I might be running out of patience.....pls. help!

Philippines
November 4, 2009 12:26am CST
My sister gave me a 2-month old female puppy. Actually, I really asked for it coz I want to have another dog in the house. I want her inside the house since our other dog is a pitbull. She's so big and we just keep her in a cage outside. The puppy is a crossbreed of japanese spitz and a shih tzu. Her features are more of a shih tzu. She's really so cute and adorable.I named her slurpee. Now, here comes my problem. I've been teaching her for more than two weeks now where to pee and move her bowel but up to this time she's still not learning. She pees and moves her bowel anywhere she pleases. I would let her sniff her urine and stool and spank and scold her and then I place her in the comfort room where I want her to do all those things but up to now she still never understands a thing. Am I being harsh on her? Can a young puppy like her can't be taught yet? Pls. help! I'm beginning to lose my patience. HuHuHu
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@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
4 Nov 09
santos I have one more thing..Why are you keeping a pitbull in a cage? I hope he gets out for walks and exercise..If you dont have the room for such a big dog than maybe you should find a more suitable home for him..Its not fair to keep him caged. You'll end up with an angry dog that could really become a problem. That breed is very high strung and needs a certain kind of care...definately not a cage..I'm not criticizing you, just trying to help J
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• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Here in our country, the cage acts as dog's house too. It protects them from the rain and the scorching sun. My daughter used to take her for walks everyday when she was younger but not now anymore. She had grown bigger and my daughter can't handle her anymore when she tries to run. So for security reasons, my daughter already stopped doing that. Still, we never stopped loving and caring for her. I know she feels it too.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
4 Nov 09
santos First of all, if you don't correct a dog or puppy the second the wrong doing happens than forget it. For you to push her nose in it and scold her after the fact is a complete waste of time because she does not understand why you are yelling at her. The key to potty training is a regimented schedule..You must feed her at the same times every day so that you know when she is going to eliminate. pups should be walked on the leash every hour on the hour and when she goes to the bathroom outside, praise the hell out of her..She will catch on quickly. Puppies take a lot of patience and commitment on your part. If you don't have the time than prehaps a puppy is not a good idea for you. I cant emphasize enough how important a schedule of feeding is.. Think of it..If you ate all day long and at different times, would you know when you were going to have to use the "comfort room"? also, putting her in their is also a bad idea because you are teaching her that it is ok to emiminate in the house..Take her out!!! every hour if you can and after she eats, straignt away!! Please dont yell at her after the fact because she just wont get it and you'll fustrate yourself and confuse her. Yes puppies can be taught and are every day..It just takes a little know how. Even though they are young, they learn very fast and praise is the key as they love to make you happy..I worked for a dog trainer for a few years while I was in college and if I can help you in any way I'm happy to do so..Good luck SCHEDULE and WALKS!!!
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• Philippines
4 Nov 09
I have a daughter who is already married and doesn't live with me anymore. She also has a puppy who used to be the same age as my puppy. Actually her puppy is the older sister of my puppy. Last May of this year, my daughter and her family went on a one-week vacation. She had left her puppy with me while they were away. To tell you honestly, I successly trained that puppy to pee and poo at the comfort room for just five days only!I had used the same strategy in teaching her and that proved to be effective. Sorry, but I really don't have time anymore to take her out. What more if it's for every hour as you were suggesting. Now, that puppy is already 10 months old and she can roam around the house as much as she wants to. She can even go inside our bedroom coz she's already so disciplined. We don't take her out for a walk each day but we take her with us in going to the mall or wherever whenever possible. To top it all, maybe puppies or any other animal also have different levels of learning abilities.Some learn easily and some are slow learners. So in my case, I will be needing a great deal of patience, I suppose. Thanks for responding and sharing your views.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
So you make your puppy smell her pee and poo poo! I use to do that with my dog too when she was the same age as your slurpee... I made her smell her pee and poo and then bring her inside the rest room... sometimes I left her inside for a couple of minutes. I talked loudly to her and exaggerated my facial expression so that she will understand that I am upset with what she did. I believe that is effective. You just have to give her more time and patience because you are dealing with an immature young puppy. She will soon learn. PS: Don't forget to praise and reward your puppy on her first poo and pee inside the rest room. PSS: Your puppy has a nice and cute name! Who named her?
