I have a 3 month old puppy who is only semi potty trained. She will get off our bed in the middle of the night and pee on the carpet. Being such a tiny puppy, we are unable to see it in the morning when we wake up.
How do I get her to stay on the bed at night?
By Rachel from Harrison, AR
I found a book called "House Break Your Dog in 7 Days". I think it was written by Kalstone. We had a St Bernard puppy who is now two years old and he never has accidents inside. Even though it took two weeks instead of one (it actually took me 2 weeks because I couldn't do exactly what the book instructed). I would recommend this method to anyone.
Maybe your library has it. It's worth a try.
Best wishes from Ramona in CO.
A puppy will not usually pee where it sleeps, and that is why a crate is recommended for baby to sleep in. Just as you would put an infant in a crib for it's own safety. It's not cruel. It is kind. Puppies get used to it really fast and only have problems with it the first night or two. If you are upset the puppy will pick up on it and be upset, too.
When we started letting our puppy sleep in the bed, it wasn't because he needed to be near us, it was because we wanted to cuddle the little cute fuzzy buddy. It wasn't so cute at a year old when he was sleeping across the bed, panting heavily, and growling in his dreams. He now sleeps on the floor and is quite happy.
Actually the puppy is being very good, it is not soiling the sleep area (your bed). It is getting off the bed and wetting on the lawn (your rug). At three months, the puppy's bladder was not mature enough to go more than three or four hours without emptying. It was around five months before our Golden was able to sleep through the night without a quick relief walk to the back yard.
Also, I live in the North where the brutal winters make it as uncomfortable for a very young puppy to go outside, as it is for me (in my p.j.s at midnight). The spring weather brings a whole new world your puppy has never sniffed or seen. He'll want to go out to relieve himself every time. Most soiling in the house before six months old is strictly because of immature anatomy, submissive peeing, and a busy household not realizing how long it has been since the puppy was last out.
Good luck, it sounds like your dog is on the right track. It just needs time to grow up. (05/11/2010)
For night time accidents: first of all, never rub your dog's nose in the puddle he or she just made. They do not understand this treatment and don't know why they are being punished. Go to eBay and look under "female belly bands", these are little diaper pants that you slip a woman's pad into and wallah. They also have these for male dogs. These also help when visiting friends or relatives and keep away the fear from them wetting someone else's floor. These work great. (05/13/2010)
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