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How long does puppy house training take?

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My 15 week old Jack Russel poops outside but she pees in the house. She is a good dog and she has had all her injections. How long does it take to train a puppy like her? Is it ok to give her raw mince meat, as she won't eat dog food? She is very active and healthy. Please help. Thank you.

Lesley

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By lovli (Guest Post)09/05/2008

I got a whippet puppy 4 days ago he is 9 wks, and he seems to poop outside but pees inside occasionally. I do put him out every hour or so, when he wakes up an starts sniffing about or when he has just eaten. Am I doing the right thing? He has paper down and normally goes on there if he goes in the house, when I put him out I always say go peepee and if I see him do it, I give him loads of fuss and praise. I'm just worried he won't get house trained through my fault, so if anyone can tell me if I'm doing this right. thanx. x

Editor's Note: He is still very young so he is really doing well for his age I would say. It sounds like you are doing all the right things.

By Vicki (Guest Post)08/12/2008

I don't think that mince meat is good for puppies. Some need to be on puppy food for a while. Try talking to a vet or someone at a Pet store for guidance on what to feed the puppy. The wrong food can cause serious problems. Small animals can go from healthy to sick in a matter of hours.

By Jess [108]08/12/2008

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5 years ago, I received this book as a gift for my then puppy cairn terrier. I followed the book (but lost it now) and it worked. It was a seven day (or shorter) schedule wherein you keep the dog inside the kennel cage for the duration. Please make sure the cage is clean and not too big. It starts with the first day - walk the dog just for peep and poop. Go back home directly, feed the dog, and then play for 10 minutes. Afterward, put him back to the cage. For the first day, do the walk and play every 30 minutes. This should be done until midnight. You then increase this to 1 hour the next day, and then 2 hours the following day, and so forth. Please make sure you only feed your dog one full meal in the morning and once in the evening. Treats are good in between. I took a week off from work to do this and it worked - never had an accident in my apartment. Good luck.

blraur86

By Harriet Schipper [7]08/11/2008

Make sure you use something like Nature's Miracle to eliminate the odor of the pee when the puppy goes in the wrong place. You may not be able to smell it, but they can after you clean up with water and soap. It tells them it is a place to go again.

I also think the crate method sounds good. That is what my daughter in law used when training their mini dashhound.
Harriet

By Shirley [13]08/11/2008

Well there are alot of answers and alot of suggestions. From my experience I have found that all dogs, chihuahua's to the largest of mixed or pure breds are all trainable.
My favorite way to house train is to use the crate method. The crate needs to be just big enough for the dog to turn around. Dogs do not want to sleep in the area that they illiminate in. So they will hold it as long as they can. You take them out of the crate at regular times and immediatly take them outside to do their business. Use the same words like " go peepee poopoo" They will learn pretty quickly. Also very important is to take them out between 10 minutes to a half hour after they eat. You will find out your dogs digestion schedule if you pay attention. In the early stages of training, praise them as they do their stuff. Watch them as they do it so you will know whether or not they do it. That will tell you that maybe the next time you take them out will need to be sooner if they did not do it that time.
Good luck

By Ito08/11/2008

5 years ago, I received this book as a gift for my then puppy cairn terrier. I followed the book (but lost it now) and it worked. It was a seven day (or shorter) schedule wherein you keep the dog inside the kennel cage for the duration. Please make sure the cage is clean and not too big. It starts with the first day - walk the dog just for peep and poop. Go back home directly, feed the dog, and then play for 10 minutes. Afterward, put him back to the cage. For the first day, do the walk and play every 30 minutes. This should be done until midnight. You then increase this to 1 hour the next day, and then 2 hours the following day, and so forth. Please make sure you only feed your dog one full meal in the morning and once in the evening. Treats are good in between. I took a week off from work to do this and it worked - never had an accident in my apartment. Good luck.

By Susan [4]08/10/2008

Hmm, that is only a week over four months, she really isn't that old.

When I got my Boston Terrier she stayed in her kennel cage a lot. I made sure she had plenty of room to get in an area where she could do her buisness without getting into her sleeping area. I would take her outside everytime she woke-up and tell her to 'pee pee'. When we came back in, we played a while, then back to the yard for the pee pee lesson, then back in the cage. Believe it or not, she paper trained herself and it just dawned on me how that happened as I am writing this.

