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Q: Need Grown Puppy Advice

May 26, 2009 | By Jnewman | 6 answers | Expired: 1939 days ago

Need Grown Puppy Advice

Hi everyone, I am a volunteer for an animal shelter and usually foster cats only. My husband and I found a grown puppy (8 months) out in the woods foraging for food and extremely thirsty, when walking a friend's dog (it had no identification). Right now, I am fostering the pup, but I am having a difficult time potty training him. I have a crate, and I have been praising him when he uses the bathroom outside. I've read some sites, but I would also like to hear from personal experiences about training puppies. Thanks :)!

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Midwestwoman
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May 26, 2009

The short answer is: keep the pup on a regular feeding schedule - twice a day at this age. Take him out a few minutes after eating on a leash and wait 10-15 minutes for him to go. When he goes, praise him - you can give him a treat after he goes if you like. As he goes, say the word, "Potty." If he doesn't go, take him back inside, crate him and then take him back out in another 10-15 minutes. Also take him out after he wakes up, after playing, first thing in the morning and last thing at night before heading to bed. Allow him to have water at all times, but give him 20 minutes to eat - if he doesn't eat, take the bowl back up until next feeding time to keep him regular. Go to the same locaiton each time you take him out - leave some stool in the location to remind him what he should be doing there, and never scold him for accidents. Avoid frightening him if he eliminates in front of you, but take him immediately outdoors to eliminate if you catch him in the act. Message me with any further questions. Good luck, and bless you for rescuing this pp!

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Jillian
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May 26, 2009

puppy pads and crate training extend the process. i've always trained my dogs just by taking them outside, waiting it out, praising them, and doing it all over again. it cuts out the confusing middle man and gets right to the point. some times it can a little while, but usually is perfected within a few months. most dogs will take only a month using the typical old-fashioned method.

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Theresa L.
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May 26, 2009

Puppy pads are a blessing... I'm still working on my puppy, but at least he tries to make it on the mat when he doesn't make it outside... it's an aiming issue right now :)

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