I just got two young orphaned puppies today, using this very method. Mom was hit on the highway - they're old enough to be on dry food, thankfully, about 8-9weeks old. They are bigger dogs so it's a crate instead of a box, but having two makes it easier with the crate training. Gave them toys and 'used' blankets (I have three adult dogs, one ten year old, 3 1/2 year old, and a a 2 1/2 year old, I 'hunt' with the younger two) to make it comfortable.
We have had a total of four accidents today (no scolding for it) but they have adjusted extremely well. They're so clueless about everything. There is going to be so much poop in my future between new food and wormer.
wow this reminds me when my dalmatian is still a ppuppy, even at 3-4AM I have to take him out just to pee and even thought im soooo tired and sleepy I still have to exagerate expressing my happiness when he pee/poop outside. lol. puppies really like being praised XD
Calling the dog to the mess and pointing at it does indeed work; perhaps not for all dogs, but for every dog we've ever owned, it worked. How did we know? The second or third time it happened, we merely had to point at it and they did the 'ears down, tail between legs 'oh crap'' business.
I have potty trained all my dogs in nearly the same way. But as they are all large breeds I used dog crates instead of a box. It's normally called crate training and is the most used method by dog lovers. Also when I take my dogs out, I clearly tell them to "Go potty ___." (Dog's name.) and when they only do 1 or 2 I tell them to "Finish going potty ___."(Dog's name again.) Though they sometimes only need to pee so I often just say "Go potty ___." (Dog's name.) So now I have dogs that practically go potty on command. XD I didn't even realize I was training them to go on command til my mother pointed it out. LOL And it is harder for people to get little dogs trained as they have such small bladders they have to go potty more often then a large dog. Which often frustrates their owners something fierce. My dogs can go usually 4 or 5 hours between potty breaks. Sometimes even longer if we go out and leave them at home. Of course when we leave them at home they are either in a crate or outside in a kennel depending on weather. In the crate they will never go potty and will hold it till we get back. If in the kennel they just go when they like and we clean it up once we get home. Kennels should always be cleaned of poop (They make poop picker upers for this reason.) and if on concrete you can hose down the pee as well. Otherwise, with a dirty kennel you run the risk of worms.
This is the method my family has always used. We also combine it with this rule of thumb: Always take your puppy out directly after feeding time, nap time and play time. It worked like a charm for all of our puppies except one. She didn't become fully house broken until she was about 10 months old, no matter how hard we tried. All the others were house broken much faster. XD
I assumed this was common sense..... no? Or was I just raised with dogs....
Be forewarned - if the dog knows its a bad thing to pee/poop indoors, and you piss it off for WHATEVER reason, don't be surprized if your house broken dog decides to pee in a place where he isn't suppose to just to get back at you. =3=.... unless that's just my dog too....
Dogs do not have the mental capacity for reasoning in that way. They don't do things out of "spite" or to "get back at you". Those are purely human emotions. Dogs misbehave because of boredom, fear, stress/insecurity, or they're displaying dominance/marking territory over another animal (including you) but never spite.
So explain why the dog does something it KNOWS will piss me off, after purposefully getting my attention, as I'm looking at it? They aren't mindless. Some will do things they know will get them in trouble, just because you didn't give them a bit of your food. xD
I never said they were mindless. I said they can't reason the same way you do. Dogs are opportunistic. If they think they can get away with it they will try, unless they are taught boundaries and those boundaries are constantly reinforced they will try to test you. Peeing/pooping in front of you in that way sounds like a dominance behavior. If a dog doesn't respect you he will do things that seem like they could be out of spite, but in reality they are trying to display dominance over you by taking advantage of you being in a weakened state. (Anger to a dog is a sign of weakness)
Dogs are pack animals, they need a leader to follow, but they also need confidence in themselves and to feel secure in their environment so that you can go away and not have a panicking dog tearing apart your house.
And frankly, this is hard to accomplish. Even as a dog trainer my own pup misbehaves on occasion. Crate training is your friend, it gives the dog a safe place to be calm when you are away.
For more information I would highly recommend looking up any books by Caesar Millan (aka the Dog Whisperer). I actually had a chance to meet him a few years ago and he's a very sweet man who is magic with a leash. (=
Why would I need a leash? Outside of Leash Law, my dogs are always right behind me. If I want them to go home, I say "Go Home", they run home. If I want them to follow, I yell "Follow" and they walk behind me. I say "Play", they run around but always keep me in their site (if they loss site of me they look for me which makes me laugh at the dog park when they don't realize I took off my coat and have my back turned to them xD). Their trained, they just like testing their limits when I don't give them some of my dinner I guess, lol.