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
my dog - Pitbull, american pitbull
She is my dog! Isn't she cute santos_mlirs?!? It is such a good feeling when you successfully trained your puppy. Have a nice and enjoyful training.
• Philippines
5 Nov 09
Glad to know that we have the same technique in training dogs. Yes, I know for a fact that it is effective. Maybe you are right, my slurpee is just stubborn and still immature because of her young age. I'm sure that she will eventually learn in due time. To answer your question as to who gave that name to my puppy, well it's my cute and beautiful daughter who suggested it. It sounded nice so I heeded to her advice. Have a nice day ahead!
• Philippines
5 Nov 09
Indeed, you have a cute and wonderful dog there in that picture. She also looks smart to me by the way she stands. You did quite an impressing training to her. Maybe I need to congratulate you for a job well done!
• Canada
8 Nov 09
On smaller dogs and some large r not easy to train, it takes longer. The puppy may be having a problem because u r placing her in another room, instead of outside of the home. She may smell the other dog in that room and as all dogs do want to do their thing in another place other than the other dog...Outside of the home the dog has a better choose.. REMEMBER ALWAYS LUV/CARE FOR YOUR DOG/ PET, THEY WILL ALWAYS LUV U..
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
My puppy is the only one inside the house and I'm not limiting her to just one room. She is allowed to explore the house except the bedroom. I am just training her to pee and poo at the restroom. Our other dog which is an adult dog is the one outside the house. There's no problem actually with the other dog. I just hope that my puppy will eventually learn where to pee and poo. Yes, we do love and care for our dogs. Thanks for responding. Have a nice day ahead!
• Canada
19 Nov 09
The addition about dogs pets I place on all my responces... What I meant was another animal might have peed in the spots before and the puppy can smell it. If u show the puppy to go outside insted of in the room he will hold longer and wait to go out..
• Philippines
20 Nov 09
Yes, I understand. I let her out also but of course when she is inside she needs to do her thing in the restroom especially at night. Thanks again. Happy mylotting!
@buping (954)
• China
4 Nov 09
hi santos, it is a great fun to raize a puppy, but it is not easy to teach her what she should do, what do not. it should take time to do so, but some puppy really will not learn it well no matter how long you took to teach her, i do not know whether your slurpee is in this situation or not. as you like her, i think you should take more time to teacher her till she learn well.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Yes I agree with you. Maybe I should give her more time until she understands what I am teaching her. Thanks for your advice. Have a great night ahead!
• United States
4 Nov 09
I believe that puppies are much like toddlers in the aspect that they also love rewards, affection, and attention. The require a lot of TLC, and discipline. It takes a long time to teach a puppy as they learn hands on since they can't speak and it is still un-known if they understand voice commands, aside from using 1 word with hand signals.I think you will do fine, and so will the puppy. It's just a bump in the road.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Yes, that's very true. Thanks.
@mrsctb7 (120)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Hello Santos! New puppies are so much fun, but also "challenging" too. Hey, the puppy is only 2 months old! Give her a chance! When she does just one thing well, praise her over and over, and snuggle with her! Then, the next time, give her even more praises! Puppies just want to please their owner, but gee, she's barely weaned from her mom! Try the praises, use patience, and see how far she'll come! Also, please give at least some exercise to the Pitt! Come up with some way ..... Hugs are great, but moving some is better too. That lets the Pitt know it's loved too!
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Hello too mrsctb7! Yes, I agree with you. Puppies are really fun. The challenging part is the training. Yeah, I really need to give her more time and that requires a lot more patience from me. As for the Pitt, we're doing that already. We're also giving her regular walks now. Thanks for all the tips. Wish me luck for my puppy!Have a nice day!
@mrsctb7 (120)
• United States
19 Nov 09
Santos: You're welcome! It sounds like you're doing a good (read that GREAT!) job! Keep it up. I just love puppies/dogs, and think that Pitts get a bad "rap" just because others have treated them bad! It breaks my heart! Keep up the good work!
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
7 Nov 09
Just like human beings, some of quick learners and some are slow learners. I have never spanked my pets, no matter what. When the time came, they learnt to realise where they have permission to ease themselves. You've got to have patience.
