(Closed) Help!! Puppy questions?!?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Our puppy was almost 7 weeks when we brought him home, we’ve had him for a little over a month, and he’s completely potty trained and crate trained. To be honest, crate training only took us a few days because he was so young! We only put him in there when we are leaving the house or when we are sleeping. The first few nights he barked, but now he goes in and immediately goes to sleep and doesn’t bark until he wakes up in the morning! 

As far as potty training, as long as you are dedicated to it, it’s really not all that hard. When we first brought him home we took him out every hour. Once he got used to the idea that he is supposed to go potty outside, we extended it to two hours. Also, every single time he would walk anywhere near the door, we would take him outside. After a couple of weeks, he got the hang of it, and now he will go to the door and sit down and wait for us to take him outside! Also, it helps a LOT if you schedule feed AND schedule water him – you can feed him 2-3 times a day, and water him at least 6-7. Then, you know exactly when he will need to go outside!

I’d also recommend if you can afford it to do a puppy training class. We are currently doing one at Petsmart and it’s going really well! I think it will help a lot.

Post # 4
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m confused, will the dog go with you or stay with him?  What do you mean by “trained” by then?  Will the dog be left alone for long hours?

Post # 5
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with MightSapphire with needing more information on what exactly you mean by “trained by then.”

Crate training is generally easy.  It usually takes only a few days before they accept it, if they aren’t already exposed to it.  If you cave and let them out for whining, it will of course take longer. 

Housebreaking, if that’s what you’re referring to, depends on the dog and the owners.  Some dogs take a while to get used to it, others potty-train imediately, (kind of like a kid!).  Breed also factors into the mix; some breeds are (in general) very hard to potty train.  Amanda.lynn had some great basic info on potty training.

Keep in mind that a puppy will not normally go potty in their crate.  It is best to get a crate that is large enough for the dog’s adult size, with a divider that you can put in and adjust as he or she grows so you aren’t constantly buying new crates.  Puppies are babies though, and like babies they have accidents.  A puppy will TRY not to go in their crate, but their bladders can only hold so much so if they are left in the crate too long, they will go.

Post # 7
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our dog was crate trained by the time we picked him up at 8 weeks.  In order to potty train him, my Fiance took him out every hour or so for about 2 months, and he’s never had an accident, except twice when he had some indigestion.  He’s just over a year old now, and we take him out every 4-6 hours now.

Just make sure he’s in the crate everytime no one is home.  Our dog was in the crate when we left until he was about 8 months old.

If the puppy has an accident in the house, I use a bleach based cleaning product to get out the smell, though we have hardwood floors, so it’s a bit easier to clean.  There is special carpet stuff too that removes the smell.

Finally, don’t use pee pads.  We dog-sat for a dog that was use to pee pads and the dog had SO many accidents around the house, even though she was completely potty trained.  My dog knows to whine when he needs to go, but the other dog just went whenever she needed to go.  It was awful…

Post # 8
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with the “no pee pads” statement.  It can be more confusing to the puppy than just taking them outside.  But you shouldn’t need them anyway if you’re going to be able to take him out frequently.

Congrats on your soon-to-be puppy!  I want one soooo badly.  I finish school in September, so I am HOPING for one as a graduation gift, (here is where I would insert a *hint, hint* if my hubby actually read Wedding Bee!).

Post # 9
4162 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a rotty who was 7 weeks when I took her home.  Within 2 weeks, she was almost completely house trained – a couple accidents are bound to happen.  She whined for the first few days we put her in a crate, but never made her sleep in there, she slept in my room (sometimes on the bed which I do not recommend!!!  Especially when she got to 50 lbs!)

I found if you’re diligent, it doesn’t take very long to house train.

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