My mom gave me a chihuahua a year or so before I got my BT and the chi was paper trained. I keep paper down for her because she's little and she doesn't want to go outside without me. I kept the same pee pads in the BT cage. I bet that's how she associated to go to the chi's paper.

Understand, we had plenty of accidents, it just goes with the territory, like toilet training children.

My BT know what 'do you have to go pee pee' means, and she knows what 'do you want to go outside' means.

Also, smaller dogs, like terriers don't have the ability to hold their urine quite as long.

When my BT terrier was the age your dog is now, I was still taking her outside every 20 minutes or so if she wasn't in her cage. And I always associated the word 'pee pee' with those trips.

You have a smart, intelligent breed, she'll get it. It's just going to take awhile. If you like the breed, and get another one, it might train faster and easier or visa versa.

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How long does puppy house training take? I've become frustrated with my 5-month old pups because I was crate training and following all the guidelines (take outside regularly, praise him for going outside, don't scold for accidents, etc), but it seems to have no effect. I know I need patience, but I don't know what timeline to expect. I've had them for about 7 weeks. They also often seem to be regressing, which I read sometimes happens when they're teething (as they are), but again, I don't know how much they're supposed to regress or for how long...?

Tara from Arlington, TX


RE: How long does puppy house training take?

You didn't mention what breed these puppies are? Sometimes it depends on type of dog. I have A Lab. retriever and he's just like a child, it took us 4 years before he out grew he's puppy stage. Hope this helps a little. (10/30/2006)

By Donna

RE: How long does puppy house training take?

I'll tell you now. If you have a fenced in yard, put in a dog door. If you have an older dog, this will help the younger ones learn. I have 4 indoor dogs and I wouldn't have any home again without a dog door. Life saver for people that have to get up in the middle of the night with a dog. I highly recommend dog doors. (10/30/2006)

By maggie3956

RE: How long does puppy house training take?

I've house-trained a border collie in as little as 6 weeks, and chihuahuas in about 5 or 6 months. Yes, it does depend on the breed. The chi's aren't as submissive as the border collie was. And once the older dogs are trained, they train the younger. The younger follow what they do. (10/30/2006)

By glinda

RE: How long does puppy house training take?

I have a rottie-shepherd mix and she was pretty much completely trained by 6 months. But she did have occasional accidents for a while after that but nothing to serious and usually only after we had been gone all day and not had a chance to let her out. I do agree though it depends on the dog and breed. Good luck! (11/14/2006)

By ~Sasha~

RE: How long does puppy house training take?

It's been awhile since you posted this. How is your pup doing now? Housebreaking a pup shouldn't take long at all. My doodle was completely housebroken at around 10-11 weeks old because she had her little potty area outside and a feeding/watering schedule. She also is half Poodle so she learns everything very quickly. You have to keep in mind that a dog can hold it's bladder for about an hour as it is months old plus one. However, no dog that is kept indoors should have to 'hold it' for more than eight hours. Your dog's schedule is very critical when housebreaking. Your pup should be taken out about 15-20 minutes after eating and drinking, taken to it's potty area, be allowed only a few minutes to do it's 'business', praise lavishly then taken right back into the house. Taking the pup back inside directly after going potty tells the dog that it's not play time, it's potty time! You also must have patience. When my dog was a puppy, I kept her in a plastic X-pen in my living room so I could watch her and she could be with the rest of the 'pack'. My other dog could sniff her but not harm her. I highly recommend the X-pen to all puppy owners. If you don't have room for this pen, then tether your pup to your belt loop and make it follow you everywhere. This is beneficial in more ways than one. Your pup will learn to follow you and stay by your side while staying out of trouble. (12/10/2006)

By Anonymous

RE: How long does puppy house training take?

My border collie rapidly (and I mean in the space of a week) learned to hold in the house after 3-4 months. My first border terrier took 4-5 months to start showing evidence of holding on his own. My current border terrier pup has been easiest, hes been with us a week and although he does go in the house, he is showing clear evidence of holding it in as we can trust him for about an hour at a time. At an estimate 3-4 months to start seeing coherent results. But think about it, how did I find this thread in the first place? I'm wondering it myself despite going through it twice. (05/24/2008)

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