My aussie pup knows to go outside and to use his puppy pads, but for some reason he just started insisting he needs to go on one of our rugs and on the kitchen floor. I also noticed that every time he drinks water it seems like he makes himself pee right in front of his bowl. It's usually just a tiny amount too.
He's a smart boy and already knows the command I use for him to go potty and at night we have no worries he'll use his pads, it's just when we're awake he seems to want to go out on the rug and in the kitchen. What is the best way for me to break him of his habit. He's just started it within the last three days or so.
Also, I know he's really young and I don't mind if he mouths me or even nibbles, he just tends to get a little too rough. I was told that they will learn how hard they can play with one person to another. My boyfriend likes to play rough, I don't so much, lol.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Other than that though he's an incredible dog.
Congrats on your new pup! I also have an Aussie pup as well
On the potty pads, I don't believe in using them at all. That is just my opinion. It's either outside, or pads. One or the other. If you use both all the time, the puppy can get confused, that is probably why he is going on your kitchen rug.
Potty training takes alot of time and patience. They usually don't really "get it" until 4-6 months of age. The key to success, is to be VERY consistent. A good idea is to take him out every hour if he is still young. Since he is going in the house, I would suggest kepping an eye on him constantly. If you see any signs of going, sniffing around, going in circles, acting anxious, take him out right away. When he is already squating, it is too late!
Always praise him when he goes where you want him to. Never scold him when he goes in the house.
First off, get rid of the rug. No matter how much you wash it, they will still use it. Even if you cannot smell it, they can. For now, don't keep any rugs on the floor to tempt him.
Is he crate trained? You say you can trust him to use the pad at night? If he is crate trained, he does not need a potty pad. He will not eliminate in his crate, so he will cry to be let out to potty during the night. I strongly reccomend the crate, it helps you, and your dog in the long run. It also keeps him safe when you cannot keep an eye on him.
On the biting, you have to stop it now, or else it will get worse when he gets older. You can play tug of war, but you have to play it right. Don't always let him win, you have to win 50% of the time. Just teach him to let go when YOU wan't him to, not when he want's to.
Good luck! I hope this helps, and others will be by to help.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!