Hey guys, i just bought an amstaff not to long ago and hes now 10 weeks. I'm aware that puppies at this stage do tend to "go" in the house, but hes been "going" more and more in the house. my family and i try our best to take him our every 2 hours or so. We go outside, he does his job and then we go in, an hour or so he potties again but in the house. So my question is.. is it the owners fault for not taking him out enough? or is he just not house-trained yet.. or maybe im just expecting to much right now from a puppy.
I got Rocky about 2 weeks ago and started to take him out to potty, I'm scared that he might build a custom of "going" in the house and not outside. When he does pee in the house, he would go anywhere he pleases, but when he poops he only goes to my hallway in the house. If that's the case, should i just paper train him? Would it be confusing for Rocky to switch up from eliminating outside to inside? Because I'm starting to lean more upon paper-training. I'm open for all tips and criticism, to better myself and my boy Rocky! PLEASE HELP!
***Edited By: willnoojin on 5/27/2009 6:44:05 PM*** Reason: add-ons
10 weeks is still very young and they cannot control themselves yet, and need to go about every hour during the day. When they turn about 3-4 months they can control themselves better. If he is going freqeuently in the house, I would start taking him every half hour just so he learns that outside is where he needs to relieve himself, and do not let him out of your sight. Since he is going alot in the house he is still thinking it is OK to do so, and do not let him have any accidents. Unless you want him to learn to use a potty pad for the rest of his life, I would not reccomend them, because he will get confused if you switch back and forth. Is he crate trained? If not I would reccomend it because that will help out, and he will not soil his bed, and when you cannot keep an eye onhim it is good to keep him in there. Do not give him food or water an hour before bedtime, and he will not keep you up all night :) My puppy is 11 weeks and I have done all that I have stated, and I have not had any accidents at all. I hope this will help you out.
***Edited By: riley1 on 5/27/2009 8:48:19 PM*** Reason: *
Male puppies just seem to have to go more then the girls. I put a wee wee pad down and my guy uses it when I am not looking. I have to agree, we go out and I swear 5mins later he had to go again. I have found the wee wee pads work well for this. I did hide mine in the bedroom and he has only missed once.
I don't have to worry about fully housbreaking him because he will be a breeding male. when he starts lifing his leg, the male wrap goes on. You could also try a male wrap, they work great.
He is only 10wks old, Most puppies don't really get it until they are at least 6months.
Thank you much!! he is crate trained, but from time to time he will pee in his "home", only because i don't take him out in the middle of the night. If you're doing the exact same thing, then so shall I. LOL Should i steam-clean my carpet so it gets rid of the smell to prevent him from having accidents. personally i dont smell anything, but would it be a good idea to.
I have also, starting today, introduced him to his leash. i was told by other to just let him roam around the house dragging it first, then he should pick it up. Any tips?
Taking him ou during the night is very important (unfortunatly losing sleep is part of the "puppy training" process). Just keep the crate next to your bed so you can hear him wake up at night. I got my girl at 8 weeks, and lost some sleep for a couple of weeks, but she is doing better now. She goes potty at 10 pm, and sleeps all the way until 5:30 in the morning (thank God LOL). I play with her pretty hard until bedtime and she sleeps pretty good. On the leash training, I got mine started right away, and she is doing great! Put a harness on your little one, so you do not pull on his tender neck, and you can let him drag a leash around, just really watch him so he does not get tangled up. They pick it up really fast. Just do not let him walk on the ground outside your property until 4 months when he has his entire set of shots. Yes I would steam clean your carpet, that will help because even though you cannot smell anything, you dog still can.