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Yes, I agree with you. Some are quick learners and some are slow learners. Unfortunately, my puppy belongs to the latter. Well anyway, I guess she needs a little more time and a lot more patience on my part. Thanks for responding. Have a nice day!
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
6 Nov 09
Maybe you could hire a professional dog trainer. Most dogs would at least show some signs of improvement by this time. I know it can get frustrating training a new dog. We adopted ours and had to spend a lot of time breaking them of bad habits. Sorry I don't have any fool proof advice. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Hi harmonee! As much as I want to hire a professional dog trainer, am sorry to say that I have no budget on that. Well anyway, right now I am searching the net on some sites which can help me in training my puppy. I found some and it's very helpful and the articles are very interesting. Maybe, it's just that my puppy is quite a slow learner. I guess, she needs more time but I'm sure she will eventually learn. Sure, I'll let you know when that time comes. Thanks for wishing me luck!
6 Nov 09
DO NOT SPANK AND SCOLD YOUR PUPPY, EVER, PLEASE -- she's 2-months old. would you spank and scold a newborn baby if he peed in your face while changing his diaper? of course you wouldn't. you can go to the internet and read up on how to train your puppy. also, if you watch her closely throughout the day, you'll realize when it's time for her to relieve herself. try putting a newspaper under her when you realize it's time for her to go. you have to keep an eye on her to know when she has to go. she doesn't understand scolding and spanking and will associate those awful actions with bad things. she may even get to the point where she won't go at all which will cause health problems. BE PATIENT. YOU'RE THE ONE WHO NEEDS TRAINING -- NOT YOUR PUPPY.
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Maybe you're right. I need training as much as my puppy does. I just want to reiterate that the "spanking" thing here is not really what you think. Of course, if I spank my puppy, it's not that hard of course coz she's just a puppy. It's just a way of telling her that what she did is wrong. Actually, I did that also to one of our dogs and it proved effective. Anyway, thanks for responding. Have a nice day!
• United States
5 Nov 09
Ok, you have the right idea but you have to treat her almost like a child. When she wakes up in the morning take her outside until she uses the bathroom. Leave some or her poop out there so she will know where to go. If you have a crate use it if not get one. Dogs will not use the bathroom that much in the place where they sleep. Also easier to clean the mess up when they do. When she eats wait about 5 mins and take her outside again. When she drinks same thing. Just get her used to going out side but you are going to have to train her to do this some dogs take longer than others. I had a pug with whom I loved dearly and most people will tell you they are stubborn but if you are more stubborn than they are, they will go outside. Good luck.
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Thanks a lot for all those helpful tips and encouraging words. It will surely help me a lot to be more patient and understanding to my puppy. I had come to realize that I need to give her more time since she is just a puppy. Thanks also for wishing me luck. Happy mylotting!
• United States
5 Nov 09
Puppys go to the bathroom very often because of there small bladders. She has to go out everytime she eats, drinks, wakes up, plays...ect. Ya that means you have to make a million potty runs during the day but oh well its better than on the floor. Also when she does go outside praise her. Say good girl you went potty outside! Then give her a treat. Eventually she will get it and let you know when she has to go. Also the whole keeping her in a cage is not so good all the time. She has lots of energy and needs to be able to get it out. She goes on the floor because she is mad at you for keeping her penned up. Its also a good idea to get some wee wee pads or puppy pads. They have a smell that makes the dog want to go on them. Once she gets that down you can move the pads outside and once she gets that you can remove the pads altogether. I hope some of this will help you!!! Good luck and dont give up yet!! ~May The Kisses Of An Angel Cover And Protect You Always!~ Copper
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Maybe you got me wrong. I don't put my puppy in a cage. She is just inside the house. That's why I am training her. Maybe what you're referring to, is the Pitbull. Our Pitbull is already an adult dog. She is in a cage but we're already giving her, her regular walks outside usually in the evening. Thanks a lot for those wonderful tips you had given me. It will surely help me a lot. Thanks also for wishing me luck. I really gonna need that. Happy mylotting!
