House Training an 18th Month Old Dog

I have a 18 month old Pom and I almost had him toilet trained, but I have moved like 4 times in the last 2 years since I got him. I got him when he was 6 weeks old, and far as I'm concerned it was a rough time as well where he was living when he was born.

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I try everything with him, he stays outside most of the time now coz when he is inside he wonders off an goes and pees on mine or my mum's bed. It is so frustrating because I would have just washed the sheets too. I just don't know what to do. We wanna train him to stay outside unless we say he can come in and we wanna do that with the door open, but he just comes in and pees.

He used to sleep inside on my bed, but then he just got lazy and would pee on it so from now on he has been an outside dog. He does not liked to be tired up or locked in a small area coz he just barks.

What can I do to fix it? I'm getting into trouble for him doing it when in the first place I didn't know how to toilet train him anyway because no one would help me.

By Shay

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January 16, 20130 found this helpful

I would not like a dog to pee on my bed either! You are going to have to start over with training again, but it can be fun! Make sure you keep the idea that the dog has fun and loves the training.

Little dogs can be a challenge. With these resources I am giving you, your little dog should be coming along in no time at all.

One of my favorite things to develop rapport is to sit down with the dog and just be quiet and see what happens. After a moment or two, I will hold my hand up, palm facing upwards, and when the doggie comes to investigate and accidentally touches his nose to your palm, then click with your mouth, a clicking sound, and then drop a treat on the floor, a small piece of a treat like a hot dog. Don't really talk, just sit there and click and treat when he touches your hand with his nose.

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You might have to start with the treat in your hand, and then when he comes to get the treat, click as he is eating the small piece of hot dog. I would have about twenty pieces of the hot dog, and do this about twenty times at first. Just for building friendship but you are placing the importance of giving the treat only when the dog touches your palm of your hand with his nose or muzzle.

Anyway, here are some other things for you to consider:
These things will become a part of the doggies daily life, and will give him good thoughts as he goes to sleep at night....Please do have him have a vet check to make sure the dog doesn't have an infection causing him to pee all the time when he relaxes, this kind of thing can be mistaken for being messy in the house.

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So here are some needed first steps you can take:
*A vets clean bill of health for why the dog is peeing so much.
*A crate, see the links I have provided on where to buy them.
*Piddle pads or newspaper with plastic put below them
*Treats, not the storebought kind, I would boil a bit of chicken and cut it up into tiny bits
that the dog can eat in a split second.
(There are places you can buy treats that are not a danger to pets like the ones from the
store. I like to use hot dogs but boiled chicken is better. Treats from china have been found to be hurting our animals from poisons being in them. It is a real shame not to be able to trust a dog treat you find at the store.)
* A clicker or you can use your mouth to make a clicking sound.

The dog is going to need a routine, and to get used to the routine.
When you are not able to watch the dog to see when he might need to go outside, which could be many times a day at first, or go to the piddle pad, then you will place him in the crate.

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Dogs fuss a lot at first, sometimes, if they are not used to a crate and they are not trained to use it in a positive way. Dogs need their own den to feel at home at.
Dogs do not need to be out free in the house when they can't control themselves.
A dog that is free in the house before he is able to succeed is not going to be a happy dog at all, because there is so much going on and he needs to have a routine. In this way, you manage their environment in order to make it better for them and for you.

Housetraining Articles
***Here is a specific article for leerburg.com on this very question of housetraining:
leerburg.com/housebrk.htm

*Here is another excellent article on how to potty train a pomeranian.
www.ehow.com/how_4826311_potty-train-pomperainin...

***Here is a whole huge index of puppy training articles from leerburg.com
leerburg.com/puppytraining.htm

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Purchasing Supplies

What is a Crate?
It is a place the dog can go to when you are not able to actively watch him in the house and when you are gone and for bits of time during the day.

*Here is a place you can buy crates. I like the wire ones, there are all kinds. You can also find them at petsmart, and other pet supply stores.
www.drsfostersmith.com/.../prod_display.cfm?pcatid=24435

What are Piddle Pads?
Piddle pads, which are little pads that doggies can go on indoors on, they often have scents on them that will help the doggie to realize where to go at... You can kind of put down newspaper, or you can put down plastic and then magazine pages instead of buying these if you would want to make your own.

*Here is where you can find some of these, they are cheaper at the grocery store.
www.drsfostersmith.com/.../prod_display.cfm?pcatid=21480
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Videos on Training
Here is a video on how to help your dog come to love the crate!
youtu.be/6_Gb-TF9c9U
Here is another video on how to potty train your doggie with a crate.
youtu.be/CdWR275LHio

I am wishing you many happy memories from this time together with your baby, and let us know how it goes and I would love to see pictures!

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