Jul 26, 2011, 4:41 AM
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Don't worry. Things will improve in time, provided that you work on the solution asap. They say that old dog cannot learn new tricks. And that saying is kinda true, its not impossible but much more difficult for older dogs to adapt to new habits. so its better to start the correct training now.
Re: [MO] Wee2 pad not working...praising not working...the toilet train is going nowhere - help pls.
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Firstly, your method of allowing your dog to either do the business outside or in the cage is confusing the puppy. there are too many places for the puppies to choose. As such, the puppy will think that everywhere is OKAY. Just choose one place and stick to it!
Secondly, what i did with my young puppy was this. Cage/Crate your puppy. It might sound cruel putting your puppy in a crate but its the only way. Because when your puppy has not learnt to do its business in the right place, it will do it everywhere and anytime. So crate it as often as possible till it does its business in the right place 80% of the time.
A dog loves a cage because its confined and provides a sense of security. Make sure the cage is not too big, just enough for the dog to stretch, turn around.
Heres the KEY POINT: A dog will usually never dirty its cage because it is where is sleeps. As such, a dog will try not to pee/poo in its cage if it's suppose to sleep there.
So what you do is this:
Morning, wake up, take dog out to pee
Play with dog
Put dog in crate for 3-4 hours (A 4 month old puppy can usually hold its pee up to 5 hours)
Take dog out to pee
Cage dog for 3-4 hours
Repeat till dinner
You get my point.
When your dog has not been house trained yet, you must supervise your dog 100% of the time. Otherwise, it will pee/poo in the wrong place. Its not a bad dog. just a dog that has not learn the right habits. So if it pees in the wrong spot when you are not looking, its not its fault. Therefore, when you cannot supervise your dog, put it in cage for you and your dog's sake. Gives you time to do other things as well.
make sure you dont cage it for too long. You cannot expect a puppy to hold its pee for too long.
For the first one month or so, you might need to wake up middle of night to let dog out to pee. After that, when it grows older, it will be able to hold its pee through the night. (its like having a baby)
Also, when it pees in wrong place, scold it by saying NO in a very stern, low voice.
WHen it pees in the right place, praise it lavishly as if it won an olympic race. Keep saying, "Good boy/girl, Good dog!" (repeat 10 times) etc in happy voice and give it a treat.
If you do not want your dog to sleep on the cushion, the only way is to scold your dog everytime it does so. Also, don't allow it to sleep on any other sofa, cushion, bed etc. Basically, just train it to sleep on the floor/cage, otherwise, it thinks it has same status as humans.
Hope this long explanation helps.
Remember, the key is patience and consistency. Don't allow it to do something one day, and the next day, you scold it. It gets confuse.