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House Training A Pitbull Puppy

Everyone knows that dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but now and then, we forget that their dog beds do too. Extra large dog beds aren't necessarily easy to find and purchase so sometimes people try to cope without them. For both you and your pet, this is a mistake.

The biggest dogs like Great Danes, Afghan hounds, St. Bernards etc... are a big responsibility for an owner. Frequently, people prepare themselves for the extra food, the extra room and the extra exercise that is needed to keep these dogs fit, healthy and happy. Nonetheless, their beds can be forgotten. Some owners even casually think their dog will be fine sleeping on the floor.

This is not so, and forcing dogs to sleep unsupported, without extra large dog beds, is just storing up trouble and vet bills for the future.

Fit for purpose

Typically, a dog will sleep for 10-12 hours per day, very much like a baby. You wouldn't just leave your baby to sleep on the floor, would you? So why be so careless with the favorite family pet?

You should ascertain that any dog bed is fit for the needs of your particular dog. The largest dogs need extra large dog beds. They, like their smaller counterparts, like to stretch out in their beds, to avoid muscle spasms and cramps, and to get a good rest or sleep. Just like humans! The bed should be big enough to support all of the dog's body.

Good for health

Regrettably, larger dogs often suffer from joint problems, arthritis, etc... Extra large dog beds will help in allowing your dog to sleep or relax in comfort off the hard, cold and sometimes damp ground which would only increase these problems. You can get dog beds made of memory foam, which gives more support to the long spines and limbs of the larger dogs. This can be invaluable in avoiding joint problems later in the dog's life.

Size gives strength

When it comes to buying extra large dog beds, it's not only the size that matters. One has to take into consideration that larger dogs are stronger. Their bed has to be more heavy-duty so that the sides won't split and the cushioning won't be squashed by their extra weight. In addition, larger dogs have a stronger chewing action. Extra large dog beds should be made more resistant to chewing, so that they stay strong and safe for your dog to use for a long time.

Hygiene

As with any dog beds, it is essential to make sure that the beds are hygienic and can be kept that way. Covers should be removable and machine washable, and preferably coated with anti-odor Scotchguard to make them stain resistant and keep them smelling fresh. Water resistance is also a crucial factor, regardless of whether your dog has an incontinence problem. Dogs tend to love playing in water and you don't what the water that stays on their coats to soak into the dog bed as this can cause mold as well as not smelling very good.

Design

Extra large dog beds need not look big and awkward in your house; many come in attractive designs and can even be personalized with your dog's name or any message you wish.

Extra large dog beds are worth it for the comfort and support they give to your much-loved dog and the peace of mind you get from knowing that you have done the best for your pet and are more likely to steer clear of vet bills in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to house train a 4 month old pitbull puppy?
    We jus received a big pitbull puppy nd I most say I hav my hands full. I dont now how to houe train him andleting him outevery hr isnt working. HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      First, if you don't have a kennel/crate, get one. It should be just big enough that he can stand up, turn around, and lay down in, no bigger. Get him comfortable with the crate. This could be quick or take a few days. Throw treats or his food inside the crate, you may even have to start with putting food just outside his crate. Slowly close the door until he is comfortable with the door closed and latched. Put his food and water in the crate (leave the door open). This is where he will eat and drink always until he is very much housebroken. This is the best, most effective way I know of to house train. Both my dogs were trained in about a week, at different ages. When you are with him, never EVER let him out of your sight. If you need to do something quickly where you can't watch him for a few minutes, put him in the crate (once he is comfortable in it). If he is playing and starts to sniff, immediately pick him up and take him outside. Give him a command, such as "go potty" or "go pee pee" and wait until he does so. Keep him on leash so he knows he is out here for a reason and not to play. Praise your dog when finished. Never scold your dog for having an accident. You can say "NO" loudly if you catch him in the act, but only if you catch him in the act. It's really shame on you then for not watching him. He doesn't know any better at this point. Don't leave him alone in the crate for more than 4 hours. If he is 12-16 weeks or older, he can probably hold it longer than that once he is trained. Dogs naturally won't eliminate where they sleep, unless they can not hold it any longer. Once he starts to get the hang of it, he will likely do something to tell you he needs to go out and do his business, possibly pawing at you or a door or whining or something. If you think he even might possibly be asking to go out, take him out and see. Once he does this for a few days, you can then start letting him out of sight for a few minutes, gradually increasing it to much more. I hope this helps you!

  2. QUESTION:
    Is house training a puppy worth it if you're eventually going to keep him outside?
    I barely got a little pitbull mix and he's 10 weeks old. I've been trying to house train him but he keeps urinating inside his cage. I honestly think its because before I got him I visited him at his previous owners place. It looked his siblings and him might have slept in their own pee. My mom likes the dog but he eventually going to have to live outside. So what I wanted to know is should I keep training him or not?

    • ANSWER:
      YES! Potty training is definitely very benficial even if you're dog will live outside. It's just something they need to know. And if he urinates in his crate, it's too big. Don't get a crate that will fit him when he's older. Get one that fits him right now, while he's a puppy. I know it may be a bit more expensive but it's worth it if you want a well- mannered dog later on. Dogs and puppies will NOT urinate in their cage bacuase it's like their bed, they aren't stupid. Put a soft old blanket or towel with your scent in there. Take him out or let him out every 2 hrs to go #1 and #2. If he doesn't go at all put him back in his cage for half an hr then try again. Keep doing this until he goes. But don't make him believe his cage is a prison, make him feel like it's his den. Don't throw him in ther when he does something bad and yell at him while you hit the cage or something. When my 7 month old puppy does something bad I wag my finger at him and say, "You are a bad boy! Bad puppy!" He knows I'm mad at him and he lays down and pouts.

