FIRST and FOREMOST: have patience!!! Alot of puppies need time before
they are completely trained. My general time limit is: pretty good, by
four months, trustworthy by five months, fully trustworthy by six months.
Frankly, some dogs are better than others, just like some children are
toilet trained by 18 months and others are still in diapers at 5 years.
NEXT: control when and how much your puppy drinks. Make sure the bulk of
his water is consumed prior to a time when you will be available to rush
him outside at the first sign of trouble.
ALWAYS accompany your puppy outside when you want them to piddle. It's
tempting to just open the door and let them out - but if you don't actually
SEE them in the act, then you never know if they have indeed piddled.
Use one command for elimination. (we use "Piddle") PRAISE the heck out them
when they piddle successfully. If you can catch them in the act inside,
yell NO PIDDLE INSIDE and immediately take them outside. tell them to
PIDDLE, wait till they do and praise them. The monks of New Skete suggest
never letting your dog see you clean up the piddle inside. Their reasoning
is that the dog sees you cleaning and thinks "Gee, mommy/daddy likes my
piddle so much they are saving it".
When you clean the crate/rug/floor/bed, use an enzymatic cleaner or use
vinegar. These both take away the urine smell. Puppies smell urine and think
it's ok to go in that spot.
DO NOT let the puppy on the bed till it's housebroken. Your bed is your den
and the puppy should learn that it's a privilege to be allowed up, and
that privilege has to be earned.
READ: Mother knows best (can't remember the author); both of the Monks of
New Skete's books, anything and everything you can.
REMEMBER: each dog is an individual. What works with one may not work with
another. try various methods till you find one that works with you.
Jill: owned and operated by Tasha and Booker (aka, Tish-tash and stinky)
=========================== Jill N.J. Pappenhagen
Department Assistant, Art Education Dept.
Wickendon Hall, Case Western Reserve Univ.