I have a Puggle who is going to be 2 in April and she is untrainable. I have her on a feeding / potty schedule but she can pee more times in one hour then one does in a day. I take her outside but she is also wee wee pad trained since she has an "uncontrolable" blatter. I do not leave water down unless she barks at her empyt dish so its not like she is getting an excess amount of water. When she is bad and steals things off the coffee table and whatnot I discipline her she then gets "even" and pees in the house on the carpet rather then on her pad which she never misses. Not only that but she does not listen...she has total control of the house and thinks everything is a game...I started using a rolled up magazine and pretend like I am going to stike her. She understands that what she did was wrong but again gets even and pees again on the carpet advoiding her wee wee pad. Not to mention she is a poo poo eater. Gross...I have given her the pills to not eat poo but if I forget to give her a dose its right back to poo and this pill popping habit will cost me a fortune.
She eats everything that is not nailed down - not furniture but little things like chapstick, coasters, anything on the floor that is dropped before I can grab it from her...and has already been operated on her stomach and intenstines emptied due to blocking ...SHe just does not get it...
Will she ever go out of this puppy crack stages? What can I do to get her to learn? I have her in a crate when I am not home cause I just dont trust her...Am I missing something...What can I do to get her to understand...She is controlling my world. SHe has lots of toys and bones and she gets a lot of exercise a day...I am at my wits end.
Is she spayed? She may have spay incontinence, and can not help her "uncontrollable bladder". Also sounds like submissive urination is going on as well. Dogs do not pee to "get even" after being disiplined, they do it as a gesture of submission when they feel threatened by a bigger, stronger pack member. Kinda like when kids play "cry uncle," admitting that the one twisting their arm is bigger and stronger so that they will stop. Giving her water when she barks is reinfoircing her idea that she is "in charge of the house." If i were to walk in your house and demand a soda, and instead of ignoring me or correcting my actions, you went and got me a soda, I'd start thinking I could boss you around too. Since water is not left accessable at all times, she is probably bolting larger amounts at a time, which would lead to a more frequent need to urinate as well. Eating poo can be a sign of a nutritional deficency. Are you feeding a high quality food? If she is being striked at for indoor accidents, she may also be trying to hide the evidence. Another reason why discipline is not a good method to housebreak a dog. If the pills are getting expensive, I have heard that feeding a dog pineapple has a similar effect on the taste of poo. You definately need to enroll her in an obedience class... you have many issues to address and a trainer could help you to find the cause of each problem and resolve it. Find one who uses positive reinforcement techniques instead of punishment. And you should take her to the vet to make sure she doesn't have a UT infection or any other reason for the frequent urination before address that further.
It sounds to me like your puggle is very beagle. I think you need to go backwords. Get a trainer or do some obediance. Do not let the dog have the run of the house if she is soiling everything. I also belive she should have fresh water at all time, except for 1hr before bed time. making her bark for her water could teach her to bark for other things she wants. Use an x-pen, and put her food, water, wee wee pad, and her in it. When you can watch her, let her out. We you can put her away.
I have a puggle that comes to daycare, and he will try to snatch everything he can. It seems to be a puggle trait. We give him a big nylabone to chew on, and he is thrilled. You might want to find something that he really likes to chew on. Frozen kongs work well. When one of my puppies gets somthing they are not supposed to have, I trade. I don't get really upset, I give them their toy, and they give up the bad thing. It has worked like a charm.
The poo eating thing may never change. I would try a high quality diet such as Innova, wellness, Merrick, etc. If the dog is eating the poo in the house, and not outside it means they are cleaning up. dogs like to have a very clean den. Try the pineapple. I dont have a problem except for my small puppies and they grow out of it. Good luck with that one.
Knowing the differance between submissive pee, and delibertly going is a big thing. If she is very submissive, she could go even when she is happy. I call that happy pee. I have one who does it all the time. It is very hard to break, and if they do not grow out of it, it is almost impossible. Raising your hand making her think you are going to strike her, could be making it worse. If she is delibertly going, why are you not watching her. If you catch her, take her outside and tell her a firm no. If you are not catching her, that is your fault.
Definatly get her check by the vet for UTI, it can make all the difference in the world.
