Hi everyone. I don't know how to do this as I'm new to the website... I'd like some advice.
We bought an adorable puggle puppy. We didn't plan on it but my son fell in love with her. She has a sweet, gentle personality -- a real charmer. Our problem? She's not too bright...or she doesn't buy in on cleanliness.
Her schedule? She's in a small crate from 10 pm until 6 am. She often wets her blanket over this time. She gets up at 6 am and goes outside for a pee-pee. Then it's in for breakfast and out again for more of her business. We praise her profusely when she does her business outside. Then it's back inside and we play with her until 9 am when my daughter goes to school. Back into the crate until noon when I let her out and take her for a walk. Then back into the crate again until 4:30 when my daughter returns from school. Again it's a quick walk, then supper, then another longer walk. From 6pm on, she goes out every hour or two until 10 pm when she goes into her crate again.
With all this, she still manages to have several accidents per day. She hates the cold, the ice, and the snow. It's difficult to get her to walk anywhere. I literally need to drag her. Back inside, though, she's full of energy. Sometimes she doesn't do anything until she gets back in her warm house and then I see her quickly crouching and then dashing off and left behind is a pee-pee puddle.
It's been a month and I'm tired...and disgusted. Any ideas anyone?
I had a mini dox that hated walking outside in the cold - and I bought some of those foot pads for him, he was much better with it. I assumed his little paw pads were too sensitive. He also didn't like being outside when it was too hot, but I'd carry him to a spot in the grass and set him down, he was much happier with that. I read somewhere that taking newspaper or the puppy pad outside might help your situation. I don't know if carrying the dog out and laying it out for her is the right thing to do though, but it very well might help.
I'm also having some potty training issues with my Puggle [I just posted too!] and I'm contemplating getting one of those fake indoor grass devices to see if it helps, unless there are any other suggestions from members.
Hey there P.M. Booties might help a lot. We have a rescue Puggle who is now 4. Got him at 4 months when they had a PTS on him, We "adopted" him and we love him to pieces.
First and foremost Puggles need a TON of exercise. Cooping up in his kennel doesn't help. They need to run,play etc. Rocky was chewing everything, for him those heavy knotted ropes worked, for a long time the only thing he would chew. Now he loves deer antlers that I purchase over the internet, they are naturally shed and dogs go nuts for them! He eats a good dog good 1/2 cup a day. He topped out at 32 pds. He is we swear 99% beagle. He tracks the animals outside and the only thing he doesn't like is extreme cold with wind and cold wet puddles but will not wear the booties. We put them on and he sits and pouts won't move so now when we get home (we walk him 2x a day and he does all his potties outside), I take a warm rag and wipe between his toes and make sure the webs are good and dry.
Puggle for some reason or another drink a fantastic amount of water! I fill his 10oz bowl 3 or 4 times a day. He can hold his water past 12 hours, then when he goes he GOES! He was put in his crate at night for the first month and then even though we left the door open, it took him months to come out. It was his 'safe' place. Now he has a pillow in the family room and one next to our bed in our room and those are his "safe" places.
We took him to dog school behavior training and it was a God send. Puggles need a ton of love and in return give a ton of love. They are super intelligent Rocky understands too many words and we have to resort to spelling some times. They bark furiously till you get to them, once you pay attention to them, they roll over and present their tummies. Rocky has never confronted another dog. Bark yes, and then immediately become subservient.
Work with your pup, give him a tremendous amount of exercise, dog parks are great. We trained Rocky in about 19 days, we gave him and still do, one particular treat when he does his business that is the only time he gets that particular treat.
You will have a wonder of a dog, but it takes tremendous patience and love. Good luck. You have winner of a dog.
the bigger question is how old is this pup? If you got her at 8wks, and now it has been a month, you still have a long way to go. Most pups don't get it until they are around 6months old, and that depends on the pup and breed.
being in a crate from 10pm to 6am is alot to ask out of a small pup. She probably needs to go out at least once during the night. otherwise it is a watching game. You can try to booties, but you have to remember she is a baby, and everything is new at th is point. Her attention span is only seconds, and she forgets as soon as she learns.
Some people will tie a leash to them and the dog, so it is never out of their sight. As soon as they even begin to squat, so no firmly and run(don't walk) her outside. Once buisness is done of course praise. Good luck
The pads are what I tried with my dog during housebreaking, since it was raining the day I got him. They didn't work. He would grab them and run away with them! But, they might work with your dog. Every dog is different. Good luck with housebreaking! (or potty training)
I love my dog! He's on security guard! And also a natural born cutie!
I am thinking this will only make things worse. We are planning on resuming our training classes but the trainer wants to wait for a class with fewer dogs since he was nearly impossible to handle around 10 other dogs..he could not focus on me, no interest at all. Here at home we have continued training and work with him nearly every day.