I'm looking for advice on housebreaking a puppy (12 weeks old). We're trying to crate train him. He hasn't had an accident in the house until today, he pooped in the foyer a little while ago. When the dog poops is it appropriate to redirect him in some way or does that just create confusion?
I know you aren't supposed to yell at the dog, smear his nose in it, or any of the other stereotypically cruel things that some people do. I just wondered if there is a more sensible and constructive way to address the "accident."
Thanks!
-Jim
ps. if you are aware of any good resources online that deal with housetraining dogs, crate training, and so on I'd be interested in hearing about them.
On 28 Aug 2006 08:32:14 -0700, "Mr. Jim McManus"
I know you aren't supposed to yell at the dog, smear his nose in it, or any of the other stereotypically cruel things that some people do. I just wondered if there is a more sensible and constructive way to address the "accident."

Take a rolled up newspaper. Whack yourself in the head several times while chanting "I should have been supervising the puppy". Use gates, doors, leashes - whatever it takes. And if you mess up (which we are all capable of doing!), and catch him, sounds DISAPPOINTED and - "we do that OUTSIDE" (and take outside). Swear to watch better in the future ;-D

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
When we got our dog from the shelter she came with some phamplets and one of them was on housebreaking.
It says to clean up the dog waste and take it outside to the spot you want your dog to use. Take the puppy with you. Smelling their own waste is suppose to trigger them to go again. This time in the correct spot.
I'm looking for advice on housebreaking a puppy (12 weeks old). We're trying to crate train him. He hasn't had ... ago. When the dog poops is it appropriate to redirect him in some way or does that just create confusion?

At that point, mostly it's appropriate to tell yourself you screwed up and didn't get him outside in time. :-)
Get him out of the room and clean it up throughly using a chemical deodorizer to minimize the chance he'll select that spot again.

Are you feeding him on a defined schedule? Are you keeping him with you or in the crate at all times? A puppy can't be left to their own devices during housetraining.

Todd H.
http://www.toddh.net /
I'm looking for advice on housebreaking a puppy (12 weeks old). We're trying to crate train him. He hasn't had ... that some people do. I just wondered if there is a more sensible and constructive way to address the "accident."

Hi Jim.
Mr. Gary L. Clemmons has written very useful tips in simple way(s) t let our baby understand whats wrong and right.
If you find urine or feces and you did not see your puppy do it, ignor it. If you catch your pup in the act of going, simply say in a lou voice the puppy's name and the word "outside" to attempt to get the pu to stop urinating in midstream. If it stops, rush it outdoors to finish Never say "No, bad dog". It's not wrong to eliminate, its only wrong t go on the carpet or floor.
'Housetraining
(http://users.visi.net/~lfleck/grreat/booklet/housebk.html)

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