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Housebreaking ideas?

Any housebreaking tips? I have the kennel and the pen. Any suggestions are appreciated. I've never mastered it with my other dogs so I've started Kaleb off with both pen and kennel.

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I couldn't stand putting mine in a kennel (I have two about a month apart) so I put their crates in a gated off area in my kitchen and tried using the pee pads but they honestly just shredded them so eventually I gave up...I was very consistent with the feeding schedule (even on the weekends..which I really disliked lol) and took them out about every 1-2 hours and longer periods the older they got.......always w/in 15-30 minutes when they ate...immediately in the mornings and when they woke up from napping or when they were playing really hard and in the morning I carried them out......the good news is that I got both of them in April and they were both completely house trained by mid July (5 and 6 mo old)......my male took alot longer to stop having "pee" accidents in the house than my female did........good luck!
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I always recommend this site. Others will chime in with some great ideas as well. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...-housetraining

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I always recommend this site. Others will chime in with some great ideas as well. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...-housetraining
Great site! I was looking for Ian Dunbar articles & sites to recommend. Thank you.
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I think it is very hard to house brake a small dog if you can't be home. We take the girls out every hour and give lots of praise and treats. Zoey is 9mo and Zoey 6mo I do think the piddle pads get confusing to them. my girls will use it instead of holding it. We don't have any accidents when we are on a good schedule. It is only when I get lazy and am not watching.

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I kenneled my pup whenever I couldn't watch him closely - this included when I was home but otherwise occupied (ie making dinner). My breeder was awesome and had him kenneled trained when I got him. I just always gave him a treat when he went in. I also was careful to distinguish going out for a walk or playtime vs potty time. I used a different leash, if I had the option I would have used a different door, and went to a specific location. We would go out to potty for 15 mins - if he didn't go, back in the kennel for 45 mins, then try again; if he did go, it was super fun play time, special treats etc. I think I only had to put him back in the kennel once or twice. He caught on quickly. The only accidents we had were 100% my fault. If you listen to Cesar Milan, done right you can have a completely accident free puppy.

I got him at 4 months, accident free by 5 months (again mostly my training), and by 7 months, I quit crating him altogether - he's got the run of the house whether I'm here or not (I did a lot of short trials to make sure i could trust him).
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Thanks for the article, Dave! I'm reading everything I can get my hands on this week!

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I kenneled my pup whenever I couldn't watch him closely - this included when I was home but otherwise occupied (ie making dinner). My breeder was awesome and had him kenneled trained when I got him. I just always gave him a treat when he went in. I also was careful to distinguish going out for a walk or playtime vs potty time. I used a different leash, if I had the option I would have used a different door, and went to a specific location. We would go out to potty for 15 mins - if he didn't go, back in the kennel for 45 mins, then try again; if he did go, it was super fun play time, special treats etc. I think I only had to put him back in the kennel once or twice. He caught on quickly. The only accidents we had were 100% my fault. If you listen to Cesar Milan, done right you can have a completely accident free puppy.

I got him at 4 months, accident free by 5 months (again mostly my training), and by 7 months, I quit crating him altogether - he's got the run of the house whether I'm here or not (I did a lot of short trials to make sure i could trust him).
When I got Zoey 6 weeks ago, she was not potty trained at all even though she was almost a year old. I used the exact same method as Marlowe's Girl with a small ex-pen set up. It took 3 weeks to get her trained. Unless I am gone more than a couple of hours, she has free run of the house now. I don't give treat for "going" outside, but do have "potty parties" with lots of praise.

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I don't think Mia will EVER be housebroken(8months old) I am retired an home with her a lot but other than meals we really have no "schedule" where as a puppy that has a working owner would know"after I eat ,I go out to potty and in the crate for a few hours" Mia also despises rain and wet grass. Maybe a relocation to Arizonia is in the cards for us.
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I kenneled my pup whenever I couldn't watch him closely - this included when I was home but otherwise occupied (ie making dinner). My breeder was awesome and had him kenneled trained when I got him. I just always gave him a treat when he went in. I also was careful to distinguish going out for a walk or playtime vs potty time. I used a different leash, if I had the option I would have used a different door, and went to a specific location. We would go out to potty for 15 mins - if he didn't go, back in the kennel for 45 mins, then try again; if he did go, it was super fun play time, special treats etc. I think I only had to put him back in the kennel once or twice. He caught on quickly. The only accidents we had were 100% my fault. If you listen to Cesar Milan, done right you can have a completely accident free puppy.

I got him at 4 months, accident free by 5 months (again mostly my training), and by 7 months, I quit crating him altogether - he's got the run of the house whether I'm here or not (I did a lot of short trials to make sure i could trust him).
OMG...he pee's every time he walks past his pad. I have his crate divided in half but as soon as he opens his eyes(during the day) he stands up and pee's. I took him to Petco with me which is 7 miles away. I let him potty before we left and half way there he went in his car seat. He did the same thing yesterday when we went to the post office. Makes me want to either leave him home or get a belly band for him. A couple times he has gone next to the paper. He did better when he first arrived. Now I don't know what is going on. At night he at least whines and lets me know he needs to go. HELP!!!!!

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