Sunday, June 29, 2008

Coco and Potty Training Vol. 1

My roomates and i just got a new puppy named Coco, she is an Italian Greyhound. We are in the process of breaking her into the house and setting up her room as well as familiarizing her with surroundings. Coco is going to be an inside dog as the Italian Greyhound cannot survive outdoors on a regular basis.

The problem is this: Coco loves to pee, and she loves to pee on the carpet which is a big no no. Below I have outlined a few tips that I am trying in order to effectively train her. We are all gone at work during the day so we have decided to try and crate her. The crate is accessible to Coco and she can easily move around, stand up, turn around, etc. Another key is to get her into a daily routine. We have tried to maintain the following the same time everyday:
* taken outside first thing in the morning;
* feeding time;
* taken outside 10-20 minutes after eating; and
* taken out last thing at night before bedtime.
Hopefully these steps will work for Coco, I will keep you posted. I have also found some relevant Dog Training Tips on various websites.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

House Training Puppies

Puppies should meet literally hundreds of people in the first few weeks after you bring her home. This can make house training puppies quite challenging. She should meet all sizes and shapes, with hats and sunglasses. Puppies are too immature to handle temptations. Depending on the breed, most dogs begin to gain the maturity to handle short stints with mild temptations when they're about 6 months old. Puppies, like small children, generally do not have the urinary or bowel control that allows them much warning, as such, it falls to us to make sure they get out and go frequently before they feel urgency. So, now that we know this, it is simply a matter of communicating to the dog that the entire house is the-place-where-we-eat-and-sleep.
Puppies should be taken outside at least once an hour (yes, that often); if he doesn't go potty within two minutes, he goes inside and is confined until he goes out for another chance. If puppy begins to circle or search, snatch him up before he goes and carry him outside. Puppies seem to have a attraction for electrical wires and phone cords anything that hangs. You can rub bittersweet or sour apple spray ( sold at most vets offices) on the cords, if he/she is not listening to your stern voice. Puppies are really a lot like small children, they need to learn proper behaviors or they will develop bad behaviors that will be very difficult to undo. I learned this the hard way.
Start as early as you can but don't expect results until the pup is about 14 weeks old. Before 14 weeks your pup cannot physically hold it in. Start by taking your puppy out as soon as he wakes up in the morning or after a nap, after he eats, and after he plays. A dog under 4 months of age might need a dozen trips to his potty spot each day.
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