  3. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to house train an american pit bull?
    I just nought a 8 week old female pitbull puppy & just wanted some advice on house training her. I take her out when i'm home but i want her to learn for when i'm @ school...thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have read that puppies can only hold it for however long that they are months old. So she may only be able to hold it at the most 2 hours. Create train her and get one that she can only turn around in, but not any bigger. Start her out at small intervals, like 15 mins., then work your way up. Don't keep her in it longer than she can hold it though.
      Also, with my dogs, I have found it almost be a losing battle training a puppy until they are about 3 mths. old.
      hope this helps.. Good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    What to do with a 6 month old pitbull puppy?
    I have had an awesome pitbull puppy for about 6months know we put him threw petsmart training classes and those worked great. He still pees in the house some. He has alot of energy and sometimes we cant spend that much time with him as we should i work and go to school and my bf works. We put him outside during the day and take care of him but is it worth keeping him i love the dog to death also would getting him fixed calm him down some thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes but remember 6 months is still a puppy he will clam down as a adult and once you get a pet it is for the life of that pet for the good and bad

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you crate train & potty train an 8wk old pup?
    I have an 8 weel old pitbull puppy that i am currently trying to house train. She goes outside and does her buisness i will even stay out there for 10 minutes but not even after 2 minutes of being inside she will pee or poop in the house, when she just did outside lol. Does anyone who has personal expierence have any tips on what i can do? Ive had dogs all my life but when i got them they were already house trained so this is new to me. thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy a video at the petstore that explains it (it sometimes comes with the crates too)- that's the easiest way. Praise her when she goes outside, and spend a lot more than 10 minutes outside. Take her on walks. Sign up for puppy kindergarten, she must be socialized and you will have basically a support group to help you work through it. At 8 weeks they don't really have control of their functions yet - similar to a 8 month old baby.

  6. QUESTION:
    what are some good ways for poty training your puppy?
    I have a 8 wk old pit bull and I am looking for some good suggestions for house training her. Mostly the poty training.

    • ANSWER:
      I own pitbulls ...so here is from my own experience.

      Get a open wire (metal) crate so the dog can see you and have adequate ventilation. DO NOT keep the dog in there all the time. Lay out newspaper a few sheets thick and a few pagesd wide on a floor that is not carpeted... and when your pup starts to squat pick it up and (saying NO...bad Boy/Girl) and put it on the paper. It helps to put a little of the pee or poop on the paper so it knows it should go there.

      After a few times the pup will start running to the paper to go.

      Then after a week of that...start taking it outside when it goes on the paper. And repeat the process.
      After a few days...it will lety you know it has to go by bugging you and or going to the door.

      Pits are smart and easy to train.

      If the pup insists on going...and not where you want it to...then use one sheet of newspaper rolled up and just lightly rap it on the face when saying no. It doesn't hurt it...just the sound frweaks it out enough to get it's attention.

      OR....get a very large catbox and lay a chunk of sod (grass) in it and get it used to the outside even faster....
      I had to do that with one of my pups.

      Hope this helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to potty train and train a dog?
    I just got a pitbull puppy and I am open to any advice on potty training techniques for a dog. And regular training techniques for him. And contrary to popular beliefs all pitbull owners are not out to make fighting dogs and treat all animals with love and respect. So please don't leave any comments that have anything to do with abusing an animal of any kind. Thank you ahead of time.

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations on your new pup, i love pitbulls and they get a bad rap because of what humans have done to them.

      I strongly suggest crate training, i swear by it. All my dogs are crate trained and my fosters i crate train as well.

      When you are not playing or watching him, put him in the crate, a crate with only enough room to turn around and stand and lay down comfortably. Let him out every 2-3 hours to pee. Praise him endlessly when he goes outside. Time and patience is key!

      Puppy pads are commonly used but i think they are a horrible idea, it only reinforces the idea that going inside the house is the correct thing to do. It takes the dog longer to housebreak and is just gross.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to stop my puppy from peeing in the house?
    I have a pitbull puppy. She is having some trouble being crate trained. She usually won't go pee in her crate but if I am running 5minutes late from work I have a big mess to clean up. I take her out every few hours for about 20min or so but once she comes back in she goes again on the carpet. I don't want to give her away. How do I stop this?

    • ANSWER:
      This is expert advise from the link below. There is a whole lot more info on training puppies if you need it.

      "Pups do not develop muscle control until they are at least 4 months old. Expect your puppy will need to relieve itself after sleeping, eating, chewing, exercising and drinking. Signs that a pup needs to relieve itself include wandering away from you, restlessness, sniffing the floor, whining, panting and circling. If your pup makes a mistake-they all do-look at what you are not doing that allowed it to happen. Clean all mistakes with an odor neutralizer. Skip corrections, they'll only confuse the puppy."

      http://www.dogchannel.com/dog/behavior/elimination/article_1856.aspx

  9. QUESTION:
    How do i train my pitbull puppy to grow up to be friendly and not agressive?
    i rescued a 2 month old pitbull. any tips so it could be friendly like a golden retriever?

