i am a first time min pin owner and am at my wits end (not to say where my husband says he is) will potty outside if i put him there but otherwise is having fun choosing a "new" spot each time HELP now that a thick blanket of snow is down rawlee wont even go outside i do have a box with cedar chips that i have tried to get him to use NO LUCK any and all suggestions please!!!!! also tried puppy pads but couldnt get rawlee to understand that they werent huge shredding toys
hi, welcome. are you crate training him? IMO, this is the easiest way to train smaller dogs. how old is he? are you cleaning the messes with natures miracle or similar so he cant smell them and go again in the same spot?
I have never had small dogs that I could paper or puppy pad train, but I know people who have. As far as your pup shredding the puppy pads, maybe the next time he pees in the house, clean it up with a puppy pad and leave it where you want him to go. Hopefully he'll smell it and realize that's where he's supposed to go. Other than that, I have no advice. Sorry. Fin
Crate training is the way to go. I can honestly say that if I can crate train 4 pups at the same time, anyone can crate train 1 dog. The 4 I crate trained were 2 Great Danes, a GSD, and a mix. Most people think crate training is cruel, but it's not. Dogs like having a little area to call their own. Fin
I'm going to second the crate training. We got Bella from the shelter at 12 weeks and she was what they called "partially housebroken" I don't know what she meant by that, but the previous owner did not crate her at all. We started as soon as we got her and within 3 weeks she was fully trained *crosses fingers* she hasnt gone inside in over a week now. Good luck.
You definitely need to be crate training. Also, your puppy is just a baby.. at 12 weeks old the vast majority of dogs aren't even close to being potty trained. Most dogs aren't potty trained until they're 6 months or older. The best thing you can do for your dog is limit his access to the rooms of the house (using a child gate or closed doors) and crate train.
devils, I had a one pound chihuahua that I trained to go on puppy pads. What you do is, in an area that doesn't have carpet, lay out a big area of newspaper. Bring the pup to it. Maybe even put him on a leash, so if he starts to chew or tries to wander off the paper you can tug at him. Say 'go potty' over and over. If he doesn't go after 5 minutes or so, put him in a crate that is just big enough for him to turn around. If it's too big, he will go at one end and sleep at another. Leave him in the crate for 15 minutes. Then take him out and bring him back to the newspaper. Say 'go potty'. You have to say the same command everytime. Keep bringing him back to the crate if he doesn't go. Once he goes, give LOTS of praise and treats and THEN let him run around the house (supervised of course). After a few weeks, he will associate going potty with getting to be in the house with you. Take him to go potty after he eats, wakes up and plays. Dogs, especially small ones that play hard go very oftan, like every half hour. So you're going to be taking him to go potty a lot. In his crate, I wouldn't put too big of a blanket, because if it's too thick, he may pee on it because it will soak in and won't even cause problems. Make sure he has water available all day, but limit food to about 3 times a day and no food or water after 8 or 9pm. Once the dog learns to go on the newpaper, start putting puppy pads with the newspaper. Then gradually take away the newspaper. Once he is going on just the puppy pads, put the pads in the biggest litter box you can find, but cut off one side so he can get in it (or you can buy a puppy one). The key is that you need to put the newspaper in the area that you want to be his potty spot. It should be somewhere that is easy for the dog to get too, but isn't on carpet. With my chihuahua, I would put her food and water by the newspaper, because it trained her to go to that area to eat, so she became familiar with it. Good luck! Edit: added: When I potty trained my dogs, I was literally taking them out every 15 minutes for like 2 weeks before they started to get it. You have to be really consistent. Also, no dog should have free run of your house until it is totally potty trained. If the dog is running around, you should watch it the whole time, and only punish the dog if you catch him having the accident. If you can't keep an eye on him, he should be in his crate. Because of his breed and age, I wouldn't leave him in the crate for longer than an hour though. A lot of people on here mention keeping the dog on a leash so he is at your side as you do chores, that is also a good idea.
Welcome to the board. I definately go with crate training myself. When we got Ariel (chi) I tried the potty pads, which she would use and then shred. (yuck) and I tried the litter box. That didn't work either. I used the stuff made for litter training dogs, she ate it! After that gave up and used the crate, which I should have known to do in the first place. Bingo, she was trained in no time. Good luck to you. http://photobucket.com/albums/v497/Ginas67tx/
I have a little min pin that was born 7/13/04. She is doing very well on the wee wee pads. At first I tried outside but once it got colder she did not want to go in the wet grass and we also take her to work and she would never go outside there because there is too much going on. We only put her in the crate at night and when we could not watch her although I know crate training is the best. In the morning when she would start whining I would pick her up out of the crate and put her on the wee wee pad and say "go potty". When she would go I would give her a treat and lots of praise. Sometimes, when I knew she had to go I had to keep snapping and pointing at the pad and saying "go potty". She would get excited and run around the pad but eventually squat and do her business. If I catch her doing it somewhere else, I tell her no and put her back on the pad. We have had her almost a month and she is 99.9% potty trained. It is funny to see her jump up and run to her pad to do her business. Then she will run up to you and wait for her treat looking at her treat bag. Sometimes, when we are not around she will do her business and will show us when we walk back in the area her wee wee pad is at. She will run over to it and look at it and look at you. The only real problem we had is when she went #2 in the wrong place at work. My husband wanted to do it the old fashioned way and stick her nose by it and spank her and then he made her sit on her pad. Soon she became afraid to do #2 in front of us while at work. She would go on the pad at home but not at work. We would follow her to try to catch her but as soon as we got occupied with something else she would poop. I told my husband that she is confused and is afraid to go #2 at work because she thinks she is getting in trouble for it and keeps trying to hide it. We started just telling her no and picking it up and putting it on the wee pad. It still wasn't working until I caught her by the wee pad when I knew she had to go. I just kept snapping at the pad and telling her to go potty. She ran around the pad, getting really excited and finally did her big business on the pad. Once she got praise and treats for going on the pad, she has been like clock work. Good luck. These puppies are really intelligent. They just need to be taught what you want. That can be hard because they are so energetic and you have to keep their attention. She is so happy and pround of herself now when she does #2 on the pad. I have seen in the pet stores holders for the wee pads if you go that route. Ours thought it was a toy at first too. We had to keep telling her no and I would leave it there after the first pee to help her get the idea and then she was less likely to play with it. You cannot leave too many wee spots on the pad or they will not go on there again. Atleast, mine won't. She is very picky.
he is definately waiting to go when i am not looking but we are working on it i am right on the border of utah all the snow has seemed to melt but it has been raining continously since yesterday afternoon thanx again for all the advice everybody
Another person close to my inlaws! This is such a small world. Another member on here lives in Logan, Utah. We probably drive near your town when we go to Idaho. My inlaws live in Preston Idaho, which is pretty close Wyoming and Utah border. (We live in Colorado, but we're relocating to Preston soon, I LOVE that area, can't wait to move) :) Good luck with your pups training! It gets frustrating, but once they get it they are so much fun :o)
I have a 4 month old Min Pin that I have crate trained. He has gotten better about using the bathroom in the house but, sometimes can't hold it. All I have to do is say let's go out and he will head to the door. If he starts sniffing on the carpet that tells me he needs to go out. Good luck with your Min Pin, also think about obedience training.I live in Alabama, it wont get cold here till the end of February.