|Barked: Thu Apr 3, '08 7:32pm PST |
|I have a 16 week standard poodle named Charley and we're still having a hard time with housebreaking! I've done a lot of research, and I praise her lavishly when she goes outside, and take her outside every hour to potty, and she still pees and poops on the floor! When I catch her in the act, I say a firm "NO" and take her outside immediately. Also, we do crate train her--Charley is in her crate for 6-7 hours per day while I'm at work. She doesn't seem to go in her crate, but when I come home, we still have a lot of accidents! Lastly, we sleep with Charley in our bedroom at night (she sleeps or the floor or voluntarily goes in her crate), and she's good then about letting us know--she makes this howling sound, which I respond with taking her outside right away. So we've made progress, but the accidents on the floor still happen. I guess the most frustrating part is that she's good about letting us know to go outside when she's confined in our bedroom, but never lets us know while she's free in the house (supervised, of course!) Is this normal? Charley seems to learn fast in all other aspects with new concepts. How long until a poodle is fully housebroken? We got Charley when she was around 10 weeks old, and the woman we got her from stated she hadn't made any progress with housebreaking at that age.
I appreciate any and all responses! This is the first dog I've owned, so I'm still learning!
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