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Old 01-18-2004, 10:15 AM
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Question Housebreaking Frustrations...

How long does it take to housebreak a puppy, and why won't my puppy let us know that he has to go? We take him out regularly and watch him when he is out of his crate. Many times when he has an accident, he simply squats and pees with no sniffing or warning at all. I am frustrated already. He goes out nearly every two hours at night, and during the day he has 2 long walks and goes outside MANY times and does go "potty". Also, since I'm the usual person who takes him out, he does not want to come when I call...it's cold outside. My husband and daughters have been taking him out and doing all the "dirty work" for the last day or so and I've been trying to be the "nice guy" to help with him not wanting to come to me. He's still leery. He is only 9 weeks old and we've had him for 1 week. HELP!!!!!
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Old 01-18-2004, 12:05 PM
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WOW! Seems I'm not the only one... okay here's what my friends told me:
Since he gives you no warning you have to watch him REALLY closely,whenever he squats you have to grab him and take him outside,when he goes outside you have to praise him and give him a treat. When he goes inside scold him,but not to much because you have to remember,he doesn't know it's wrong and he might get scared and hate you for the rest of his life!

If you want him to come you have to stand by the door and make a scene so he'll come over then open the door and go outside,still making a scene,so he'll follow. If that doesn't work,you have to grab him and take him outside on a leash,and wait until he goes. Ignore him and don't play,or else you'll be out there for hours!

P.S. I'm not sure if this works,I'm told it does and it works for my mom.
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Old 01-18-2004, 02:07 PM
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Thanks for the advice!!! We tried making a scene and it scared him. I don't think he was hurt at all where he came from. Are some dogs just big fraidy cats? We've never had a puppy from the beginning, so this is very new to us.

I went to the craft store and bought a couple of large jingle bells and we attached them to a rope and then looped it over the door we use to take him out (Zack). At the other end, we tied a couple of huge knots, so that he can grab ahold of it. Now, everytime we take him out, we ring the bells and show him that he can grab it. I heard that can work too.

I have heard from different people that it can take weeks to MONTHS to housebreak a dog...is that true? I have bitten off more than I can chew! Well, he's adorable...lab/collie mix.

By the way, I'm new to the forum stuff as well. I'm Desi and I'm a full time mom, "driver", cook, maid, wife, med student AND NOW dog taker carer! I think I've lost my mind!!
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Old 01-18-2004, 03:37 PM
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Heh,I'm just a kid. My mom made it clear that if I wanted a dog I had to take care of it on my own,but she helps out. I don't know how long it takes,Luke is my first dog and he's not house broken. Most of my friends call me Mistreated,0_o don't ask, and one of them did the thing with the bells but my mom said she would rather let Luke scratch the door. Dogs can be hard yes,especialy for moms,because when your kids give up,you're the only one left to take care of the dog.
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Old 01-18-2004, 05:06 PM
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Depending on the dog, the owner, and how the dog is being trained it could take 6mos to fully house train a puppy. We fostered a young German Shepherd who took to the bell idea. She rang them whenever she needed to go out after she got the idea.
House training dogs in the winter can be hard for some dogs, especially if they really hate the snow. Consistency and patience does the trick. Good Luck! HTH!
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:06 PM
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Thanks all!

We ring the bells each time we take him to the door to go out...is that the right way???

We have also taken to keeping him in his crate when we are not directly with him or when he has to go out. He doesn't hate it, but it's not his favorite thing.

I hope it's the right thing, though! Thanks for all the advice...I'll take anything that works for us! He has only had 1 accident in 24 hours!! But, like I said...he's restricted to the crate for now.

Trying to be patient,
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:13 PM
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um i think you have to take his paw and ring the bells but im not sure because we diont do it that way

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The bells sound like a good idea. I never tried it either. But dogs can pick up anything so it makes sense.
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Old 01-19-2004, 02:25 PM
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Great! This is classic. My 7 year-old took Zack outside to use the bathroom and while she was putting her jacket on he peed on the patio. Is this just a lazy dog??? I'm so ignorant, but I'm really trying.

We take him to his "spot" when we take him out and he has no problem. Maybe I'm expecting too much, too soon??

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Old 01-19-2004, 06:05 PM
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our old, obese, arthritic sheltie went on the back porch a couple of times. i know that she is just being lazy, but if theres a bunch of snow on the ground it may be hard for the dogs to tell.

We taught our german shepherd we were fostering to ring the bell by going to the dog and getting her excited to scratch at the door, or bump it with her nose. The instant she made it jingle (it didnt matter to us how she made it ring) we opened the door, gave her a lil treat and then let her out. she caught on pretty quick with this method. Let us know how it goes !
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