    • ANSWER:
      It will never be like a golden. Pits are much more intelligent, driven, and eager to please than any retriever. All you have to do is socialize her and work with her EVERY day.

      Pits are not inherently aggressive towards people. Dog aggression, yes. That can also be trained right out of her. Take her to petsmart, a dog park, or a friend's house that has other dogs. Keep her leashed at all times of course, and introduce her to new dogs very slowly and make sure you are closely monitoring her. With every success, praise her, when she shows signs of aggression toward an animal, correct her. You will probably never have a problem with human aggression, especially if you keep her WELL socialized with people from a very young age.

      You must be FIRM with her in her training, and CONSISTENT. Dominance and consistence in a handler are KEY. Work with her every day and treat her well and you'll have the smartest, most loving and loyal dog you've ever seen!!

      Good luck with your baby, and thank you so much for rescuing this misunderstood breed!!

      ADD: Durden, you are right about the dog aggression, but it is not a vice that cannot be fixed, my pits live with two other mix-breeds and they get along beautifully. Also, a pit probably isn't even the best guard dog. They are bred specifically to be eager to please to humans, and very human friendly, which means they're even friendly to intruders, unless they are certain the intruder is a direct threat to the family. If you want a guard dog, a dobe or rottie is a better choice.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to potty train an 8 week old pup?
    What is the best way to train a 8 week old lab/pitbull mix puppy... I have another 8 month old dog who is just starting to become potty trained. We have them both seperate crates where they go to sleep in. How can I potty train him since hes so young?

    • ANSWER:
      I highly recommend the book MY SMART PUPPY by Brian Kilcommons. In the book (which comes with a DVD), he goes through everything you will need to have a happy, healthy, social, well behaved dog. Our SPCA uses this book, and a program designed around it's concept, to train our shelter dogs with great success.

      Potty training is actually easier than most people think. It just takes patience and enthusiasm. And it can be a great time to bond with your puppy and watch her learn.

      First, consider a crate. Dogs are den animals, and a crate is nothing more than a den. When approached correctly, the puppy will see the crate as his special place to go when he is tired, scared, not feeling well, or just wants quiet time. Begin feeding your puppy in the crate. And never, never use the crate as punishment. The puppy is crated when you are not home, and at night when the puppy sleeps. Keep the crate in an open area where the dog can still feel 'part of' the household.

      Second, it does no good to correct a puppy for peeing in the house. Going to the bathroom is a natural function. The puppy is just doing what comes naturally. What you want to do is encourage your puppy to only do it outside. Brian Kilcommons has a wonderful analogy in his book.

      You need to know when your puppy gets the urge to potty. When it wakes up, after it plays, after it has been confined and about 30 minutes after eating. Your puppy will also give you signals that it is going to potty. These can include sniffing, circling, panting, moving toward the door (eventually) and quicker, more erratic movements. Learn to spot the signs and avoid the spots on the carpet!

      Should you miss your puppy's cue, and she starts to potty, make a quick, short, loud noise - clap your hands, a quick "hey", shake a can of pennies - anything that will startle her and stop her mid-stream. Scoop her up and take her outside right away. No corrections, just go outside. Then, when she finishes her business outside, throw a potty party!!! What a great puppy! Good job!! Good pee! Good potty!!!Aren't you sooo smart! Yay!!! Your puppy will love this praise and want to please you. And she'll learn: when she goes in the house - nothing. But, boy, when she goes outside, woohoo!!! Let the good times roll! Which do you think she'll prefer?

      And set your puppy up for success. Beat her to the punch. Anticipate when she needs to go, and take her out at consistent times. Also, when you take her outside, tell her Go Pee, Go Potty (or whatever you want to call it). And when you praise her, tell her Good Pee / Good Potty.

      And last, if she does have an accident in the house, take it as a lesson and learn from it, take her out, then come back in and quietly clean up.

      Good luck!!

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I train a pitbull puppy to go poty outside?
    Like what is the best way to do it properly, I want a potbull puppy but need to know how to poty train him, smack him and put his head near where he went inside? Or should I pit him outside untill he goes then give him a treat if he does?

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing to remember about house training a puppy is there ability to hold themselves is limited. A rule of thumb is they can hold "it" usually 1 hour for each month of age. 2 months old = 2 hours, 3 months old = 3 hours, etc. When your puppy wakes up (morning, nap, whatever) the pup has to go, right then! Take the pup out. When the pup eats or drinks, it has to go, take the pup out. After exercise (play), take the pup out. When the pup does it's thing outside praise it. A lot. Tell the pup how good, how smart it is. You have to pay attention to the pups "looking for it's spot" behavior. When you see that behavior indoors, whisk the pup out. If you catch the pup in the act, simply tell it "NO!" and whisk it outside. If you find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food store) get a newspaper and hit.... yourself in the head and say "I should have been paying more attention." Daytime training they get pretty fast. Night time training is easier if you crate train the pup. Also remember the one hour/one month rule. You will have to get up through the night to take the pup out. Good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    I have a pitbull/boxer puppy. How long will he stay angry or scared of me?
    I am trying to house train him and I scolded him.. He is acting afraid of me or mad at me.. He will get close to me but doesn't want to play. How long will he stay like this?

