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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-06-2004, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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housebreaking and other important training (these two are impossible!)

i need some tips on house breaking two 9 week old pups! i cant use the newspaper method because these brats shred it to bits!
also how do you make a puppy crate? my mom wont buy one!
and as for the house breaking thing, they go outside for like an hour and come in only to pee on the carpet! never tile, only carpet little rats, need help asap!


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When they go outside make sure you are there with them to praise them when they go potty. Make a HUGE fuss telling them what good puppies they are. Pet them, hug on them, play with a favorite toy for a minute, anything to let them know they did the right thing by going potty outside. If you're letting them outside and not going out with them then they won't know they're doing a good job unless you're right there to praise them.

Puppies need to be taken outside frequently. If they wake up from a nap, take them out. If they eat or drink, wait a few minutes and take them out. If they start to sniff around, take them out. Being consistent is the key and praise praise praise! If you catch them in the middle of having an accident, pick them up and take them outside immediately. Wait until they go potty outside and then make a huge fuss over them and praise like crazy!

If your mom won't buy a crate, do you have access to an old baby playpen? Getting a crate is very important. If they are smaller breed dogs then a smaller crate really isn't that expensive and it's VERY well worth it in the long run!


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Initially, I took Gumbo out every hour or so. With 9 week old pups, I'd recommend every 45 mins to an hour, in addition to what Scarlette mentioned. Make sure they go out ON A LEASH and always WITH YOU. When they go potty, you have to be there for the party. You're going to look like an idiot and that's okay - you need to act like it's the biggest deal in the world that they just pottied outside.

When it comes to accidents in the house, ignore them completely. Don't get mad, don't yell, nothing. Unless you catch them in the act and can take them right outside (without the previously mentioned reactions), no reaction is best. Put them in another room and clean it up - be sure to use an odor remover. Nature's Miracle is made for this. I personally just use white vinegar.

I also highly recommend a small crate for them. When a pup is little, the first thing mom teaches is not to potty in the sleeping area. It's instinctive. Check out the goodwill stores, they'll sometimes have cheap crates that have been donated. Small cat carriers run about $13 at Wal-Mart and I think I spent $30 on a large one for up to 25 lb dogs; start saving your pennies.

If a crate isn't a possibility, invest in a couple long leashes and tether the pups to your waist while you're home. This way if they start to go potty, you can immediately pick up on it and run them outside. Watch for signs like sniffing, looking anxious, staring at you, preparing to squat, etc.


Here are a couple good articles for you:
http://doggiedoor.com/puppypoo.shtml
http://www.doggiedoor.com/puppy/puph...#HouseTraining

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