will not make the connection of being outside to do business because he also chased a frog, fought with a blade of grass etc... Anyway hope this helps you, because as you said " It won't be long before he is making mountains and swimming pools" Good Luck p.s. A crate will also help with seperation anxiety which can cause alot of other behavioral problems.
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