Your pup will need some time to realize what you expect from him. Its you that has to teach him how to behave in a human world. He will need to go out for a potty break about 10 to 20 minutes after he eats. Also after he sleeps or after he plays he should be taken outside. Praise him and tell him what he is doing like: good peepee. Ignore him when he makes a mistake in the house and praise him when he does his business outside. Go out with him if you want to praise him as soon as he has done his business. It takes a little while but with persistence you will have a trained dog. If you catch him in the act of peeing you could say NO! just to sieze him and then pic him up and take him out right away. Don't forget to praise when he does well. I took positive reinforcement classes with Zoe and really enjoyed them.
I bet you all pick up your little dogs at the dog park so that they don't get trampled too? oh no poo-poo can't go outside he has to be inside with me all the time. why is everyone giving callmas...etc such a hard time? did anyone even finish reading the post? What predators are lurking in my backyard waiting to eat my puppy!? puppy-hawks?! You can peek out through the window, to keep an eye on it while its out there for a short period of time. The puppy doesn't have to be abandoned outside to roam through the woods for a place to pee. Oh ya, and what about the predators inside my house, should we look out for those as well? Maybe we should train the puppies to use toilet paper too? What is the big deal? No one who takes the time to go online webforums about loving dogs is going to abuse their puppy and leave it to freeze. Okay so who is really dumb here? Do we have nothing better to do at 2 hours intervals in the middle of the nights to take out the puppy, somehow that is a better way to train it? Do you also stop to ask the puppy about how that makes it feel, or how you feel about that, give me a break. While I would not train my puppy the way callmas..whatever suggests, the rest of you are just haters. Sleep tightly, except you, the one waking up every two hours to take out the puppy to pee. Watch out for predators.
Actually, depending on where you live, there are plenty of dangers for a small puppy if left unattended outdoors:
Large birds of prey like hawks or owls Coyotes Theft Cruelty Stray dogs Poisonous plants Any number of things they could get into with their puppy curiosity.
I remember an episode of emergency vets where corgi litter mates began having seizures because they got into something in the yard and the owner felt horrible because she had not been out to see what it was and they never found it what they'd gotten into.
I live in the city and 4 years ago, my puppy was kicked by a drunken neighborhood buffoon when I wasn't out there paying attention to what was going on. Thankfully, my father saw it and told me what had happened so I could go out and immediately take care of it. I will never leave my dogs unattended again, that was a horrible lesson to learn. It's not going to kill you to stand out there with the pup for a few minutes while it eliminates.
To answer the original question, puppies normally need to be taken out every couple of hours. The older they get, the longer they are able to control their bladders and they will drink a little less water. Beyond that, some signs your dog has to go to the bathroom are sniffing/circling/restlessness. I always brought my puppies out in the morning after they were fed and in the evening after they were fed as well. Best to be left safely in a dog crate at night or when you are not home for any length of time.
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I just do not think that dogs have foggiest Idea that a house is a house. Nor do they realize that the people pay the bills and own it. A dog simply potties where it potties because they think it is okay to relieve themselves in that spot. Why not here? is what they think. I can see how the Outside Idea will work, but not because he why he says. Dogs have a natural instinct to go the bathroom in the same place So they do not get sick. They do not know this why they do it, They just know that they always poop in generally the same area. So, if a dog spends most of it's time outside, it will make a potty spot, and then have a biological instinct to poop and pee there. I do not think this will be as effective as say using crate, because a crate mimics a den...and since a house is to big for a dog to realize the entire house is the den. They may use a certain room or place in the house as the designated potty spot.
Also Ceasar Millan is not the "inventor" of this archaic training. Nor did he coin any of the terms like Calm Assertive...He simply took what a dog trainer named William Koehler had been doing in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Though the best of his time. his training is simply outdated, and we are Light years passed this. A behaviorist named B.F. Skinner, enlightened us to the effects of rewards and consequences. Though Skinner was extremely radical also believeing animals were not capable of emotion. He simply thought they were simple minded and operated simply based on cause and effect. Koehler though was more of the mind set that relationship was more important, especially rank and social structure of the relationship. These were largely based on studies done of wild wolves.
We have found that rank stucture does have it's place in the forming of relationship...But Koehler and milan are hugely based on the fact that all the dogs are need to be "made" submissive, and all handlers need to "establish" dominace. What we have found with dogs in comparison to wolves, is that few dogs...very few are even concerned about rank. And most of those dogs will become less concerned once they feel safe, and provided for. They will revert back to trying to establish dominance if they feel threatend or if losing resources. Most dogs though most of this has been bred out of them. Many people claim that certain breeds...especially breeds like the GSD, Dobie, Rotti have this still...and some do. but these dogs were bred to work FOR humans. Not to be in this oppositional relationship that warrants rolls, and scruff shakes or 2 fingers to the neck.
And speaking of Ceasar, I have a beef that he claims he can rehab any dog. I know a trainer of Malinois in California, that had a dog that was so dangerous it literally could kill a man, she had bought it from the Austian special ops of thier military. She took the dog to Ceasar...He tried his bag of tricks and never even got the dog out of the crate. The dog was later put to sleep. So there are dogs out there that even the great Ceasar cannot even get out a crate let alone rehab.
But if you buy the book "The Koehler Method of Dog Training" do not be to upset when you read it. You will see all the catch phrases, the ideaology...everything was someone elses ideals.
I love also how all the Ceasar Followers just adopt what Ceasar says. I for one used to be a Ceasar follower. I had minimal results. Of course I did not have the magic he has...Whatever that maybe. So, I started to think for myself, got hooked up with some progressive trainers...and found much to the contrary of what Ceasar claims. I have a dog that had absolutley zero dominace placed on her...I let her get away with everything, even biting me in the nose as a baby. And through re-direction, positive association, operant conditioning, and classical conditioning. have one of the best dogs I have ever owned....whom does not fear me and treats me with mutual respect.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
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