We have a 9 week old boston and are having quite a bit of trouble with him in the area of house training. When we leave the house for the day we put him into a back room of the house with toys, blanket to lay on and access to the doggie door. No problems at all. Same story at night, but innevetably he will start whinning around 5am which is too early for me! Now he has access to that dog door, but doesn't seem inclined to use it at night.

When I came to check on him this morning he was cowering in a corner and I noticed two wet spots on the carpet. I'm not sure what to do as the dog has access to the dog door and knows how to use it. Thoughts? We are seriously considering crating the dog at night.

Dave
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Did you say 9 WEEKS, and that's not a typo? At 9 weeks, your pup should have very little control at all and everything he "knows" is an accident. Take him outside whenever he whines that he thinks he needs to go and whenever you know he needs to go. Get him in the habit of eliminating outside, and clean up all mistakes quickly, dispassionately and with Nature's Miricle.
You haven't been doing anything loud or violent to make him cower, have you?
Lia
We have a 9 week old boston and are having quite a bit of troublewith him in the area of ... him into a back room of the house with toys, blanket to layon and access to the doggie door. >>>

That's far too long a time to leave a puppy alone, it's best to arrange for someone to call in and spend some time with him or leave him with someone who is at home. Dogs are social pack animals , and to take a tiny puppy away from his mother and siblings and him leaving him on his own for hours on end is virtually solitary confinement.
No problems at all. Same story at night, > but innevetably he will start whinning around 5am which is too earlyfor me! Now he has access to that dog door, but doesn't seem inclined touse it at night. >>

It seems you want the enjoyment and fun of having a puppy but not the responsibility.
You'll just have to accept that if you want a house trained puppy then you will have to get up early . If he is 9 weeks, he needs supervision. You're lucky he is asking to go out , even some adult dogs don't do this,
When I came to check on him this morning he was cowering in

a corner and I noticed two wet spots on the carpet.>>>

Why was he cowering ?
I'm not sure what to

do as the dog has access to the dog door and knows how to use it. Thoughts? We are seriously considering crating the dog at night.>>

Crating won't help, he has a tiny bladder and if he has to go , he has to go.
Alison
We have a 9 week old boston and are having quite a bit of trouble with him in the area of house training.

That doesn't surprise me in the least. Most 9 week old puppies are still having some trouble with it. That's pretty young to expect a lot of bladder control.
Same story at night, but innevetably he will start whinning around 5am which is too early for me!

Oh, no, you don't get away with that. :}
Part of the responsibility for taking on the care of a puppy is proper housetraining. You're lucky he just wants to go out once a night. My last puppy woke me 2-4 times a night for the first month or so I had her.
Now he has access to that dog door, but doesn't seem inclined to use it at night. When I came to check on him this morning he was cowering in a corner and I noticed two wet spots on the carpet.

Cowering? Uh oh... you've been punishing him? Very bad way to housetrain!

I'm not sure what to
do as the dog has access to the dog door and knows how to use it. Thoughts? We are seriously considering crating the dog at night.

That would be a great idea. Crating is a good way to prevent messing in the house. However, it only prevents mistakes, it doesn't teach him to go outside.

YOU have to do that. A dog door won't cut it. He doesn't get any guidance from a dog door. :}
All the info you need is here, but ignore the part about using puppy pads in the crate. After an in-depth discussion here recently, I agree that it shouldn't even be presented as an option.
http://hometown.aol.com/dfrntdrums/potty-training.html

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I've been to this newsgroup before so I knew I'd get the inevitable "you aren't treating your dog right" or "if you can't stay home all day with your dog why get one" comments. that's ok. But now how about some useful advice on how to help the young dog get potty trained? I'll check the link from the first message. Thank you for that, I appreciate it!

Dave
I've been to this newsgroup before so I knew I'd get the inevitable"you aren't treating your dog right" or "if ... young dog get potty trained? I'll checkthe link from the first message. Thank you for that, I appreciate it! Dave

Show me where someone said you have to stay at home all day with your puppy.
You've had* useful and good advice and that link will tell you the same: you need to supervise your pup to house train him and that includes getting out of bed in the night to let it out. You're asking too much from your puppy. A crate won't magically house train him for you; *you have to do it and it seems you don't want to make the effort.
Alison
We have a 9 week old boston and are having quite a bit of trouble with him in the area ... the dog door and knows how to use it. Thoughts? We are seriously considering crating the dog at night. Dave[/nq]In general, a puppy can only hold their bladder for 1 hour for every month they are old. Your dog is just over 2 months old. He should be taken out every 2-3 hours. You basically have a 10 month old human child on your hands. You wouldn't expect a child that age to understand potty training, and for sure your pup doesn't exactly either. He does understand that he would prefer to eliminate outside, and he is whining to tell you this. Congratulations! Most pups aren't that smart at that age yet.

But, by ignoring his signals, you are teaching him that it's OK to eliminate in the house, or if you decide to crate him, in his crate. That is NOT the goal of potty training. Your dog is smart enough to try to train you to potty train him. Either work with him on the issue, or return him to the breeder if your actions so far are you plan for the little guy's life. Because you are spot on for raising a neurotic insecure dog who has loads of behavior problems.

Puppies are training wheels for infants. If you aren't prepared to get up and let a pup outside, then you aren't ready for nightime feedings and diaper changes either. Either make accomodations for the living being* you invited into your life, or decide that your life isn't suited for dog ownership right now. Because getting up in the middle of the night and making sure they go out during the middle of the day are *requirements of responsible puppy ownership.

Not optional, in other words.
We have a 9 week old boston and are having quite a bit of trouble with him in the area of house training.

He's very young still. What's his name?
When we leave the house for the day we put him into a back room of the house with toys, blanket to lay on and access to the doggie door. No problems at all.

He sounds like a confident puppy.
Same story at night, but innevetably he will start whinning around 5am which is too early for me!

Night time is often a different story. In this case, since he knows you're at home, he's probably trying to get some attention.
Now he has access to that dog door, but doesn't seem inclined to use it at night. When I came to check on him this morning he was cowering in a corner and I noticed two wet spots on the carpet.

I know you didn't ask, but cowering doesn't usually mean that a dog knows he's done wrong, but is more a reaction to his owner's expected response. Some dogs are very reactive - a frown or change in tone can cause such a response.
I'm not sure what to do as the dog has access to the dog door and knows how to use it. Thoughts? We are seriously considering crating the dog at night.

I'd suggest that you crate him in your bedroom where he can hear, see, and smell you - this is the best bonding time. You'll quickly learn when he needs to go outside (mine started to fuss at 2am) - take this opportunity to accompany him and praise him when he goes. It's inconvenient, but will be over soon, and will pay off in spades.
Good luck.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I've been to this newsgroup before so I knew I'd get the inevitable "you aren't treating your dog right" or ... young dog get potty trained? I'll check the link from the first message. Thank you for that, I appreciate it!

I think I understand the question better now. It is: How can I housetrain a 9 week old puppy when I can't be home to take him outside on a schedule or when he whines that he needs to go out and when I'm not willing to get up at 5:00a to take him out?
You might have good luck with a professional dogwalker. Hire someone to come over to the house at 2 hour intervals (increasing slowly to 3 hours, then 4, as your pup grows and walk your dog for you. That should be every 2 hours in the day time and every 4 hours at night so you don't have to wake up so early. The dogwalker should also clean up any puddles quickly, efficiently, dispassionately and with Nature's Miracle.
Is this puppy really 9 weeks old? Not 9 months?

Lia
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