|Barked: Thu May 24, '12 3:48pm PST |
|What worked with us in house training Frankie was, if he was outside and did not pee or poo, soon as he was brought back in the house we put him in his cage immediaately. Dogs do not like to mess their den. We did not even give Frankie the option to even walk in to the house, he was carried in, straight to the crate. If not, he was watched like a hawk. What also worked was 'catching' him in the act..Soon as I caght the little fluffball tinkling, I shrieked his name, scoooped him up, an carried him right outside. I was told this shuts down their sphincter (sp?) muscles. Soon as we got outside to his potty spot, I set him down gently and said in a calm-calm-calm voice 'go potty honey..' It took a few moments for him to relax and finish his bizness.. Then when he was done, IMMEDIATELY when he was done, I gushed 'GOOD PUPPY!!!' and gave him treats..
Some dogs do not have bladder control until 4 months or so. But those trips in the house and immediately pottying sure can be frustrating..
Before you knew it, Frankie was immediately connecting 'hey--potty outside, mommy goes all happy and I get treats!!'
Another thing that helped was when he was tinkling or poo'ing, either saying 'good boy!' or 'good potty!'..that seemed to help him make the connection as well. As has been said, some pups need to be reminded of 'why' they went outside in the first place..Use key words like 'go potty!' or 'hurry up!'..(Frankie seems to respond better to hurry up.. ) But find what key word(s) works, and use the same word(s) each time..
Just don't make them into sentences, like 'Frankie, if you go potty, you will get a treat!'
Also has been said, going outside with them and stay8ing beside them helps..If they seem to get distracted, lightly yank their leash a tad and say 'go potty!' in a nice encouraging voice. Another thing that may help is a light jog/walk/game of fetch in the yard..get those little legs moving and get those contents iside moving!
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