"It sounds to me like your puggle is very beagle. I think you need to go backwords. Get a trainer or do some obediance. Do not let the dog have the run of the house if she is soiling everything. I also belive she should have fresh water at all time, except for 1hr before bed time." This is exactly what I was thinking. A beagle is known as a "hard-headed" and "stubborn" breed by people who aren't familiar with them. They need repetition, consistency, training and lots of it. Also, if your dog has a beagle's sense of smell it will be able to tell where it peed and will keep going to that spot. You must remove all traces of dog urine from every place on the carpet that was peed on.
I have to disagree with the general statement that a dog will not try to get back at you for some things. We had 2 lab mixes (mother & daughter) that would seek out whoever they felt had done something they didn't like/wasn't fair and pee on that person's shoes. It was something that could not be mistaken for anything other than retaliation against a specific person. The mother did it for about a year after we got her and later, after she passed away the daughter started doing it for a while.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. First and foremostm she is spayed... I have also heard of the pineapple to deter her from eating her poo. I will try that tomorrow and see how that works. Koda is on Science diet R/D which I get from my vet by perscription only...It is for weight management since she tends to get on the chunky side. I have tried also other brands of food so I am not sure that the diet is the problem.
As for training her...I have taken her to doggie kindergarden and and intermediate classes...She passed both but maybe I will get a book that I found at barnes and nobel so I can be work with her more and be a little more constant on the training.
About the water, good point. I will always have water out for her...I suppose that when she barks at the bowl wanting water it just proves to her that barking indeed gives her what she wants.
Going back to the peeing on the carpet...she has only recently started doing that (maybe 3 times last week) - she is wee wee pad trained and NEVER misses...I am getting the carpets cleaned on Monday so maybe whatever smells she senses will be removed professionally rather then the store bought enzyme pet stain and remover...
As for toys, she does have some bones that she loves and she enjoys them...I think we are ok on the toy aspect.
Another thing, please dont think that I hit or beat my dog...I do not...I noticed that when I raise a newspaper she stops her bad behavior but I never EVER strike her.
One thing I forgot to post in my initial message was TV - she watched TV and every anima she see on the TV she goes bonkers over and starts barking / jumping at the TV...I have to quickly change the channel...How do I stop her from doing that?
I have a puggle also. She is 6 months old. I CAN NOT get her housebroken. I can have her outside for hours. She will come in and pee on the carpet. She refuses to poop outside. She will poop in her crate. This has been going on since she was 6 wks old. I got her from a breeder. I am ready to find this dog a new home. I moved into a brand new house. I can't afford for her to ruin my carpet.
She is very energetic which I can deal with. She learns tricks pretty quickly, but refuses to housebreak.
Here is what you can do...I have a wee pad I use in the house and to get her to pee on it I bought her some stuff at the pet sstore it is potty training aid which you spray a little on the pad and it has a Ph balance that dogs can smell and they pee on...I know you dont want to train your dog to go inside but my dog can pee up to 3 to 4 tomes an hour so I have one down as an alternative to always taking her out. (and I lie in a high raise) At the same time...after she pees on the pad, reward her with treats and she will recognize peeing on the pad gets treats afterwards. Another thing maybe you can do is when you do take her out and she/he does go bathrooms get all excitied praise her and give her treats - she will then want to do it more frequently and outside.
Should the dog pee in the house and you choose not to use the pad...place he face in the pee immediately afterwards...DO NOT let any time lapse since they will not recognized they are getting punished for that behavior. Put the dog in the crate as a punishment and let her/him out only when they have calmed down. Take him/her out immediately...Also do not call the dog's name and bad (ie: Koda bad girl in my case) Puggles are very sensative and you should never use a negative with their name...
At the same time I leave her lease on a leash rack right near the door and have it hanging low enough that when and if she does have to go out she will jump or fiddle with her lease...a true indicator that she has to go out...Another one of my friends has a bell on a string and attached it to the doorknob...when it jingles...puppy has to go out...Use treats to show him/her that jingling lease means go out...my dog is stubborn...i taught her shake with the paw and they only time she will do it is when there is human food involved...she does not care for treats...maybe attemp hotdogs to intice the behavior you want.