    • ANSWER:
      Corrections only work if given during the act. A few seconds late and the dog has already forgotten about pottying and is thinking about something else. The absolute worst thing to do is call the puppy and punish your puppy for coming to you. Your puppy is afraid of you because he got punished for an unknown reason. You need to show him you are a fair ruler.

      Here is how I housebreak a puppy. I take the puppy out on leash every time the puppy wakes up, 20 minutes after eating or drinking, after play, before bed, and every 2 hours during the day, once during the night. A general formula for figuring out how long a puppy can be expected to hold it is 1 hour for every 4 weeks of age during the day and twice that during the night.

      When I take the puppy out to potty it is on leash otherwise the puppy will play and forget about pottying until you go back in the house. Take the puppy to the same spot and stand there. Wait 10 minutes. If the puppy does not go take the puppy back inside to a crate/exercise pen/confined easily cleaned area away from you. Try again in 15-30 minutes.

      When the puppy potties on a walk have a party. Make sure the puppy knows this is the best thing that he has ever done. Give the best treats you have (hot dog, chicken, cheese). Do a happy dance. If you are in a safe area like your backyard let the puppy off the leash. After the puppy has pottied is the time to allow supervised play free in the house.

      Watch the puppy while he is free in the house. If he starts circling, sniffing, squatting... take him out immedeately. If you see him pottying say a shape "No" to interupt him and take him out side. If he finishes outside have a party. If not calmly walk hom back inside and confine him while you clean up the mess.

      If you find a mess but did not see it made clean it up. The joke is "Find a newspaper. Roll it up. Hit yourself over the head while repeating 'I should have been watching the puppy.'"

  13. QUESTION:
    How to potty train my 2 month old pitbull puppy?
    I feed him and 10 min later I take him out cuz it doesn't take long. He goes outside and then 10 min later he goes again in my house. Sometimes he won't go outside walk into my house and go on the floor. I have him on a regular schedual and he goes out a lot. More then 6 times a day . What am I missing?

    • ANSWER:
      1 - The first thing to remember about house
      training a puppy is they can not hold
      themselves long. Rule of thumb is 1 hour
      for each month old. Therefore a 3 month
      old pup should be able to control himself/
      herself for 3 hours.

      2 - The second thing to remember is you
      take the pup out, on a leash, to be walked.
      Not send the pup out. You have to be there
      when pooch does the deed so you can
      praise the pup, right then. Let the pup know
      it is a job well done. Throw a real praise party!
      There are key times a pup needs to be taken
      out. When pooch wakes up from any sleep
      time & at bed time. After eating and/or
      drinking. After playing, exercise stimulates
      the "need to go."

      3 - Plus there are the odd times when a
      pups gotta do what a pups gotta do. You
      have to learn the pups behavior when
      looking for the spot to go. Pups should
      not have the run of the house till pooch
      is trained. You should keep the pup in
      the room with you so you can keep an
      eye on pooch. When you see the search,
      get 'em outside. If you catch the pup
      making a pile or puddle, just say "NO!",
      pick pooch up and get 'em outside. Use
      an enzyme cleaner (Natures Miracle or
      Simple Solutions)(pet store) to clean up.
      Do not let the pup see you cleaning up,
      it gives them the idea that is your job.
      Outside is okay, just not inside. If you
      find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean
      it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food
      store) get a newspaper and hit....
      yourself in the head and say "I should
      have been paying more attention." Do
      not try to punish a pup after the fact.
      They will NOT get it.

      4 - You have to be diligent & consistent.
      I can not stress that enough so let me
      repeat. You have to be diligent & consistent.
      If you do your job the pup will catch on
      pretty quick.

      5 - You need to keep pooch contained
      at night. Either crate or put the pup in a
      bathroom. But remember the 1 hour rule.
      You should get up and take 'em out at night.

      6 - You can also teach the pup to go on
      command by picking the word you will
      use for each function, when the pup is
      about to go repeat the word till the pup
      starts going then tell 'em what a good
      boy/girl they are.

      7 - You can also teach them to ring a
      bell when they need to go by mounting
      one low on the door frame and ring it
      with the pups foot when you go out.

      8 - Last thing, never, ever rub your
      pups nose in their waste. Besides
      being nasty it only tells the pup you
      want pooch to ingest the waste. Also,
      never, ever hit a dog. That will only
      tell the dog you are not to be trusted.
      So, these are the 8 Steps to
      House training a Puppy Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Where do I start when training my first puppy?
    I'm actually getting 2 pitbull terrior puppies in a few weeks. they're sisters.

    i've never had a dog before & im not sure which way is the correct way to potty & crate train. I live on the 3rd floor .. no elevator ! ... any tips would be very helpfull
    thank you !

    • ANSWER:
      You start the very beginning... ;) The hardest part will be when they understand "No, we don't potty in mom's house"...but they still think they can potty in the hall.

      I had to carry my dog down three flights of stairs for the longest time the instant I let her out of her crate so she wouldn't pee in the house/halls, but now she gets it. Obviously you have two pups that won't stay small for very long...what to do! I suggest taking them out to potty individually at first. Leave the other in the crate. This allows for fewer distractions and keeps the other in the crate with the mindset of "I don't potty here". Then you can take the next dog out.

      I'll warn you that when they are young, they have to go out sooooooooooooooo early, and they let you know.

      Basics of crate training can be found here: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/crate_training.html

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy a trained puppy?
    I want to buy a dog thats about 10 months-1 year old that is already house trained, and possible knows some commands. I have looked at the animal shelter but they only have very big dogs, mostly pitbulls. I really only want a small dog!