Depends on the dog. We had* one puppy that definitely knew where it was supposed to crap, but if I put him outside for an hour while I got ready to leave the house, the first thing he did when I let him back in was crap right in front of me... he'd then bolt because he knew there'd be trouble. I have no understanding of why he did this, but do it he did.
*This is the only dog my family ever gave away because we couldn't handle it.
Dogs can pick up on your energy and they learn through repetition. You would put him outside every time you were getting ready to leave. You probably anticipated that he would misbehave and he could sense that anxiety coming off of you. So to him outside + anxiety from you = you leaving (scary)
So he was probably in a state of anxiety the whole time you were gone and couldn't relax to poop. So as soon as you came back and he could relax... poop. But then you'd get angry because of the poop and he'd know that anger = bad. So he'd run away.
My freaking mom just got a puppy. Thank god I live on my own now 'cause every time I'm over, she does all of this completely backwards. She's got the poor thing so nervous that it pees whenever anyone starts giving it any kind of attention! And to make it worse, she won't listen to a word I say about proper puppy care and training. It is not a person, mom, it does not think like we do, it doesn't understand! She's never listened to me about anything, though, since I'm her daughter and she's supposed to be "smarter" than me. I don't even care about that anymore, I just feel so sorry for that poor animal she's tried to replace me with...
This is so cute. We just got a new puppy. She was sick when we got her, but she's all better now, and she more or less sleeps through the night. But during the day it sure seems like she has to pee all the time, lol. We've taken her outside, and she's peed like three times, ten minutes later she'll pee on the floor. lol. When my husband picked her up at the vet he let her run around for a bit but when she didn't show any signs of needing to pee he put her in the truck, where she immediately peed on the seat, lol. Puppies are a lot of work at the beginning, but compared to when we got her, I'll take peeing ten minutes after I finish mopping over having to stay at the vets any day.
Heh, my 9 year old Sandy was house trained easily. As soon as she woke up from a nap or sleeping all night my mom would put her outside and wait for her to do something. Aside from when she was super small, we haven't had any accidents. Well, not counting the few sickie accidents and being just a teeny bit over excited.
This is very helpful to people ^^ Simple and to the point.
But to comment on the something said in the beginning of the comic; "a dog breed that is so notoriously difficult to house-break some say it can't be done"
I do not believe that any breed is incapable of being trained,or performing a desired action. If the people within the household put the time and effort every day to train the dog, nothing is impossible. From what I have seen, the issue with small dogs usually aren't the dogs themselves, but with the owner's (or other household members') lack of disciplining and training the dog.
The way I see it is if I can teach my felines to sit, stay and come on command, and the cats perform those basic acts better than someone's dogs... than you may not be doing something right. And before someone takes offense, I held myself to these standards too. Until the dogs were trained, I was always comparing the dogs to the cats.
I'm not agree with one thing: " If you don't see it and find accident late, just clean it up and leave it at that. Shouting at your puppy, enven while showing it the pee/poop, won't help now. It won't understand." Just shouthing at him, ok: it's wrong. But il you show the accident at your dog and say "no" with the same tone for the first exemple, he will know. Don't be too rude when you force him to smell it, when you say no. But it's he's smell, he will know the reason.
That's not really the way dogs work. Showing them an accident and scolding them after the fact (as in anytime but immediately afterwards) isn't going to mean anything to them. Or worse, they will associate the mess with a scolding, but not the act. When I adopted my 1 yr old dog from a shelter he still wasn't house broken, but he sure as heck associated the mess with someone beating him. So he would make a mess and then try to *eat it* in order to avoid being beaten. Or he'd hide behind a table (or under something) when he peed inside. It took me MONTHS to housebreak him (using much the same methods as Humon notes).
Yeah, it's always better to get the accident immediately and I don't think scolding the dog is the best way for education. For sure, it's not. Yes, he will probably associate the mess and not the act of. But, in combination with the others method it's not something really wrong. With that reasoning of: If I scold him only after, he will not understand. He will just think "if my master don't see it, it's okay." Why don't he think the same thing when you caught him. "Oh. If my master don't take me on the moment, it's okay. He just don't want to see me pee on the floor." It's exaggeration, but in the same time I don't think it's that far of what reality can be. Using just one of this method is not good. You can hope a good result if you follow all step. Scold him when something is wrong and when you praise him when he do it right. Show him the good way and don't beat the dog, or be too aggressive if he do it wrong.
We have a really big puppy that is a mix between a pit bull and a german shepard. We did a similar method but we had him in the kitchen and just put down newspaper. My sister was sleeping on the other side of the gate so he knew she was there and within weeks he was house broken.