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Old 03-11-2007, 01:22 PM   #1
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I don't think I've done an efficient job training him. He still proceeds to go anywhere he wants (usually in places where he has gone before). I am assuming there are uncleaned areas there. I am very close to buying a shampoo vaccuum thing and cleaning the whole house with it to remove odor/stains. Then I will start over with him.

However, I don't know what to do. I have a crate. I take him outside and if he goes, I praise him and give him a treat.

However, I don't know what to do when he goes inside. I heard scolding is bad because it will make him think he isn't allowed to go in front of you.

He is about 3-4months old now and I've seen that a lot of my friends potty trained their puppy within 3 weeks.

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Continue praising him for going outside, that's good
When he goes in the house, and its a #2, and your not there to catch him in the act, there's little you can do. You notice he likes to go in places he has gone before. So if its a #2, take it outside and put it in his "business area"...as some dogs like to go where they have gone before.
Clean any messes inside your house with an enzymatic cleaner, it kills the smell left from the mess, so the chances of him doing business there again are low.
Not to worry, he'll get the hang of it soon enough...for him, its just taking a little longer.
Keep up the positive reinforcement Also, maybe you could take him outside every couple of hours, whether or not he asks to go out, and give him a chance to do his business, and the pour on the loads of praise
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Oh one more thing, its okay to start crate training him, just make sure you never use the crate as punishment...
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If you see him going inside (or better yet, sniffing around like he is looking for a spot) then get him outside as quickly as possible. Interrupt him if you have to. Some dogs just take to it better than others.
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So I am getting a steam vacuum soon to clean the whole house since I believe there are multiple unproperly cleaned areas.

Also, what is crate training exactly. The only time we use it is when we can't watch him properly, or he is biting excessively (and growling), and at night to sleep in.

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Sounds good...your doing the right thing crate training. The only thing I have to add is that when the dog is out of his crate inside, keep him leashed to you (tie his leash to your belt loop or something), or at least in the same room so you can keep an eye on him. This way you can catch him in the act. A firm NO in a disapproving tone is perfectly acceptable...but no swatting at him, yelling, getting upset. But try to catch him before he goes...if you notice him sniffing and getting antsy, get him outside. As he starts to catch on, you can "unleash" him from you and keep an eye on him...if there's any more accidents go back to leashing him.

I have to ask...does he only urinate in the house? Or does he defecate in the house too? If he's only urinating I would suggest going to the vet and getting a urinalysis done to check for a UTI or something.

I would also pick up a bottle of "Nature's Miracle" (they sell it at petsmart) to use as a cleaner, in between steam cleaning...it removes the enzymes that dogs can smell in the old accident stains.

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Also, what is crate training exactly. The only time we use it is when we can't watch him properly, or he is biting excessively (and growling), and at night to sleep in.
I am not sure, but it sounds like you might not be using the crate the way it was intended. To sleep in, yes, and it is supposed to be a dog's "safe place" where he can retreat from the buslte of the household. If you are using it to keep him out of mischief that is understandable, but if you are putting him in there when he is biting and growling, it may be that you are treating the symptom and not the cause. Is there some specific time or reason that he starts this? Because if he is displaying aggressiveness towards you, crating him will not solve it. On the other hand if someone is doing something to give the dog a reason to growl/bite you need to find out what the root cause is. Dogs growl to communicate that they want you to back off. And if he is really biting, that is not good.
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Try cleaning with a solution of water and biological washing powder. It destroys enzymes and it's cheap, so it would be an economical way of cleaning a large area.

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my dog does both deeds in the house and outside. I cleaned the carpet today and yet he proceeded to take a poop and pee in the hallway after a couple of hours.

the problem isn't really pooping but he does go if he needs to in the house. the problem is after giving him water, he loves to go pee. I guess I will have to watch him when he drinks and take him out after he is done. He loves to go on the kitchen floor (easy clean-up though).

Also, on the sides of his mouth, I am noticing thinning of the hair. And there seem to be dried scratches filled with small amounts of blood. Nothing too crazy, but I haven't seen this on a dog before (even though it is my first dog). I will post pics if anyone needs it.'

Another thing, this may seem nasty...but I saw something pretty crazy today. My dog isn't neutered yet (he will be though) but he is becoming increasingly "horny" lately. And today, I noticed an enlarged penus. Except that some of it was ruby red and took up about half of his enlarged penus. It looks weird and I was wondering if that is supposed to happen. When he goes pee, I notice that this red part is sometimes sticking out, slightly. Just something I saw that was a bit freaky looking.

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I am not sure, but it sounds like you might not be using the crate the way it was intended. To sleep in, yes, and it is supposed to be a dog's "safe place" where he can retreat from the buslte of the household. If you are using it to keep him out of mischief that is understandable, but if you are putting him in there when he is biting and growling, it may be that you are treating the symptom and not the cause. Is there some specific time or reason that he starts this? Because if he is displaying aggressiveness towards you, crating him will not solve it. On the other hand if someone is doing something to give the dog a reason to growl/bite you need to find out what the root cause is. Dogs growl to communicate that they want you to back off. And if he is really biting, that is not good.
well we don't put him in there for just biting. But often (usually at night) he tends to go off the charts. For no reason he will start biting (to the point where my skin can bleed if he gets the right place) and growling. He will proceed to jump on me and his nails scratch me when they hit my leg.
In fact, most of the small wounds on my hand are from him grabbing at my hand.

Most of the time, it is just slight teething, but I am talking about aggressively trying to get me.

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