    • ANSWER:
      Petfinder.com

      However, you ask this twice so I assume you absolutely don't want to be much bothered training a dog, potty or otherwise, so I question whether you are at all realistic about dog ownership.
      Dogs need attention, care, vetting, socialization - you don't just get them ready trained, perfect, play with them when you have a few minutes and then expect them to politely sit around and wait for you to get back to them. Dogs are living beings that require many years of care, they're not disposable if they become inconvenient - that's why so many end up in kill shelters, irresponsible owners.

      Think this over, having a dog is not about getting that "perfect", small cute, already trained dog just for your conveience - going to take a lot more committment on your part. You might want to wait until you fully understand that and have time and patience for a real live dog that actually needs some care and attention.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can make my dog not fight my puppy?
    I have a 6 month old german sherpherd/pitbull and just got a pitbull puppy,the problem is that my german shepherd mix always wants to fight the puppy. HELP ME PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      Are they truly fighting, or just playing roughly?

      I have two dogs, a bullboxer or pitboxer (pitbull x boxer) who is four y/o, and a great pryrenese x bluetick hound mix who is now two y/o. Yes, I know, my weird little mutts. lol. But we had a similar problem when we brought Louie (pyrenese/hound mix) home. He was abandoned with his litter mates in a cardboard box in an old abandoned barn. A friend found the pups and we took one in. Bo, (bullboxer) had just turned two and was still in his hyper stage, like most boxers are at that age. Louie was very small so we kept them separate until he was a about a month old and eating solid food (he was only 2 weeks old when we got him, had been separated from his mother and was very wormy, took a lot of care to get him healthy.) When we finally started putting the dogs together, Bo was very rough with Louie. For almost a year all they did was wrestle hour in and hour out. But, since they were both puppies, as your dogs are, they were just "fighting" for the right of top dog. They are now very calm and sweet dogs and are inseparable. They never got viscous though. Never broke the skin or anything in their wrestling matches. That's how we knew it was just rough play. When dogs are truly fighting, they will break the skin, usually around the neck, and they will probably snarl and bare their teeth. However, since my dogs did neither, we just let them play.

      We just kept an eye on them and made sure neither got hurt in the rough housing. Since both your dogs are young, they have a lot of energy. Some dogs take up to two-three years to grow out of that stage. Just give it time, I know it's annoying and get old quickly, but it will be worth it in the end.

      Also, let them know when it's ok to play and when it's not. This is were good obedience training comes in handy.

      On the other hand, if they truly are FIGHTING, I honestly do not know what to do other than find a good home for one of them?? I know dogs are just like people, some dogs just can not get along.

      Best of luck! I hope this helps you.

  17. QUESTION:
    I need help on house training my pitbull?
    Ok i have a 8 week old pit puppy and hes crate trained at night, but during the day hes starting to pee after i let him in.. I dont know how to approach this behavior. Alot of ppl tell me to rub his face in it and take him back outside. But i think that will make him aggressive or something.Im sure alot of ppl went through this please give me some ideas thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When he pees in the house put him back in the crate for awhile. Keep repeating this as his behavoir persists. Scold in a firm voice but, do not yell. He is still very young, but he'll get the hang of it...Good luck with him..

  18. QUESTION:
    How to train a dog (pit bull) to be a watch dog?
    Okay so were getting a pitbull/boxer puppy soon

    of course its going to be the family pet, but then we were also thinking that it could be a watch dog too

    How would one go about training for a watch dog?
    Its also going to be our first dog, so any tips?

    *this dog will not be a fighting dog*
    *and we want to train it to be a watch dog, NOT AN AGGRESSIVE DOG*

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't have to train her. If she lives inside the house with you as a member of your family, she views you as her pack and will be naturally protective. Not to mention, just her looks are going to be enough to scare people away. However, if she lives outside, she's not going to feel she belongs to your pack and will care less about guarding you. She will guard HER backyard, which she will view as HER territory. She won't care what happens inside the house as long as no one comes into her yard.

      https://pawsandlearn.org/Dog_Sleep_Inside.php

      Our pits love everyone and everything, but if there is a noise outside that my female isn't familiar with, she will give a low warning growl to let us know something isn't right or someone is in the yard that she is unfamiliar with. Of course, if you open the door, she's all wiggle butt and happy. She will lick them to death. Our male is not a good watch dog. He doesn't bark ever. He's very chill and relaxed.

      ETA: Oahu, my dogs NEVER bark at the mailman and they are pit bulls. They're extremely friendly with him. Of course, they're very well socialized so perhaps that's why they don't freak out when he walks in the yard like our neighbors little yippers do.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some good training tips for a six month pitbull puppy?
    I walk my puppy at least eight times a day he chews thing what's a good form of punishment he also go to the bathroom in the house and I even put paper down and spray it with training aid and he doesn't go were he supposed to

    • ANSWER:
      I have 2 pits so believe me I know what you're going through. For some reason my pits were harder to house train than any other dog I've had. When I first got my older pit she was only a few months old and it took about 8-10 months with finally no accidents lol. With my 2nd she was a rescue that shouldn't have been away from the mother but she needed a rescue. She now is only a year old and it took about the same amount of time as my older about 10 months with no accidents. But I will say with the 2nd I did crate her when I was out and as soon as I would come home I would walk her for about 30 minutes or until she went. Even seeing the older dog go the little one had her own mind frame lol. Also take him out about 5 minutes or so after eating and try walking a regular times every day.
      Be patient and give him time he'll get it. Oh and as for all the chewing I don't waste my money any more on pull toys because as you already know they can chew through toys quick. I got all my old sheets and took one and tied it in knots and use as a pull toy. They love it and when it's gone in a week I don't care because they were old sheets anyway lol. Now I have all my family and friends saving their old sheets for me. Try it because it will save your shoes, furniture and everything else they get their mouths on lol.
      Enjoy your pitbull puppy he will make the most loyal companion. Just be patient and consistent with him. Hope this helps a little.

