General Discussions: ASK John: Puppy

By rusty1577 on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 01:09 am: Edit Post

I lost my pup Rusty last week so I went out and found a new little buddy and now I got my hands FULL and I like to ask you a few things as it looks like you have done this potty training before? I have always got my dogs potty trained, TILL NOW. I have for gone the puppy pads after"1day" and now just take him out every 1\2hr for now and will make it every 1hr next week it is working so far as he goes out side "somewhat" he has only been going out for 2 days now, he does good but has a few mistakes in the house so he is kept on hard wood floors.

how do you do it? crate unless your with them? how can you tell if they are thinking of going or just sniffing around? and if you stay on track how long did it take you to house train last time? did not see how old Millie and Huck are?
bandit was 3months march 4th!!

I also know what you are saying about low maintenance as Rusty did not take much and this guy takes all my time but thats OK..
looks like we can compare notes lol


By admin on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 12:58 pm: Edit Post

First sorry for your loss, but congrats on the new puppy!

Every puppy is going to be different in how long it takes them to learn something, but unless the puppy has a problem with it's bladder, I would think that they can go at least 4 hours between potty breaks, maybe even as much five or six hours. The time will grow longer as they get older.

The rules we use are that unless they are under constant supervision, then they go into the crate. When we take them out of the crate, the first place they go is outside to go potty. Also after some heavy playing, they will go outside to empty a bladder. We will also let them out about 30 minutes or less after them having a lot to eat or drink.

A puppy will not want to mess their crate as it is their home and bed. You can leave one area bare, so that if they do have to go, they will go there, rather than on their bedding.

I will also throw out this tip. If you catch your dog going potty inside, tell them "no" in a firm voice and pick them up and put them outside as fast as possible (even interrupting the potty break if possible). That can help them to learn to not go inside. One last tip for anyone out there: Never rub a dogs nose in their mess. It is about as pointless as can be and one of those stupid human things some do. To the dog, all you are doing is putting thier nose in their pee or poop, they do not get the idea that they should not have gone inside.

Good luck and cute pup!


PS Huck and Millie are a little over 8 weeks old.

By docbubba on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 10:49 pm: Edit Post

Hey folks, great pix. congrats to John and Nora, i loved the pictures. we lost our 4 month old yellow lab Gunner and our 12 year old Rottie, River to rat poison our neighbor did not know he had. he felt awful and we are lonely without our friends! please keep those two puppy pictures coming John! we look forward to meeting you one of these rides.
doc, team ManBearPig

By rusty1577 on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 01:42 am: Edit Post

sorry about your pups I would have a hard time with that..wow sorry

By dondoo on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 07:07 am: Edit Post

Hey John,
I agree with the cage training also. now the pic with you inside the cage.... I'm glad Nora wasn't mad at you or she could of had some cage training for you herself. I myself have a Yorkie and can't fit in the cage ha ha ha .


P.S. You two picked out two really nice pups, and looking forward to seeing them grow via your journal.


By lx700kev on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 09:29 am: Edit Post

When you let the pups out to go potty, DO NOT play with them untill the "job" is done. The only words should be "go potty" or something to that affect. Then after they go, praise the heck outta them. That too will help them get the picture of what you want them to do. Some times THEY may not need to go but YOU need them to go because you may be leaving for several hours and you don't want them going inside. Thay can and will learn what they need to do by command. Just my .02 Good luck!!

By scott_d on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 11:06 am: Edit Post

I agree with lx700kev, our 6 month old chocolate lab puppy will go or attempt to go at command, I also will add that we reward our puppy with a couple of food kernals afterwards. House/cage training for us only took a couple of days( luckily) after about a month we were very confident of Saddie (our puppy)roaming the house, while we are home of course. I will tell you all dogs are different though, our previous dog (english pointer took about 3 months). Good luck and stay consistant with your routine at first!!!

By hens on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 11:56 am: Edit Post

I'm with lx700kev and scott_d.

I have a 10 year old Lab (Emma) and she will go on command almost any time. This is invaluable when traveling with her. My other Lab (Freddie, has since departed) did this also. One of the best things I have ever taught them.

I tell this to people when I have them watch her and they are amazed she will do this. IMHO, the dogs are more often times the smart ones, it's the people that need the training on what to do....


By admin on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:25 pm: Edit Post

Thanks Hens and all. I think we are there now. Been accident free for quite some time.

Not sure if they will go every time on command now, but they do know what the command means and if there is anything in there, they will squeeze it out.

Oh, they are both "shop" trained too. Both sat at the door of the shop yesterday and cried, I let them out and both went.

Hens, I agree with you that it is the humans that need more of the training than the dogs!

Now, if I can just train them how to forecast the weather, I can take some time off!


By hens on Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 12:06 pm: Edit Post

Ah.... but they can forecast weather..... Just substitute dog (or Millie/Huck) for rock on this page....


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