• United States
5 Nov 09
I think you need to have a little bit more patience with her. Some puppies just take a little longer to learn than others. You can watch when she does her business in the house, and figure out what kind of a schedule she's on, then you can take her outside when you think it's about time for her to do her business. She's two months old, she might just need a little bit more time. As for your Pit Bull outside, this is not a good way to treat your dog. I have two Pit Bulls, and they are both inside dogs. A Pit Bull needs just as much love and attention as your puppy does. Are you trying to make your Pit Bull mean? What you're doing is a good way to do it.
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Yes, i guess you're right. I need to be more patient with her. Maybe, a little more time and she will eventually learn. As for the Pitbull, she's ok. We're giving her our love and attention and we let her feel that. Thanks for responding. Have a nice day ahead!
@ianina (25)
• Philippines
5 Nov 09
I understand that it's really difficult to take care of a puppy. I was once in your shoes, and I had two puppies to take care of at the same time. Puppies cannot control their bladder and bowel functions that yet. There are lots of techniques and tips that you can search through the Web, try to try some of them. Just a little patience...raising a dog is all worth it. :)
• Philippines
19 Nov 09
Yes, you're right. Raising a dog is really worth it that's why I really want her. Maybe I just need more patience in training her. I have to give her more time. Thanks for your tips. It will be very helpful for me. Have a nice day!
@Hatley (164231)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Nov 09
hi santos__mlirs she is only two months old so it is going to take time and much patience. she can be trained,if she pees and poos where you don't want her to ,you must scold her immediately otherwise she will not associate your upset with what she did, and on no not in the bathroom, thats not a good place,try a utility room and keep newspaper down and try to make her associate the newpaper with having to go to the bathroom,try a litle while after she eats and every time she goes on the newspaper praise her like everything. it will take some time as she is very young but she will be trainable. dont use the comfort room as you call it as that might turn out to be a disaster.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
As much as I want to heed your advice, our house is just small and I can't think of anywhere else appropriate for her to pee and poo. The comfort room for me is the best place I can think of since I really don't have time to walk her outside just to do that. As for your other advice I am already starting to do that. Thanks very much. Have a great day ahead!
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
4 Nov 09
Any dog that I've raised, I have trained to let me know when they need to go outside. I have never trained a dog to go in a certain spot in the house. It is a lot of work and requires a lot of patience I know.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Yes it surely is. Thanks!
@jayzelle (76)
4 Nov 09
trainning a dog entails a lot of patience. It would also take time for the dog to be train just have more patience because it is worth it. dogs are good pets.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Yes I do agree with you. Dogs are really good pets. It's a man's bestfriend as they all say. All you need to do is to train them very well and show them love, care, and attention. I think my patience just needs a lot more stretching. Thanks a lot!
@garybao (75)
• China
4 Nov 09
When I was young, I had one puppy. It always ran following me and brought back my shoes in its mouth. I did not spend too much time to teach it. i.e. when it was hungry, I always threw one shoe and let it bring the shoe back to me before I gave it food. I think this is a kind of motivation. May be you can try this way. Good luck.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Thank you very much for your advice. It's indeed a good motivation. Thank you for sharing it with me and also by wishing me good luck. Have a great day!
@CJay77 (4438)
• Australia
4 Nov 09
I never had puppy, but just recently my Husband rescued a puppy from our neighbour, I think the kids picked up this puppy somewhere in the street, but their parents refuse to have him, so they dumped him back in the street. Thankfully my Husband sees them and ask the kids if we could have the puppy and they agree, they were surprised at first, lol! We are living in apartment building and we don't have garden or front yard for him to stay, so the only chance we've got is to train him to wee and poo on the paper and it also because he is too young to take him outside to poo. Thankfully he is now learning to go on the paper every time he needs to wee or poo, but I still keep my eyes on him. We are not sure how old is he, but the way he looks, my Husband and his friend says that he must be 6 weeks old. Maybe just have more patience with Slurpee and hopefully in time she'll learn where to go and whenever you see her wee on the place where she needs to, say her few times that she's a good girl, it might help. And one thing, if you clean the place where she wee and poo and you don't like her to go there again, try to clean it with disinfectant or chlorine, so she can't smell her wee and poo there. I'm sorry, but I don't know much of how to raise puppy and what I'm saying here is just based on a week experienced.
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. I really appreciate it very much. I think I will just have to continue to be patient with her and I know in due time she will eventually learn where to wee and poo. Have a nice day!