      Take care xoxo

  20. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to train a puppy pitbull?
    im getting a blue nosed puppy pitbull soon. I want to train it so when its older its knows all my commands and is a well behaived dog. But how do I go abouts training this puppy to do so?

    • ANSWER:
      When my husband first brought home our puppy pit bull (Chloe) I was very worried about aggression and bad habits. So I enrolled her in Petsmart puppy education classes, which costed me about 0 for a 6 week class. It was so fun, and easy. The classes were short but informative and plus who doesn't love to show off their new puppy?

      Now, 3 years later. Chloe is the sweetest and most obedient dog I've ever owned. Just remember to never use an angry tone of voice or hit your pit. Even 'spanking' can have long term consequences. After all, if you can "bite" your dog, why shouldn't it be aloud to bite others outside your "pack"? Calm settings and voices while training will also ensure your pet doesn't become hyper or tense later on in life.

      One example I can give from experience.. we gave my husbands father one of the puppies from chloes litter when she had puppies 2 years ago. He hit it, and screamed and yelled whenever it piddled in the house. When we finally took the dog back after about a year (we did not know he was treating him so badly) he was very hyper, had some serious obsession problems and was becoming very aggressive to strangers that came into our home. At one point he actually growled and nipped at our landlord. After that we had to take him to the humane society or else the landlord said she would report us and evict us. It was a very sad day that could have been prevented.

      Gratz on the new puppy and all the luck to you!

  21. QUESTION:
    How do i house train my Pitbull puppy?
    I live in an apartment and I am not always home

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    How do i train my puppy?
    I have a pitbull only 6 weeks, who keeps on crying and sometimes growling really aggressively at times? Could this be because he is not used to us as yet? He sometimes try's biting my hand when I stroke him to

    The pup isn't trained at all, when can I start training him his name, house training, so it knows to go toilet outside, sit down, come here etc

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah it needs a lot of times. Just be patient and don't forget to train it with love

  23. QUESTION:
    How to get my 4 month old pitbull puppy from biting?
    My 4 month old pitbull/lab mix WILL NOT stop biting. He bites everything and everyone in the house. He chews up shoes, pencils, even clothes. It might be okay now, but it wont be when he grows up.
    He does not bite aggressively, he knows he shouldn't be biting us. When we "yelp" he looks guilty but starts again minutes later. I've tried everything. I dont want to give him away or return him to the adoption agency, but I also don't want him to be put down for really hurting someone when he gets older.
    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      My pit did the same thing when I first got him. If you kennel train him, the destructive behavior should stop. also lots of exercise. just corecct the biting behavior and tell him no. when your playing with him and he starts biting stop playing and he'll get the idea. He's a puppy, hes teething, its going to take time.

  24. QUESTION:
    how much should i exercise a pitbull puppy?
    her training is going fine and she is very clam natured but idk if im exercise her enough or if im even doing it right. and how should i change it as she get older?
    her training is going fine and she is very clam natured but idk if im exercise her enough or if im even doing it right. and how should i change it as she get older?
    she is 12 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on her Energy level and what you want her to do as she gets older. If she is just a house dog then maybe at least 30-45 minutes a day. If your going to have her do something special like Agility course or some other event then whole lot more and also additional training.

  25. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to potty train my puppy?
    I have tried everything to train my 4 month old brindle pitbull and hound since she was about 8 weeks old. I don't know what else to do. She will pee or poop right in front of you, especially when just coming in from outside. I've tried kenneling her up to the "good ole fashion" rub her nose in it. Everything I just don't understand and am about at wits end. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Wait out side til she goes, might take a while but she will eventually go. If she does not tie her up to insure she does not go any where in your house. When she begins to wine take her outside again to go, and if she does praise her. when my dogs use to go in my house I would lay them down a few feet away from their waste and put them in "time out". And potty training a dog does not happen over a night, so be patient.

  26. QUESTION:
    How often do six month old puppies poop each day?
    He is a pitbull terrier-- really solid. He usually has food available. Help, he poops in my granddaughter's room!

    • ANSWER:
      I would say two times a day.

      If his pooping is becoming a problem and you can't seem to house-train him yet, try either getting a dog door installed, or giving him food at specific times. When we had a single dog, we would feed him twice a day, and he would always poop 30 minutes after eating. When we got a new puppy alongside that dog, we just left food down and got a dog door. Dogs prefer going outside, they just don't know how to get out there!

  27. QUESTION:
    Will my female pitbull turn on me when she gets older?
    I have an 8 week old female pitbull puppy who is very aggressive and loves to bite a lot when she plays. Sometimes I don't no if she is playing or serious because the bite gets pretty painful. Her name is Chyna and she is very smart and for now she's getting house training. I'm not mean to her at all, in fact she's very spoiled, lol. I don't want to fear my own dog in the future, I love her dearly, so do I have something to worry about?.

