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Old 06-10-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default House training new puppy.

I brought my new puppy home yesterday, he is 10 weeks old. He has never slept in a bed or been house trained as the breeder kept him and his brother in a horse trailer. He has taken to a bed fine. His bedroom is the utility room, last night I put a puppy mat near the door. He pooed twice through the night and at 6am this morning. During the day I just leave the back door open and he has been using the lawn as a toilet.
How do I go to the next stage???


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Old 06-10-2007, 06:02 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your new pup. Unfortunately puppies will not usually learn to become housetrained by simply leaving the door open. You will need to go outside several times a day with your pup so that you can show him to the appropriate place for eliminating and praise like mad and / or offer a food treat when he eliminates. You will also need to monitor him very closely whilst he is in the house at this stage - keep him in sight and don't let him wander off until he is fully house or chewtoy trained.

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Hi and welcome. We have a similar issue because our pups sleep in the laundry and we work so there's not much training time. However, we ensure that when we're home they're free in the house with us watching then EVERY second! I then take them for wees every 15 mins. I leave the back door open so they have access to outside in case they take the initiative to wee outside.

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Think it will get better!!!!

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Congratulations on your new family member! I hope you'll post some pics of the new baby.

Yes, I'm sure it will get better. You need to go outside with your pup several times a day. At this age, he needs to go outside every 1-1/2 hours or so. Make sure you give your pup plenty of praise when he goes outside.
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Welcome to the forum I assume you've never had a puppy before

You have been given good advice so far...praise is everything, when a dog does as it should, praise him with "good boy" and his name. When he does something that isn't acceptable behavior, never punish, never shout, never hit...and if he eliminates in the house, do not bring the pup over to his business and tell him "No". If you don't "catch" your pup in the act, there's no point in reprimanding him for an inappropriate behavior.

Your puppy is young, and these few weeks need to be spent house training and bonding. The bonding stage of things will continue throughout the life of your dog You always want to establish a good reputation with your pup. When it does something "bad" NEVER use its name to reprimand him, and don't call him over to you. Because soon enough when you start practicing your "come" command, he's going to think he's in trouble, and may not want to come to you.

So remember, don't yell/shout, don't punish, don't hit...praise, praise, praise...and establish a loving bond and good reputation with your dog...and you'll be on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with him
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