Dogs should never pee or poo in their crate. Make maybe the crae it to bug - my crate for Koda my puggle is just large enought for her to sit up and turn around...the more room they have they more they tend to go inside. Every time I put Koda in her crate she has her favoite bone and a kong toy to play with - NO water or food or she will drink and probably have to pee or poo. MAke sure that when you clean us the pee you use cleaner that has enzymes that will kill the smell if tey tend to pee in the same spot or area.
I can totally relate...Puggles are hard work but their unconditional love is so worth it. I am constantly trying to work with Koda to reinforce her good behavior. She is almost 2 and still a work in progress. Hope this helps...
Hi I have posted many times, I have a Puggle he is a rescue. He was not potty trained when we got him. He trained in less than a week, poop, he was pee trained. We got him "special treats" easily obtainable, we have had him almost 2 1/2 years he will be 3 on Oct. 15. He to this day gets that treat and ONLY that treat when he poops. For us it worked. As layed back as Rocky is, I do believe because of his tracking ability he is also more Beagle.
He also chewed Everything. what worked. Those tied cloth knots the kind that are either knots by themselves or braided cloth with one two or three knots in it. He LOVES them and doesn't pay any attention to any other kind of toy. "We have thrown out dozens of toys" Give him a cloth knot and it takes him 4 - 8 days till its really ragged we toss them and get him another. Our dollar store has them as well as the pet shops.
If either one of you has a question please email me at email@example.com and I will try to answer. We love Rocky but only got him cause his Keepers decided he was too much trouble. Please don't give up. You guys have an intelligent, wonderful pet, one who has more love than any other dog we have ever owned, and we have had a lot in our lives.
Work with them, We took Rocky to a training school, best money we ever spent, you will love the end result. It takes patience and time, and love. Norma
Training for Puggle is a challenging task faced by most Puggle lovers. To train a Puggle in the correct way is a time-consuming process, which requires a commitment from the owner. The house training process needs a huge amount of patience and regular attention during the initial period.
Unfortunately, many times a new Puggle owner will be faced with the dilemma of how to get their cute and adorable Puppy under control. And, after weeks of trying to get their Puggle to obey, they then decide that they are just going to give up.
Have Patience and Due Diligence! There may be a number of factors to why your Puggle is not doing what you want them to.
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I have a puggle too. she's 1 year old and boy can she be a pain in the butt...but i dont know what i would do without her! she is my lil baby.
BUT the thing is i know she is doing half the things she does to piss me off because believe it or not, puggles are not that stupid! They are pretty intelligent!. The reason why they go to the bathroom every 15 or so minutes is because they want to be outside and know that the only way to do that is if you bring her for a pee every 15 minutes. She eats everything because she is bored. Puggles are meant to be ACTIVE pets. I have mine play with a HUGE husky for 3 hours and by the time we get home, we have to carry her in, and give her a bath (because of all the drooling), she is passed out for a good few hours and even if someone knocks at the door, she doesnt hear them. she dreams and snores sometimes.
The only reason why most puggles act up is because they are built with SOOOOOO much energy and often of the times we cant keep up with them! try bringing your dog for maybe 2-3 small walks 15 minute walks a day and let her energy escape and she will actually start to listen. A tired dog is a happy dog! The reason why she is hard to train is because she is full of energy. she has all day to play games... but if you try to train her when she is tired, there is less chance she will hesitate because she is tired and just wants to lay down.
Trust me on this. I didnt see a light at the end of the tunnel either but EXERCISE is what they need. Try bringing your dog to the dog park and let them run for 20 or 30 minutes if you dont have time to play or walk her... at the end of the day your pup will be too tired to find anything to eat.
and remember... because shes part beagle, she's meant to hunt 90% of the day... dont leave things around that are easy for her to grab at. Give her plenty of stuffed kongs and bones and she'll be your best friend.
if she is very stubborn (like mine) and u find it hard to train.. try getting her a collar that has little prons (LITTLE ones) and when you give her a little yank, it replicates the mothers nip and she will learn to behave. right now she has the free will do destroy and rebel because you let her.
dogs eat poo because they are NOT getting enough nutrience in their diet. Try switching dog foods...
and my puggle is mostly beagle as well... she is not hard at all to train. We got her when she was 10 months old (no training, no obedience, nothing!) and we taught her to sit, lay down, stay (for about 10 minutes at a time and with treats on the floor), shake both paws, and roll over.