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Q: Need Grown Puppy Advice

May 26, 2009 | By Jnewman | 6 answers | Expired: 1877 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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arleen z.
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May 27, 2009

Crate training is great make sure he has just enough room to sleep ,do not give him extra room , because he will use it as a bathroom if he makes a mistake clean it like you would then wipe over it with vinager ,he needs a schedule and lots of praise , Also walk him after he eats and drinks i hope this helps and thank you for taking him in

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Anonymous
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May 27, 2009

crate training is a must at first i thought it was horrible to have my puppy "caged" but i quickly learned that it really helps. i didnt believe saying a keyword would help my puppy go potty but after reading books i figured id give it a try and after a few days he caught on to "hurry up" and now he goes on command.. so bottom line crates, commands (like any other training make sure to give him praise after he goes when you command him to), and last but not least schedule, i bought this great book called housebreaking in seven days that says to restrict water intake.. im not really doing that since i dont wanna risk dehydration but i definitely make sure to have a puppy pad just in case. good luck =)

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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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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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Summer  B.
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May 26, 2009

I agree with Jillian. Crates and puppy pads can also become kinda pricy especially for a foster pup. First try to find the reward that he wants the most. ( I tend to stay away from food because you may not always have it handy, but if it's the only thing that works..... :) ) After you find the weak spot, use it to your advantage and the puppys. Try taking him about half an hour to an hour after feed time. Don't forget to walk him around and let him get comfortable with the area. Also if he #2's in the house, as unpleasant as it may seem, move that pile to the yard so he can smell "himself" out there. Then keep extending the time between taking him out. Good luck! It's a great thing that you're doing!

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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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