new puppy - need suggestions for housetraining.

United States
September 7, 2008 9:50pm CST
We just adopted a new puppy from the shelter. I didn't intend to get a puppy, I wanted an older dog but I have been searching and most of them were not good with kids or had some other issue that would not work with our family. But we did fall in love with a puppy that was a mix and so playful and it fell asleep in my arms - so cute! So now, any suggestions on house training? I look up stuff on the internet and it seems most agree you don't stick their noses in it or yell at them when they have an accident. It's more about taking them out often and praising them. I was going to use the crate training method and also got the puppy pads to wee on. Am I missing anything. I have always gotten older dogs and never a puppy so this is our first one. I'm excited but want to do the right things to make sure the dog is trained and properly socialized as I think that the biggest mistakes people make. They let them have bad habits and don't socialize and exercise then they end up taking them to the shelter where if they are lucky they find a home.
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@tonniek02 (457)
• United States
20 Sep 08
Hi Kimberlylynn, This is tonniek02 again. Just checking on how the housetraining is going? Like I said, if you stay on top of it. It doesn't take long... Let me know how it's going.
• United States
21 Sep 08
Thanks for checking back - Ollie is training like a pro! He whines at night if he has to go out now, I am so amazed by it. I think everyone's tips were so helpful, it was just as matter of taking him directly out of cage to outside at the same spot every hour for that first week and then I did it every 2 hours and he can hold it 3-4 hours but I don't like to go that long unless absolutely necessary. His cold is gone and he is acting like a puppy should be but we are still in a fierce battle of ringworm! Nothing that time and digilence with his medicines and baths won't fix I am sure. Thanks again, it was like having a newborn baby there for a while but we made it through "potty training" - I think he did better than either of my kids :)
• United States
21 Sep 08
When treating worms or anything else with a puppy. Make sure you get your meds. from a vet. I lost a whole liter of pups once for trying to use store bought meds. They didn't work and I lost all but 1 pup. Now I only buy my meds. from the vet. It's cheaper in the long run and work right away
• United States
22 Sep 08
Yeah it is tempting to buy on-line but I really trust our vet and think it is worth paying a little extra to make sure you have the right meds and dosage. I hate to hear you lost so many because of that, I don't think people realize the danger. I wouldn't go buy meds for my kids online so I won't for my pup! :)
@Calais (10898)
• Australia
8 Sep 08
Doing research is a great start....Have you got a yard or a special place for it to go ? When ever you think it might want to go and Always after meals take it to the same spot you want it to go , and praise when it does, never smack hit etc... Its a puppy , new environment, very scared, so obviously there will be accidents...Best of Luck with it, hope my little bit helps in some way...
• United States
10 Sep 08
I didn't realize going in the same place would make a difference but I am going to do that. I have a good spot picked out - thanks for the info!
@Calais (10898)
• Australia
10 Sep 08
No worries...
@tonniek02 (457)
• United States
9 Sep 08
About 3 years ago, My husband brought home a 5wk old beagle puppy. What I did to house trin was 1. I only used one door to take her in and out at 2. I took her out everytime she woke up from sleeping 3. watch the puppy if she starts sniffing around, that is usually a sign they have to go 4. take the puppy out right after they eat or drink anything everytime!!! 5. Get a large dog kennel. place a pillow in the back of it to give them a soft place to sleep. Put them in it when you have to leave for work or no one is going to be home. Most dogs will not go where they sleep. don't put food in it Only place water in it. A dog can go a few hours without food but they need water. 6. If you put them in the kennel at night to sleep, make sure you take them out right away when you get up. At first they will wake in the night to go. Get up and take them out. You have to be persecent. I have train 3 dogs in this manner and it wasn't heard. The beagle that I got 3 years ago, was going to the door within 2 days. She still to this day will go to that door and sit down and look at me to let me know she has to go. Now as far as trining them not to chew on things, I used tobasco sauce.The hoter the better. She started trying to chew on wires. I put tobasco sauce on it and she stop right away. She didn't like it! I only had one dog that like it.
• United States
10 Sep 08
That sounds like a great plan. I am seeing how it is important not just to take them out often, but to take them out the same door and to the same place. It's like having a baby all over again, no sleep! But we know it will be worth it in the end. I really appreciate the time you took to write your answer and I will try my best to take your experience and use it. I love the tobasco sauce idea too - thanks!
@trowbdon (167)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
What i did and it worked for me... I would set up and area with papers just in case.. As soon as the puppy would wake up I would take him out. If for some reason i couldn't get him out i would pick him up and put him on the papers. He quickly figured out he had to go out side and would start asking. This method you really needed to keep on top of it. If the dog had an accident, i would lighyly scold him. I don't beleive in rubbing there nose it it. You don't do that to a child. And i don't think it works. It was an accident and he didn't mean to he just had togo. Plus I didn't want him to afraid to do his business at all. I then would put him on the paper to remind him he should go on the paper and then i would take him outside in case he had more business to do. I don't like the crate method myself. It's not natural to make a dog or anyone to hold it that long, it could cause blader problems later in life
• United States
10 Sep 08
I guess we are fortunate in that I stay home so I can let the dog out very frequently. Also I'm a night person and hubby is a morning person so we have most of the time covered. I agree if you catch them in the act you can scold them but it doesn't do any good if you punish them later as they don't know what it was for. Thanks for your info!
@sidyboy (284)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I personally don't believe in using puppy pads- I feel they confuse the dog. The dog is supposed to potty outside, but you're telling him it's ok to potty inside sometimes if you use the puppy pads. Crate training is a great method, and you're correct- rubbing their nose in it is not a good idea...you'll just end up with a puppy with a stinky face. Unless you catch the puppy IN THE ACT, do nothing- just clean it up. If you do catch the puppy in the act, give a firm NO, and take the puppy outside. When the puppy does his business outside, praise him like he did the most wonderful thing in the world. Keep in mind that a lot of puppies will go outside and just play, explore, etc and then come in the house and immediatly go potty- don't let the pup out of your site. If you have to be away from the pup, put him in the crate. I'd also recommend a water bottle instead of a water bowl in the crate- bowls can be tipped, played in, etc- a water bottle makes sure your pup always has clean water and it cannot be spilled. Here's info about training to use a water bottle- http://www.loveofbreeds.com/Schnauzers/Pups.html
• United States
10 Sep 08
the water bottle is a great idea! I have already had problems with him spilling his dish and playing in it and I never heard about it. It reminds me of the gerbils I used to have and they drank out of the bottle. Thanks so much, I will check that out!