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Old 12-29-2007, 10:43 PM
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I'm new to this forum.

My girlfriend and I just got a 11 week old boston terrier 2 days ago. His name is Igor. We are both on christmas break at college so we both have a week and a half off before we go back to school so we're training him by constant supervision.

First day we had him, he had a few accidents, and as soon as he did we said "No" and put him outside. We caught him in the act every time.

Second day, he had a few accidents in the morning (i did put him outside right after he came out of the kennel but didn't go after being out for awhile). Then at about 1 in the afternoon he finally went to the bathroom once outside. Then after every nap he took and about 10 mins after he would eat he would be put outside. After he would pee and/or poo, we would say "good boy" plenty of times and then give him a treat. A couple of times tonight he would pee inside (not very much) right after he peed outside.

We think he's doing pretty decent for his second day, but what do you think? Since most of you all have more experience with puppies than we do. How long do you think it will take until he starts to cry or such at the door when he has to go out? He does sleep in a kennel at night or anytime we are gone. When we go upstairs to make food or anything we take him with us and always have an eye on him.

So just any tips or anything would be great!

Thanks a lot!
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:25 PM
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Oh, and we both have different school schedules so Igor won't be left in his crate for longer periods of time than 5 hours.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:37 PM
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wow, sounds like you are doing a great job.

i remember when we brought Thunder home, boy oh boy, i had to sleep out in the living room because everytime he woke up we took him outside and he pottied we told him Good boy " and he came back in, of course it helped that the person we got him from did a little housebreaking, so with Thunder it only took like 3 weeks or so. when he was almost potty broke he would come up to us and whine in a low tone to go out. now he just sits at the back door and we would let him out.

Cinni on the other had was about 80***37; pottybroke before we brought her home, and she only took about 2 weeks..

either way it sounds like you got it down packed and it should not be to long before your lil one gets the idea of pottytime.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:38 PM
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Sounds like you're on the right track! For a second day he's doing great and you're keeping on top of him it sounds like. Being able to be with him 24/7 during his settling in period is going to help a lot in the housebreaking, though you might also want to make sure to get him used to the idea that you do leave the house, if you haven't already.

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Old 12-30-2007, 10:20 AM
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I'm not in favor of college students getting puppies , but so be it , Sounds like you both are doing a great job . I just hope that this is a lasting relationship with at least one of you .
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:29 AM
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Sounds like you're on the right track! Pardon my laziness, but I just typed this out for someone else a few days ago, so I thought I would share it again. Training our dogs to pee and poop on command has been an awesome thing, especially in bad weather. Good luck! Also, check out the stickies on the forum and the others, there is a ton of really helpful advice from breeders and trainers and experienced pet owners.

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Training my dogs to pee and poop on command has been the BEST things ever. When Buddy was a pup, he had problems with housetraining. So when we took him outside, he was on a leash. I went to one area of the yard and stood in one place. He was allowed to go as far as the leash would let him. As soon as he began his business, I immediately would say, "Good piddles" or "good poopers" and give him a treat. We continued this forever and ever and ever. Once he was more reliable we took him off the leash. But still treated him and said "good piddles" etc.. If he didn't go, we would go right back inside and he would go back to his crate. We'd try a few minutes later, etc..

Now, whenever we need the dogs to go, say, we're leaving the house for a few hours, they all can go outside and we can say "piddles" and they will go. I can also say "poopers" and if they've gotta go, they'll go. Hands down, the best idea ever. The dogs also know, that if we are telling them to go piddles, that they have got to go because who knows when their next chance will be.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:54 AM
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I'm not in favor of college students getting puppies , but so be it , Sounds like you both are doing a great job . I just hope that this is a lasting relationship with at least one of you .
We;ve been going out since High School and we're in the second year of college now. So I wouldn't be too worried.

Thanks for all the input guys! it'll really help!
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:28 AM
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I'm not in favor of college students getting puppies , but so be it , Sounds like you both are doing a great job . I just hope that this is a lasting relationship with at least one of you .
I'm just curious as to why this is your opinion? Is it an issue of responsibility or time? I know that I have a lot more time to come home during the day for puppy training when I'm in class versus at work.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:36 AM
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The majority of college students aren't the most responsible of dog owners. This is not to say that there aren't good college student owners out there, of course there is, but overall they are few and far in between. It really depends on where your focus is in school as well...for those that like to party alot or stay out all night, having a dog isn't the best idea. But if you (general) are the type to stay home more often than not or can at least make arrangements for when you will be out all night, then it's fine. I always tried to make friends with the kids that lived off campus and had dogs when I was in college, because I was in a dorm for three of the four years and ended up sneaking rats in just to have something to play with!
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:48 AM
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The majority of college students aren't the most responsible of dog owners. This is not to say that there aren't good college student owners out there, of course there is, but overall they are few and far in between. It really depends on where your focus is in school as well...for those that like to party alot or stay out all night, having a dog isn't the best idea. But if you (general) are the type to stay home more often than not or can at least make arrangements for when you will be out all night, then it's fine. I always tried to make friends with the kids that lived off campus and had dogs when I was in college, because I was in a dorm for three of the four years and ended up sneaking rats in just to have something to play with!
Yeah, I thought that what she might have meant.
I'm actually in law school now, but I had a dog in college, too...and I'm going back to school next year..AGAIN.
I never sleep anywhere else anymore because of my dog, and I don't even like to go out really late because I worry that she misses me. It's lame maybe, but I'd rather be home
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