> A friend of mine found a approx. 3 month old female shepard abandoned on
> there farm... the dog was then been passed on to a few different people..
> since then the new, permanent owners are having a hard time house trainning
> it...They must get up and take the dog out at least once a night..and still
> the dog makes a mess.
Hi, and thanks for trying to help your friend with this dog. Three
months is still very young, especially for a dog who's been passed
around a lot. I would recommend your friend crate train this puppy
to help housetrain her. Crate training information can be found at
the site mentioned in my sig. Maybe you could get it and print it
out for your friend? A very good short slim cheap book on
housetraining is Shirlee Kalstone's "How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7
Days." Job Michael Evans' "The Evans Guide to Housebreaking" is
good also. For a good all-around puppy and dog training and care
book check out Brian Kilcommons' "Good Owners, Great Dogs."
You can also find recent posts on crate training by searching for
the words "crate" or "puppy" or "pee" or "poop" or "defecate" either
in the posts that are still current in this group or by using
dejanews at http://www.deja.com. If you use dejanews I'd search
using "rec.pets.dogs.behavior" also, because otherwise you'll get
all kinds of weird stuff searching for just "pee" or "poop". :-)
Basically the idea behind crate training is this: Dogs do not like
to soil their den/sleeping area. A crate is a small den-like area
to which the dog is confined. Since the dog can't get out of the
crate, she's forced or encouraged to hold it until somebody lets her
out. Otherwise if she went, she'd have to lay in it, and most dogs
aren't into that. :-) A puppy her age should be able to hold it
thru the night if otherwise she'd have to lay in it. Of course, if
she's free to get up and pee/poop away from where she's sleeping
there's no reason why she won't go ahead and do that. She's not yet
trained not to. During the day pups can usually handle being crated
for the number of months old they are in hours, sometimes plus one.
So she could probably hold it during the day for 3 to 4 hours. This
means somebody will have to come home or be home to let her out.
Along with crate training goes constant supervision. This pup
should never be allowed free run of the house until she's fully
housetrained and older and beyond the chewing stage. From the crate
she should go straight outside (carried, if necessary, so she
doesn't go in the house on the way to the door) and held there on
leash until she goes. If she doesn't go in 10 minutes, she should
be carried back in and placed back in her crate for another 10
minutes and then they should try again. When she starts to go they
should pick a command and say it so that eventually she will learn
to potty on command. I use "go potty" but lots of people use "hurry
When she's just gone, she can come back inside for some inside play,
but she needs to be watched carefully for any signs that she'll need
to go again. Lots of pups have to go once when they first wake up
after a nap, and then they have to go again after they bounce around
and play for a few minutes. She should be rushed outside and
praised outside if she starts to go in the house. But they should
try to get her outside before she goes! ;-) This will get easier
as they get to know her and her behaviors.
Don't forget puppy kindergarten! This is important and good for all
puppies but it's especially good for any of the potentially
protective breeds. They need really good and early socialization.
Playful, fun, treat-oriented obedience is great at this age too.
Then basic obedience class can be started at about 6 months of age.
Take care and thank them on behalf of all us rescuers for taking in
Cindi Long * It's a Dog's Life * Dog & Cat Rescue/SF Bay Area
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