Tips on reinforcing house training in an adolescent pup?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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526 posts
Busy bee

@marhealy:  poochie bells and hourly trips outside, maybe start with every 30 minutes, it should only take a day or so, so put in the time now and save your sub floors!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@marhealy:  I have been told you need to start at square one even with older dogs. I am just at the tail end (lol no pun intended) of housebreaking our puppy. This is what I did an it worked like a charm:

Be super vigilant, don’t let her out of your sight even if you have to leash her to you inside (called tethering). Don’t worry that part doesn’t last forever! Take her out very often, at least a few times an hour.

Take away her water, give it to her a little at a time, of course giving her enough! But not just leaving it down all day.

Praise her a ridiculous amount when she pees/poops outside, even give her a treat…just make sure the treat is within 30 seconds of peeing because they forget quickly.

Use wee wee pads. I put mine right next to the door. If he had an accident, I put a little on the pad and let him sniff it so he knew he was supposed to go on it next time. Then when he got that down I moved the pad outside and had him go on it there. Eventually I removed the pad altogether and he understood to pee on the grass. I still leave one by the door, if he is about to have an accident because I am not there to let him out in time or we are out he goes on the pad, it makes cleanup easy because it is backed in plastic. I would try putting one on the floor where they seem to have the accidents first, then by the door, then outside. They have enzyme spray you can put on the pad with a scent that tells the dog they are “supposed” to pee there.

I agree that Natures Miracle works, enzymes again but in reverse.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@marhealy:  …has be been neutered?

Honestly it sounds like he’s marking, not forgetting.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@marhealy:  Oh dear….Mr. 99 did the impossible and successfully housebroke a chihuahua….we left him with the other big boys for about 8 hours and I was so proud to come home to a spotless kitchen and my little guy hopping around like a frog in a skillet, he ran out and dropped trow like he was going to win something…

We just set our boys up to succeed, and I don’t really even trust a dog 100% until we’re at two and a half years….just because they’re still adolescents…and shit happens.  If we have a slip up, we get back to basics, and its out, every hour on the hour, I watch and confim that we did what we were supposed to do outside….then we hang out, eat, drink, nap…and do it all over again.

I should note, the 99 Boys do not have free reign over the house, only Smoo the cat can make that boast, they’re either in the room we’re in, or in the kitchen, which is their den to hang out….if they want to be up there, they even close the gate after themselves and have some alone time….crazy dogs…..either way, I get how difficult it is dealing with a dog that has potty issues…the lab was hard to housebreak because we got him at 18 weeks and he’s a deep sleeper, so he used to hose down the couch while he was napping…it was nuts!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Though I’ve read Boxers are one of the easiest breeds to house train, I’ll still throw in my two cents. We crate trained him, would take him out potty every 1/2 hour, give him treats and lots of praise if he did potty outside. The MOST helpful thing we did was tie a ribbon with a couple bells onto the door handle and taught him to hit them when he needed to go out. He’s been accident free for about a year!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

@marhealy:  I would make him ring the bells with his paw, and then open the door and let him walk out. I did this over and over until he rang the bells on his own, and I opened the door and let him go out. I don’t even remember using treats to reinforce this, just a lot of pets and “good boy”s. He got after just a couple times of me showing him.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@marhealy:  ill be following your thread! Im house training a dachshund not sure her exact age.shes never had any proper training. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@marhealy:  Yay! Sometimes when we don’t hear our dog ring the bells the first time, he starts pounding on them angrily with his paws to get our attention. Sometimes we pretend not to hear them just to watch him get all worked up lol 

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