    • ANSWER:
      what you describe is very common to many breeds of puppies. It doesn't mean that she is going to be mean when grown..but you need to teach her the limits..and that NO biting is appropriate..She is just playing with you as she did with her littermates.
      You always try the most positive method first:
      Some ideas for discouraging finger chewing: when your puppy clamps down, let out a very loud YELP in imitation of a hurt puppy. Then, fold your arms and ignore him for 10 minutes. With very young puppies, this sometimes works wonders - it's the same thing that happens when they get too rough with another puppy. The wounded puppy yelps and runs off, refusing to play for a bit. The yelp must be startling enough to stop the behavior.

      That should do the trick, unless she is prey driven, however, if it doesn't fix the problem this will work:

      To introduce an element of "natural discipline", grasp the recalcitrant pup by the scruff of the neck with one hand, place your other hand over the top of his muzzle, gently pressing his muzzle towards his chest as you say, in a low, growly tone of voice, "No BITE". If they begin to throw a tantrum and thrash around trying to bite, just hold the line until they "give in" and "say uncle" (quit resisting). You should not find it necessary to get aggressive with a young puppy. Simple restraint is usually enough to get the message across.

  28. QUESTION:
    Should she be getting a pitbull puppy?
    My 19 yr old friend is planing on getting a pitbull puppy on Friday!
    Do you think it is a good idea...?
    She is in college and lives in a house with two other girls one who has a kitten. There is no yard whatsoever. Nearby there are dark parks and beach which she plans on taking her.
    I personally dont think it is a good idea. If anybody has any personal experience let me know your opinions. :)

    • ANSWER:
      If its a puppy she can train it to be the perfect dog for any situation.

  29. QUESTION:
    When adopting a puppy from a shelter what should i look for?
    I am 11 and thinking about getting a puppy for my birthday. I want a girl puppy that is quiet but playful. how do i make sure the puppy i choose is the one i want?

    • ANSWER:
      first when walking through look at each one for a minute decide what u like
      1.the size i like big dogs caz i feel safer and like im taking care of a child(german shepards pitbulls collies labs that size)
      2.if it barks alot it will probally be playful
      3.if its cute
      4.if it doesnt jump on the gates its probally been beatn or not taken care of these are the dogs people like cazz their shy and you feel good about giving it a reason to live that it never had before
      5.boy dogs are sweeter as where girl dogs are a littleaggresive with things (sounds backwards but its true)
      6.i prefer the not so young ones i like 8 months to 1 year caz they trained so age matters>
      7.living if u have a smallish yard get a small dog big dogs need space to run
      8.if your not gonna let it get on furnature u dont need a dog i feel bad at my friends house caz her dogs arent allowed on furnature its a big yellow lab they have a small house and its really messyi mean piles of laundry trash broken dishwasher no air condition so yeah think about the rules for the dog before u get it hoped i helped
      besides everyone is good your mother didnt say how do i know this is the one i want and they cant help how they are when u pass them they probally think "why arent i good enogh god her what did i do to be passed"i know youll be happy with what ever you get though good luck

  30. QUESTION:
    How to potty train a pitbull puppy?
    Just got a 10 week old pitbull. need potty train HELP!!!!!!!!! we stay outside with him and right when we go inside he poops and pees indoors.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Jessica,

      Housebreaking your pet is certainly not a daunting challenge no matter what you hear from everyone else.

      Pit Bulls tend to learn well by repetition, so it is important to develop a daily routine and stick to it as much as possible.

      Lots and lots of attention, which will help them to feel more secure in their new home and possibly make training easier. If someone is at home at all times with the Pit Bull during housebreaking, it will definitely make the process much faster.

      Designate an area for your Pit Bull that is to be considered his individual space. If you have somewhere that can be his space should be somewhere easy to clean up, like a tiled floor for example.

      The area will need to have his bed, chew toys, and food and water since this is the area he will spend a lot of time in, especially if you are away. Close off this area so the dog cannot get out and gain access to other areas of the house when no one is at home. A baby gate tends to work well, because the dog can still see you and won’t feel as though he is shut in.

      Give your Pit Bull puppy as much of your attention as possible. Try to go outside with him at least every thirty minutes or so, and make sure you praise or reward him for relieving himself outside. Praise and rewards will help him learn that it is good to potty outside, and he will catch on quick.

      Repetition is the key.

      Expect your puppy to have accidents in the house. It is just something that is going to happen no matter how diligent you are. Punishing your puppy for this will only lead to more setbacks. The best way to handle this is be patient, and remember that it is a long process for both of you it won’t happen overnight.

      The more attention you give your new Pit Bull puppy, the more he will thrive and do well. During all of the time you devote to training your puppy, you are building a good relationship with him as well, hopefully one that will last a lifetime.

      If you feel you need any more information just email and will try and help all I can.

      Good luck and do not worry remember repetition is the key.

      Kindest regards and best wishes,Gerry.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to leash train a puppy?
    I have a 12 week old pitbull who is very friendly and lovable. she follows me all over the house and knows commands like come and sit already. However she is being a pain in the butt on the leash. She will follow for a bit, until I go into a direction she doesnt wanna go.

    So I will stand there and then call her over to me and praise her once she makes her way over and we start walking again.

