Dana and John
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We've had our Gibbs for about a week now and are in the early stages of housebreaking. We read Cesar Milan's "Raising the Perfect Dog" which I highly recommend. Cesar echoes Krandell's point above giving your puppy too much freedom too soon. I chuckle because my wife and I made the concious choice to give him more freedom than Cesar recommends. We decided we were willing to live with the occasion accident on the carpet when deciding to give him access to our family room, in addition to his sleeping den and the kitchen. It is easy to understand why the additional freedom makes it more difficult to house break your puppy.
When Gibbs is confined to his den (a short hallway blocked by baby gates at each end), he has never missed the puppy pad. His den contains some bedding, an open sleeping crate, a few toys and a pee pad as far away from his sleeping crate as possible. He has never soiled in his crate or bedding.
He eats in the kitchen and plays and naps in the family room when we are able to properly supervise him, otherwise he put him in his den. We have a pee pad in the kitchen and a pee pad in the family room. We will shortly be removing the pee pad from the family room because he hasn't used it or had an accident on the carpet for a few days. He try to watch him diligently and take him outside after every nap, after he eats, every three hours and before putting him in his den for the night.
We've attached a bell to our front door and ring it by touching his nose to it when we take him out. When he pees or poos, we praise him with "You're such a good boy" and give him a treat. Below is a list of what we have found in the first week:
1. He has started to ring the bell by himself, but has not gotten to the point where he rings 100% of the time.
2. In the first half of the week: If we missed a cue (meander sniffing) he would pee. Sometimes on the carpet, but Dana and I accept that's our responsibility since we willing gave him access to the family room.
3. During the later half of the week:
a. He has started to ring the bell when he wants to go outside - sometimes to pee or poo, but sometimes just to play.
b. He doesn't always ring the bell and is getting better at going on the pee pads if Dana and I miss his cue.
c. His mishaps are becoming less frequent.
4. He wants a treat everytime he hears us say "Good Boy".
5. He will either fake peeing or pee mulitple times within minutes to maximize his treats. I can usually tell by his meander sniffing if he's faking or "peeing/holding/peeing". I let him get away with it twice, but not three times.
Last edited by Gibbs Mom and Dad; 06-03-2013 at 08:20 AM.