I've been reading so much on taking care of puppies, housetraining, crate training, etc., and I'm getting confused. I was going to have my puppy in his crate while I'm at work, and have a petsitter come over once or twice a day. But I've read that puppies that are really young have to go to the bathroom every 2 hours. Between the commute to and from work and work itself, I'll be gone 9+ hours, and I am not going to have a pet sitter come over 5 times between the time I leave in the morning and come home at night. So does this mean that I should keep him in a gated area instead and put papers down? The kitchen has a linoleum floor, and I could gate it off for him and put papers on the floor. But I'm afraid that would interfere with crate training. What have other people done?
being in a confined area with papers is what i did with my pug when i didn't take him to work. it worked just fine. i agree with leaving the crate in the area with the door open. you can always do crate training when you are home.
I have read that if you work, or are going to be gone 6 hour or more with a new puppy, that by putting them in a crate all day that they can get very isolated/lonely. They also learn to potty in their crate which goes against their natural instinct since, like you said, puppies can't hold it very long. This leads to other problems like eating feces because they don't want the feces in the crate with them all day. If you can, put the dog in a room or gated off area that isn't on carpet and put his crate in there with the door open like other people mentioned. Put down puppy pads or newspaper over the entire area.This may confuse them when they start to learn to potty outside, but it's better than them going in their crate. When you are home, THEN use the crate. Take the pup out every half an hour and say 'go potty' and reward it if it does. If it doesn't, put it in the crate and wait 15 minutes. Then try again. When the pup goes, then reward and let the pup run around the house. Soon the pup will learn that when you're home that he has to go potty outside. If he starts to go over to his papers when you are home, don't punish him, because then he will be scared to go during the day. Let him do it, but don't praise him. Slowly take away a little bit of the newspaper at a time over several weeks until the newspaper is only in one area. By now he should know to only go on the paper, and if it's just in one corner, he will know this is his area to go. When he is older, start to put the newspapers/puppy pads outside and encourage him to go outside on them. Anytime you are off work, work with him going outside. When he is alittle bit older, he will learn to hold it longer and then you can start crating him during the day, just let him out before you leave, and have someone come 4 hours later, and then let him out when you get home. My dog is only about 3 months old, and he can hold it for 4 hours. Once he is fully potty trained, you can probably let him have the run of the house all day. If you see no accidents when you come home, you're in the clear. If you do, don't punish, but start putting him in a confined area again. It's confusing to dogs to have to go outside and on paper, but for people that works its the best option. The other option is litter training. If the dog is going to stay pretty small, just do the newspaper/pad thing and don't work with him on going outside. Praise him for going on the paper when you are home. And instead of taking him outside and saying 'go potty' take him to the papers. Then gradually decrease the amount of paper you set down and finally put it in a doggie litter box. If he is paper/pad trained, he will go in the box to do his business.
i don't think he's too big for a litter box. i've used one with my 20 pound pug, got tired of pee soaking through the papers to the floor. but what i used was just a big plastic bin with low sides. i went to walmart and got a plastic storage box, it was cheaper than a "regulation doggie litter box." and i just put papers in the bottom, not litter.
OMG I was watching a show on animal behaviour and this guy goes to people's houses. Anyway one was a pug and his name was pudge. lol. This lady also had a similar problem. What he suggested to do was yes, make them make on the newspaper and when housetraining bring a newspaper outside with you that already has pee on it and put it on the ground where you want him to go. Sometimes it is just so simple! lol. Thank god for tv.