Q: house training
All I really need to know is how does someone with an obsesive need to clean, wait out the house training of a new puppy because it is literally driveing me nuts, I sat in my room yesterday and cryed because the dog pooped on the floor and my sone was not listening so it made me feel worse. Any Ideas out there othere then therapy and meds....lol
Jan 20, 2009
i felt sad to hear you so upset!
i know how difficult house training can be.we raise pups for NEADS,not only did we go through it once we did it several times and then i just had to get my own pup.so we did it again! Do not be so hard on yourself! it takes a big person to say they are upset and that they got upset with their child.you know the child won't hold it against you.i want to share with you how we were able to get through so many potty trainings with so many pups.without pulling our hair out.
you didn't say how old your little pup was.or how long you have been potty training.the key we find is some basic rules.they sorta go like this.kennel the pup if you are'nt able to be right there to watch for the signs of needing to go potty,some pups signal more strongly than others but for the most part you want to be on the lookout for them circlin n sniffin the floor usually at the edges of the room cuz they really don't want to go potty were they eat, sleep and play)the kennel should be only big enough to allow the pup to enter and turn around and lay down.if the kennel is too big you will have them pooin and peein in the corner of it.there should never be food or water in the kennel(unless you give a kong or treat them for going in)as loving people we have a tendency at times to overfeed.be careful that this is not an issue.also we have a tendency to provide too much water.their bladder is so tiny and really they have no control of the muscles at a young age. so allow a drink but be careful not to leave a big full bowl available all the time.have a schedule.usually the pup will need to poo 20 minutes after eating. you can get the family involved and make sure that the little one is taken out to the same place to potty after a drink,immediately after playing, when they get up from a nap! even a short nap, when they get up in the morning, before you kennel them at night! While raising neads pups i kept a journal and when i looked back at it i found that on average i took one little pup outside to potty 14 times a day!! i find that the pup should have one room to call their own during potty training.i always had the kennel in the kitchen! Tile floors!! and used a baby gate to confine the pup to the kitchen.i kept a spray bottle of diluted disinfectant and a roll of paper towels handy for accidents.don't get me wrong the pups were not jailed in the kitchen, but i did make sure the kids in the house would play in the kitchen with them! that when they played in the livingroom they paid close attention, i am not saying we did not have some ugly messes on occassion and had to pull out the steam vac in a hurry!! i'm not saying we didn't have some spats amongst each other for missing the signs and allowing an accident to happen.i always took the water bowl away after the last feeding.we fed at 6am noon and 6pm.so after the pup got a drink with their dinner at 6pm that was it for water and the bowl was picked up.same with the food no more food or treats after dinner! neads requires us to use a command "go now" and we would say this and praise verbally as the pup was going outside, when the pup had an accident, we would immediately take the pup out to the yard even tho you know they aren't gonna have to cuz they just did it on the floor.we never yelled at the pup for accidents (mostly just each other LOL ) this may make the pup go to hide and potty.we never gave food for going outside to potty just happy verbal praise! i know if you are consistent and set some boundaries by not letting the pup roam the house or hang out in the kids room and monitor food and water you will do fantastic and the pup will be successfully house trained in no time at all!also, dog food mfg's are in the business of making money,the recommended food amounts on the back of their bags is the maximum amount! because yes they want you to buy their food!do they really care if your pup is overfeeding? hope you're feeling better about everything! respectfully Lj
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Jan 20, 2009
All I can say is that training a dog brings out the truths about ourselves. I learned and have had to manage my impatience.
Remember that he/she will not always be this way. Give it a few months. Remember keep on perservering and get him/her potty trained and then you'll be past this marker.
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Jan 20, 2009
Having a cleaning OCD is OK as you will be responsible for the cleanliness of your house and your dog. This will be of benefit to you. As for house training, feed your pup 3 times a day and keep an eye on him to find the time between eating and pooping so you can set a schedule of when to take him out. Switch your Cleaning OCD to house training.
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