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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-15-2016, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Housebreaking progress

Mayzie is a week shy of being 6 months old, and I am finally seeing some signs of progress on housebreaking.

As a reminder, I have used confinement in an ex-pen by day and a crate by night as a primary housebreaking methods with no litter boxes and no pee pads. I have just taken her out very often during the day, or when she cries and whines in her ex pen and doesn't want water (so by process of elimination, I figure out she wants to go outside). For a while, we had done really well in that when I took her outside, she would immediately go potty and I would praise her, but then we had a setback: I had caught her going in the house, shouted at her, and grabbed her and ran her outside, which scared her, so she ran away, and thereafter would run away every time we went outside...from which point I had to take her out on a leash, and, sigh, progress stopped.

My husband last week put back up our little temporary plastic fence which keeps her from running away but doesn't require a leash. That seems to have been a great motivator for her! Plus, without the need for the leash, she goes out with my other 2 dogs who are well housebroken and get down to business immediately after being let out. Yesterday, she had an accident in the house, but it was very close to the back door (I was cooking and could kick myself for missing out on that opportunity). I am hopeful that we have turned a corner.

I know she is smart enough. She can do so many tricks and knows so many ways to be sneaky to get things she wants (aka my yarn bin!). I fully believe she will be housebroken completely by 9 months, and after that, it will be 20 years of smooth sailing making allllll this trouble worthwhile!


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Sounds like you're on the right track. How's Mayzie doing with her skin stuff?

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So good to hear she's doing better with the housebreaking! Bowie seems to be doing better too. How's her coloring? Any changes with her new growth?

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Also, what tricks has she learned?

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So sorry that Mayzie has had a little set back, but as smart as she is, I expect you will have her back on track soon. Oreo has been making progress, but I continue to stay vigilant. We have been 3 weeks without an accident, but he is in his pen when I can't keep my eyes on him, and the only place he has free run is the kitchen (where I do my computer work). His last 2 accidents were behind the kitchen table, and now he will go sit in that spot and make a soft little squeak of a whimper and just stare at me. I take that as his sign that he needs to go out, and jump up immediately. Of course there is a high likelihood that he is just doing that to manipulate me into getting up from the computer when he wants some attention! He has me pretty well trained!
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Thank you both for asking about the skin stuff! I am happy to say that the mange seems to be completely gone. The multiple dips and Revolution seems to have done the trick, and huge blessing in that my other 2 dogs didn't come down with it (we treated them in time, I guess).

Her coat continues to be the strangest thing. I will attach pictures when I am home. If she is curled up, she looks black with gray roots, but when she is walking, you can see the silvery-gray roots most prominently. I still think that in the end, she will be gray with white tummy, feet, and tip of her tail.

As for tricks, I tried so hard to take a page out of Dee-Dee's book and teach her to do Sophie's trick (hope I got those names right) of "go under the box", but wasn't quite able. She will:
1. Get in the box (hide in a box tipped on its side)
2. Go under the box (run under a box that is propped up).
3. Lay down, and we are working on army crawling to me using laying down as a starting point.
4. Sit pretty (which looks like begging)
5. Bunny hop (she will hop a full 7 feet across the floor, cracks me up).
6. Jump through a hula hoop (I don't put it up higher than 3 inches or so, but I think she would zing through it if I put it a foot in the air even).
7. Roll over. We are working on "play dead", but she can't seem to stop from rolling all the way over.
8. Give me 5, and then Give me high 5. We are working on "wave bye bye" using this trick as a starting point.
9. She is just now learning to drop. She loves to play, though, so if she knows I want her to drop something, she will promptly run far away! Ha!
10. Go to bed...no matter where I am, if I say "go to bed", she will run and jump into her ex-pen's open door.

Now, lest I sound like a bragging parent, remember, this dog will not come, sit, stay, has horrible leash manners and isn't fully housebroken! I am going to work on the basics though. Now that her mange is gone, we are going to put her in an obedience class too.

