I started my puppy out with no real set schedule and in return housebreaking has been a pain, yes I know it's all my fault. My puppy Baxter is a 4 months old Chihuahua/Pekingese and he's been doing great with puppy pads, but I want him to know that I only want him to use the pads for emergency as a just in case place to go, I want him going outside the majority of the time. I realize that I have been giving my puppy way too much freedom, and it's going to come to a halt whether he likes it or not. He is adorable, but the peeing on my bed, crying when he can't get his way, and all of the other puppy antics are becoming overwhelming, again my fault. I'm going to do this the right way now, and I want to know others' opinions on this schedule I've come up with. I work from 2pm-10pm, and my mom comes over for a half hour while I'm working and feeds my pets, so this is what I came up with: 7:00 AM- Out of crate and outside to potty spot 7:15AM- Feed breakfast in crate/offer water 7:30AM- Outside to potty/walk 8:00AM- Crate for nap 10:00AM-Outside to potty spot 10:15AM-Walk/play time 10:30AM-Free play in puppy-proof area 12:00PM- Feed lunch in crate/offer water 12:15PM-Outside to Potty 12:30PM- Free play in puppy-proof area 1:30PM-6:30PM Crate 6:30PM-7:30PM Last feeding/water in puppy-proof area (Note, the puppy pad will be available for this half hour, my mom doesn't walk him..she gets out of work tired and i'm lucky she even comes to feed him dinner) 7:30PM- Crate 10:30PM- Offer a last drink of water/ Outside for potty 10:30PM - Crate for bedtime
Is this a good schedule? Any input would be appreciated
OH..and most importantly, he's not allowed on ANY human furniture until he is 100% housetrained..sorry puppy
I am not an expert, but it seems you should cut off water a couple hours before bed time. When we were going through potty training, water was available continuously, but went away at 8 pm. Bed time was around 10. I'm not sure how to adjust that for your working schedule. I suppose if you aren't having a tough time making through the night without a potty stop, maybe it isn't an issue.
so far so good, no accidents and he likes going out for potty. He did however wake me up at 3am to go outside and pee. Ill be taking the water up at 7, thanks for the suggestion! Also i was told since he is a small breed i should feed him 3 times a day, so i started doing that with the new schedule, at what age should i go back to 2 times a day, if ever?
Sounds like your schedule is working well. From your original post you said you wanted your pup to understand that the pee pads are only for emergencies. Unfortunately it will be impossible to to train your pup to diiferentiate that. Your pup can learn to go outside to potty, but as long as pee pads are available, she will also go inside the house. If you don't want her to learn that going in the house is OK, remove the pee pads entirely from the routine.
Scout, that's what I want to do, but I'm not sure if he can hold it that long. I leave for work at about 1:30 and my mom lets him out of his crate at 6:30 to eat and run around my room for a half hour, but doesn't take him outside. I'm going to ask her if she can just take him outside, his potty spot is right in front of the apartment at a tree..hopefully she will say yes,after all, I AM letting her live with me free of charge until she finds a place!.. but if not, the potty pads unfortunately are going to have to stay until he's old enough to hold his bladder until I get out of work, it's either that or let him pee/poop on the floor. I do have wood flooring so clean up is easy, should I just take away the pads and clean up any accidents when I get home, because by putting the pad there, I'm telling him its okay to go potty inside? Pad or no pad, my room will stink and I'll have to mop the floor etc so it doesn't really matter to me..the pads just make picking up the poop more pleasant..the pee still seeps to the bottom because he lifts his leg sometimes.
In that case I would keep the pads. If you allow him to just pee or poop on the floor directly he may not distinguish between that section of the floor and another. At least with the pee pad he has a designated spot.