|Barked: Tue Sep 18, '07 5:41pm PST |
|Okay... So, Steele had been trained to use the "paper" inside for about the first 16 months of his life. He's currently 19 months old. I began training him to go outside b/c the paper thing was getting... a little out of hand. So I bought him a crate and began the training. Of course I knew there'd be accidents for a while, so at first when he would make an accident, I'd say in a calm but serious voice, "No.", and bring him straight out. It got to where he knew he was supposed to go outside. I know that he knows b/c for about a week, he started trying to tell us. He'd go to the door, and walk back to us and stare at us. I'd bring him out, and sure enough he'd go take his "number 2". He even WHINED one time. To the door, back to me, stared at me. Back to door, back to me and whined. Took him out, he did his stuff. I thought, GREAT! I can't believe how quickly he learned! It had only been a week since we started. BUT that only lasted a few days to a week, and then he started going inside again, and continues to do so no matter how much I correct him. I catch him in the act nearly EVERY SINGLE TIME. Since we've bagan, I've only missed him about 2-3 times. I don't know what his problem is. -_- He KNOWS to go out, but won't or doesn't know how to tell us. But he /should/ know how since he's done it before with the whining thing. And sometimes he'll try to tell us, but the sign is so light that it's nearly impossible to tell. All he does (somtimes) is go to the door and walk away from it, then he'll "go" inside. How is anyone supposed to notice that? Especially when I'm in my room or pretty much any other room besides the living room. The only reason I know this is b/c after he'd go inside, I'd realize that right before he went, I saw him go to the door out the glance of my eye. But he goes to the door so much during the day like if he hears a sound outside or if only the screen door is closed, he'll sit at the door looking outside forever just to see what's going on. So when he does go to the door b/c he needs to "go", even if you do see him, you don't think anything of it. I've even tried teaching him to scratch on the door. Every time I'm about to go outside with him, I'll say "Outside?". And he's learned to scratch on the door when I say that. But he hasn't connected the two and doesn't know to scratch on the door to go outside. He just knows it as a command. Soooo, I'm wondering, would this work?
Here it is:
I'll crate him all the time. I'll take him out at very specific times during the day, everyday so he'll learn when he's gonna get to go out. So that way, if he's in his crate all day, then he won't want to do his stuff in there and won't do his stuff until I take him out. Will that teach him that he needs to wait to go outside an not go inside? B/c apparently, he's not gonna learn to scratch on the door. How can you teach a dog to scratch on the door to go out anyway? I would think you'd have to know EXACTLY when the dog has to pee and poo to do that. And Steele has no schedule. He just goes randomly. Unlike my other dog, Nighque, who is really predictable, and does number 2 after her afternoon meal and, well, she just waits to go outside to pee. But Steele... Ugh, I'm getting annoyed. So would the crate thing work? I know it sounds "cruel", but before you say that, keep in mind that I'll be exercising him and he sleeps all day anyway, so what's the difference if he sleeps in the livng room or in his crate? Sooooo, any ideas? And congrats if you actually read all of this.
P.S. Oh, and the being in the crate thing everyday would only last for about no more than a week, and hopefully by then he'll understand to wait to go outside. Of course I'm not going to leave him in there every day for the rest of his life. xP Just thought I'd clear that up incase anyone got confused. =P
Edited by author Tue Sep 18, '07 5:46pm PST
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