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How To House Train A Puppy?

Sun May 06, 2007 5:38 pm

Any suggestions?

Our Shitzu we bought when he was four months only, and now just turned five. We do not really have a yard, so must keep him in the house most of the time. At night, he stays in his crate, during the day time he gets to run around the ground floor.

We have bought those 'sheets' you put on the floor, where he is supposed to pee and poop. He does alright with the pooping, mostly going to the sheets. For the peeing, he does not seem to be learning . . . sometimes on the sheets, but sometimes not. Just now I've brought him up to our second floor, where we also keep some sheets on the floor, and in the space of an hour he managed to both pee and poop on a rug up here.

Different sources say different approaches about whether to praise only when he does a good job, or do/do-not punish if he does badly. And I've heard estimates of how long it takes to train him from a couple of weeks, to a few months!

Any suggestions from your good experiences??

Thanks!
 
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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Sun May 06, 2007 6:18 pm

I will give my suggestion as a dog instructor and breeder of German Sheppards.

Those sheets you bought. Throw them away! Why? Bring your dog outside 1 time every hour. When the dog pee inside, just bring it outside straight after. The dog will learn, and connect these two elements, and understand that peeing is something it needs to do outside.

Second issue with those sheets is that when you finally start to take your dog outside, it wont pee cause it need the sheets. So it can have a very negative effect as well.
Trust me, I have seen this more the ones.

The time it will take to get your dog trained is all up to you! No matter what.

You do not actually mention bringing the dog outside, but I hope that this is not an issue, as otherwise you need to think about if you should have a dog where you live.

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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Sun May 06, 2007 7:11 pm

Quoting Sudden (Reply 1):
You do not actually mention bringing the dog outside, but I hope that this is not an issue, as otherwise you need to think about if you should have a dog where you live.

Good question. We actually can take it outside, having a very small garden, suburban streets, and an enormous park nearby. Currently he gets outside about twice a day, and he likes to do business out there.

OK, you make a good point. The more we take the dog outside, the sooner he can learn to do his business out there, and not in here. And I think that is we are expecting him to do his business inside on those sheets, and outside wherever, he will be confused.

Thank you for sharing some wisdom!
 
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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Sun May 06, 2007 9:34 pm

Quoting Jet-lagged (Reply 2):
Thank you for sharing some wisdom!

Nothing to thank for.

Good luck with your new friend, and if you have any issues going forward, just mail me.

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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Mon May 07, 2007 7:48 am

Quoting Jet-lagged (Thread starter):
Different sources say different approaches about whether to praise only when he does a good job, or do/do-not punish if he does badly.

When we trained our dog we started with the sheets. Reason being puppies need to go more often and don't have the discipline to hold it. We were told about having some issues with the dog looking for paper when he was brought outside. So we walked him with another dog and he watched the other dog doing his business around trees and he pretty much got the point.
 
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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Mon May 07, 2007 8:16 am

it's called shitzu for a reason.
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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Mon May 07, 2007 5:09 pm

Quoting STLGph (Reply 5):
it's called shitzu for a reason.

ha!

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 4):
So we walked him with another dog and he watched the other dog doing his business around trees and he pretty much got the point.

That is a good idea too. He seems to learn quickly, watching other dogs.

One thing is odd though, is that my memory is that male dogs always lift their leg and aim at something when they pee. Here, I see that they often just squat, still on four legs. Unless I can find another pooch for mine to shadow, I'll have to be grabbing one of his legs, if I want him to lift one as he does number one.  Wink
 
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RE: How To House Train A Puppy?

Mon May 07, 2007 6:20 pm

Quoting Jet-lagged (Reply 6):
One thing is odd though, is that my memory is that male dogs always lift their leg and aim at something when they pee. Here, I see that they often just squat, still on four legs

They start to lift their leg around 6 months of age, and even later. Very indivdual indeed. Even when grown up, some might take the easy road and stand on 4 legs now and then.

To lift the leg is more to show other dogs that they are there. The higher you pee on a tree, the better, as it's a sign of dominance.

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