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It's when you teach the puppy to pee on newspaper or puppy pads. They always go in one spot in the house (once they learn) and then you clean it up.

It takes several months to housetrain/paper train a dog so no matter what it will be peeing and messing inside for quite awhile.

It would be much better for you to get and older puppy (about 8 months) that is housetrained but still a puppy.
 

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Doggy doors are bad because anything can come in and it's very hard to train a dog that can just come and go as it pleases.

To housetrain you need to have a lot of control over where the dog is at all times and when and where he pees and poops.
 

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Of course I dont mind peoples opinions, in fact you have given me good insight on what I need to do with my new buddy, once i get him. I dont mind walking him after he eats or drinks, I planned on doing that anyways. As for a dog proof room, the basement is generally warm and cozy, I will have to buy him an outside playpen, because I dont want him wandering the basement alone.
 

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i like the idea of an 8 month old puppy. I will have to ask for one at petsmart that is house-broken.
 

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That link didn't work. Petfinder is weird that way. If you plug in Dog and Albany, NY you should get lots of hits
 
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nedim said:
Of course I dont mind peoples opinions, in fact you have given me good insight on what I need to do with my new buddy, once i get him. I dont mind walking him after he eats or drinks, I planned on doing that anyways. As for a dog proof room, the basement is generally warm and cozy, I will have to buy him an outside playpen, because I dont want him wandering the basement alone.
Are you going to live with your dog in the basement? And now I'm hearing you're going to put him into a playpen in the basement because you don't want him wandering around the room? Not to be harsh, but I really hope you rethink the whole getting a dog thing right now. I volunteer with rescue and have to approve homes of pontential adopters. If there is even one family member not on board with the idea of getting a dog, then they are not approved to adopt. The dog must be part of the family and be allowed in the house, too. A dog is supposed to be a family member. That means live with and interact with the family. So far what I've heard is you will chain it when outside and you need to go to school. When "in the house" it will be down in the basement locked up in a pen. This is called animal cruelty unless you are there with the dog all the time -- which is doubtful -- because then you would be spending most of your time outside or in the basement which is highly unlikely. Please rethink the situation.
 

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Well, I was not expecting that response, but I wont get mad with what you said.I will however say that there are better ways of saying things, but like I stated before, I appreciate everyones opinion.
 

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Hey Nedim, do you have IM? You can reach me at any of my addresses if you'd like to chat. Except, ICQ. I don't have that downloaded anymore.
 
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I did not say those things in order to make you mad. I just really want you to think about the welfare of a dog and possibly wait until your situation is more right for a family pet so it won't be chained and penned without people around for long lengths of time.
 

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Are you going to live with your dog in the basement? And now I'm hearing you're going to put him into a playpen in the basement because you don't want him wandering around the room? Not to be harsh, but I really hope you rethink the whole getting a dog thing right now. I volunteer with rescue and have to approve homes of pontential adopters. If there is even one family member not on board with the idea of getting a dog, then they are not approved to adopt. The dog must be part of the family and be allowed in the house, too. A dog is supposed to be a family member. That means live with and interact with the family. So far what I've heard is you will chain it when outside and you need to go to school. When "in the house" it will be down in the basement locked up in a pen. This is called animal cruelty unless you are there with the dog all the time -- which is doubtful -- because then you would be spending most of your time outside or in the basement which is highly unlikely. Please rethink the situation.
I don't think it's as bad as all that. Nedim is just learning about what it's like to have a dog and she's learning all of her options. She(?) thinks her dad will warm up to the idea and she's already built a dog house in the backyard. I suggested the basement as a safe place to keep him while he is being housetrained. She'd like to keep him in her room when that's possible. And she also said she is quite active and outdoorsy and would walk him and be responsible. Sorry Nedim if you are a boy.

I do hope that your family is more supportive. I've said that before. And I do think an older pup or younger adult would be much better for you. But in the meantime we'll answer all of your questions and give you as much constructive advice as possible.
 

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I found a pitbull thats a few months old. And hes house-broken, big relief. Thamks for the site, so many dogs that could use my help.
 

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Pit bulls are great. I love them. I have a dog that probably is part pit. However, they can be a bit stubborn and may be difficult for a new owner. Everyone's different though. Just something to consider. I'm sure if you get some help with training you'll have no problems.
 

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I have a Pit cross. They are terrific dogs, though, I have to agree with Saje on that one; they are not for everyone, and may be difficult for a first time owner. I'm glad you like the idea of getting an older pup. They are still babyish, but easier on the first time owner.

I was under the impression that you're buying him a pen to go outside in?? Not to be locked in a pen in the basement. I think it would be better for the two of you if he's in your bedroom with you, or following you around the house. I don't think however that he should be left outside when you are not home. That's no place for a puppy, unsupervised. If you are home, keeping an eye on him, it would be okay for a little while, to be outside in the fresh air.

You live on the top floor of a two family house? How are you going to keep him in the basement? Good luck.

Oh, and congrats on rescuing your baby! It's a wonderful feeling when you rescue a dog.
 

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Pit bulls are great. I love them. I have a dog that probably is part pit. However, they can be a bit stubborn and may be difficult for a new owner. Everyone's different though. Just something to consider. I'm sure if you get some help with training you'll have no problems.
Are you talking about Mikey? He looks like a pitbull.
 

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