This is so true. This is what needs to be done...roll up a newspaper and hit YOURSELF over the head with it, while saying "I did not watch my dog, I did not watch my dog".LapDog said:It is all about trying to PREVENT peeing in the house...so nonstop letting him out. Usually if a dog has problems peeing in the house its not the dogs fault.(
I agree with all of this (well...except for hitting myself with a newspaper lol). I've done this with each puppy I've ever owned and theyve been fully house trained by 3 1/2-4 1/2 months old. It works really well for most dogs.Murreydobe said:This is so true. This is what needs to be done...roll up a newspaper and hit YOURSELF over the head with it, while saying "I did not watch my dog, I did not watch my dog".
Seriously-most housetraining problems occur because people give dogs too much freedom before they've earned it. An unreliable dog shouldn't be allowed out of your sight..it's no different than allowing a toddler to roam around a house unsupervised. Puppies that want to leave your general area are dogs up to no good!
During the times when you can't watch the puppy closely, either put it outside or crate it. When it's out of the crate, you need to keep the dog under close scrutiny. If you see the dog start to exhibit behavior that predictably occurs right before eliminating-TAKE THE DOG OUT, then praise it extravagantly when it eliminates outside.
The only thing I can add is I think the original poster said she'd only had this dog for 7 days..and as such, it's a little early to worry about whether the dog will ever indicate it needs to go out. Dogs learn through consistency and persistance..keep on doing what you're doing.dobesanddragons said:There was really good advice given to you on this thread. If you use the search button you can look up past advice on this, I think this was a discussion topic in the town hall topics too.
Ha! Ain't that the truth!! When Chi finally got to where she'd tell us when she had to go out - She would wait until she was ready to bust! To this day, she tells us she has to go out by bringing something (normally a pilfered sock or dishtowel) and does this funny little dance. When she was younger, we learned real quick that when she did that dance with something in her mouth, she had to go NOW! If we tried to get the object before we opened the door, she'd start to piddle. I'll never forget, one day, my friend was over for coffee. I had to run upstairs and get something and by the time I came down she was standing in the kitchen with a dishtowel in her hand and surrounded by puddles, the whole time, Chi was dancing around her. She felt so bad "I'm so sorry... I really though you were exaggerating when you told me about Chihiro and her silly towel/pee thing! She brought it to me, I guess I shouldn't have taken it from her!" She was probably 9 or 10 months before she had better control of her bladder and was able to hold it long enough to hand over the stolen object and get outside As I type, she's dancing at the back door with a sock in her mouth LOLJavasMom said:Accidents WILL happen - sometimes I think pups are like little kids: they'd rather wet their pants than pull themselves away from whatever their attention is focused on at the time.
I dont think he will magically figure it out. I think it has to be trained just like anything else. I think the poochie bells are a great idea. I had something similar when Rommel was little. I have thought about getting some for Ziris too. She is good as long as you stick to a schedule. She has had a few accidents, but they werent her fault......she came in and barked at me like a loon.....but she loves to bark and growl and act like a nut, so I just figured she was being a little demon like usual. Then about 1 minute later she squats right in front of me........so now.......any time she does it, we go outside.eph94 said:Well, Harley is now a year old and he's still not reliable in the house if we break his "regular" potty schedule. While he understands "Go potty" and goes on command, he apparently doesn't necessarily feel the need to wait for me to issue the command outside.
Today, after we got back from the dog park, he emptied his bladder inside the house. Now maybe I should have told him to potty before going in the house, but I *know* I saw him go a few times at the dog park so I didn't think it was necessary. At any rate, I figured he would find me to let me know he needs to go out, but he didn't.
Several times a day over the past 4 months I've been praising him whenever he potties outside. I assume he would have made the connection that outside equal place to potty, but he obviously has not made that connection yet.
I just ordered the Poochie bells and I'm going to start ringing them whenever we go outside, but if he doesn't equate outside, and outside only, with potty, will the bells make a difference?
At some point will he just magically figure out that inside the house is not the proper place to go? I would love to give him more freedom outside his crate when I can't hover over him, but today's accident let me know that it is not possible yet.