I recently got a Lab Pit mix puppy. I am having trouble training her. She keeps going to the bathroom in my house. I take her out on a regular bases but she continues to keep doing it. She also rips up boxes, trash all the house. I'm wondering what I can do to train her better where I can leave her alone at my house.
Terrene from Latham, NY
By Jenifer S.04/05/2012
When you take her out give her a treat and still spend a little more time outside. And when you take her out, stop at the door, and bark. I no it sounds funny but that will show her that's what she needs to do to go out.
I have owned pits for the past 4 years and have also owned 2 Labs. She is a puppy and just like a child she has to be taught. Is she kenneled? Taken out every 2 hours? Are you spanking her when she messes?
Right now I have the father of 3 litters. He's all Pit brindle but has Staffordshire and Colby Pit. I have his second daughter who is 8 months and against my word looks to be pregnant by the lab across the street.
I also have a 12 week old puppy from his second litter. She chewed through one of my computer cables and chews on everything. She's gotten better with behavior when I let her roam. She's kenneled overnight and roams during the day. I also bought her a squeak toy animal and shes not chewing as much. Hope this helps.
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I recently got a Lab Pit mix puppy. I am having trouble training her. She keeps going to the bathroom in my house. I take her out on a regular basis, but she continues to keep doing it. She also rips up boxes, there is trash all over the house. I'm wondering what I can do to train her better? Where I can leave her alone at my house?
Terrene from Latham, NY
Try to make sure your pup associates a certain word or phrase with each action, ie., dinner, walkies, toilet, etc., and after a few days of sticking rigidly to the routine, puppy should associate each one of his/her newly learned actions with the appropriate keyword followed by your response. At mealtimes, make sure the puppy knows that it's time to eat up, give him/her adequate time and then take the food away if it isn't all eaten. This way, you know how much he's consuming and it also helps save on the pet food bills. Hope this helps. (02/11/2007)
I never get stressed out with him. I am calm and he listens to me. Walking him is a challenge (during certain parts of the walk) he just loves to meet new people and new doggies. He's so friendly and we socialized him like crazy from the get go. For example, we walked him around downtown Asheville, NC for hours and had a hundred or so people play and pet him. We take him with us everywhere. Get your dog out of the house. Take him to the park. He is such an awesome dog to have. I just wonder if he will be protective when he gets older. I will just have to find out. He also loves the car. It took two weeks for him to not whine while in the car. I was just patient and though freakishly annoying, he eventually got used to it and loves it. It all takes time. (06/01/2009)
By Rebecca C
To potty train every time he would go in the house I would take his paw and scratch it on the door over and over to show him how to tell me that he needed to go. Then I realized I did not want him scratching the door so I would tell him "door, door, door" when he would have an accident. Now he stands by the door when he needs to go.
For the tearing stuff up, I totally understand. I came home with my entire carpet (entire apartment) ripped up and the padding in shreds along with my favorite heels. Get a bone, problem solved! I got him rawhide bones on a regular basis and never had a problem again. ever. (11/23/2009)
We crate trained her for when we are both out of the house, using the largest dog crate available. She knows it is her "time out" space and goes in willingly for a treat, then naps, or relaxes. Also, and this was the biggest thing, we invested in an invisible fence around our property. We have a big yard, and she has the full run of it. These dogs have a lot of energy. She gets it all out outside and then is calm indoors. Even though she loves being walked on a leash, sometimes she needs to run full out.
Don't worry too much about temperament. Trixie was found in the Bronx, so we always joke that she was bred to be the ultimate fighting dog who also goes in the water. What she is is a huge mush, totally gentle with children, friendly with other dogs and extremely affectionate with all, but completely afraid of water, like she won't even walk through a puddle. We have a pool, so this is very sad. She prefers to lay out and sun herself by it instead of swimming. (08/06/2010)
House training her took a couple weeks and patience. Monitoring her water intake, and getting her on a schedule was vital. When she was three months we took her out every hour, now that she's four months, it's three times during the day, and once right before bed. I can leave her at home for hours now and she will not have an accident.
Every day I take her on a 2 mile morning run, and play a long evening game of fetch with her. Chewing on things was a big deal when we first got her, and it's still an issue, but not as big. It's just a matter of making sure nothing chewable is on the floor and making sure she has chew toys that are hers. The big dog bones are the best at keeping her occupied.
She's also very intelligent. She's trained not to go on furniture, in the bedrooms, or to run outside when the door opens; she waits until she's told she can. She can also sit, lay, and stay on command. It just took time and consistency to train her. Although I'm still working on getting her to come to her name.
She's the sweetest puppy, great with my nephew, but requires a lot of time and energy. If you have the patience and time to work with a Pit/Lab puppy, I would definitely recommend it. Just know: it takes time, time, time! If she is full of energy, you have to get up and go run with her. If you can't, because you don't have time, you're disabled, or just lazy, this is not the dog for you. (09/09/2010)
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