I will try to get a video of her running the gamut of tricks and attach it. You guys are very nice to let me share these things!
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So sorry that Mayzie has had a little set back, but as smart as she is, I expect you will have her back on track soon. Oreo has been making progress, but I continue to stay vigilant. We have been 3 weeks without an accident, but he is in his pen when I can't keep my eyes on him, and the only place he has free run is the kitchen (where I do my computer work). His last 2 accidents were behind the kitchen table, and now he will go sit in that spot and make a soft little squeak of a whimper and just stare at me. I take that as his sign that he needs to go out, and jump up immediately. Of course there is a high likelihood that he is just doing that to manipulate me into getting up from the computer when he wants some attention! He has me pretty well trained!
Good luck!
Three weeks without an accident is reason to celebrate in and of itself, but the fact that he will whimper and stare when he needs to go out adds a whole new dimension! From this point forward, it is all downhill! I am very happy for you! I think Mayzie is on the verge of making the connection that if she stands at the back door, she will get let out, but she just isn't motivated enough to do it.

Mayzie is absolutely, 100% food driven. The only reason she learns tricks is because she is a pig at heart and will do anything for a treat. I have had such good advice on here about not giving crunchy treats that take a long time to devour, about giving small treats to keep her hungry and interested, about keeping training sessions super short, about, well everything!
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Thank you both for asking about the skin stuff! I am happy to say that the mange seems to be completely gone. The multiple dips and Revolution seems to have done the trick, and huge blessing in that my other 2 dogs didn't come down with it (we treated them in time, I guess).

Her coat continues to be the strangest thing. I will attach pictures when I am home. If she is curled up, she looks black with gray roots, but when she is walking, you can see the silvery-gray roots most prominently. I still think that in the end, she will be gray with white tummy, feet, and tip of her tail.

As for tricks, I tried so hard to take a page out of Dee-Dee's book and teach her to do Sophie's trick (hope I got those names right) of "go under the box", but wasn't quite able. She will:
1. Get in the box (hide in a box tipped on its side)
2. Go under the box (run under a box that is propped up).
3. Lay down, and we are working on army crawling to me using laying down as a starting point.
4. Sit pretty (which looks like begging)
5. Bunny hop (she will hop a full 7 feet across the floor, cracks me up).
6. Jump through a hula hoop (I don't put it up higher than 3 inches or so, but I think she would zing through it if I put it a foot in the air even).
7. Roll over. We are working on "play dead", but she can't seem to stop from rolling all the way over.
8. Give me 5, and then Give me high 5. We are working on "wave bye bye" using this trick as a starting point.
9. She is just now learning to drop. She loves to play, though, so if she knows I want her to drop something, she will promptly run far away! Ha!
10. Go to bed...no matter where I am, if I say "go to bed", she will run and jump into her ex-pen's open door.

Now, lest I sound like a bragging parent, remember, this dog will not come, sit, stay, has horrible leash manners and isn't fully housebroken! I am going to work on the basics though. Now that her mange is gone, we are going to put her in an obedience class too.

I will try to get a video of her running the gamut of tricks and attach it. You guys are very nice to let me share these things!
They all learn different things on their own schedule. Some of that is because we tend to emphasize working on things we find fun, but it's also that different dogs find some things easier than others. it sounds like you are doing g a wonderful job with Miss Mayzie!
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I am so impressed with all of Mayzie's tricks! Oreo is food driven too. I have a trainer coming tomorrow morning, and she told me not to feed him before she comes so she will have plenty of "currency" to use with him. I told her not to worry, but even if I fed him, he would be more than willing to do anything and everything for more treats. I am excited about the trainer, she was a trainer at Dolphins Plus and the Atlanta Aquarium and is now training service dogs. Hopefully she will get us off to a good start.
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That's great! Please let us know all the tips and secrets!
I'm so impressed with Mayzie and always look forward to hearing what she's up to. How many times a day do you train her and for how long? Do you use a clicker? How do you break down the tricks? I personally can't wait for the Mayzie Trick Video! Very happy the other pups didn't get mange!

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