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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-20-2010, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question New puppy questions

Hi all! I am new to the forum and I've been dying to get some advice on a number of questions. We got our little Suki 40 days ago and he is 15 weeks old. We are having trouble with potty training because my two 8 year old girls want to play with him so much and he gets so sad to be crated if we are all at home (school's out for summer) but yet he pees in the house way too much if we let him out of his crate! He also seems to have a super small bladder and has some excited urination. We have a bell but he doesn't really get it. He is crated from 11 pm to 6 am at night and doesn't seem to have any accidents so that is all good. Any advice? Also, leash training is not going well - he carries it in his mouth (he likes to carry things and chew them) and he simply won't budge if we try to walk him. Should we let him lead and go where he goes? On top of that he is a little hoover vacuum - sometimes I think he is trying to commit suicide with the things he tries to eat (stucco, cat fur, ants, leaves, roses, twigs, rocks, etc. We live on an acreage and he goes crazy outside)! Any advice on that? My minor question is how often do you bath the little guys? I don't want to deplete his natural oils and his coat is so gorgeous! Oh, and should I take him to puppy class even though he only has 2 sets of shots and my breeder says no? Sorry about all the questions but thanks for any help you can offer!
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hello I have a five and a half month old puppy and we have been through everything you mention. Im not sure about the potty training because our dog is being taught to use papers inside the house. NEVER go to him if he whines in the crate! also try putting a cloth over the crate so he doesn't get upset when he sees you walking around. try putting a chew toy in the crate so he has something to do. When he tries to take his leash in his mouth jerk the leash to the side [ NOT UP ], when he stops give him a treat. When your outside make him come by using a treat. If he goes crazy outside pick him up and calm him down. I bath our puppy every 1 to 2 weeks, if you use moisturizing shampoo it probably wont hurt there skin. Post pictures of your baby on the forum!!!!!!!!!
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Hello Suki's Mumto the forum.When Suki comes out of the crate can he go straight outside and play with your girls?then when he has peed and played he can go straight back in the crate,until you or the girls are ready for another play session.Also have you noticed if he does a pee or poop dance?!then that will give you a warning to get him outside or on a pee pad real quick!Anyway good luck and enjoy your pup,he will get the hang of it eventually,the same with the lead,as they grow in confidence they become happier on the lead.

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I seem to be one of the very, very few people out there who didn't use a crate. The hardest part of training Lilly was to get her to start using the wee wee pads. Once she understood the concept, things got much easier. We would "throw her a party" when she used the pad. For a while she couldn't understand the difference between rugs and pads. I discovered that if I used Febreeze on the rugs, she didn't have accidents.

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I seem to be one of the very, very few people out there who didn't use a crate. The hardest part of training Lilly was to get her to start using the wee wee pads. Once she understood the concept, things got much easier. We would "throw her a party" when she used the pad. For a while she couldn't understand the difference between rugs and pads. I discovered that if I used Febreeze on the rugs, she didn't have accidents.
I to didn't use a crate,not many people do here in England,thats a useful tip about the Febreeze,I shall bare that in mind as we get our new pup on Saturday!

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We went through all the same things with our two (and two at a time, too!). It seemed that for the first few months I was taking them outside every half hour, but we still had accidents in the house. Rascal was an excited pee-er too when people came to the door, but that went away as he got older. Pixie is still a bit of a vacuum cleaner at the age of 15 months, and we have to watch her. She also wouldn't walk on leash and we used treats to get her to go. Also gentle jerks on the leash and excited voices "let's go, let's go!" She eventually grew out of this stage (it is quite common with a lot of puppies) and now walks like a champ.

Puppy classes are really helpful, so the the sooner you can enroll Suki in one, the better. They'll help with the walking on leash issue and other questions you'll have.

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I love the "Fabreeze" tip! I have to try that one. I do not use a crate either....nor, do I use pee pads.....but, Jack still has a few favorite spots for poo. Jack almost "has it," but I am going to try the Fabreeze for sure!

Jack is 6 months old and he still does not get it (to poo outside); I figure I have another month or two and he will have it. I take Jack outside frequently...now....maybe every 2 hours during the day and praise outside when Jack pees/poos.

Jack will let us know at night when he needs to potty.....(both dogs sleep with us). The morning are getting later with Jack's pee/pooing, so I know we are getting better.

I might have to clean up a poo maybe once/twice a week....You just have to know the schedule of peeing/pooing.....

Before Eating
After Eating
After lots of play
First thing in Morning
Last thing at night (11pm)
After naps (with puppies) to 3-8 months
When you come home
Anytime, the dogs are sniffing too much (looks like they are on a mission to do something)....circling and smelling.....and .....anytime, they give you that look!

Keep track of the number of minutes that are spaced out with pees/poos...there will be a pattern. Keep track of the number of poos. Slowly....lengthen out the potty breaks during the day.

The dogs pee/poo a lot during the day. At night....I believe it is natural for the body to hold the pees/poos longer....Just make sure you get in that last potty break.

As for a leash..................Mmmmm..............I have not even come close to that one!



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We potty trained our puppy in about a week. I took her out all the time and told her to potty. The vet said right when she wakes up take her out, if she is playing and stops for a second take her out, after she eats take her out. If it's been 30 mins take her out. So basically take her out all the time.

When she did have an accident I put vinegar on it. She can't stand the way it smells.

Ours eats everything too. The vet didn't seem too concerned about it. He said she will grow out of it.
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Smile Thanks all for the advice!

Thank you for the advice, but mostly for the reassurance that this is normal! It gets so frustrating that you just want to know that it is a phase and it will get better. Our little Suki is an awesome and very handsome little dude! If only I could figure out how to post a photo.....

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My Bella is three and half and is still a little vacuum. Very important words to teach, Leave it! and Spit it out! All of mine know these except the youngest who is learning them. Of course don't be surprised if something tastes really good they swallow it fast instead of spit it out. LOL Mine learned spit it out because that is what I would say as I fished around in their mouths and took whatever they had out. LOL

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