    However, she has so many distractions from trying to walk on the leash she rarely ever uses it outside on our walks. Shes a very stubborn puppy and wont go outside if its too cold for her.

    So I was wondering about hoq long does it take to get your puppy walking along side you? ANY and all tips appreciated.!!
    The Breeder that we bought her from showed us first vet check, utd vaccinations record and her registration papers. Shes been dewormed, vaccinated, flea dipped and treated, nails clipped and all of the necessary medical needs a pup might need! Shes ready to wonder, now just to get her to follow me! haha

    • ANSWER:
      I'd say there's no hard and fast time-frame for this. What I would urge you not to do is be tempted to tug and pull. If he doesn't want to go with you at the moment, take him back indoors. Otherwise you'll have a lead-shy animal. And get him to some puppy classes which should help him, and you to know how best to handle what's going on. Puppies of this age really don't need much organised walking - just to the kerb to experience traffic and meet people out there should be quite enough for most, at 12 weeks.

      I assume she has had all her vaccination shots because she shouldn't be out off your property until she has completely finished the course.

  32. QUESTION:
    What age do pit bull puppies get active?
    I have a pitbull puppy...12 weeks old. He is not very playful but he is healthy...potty training well, eating and drinking. What age do puppies get into that wild puppy mode?
    Thanks in advance
    I have only had him a few days. He is a rescue from bad conditions. I guess he is adjusting to people paying attention to him and being indoors. I was just worried something was wrong...kinda makes sense when I think of all the conditions.

    • ANSWER:
      Be grateful if he isn't a "wild" puppy. I have 2 and 3 year old Puggles that have been wild since the day I brought them home, and still haven't settled down. How long have you had him? If he's brand new at your house it may take a bit to see his wild side, they get kind of scared at first.

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I train my puppy to be a indoor dog he 2 months?
    His a pitbull and he is a little wild but I want to train him to be inside .

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs would prefer to be inside so it shouldn't be difficult. Just make sure he has lots of toys to destroy inside the house & hopefully then he'll leave your furniture alone. Also if you have a doggy door then he can come & go as he pleases :)

  34. QUESTION:
    How to train puppy to be a guard dog?
    I have a pitbull puppy four months how can I teach him to alert us or bark if a intruder tries to come in. and to also attack when commanded to. Im not tryna make him a violent.do domt give.me thay.”you shouldn't teach your dog to be mean crap” id rathet my dog bite an intruder than run up and lick him

    • ANSWER:
      I also have a pitbull, we raised her to like us, if anyone meaning our family harm intruded our house, she wouldnt let 'im past the front door. If you raise your dog to like you, it'll do its best to protect you. As for teaching it to attack on command, I'm not sure. Sorry!

  35. QUESTION:
    at what age can my pitbull puppy sleep outside?
    i just got a beutiful pitbull puppy, but we cant keep him in the house too long,we were wondering at what age can he start sleeping outside? PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You can put him outside now. Just fix him up a bed in the dog house, garage or on the porch and at night, put him there, turn off the light and leave him there. He may whine a little, but do NOT go to him or turn on the light to check on him, just ignore him. Regardless of what some of these teenage "dog experts" on this site will tell you about dogs being "part of the family" and other foolishness, large dogs such as pit bulls are much better adjusted and easier to train when they live outdoors. A dog does NOT have to live in the house in order to be "socialized" and furthermore, dehumidified air (i.e., central heat and air conditioning) isn't good for dogs and can cause respiratory problems.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to house-train a one year old pitbull?
    We have a one year old pitbull who my husband wants to get rid of because he is not completely house-broken. I would like to know of any books that we may be able to use to train our dog so that he doesn'e end up euthanized at an animal shelter somewhere.

    • ANSWER:
      House Training
      House training your dog is simple if you follow a few basic rules. Remember that puppies younger than 10 to 12 weeks have little control. Accidents will always happen when teaching puppies to be clean in the house. Be kind and patient, and reward handsomely all outdoor elimination. Always remember that dogs do what works for them. Make outdoor pottying work really well for your puppy.
      1) The puppy must have NO time unsupervised in your home. NONE. If you are not directly watching the puppy, it should be in the crate, or outside in a safe area. You MUST watch the puppy at ALL times when loose in the house. Use baby gates, crates, or tie the leash to your belt.
      2) The puppy should sleep inside the crate by your bedside. This way you can hear if the puppy should happen to need to go out during the night.
      3) You must go WITH the puppy outside for ALL trips for elimination. You must have treats with you. When the puppy is urinating, say "GO PEE PEE" in a nice praise tone of voice the entire time. When she is finished, pop the treat into her mouth at once, and praise praise praise. This should be something she gets at no other time, like tiny pieces of string cheese or boiled chicken. Same for defecation. Say "GO POOP" while she is going, and food reward and praise afterwards. You must observe and reward ALL outdoor potty time.
      4) Keep a schedule. Feed at the same time, and walk outside at the same times. Your pup needs at least 4 trips outdoors each day, and 5 is probably better. Pup needs to go out at wake up time, lunch time, 4-5 PM, after dinner or any other meals, and before bed. Younger puppies may need to go out much more often.
      5) Use a key word each time you go out. I say "Let's go out!!" in a happy tone of voice each time I'm opening the door to go out with the dog.
      6) If you catch the puppy IN THE ACT of eliminating in your house, CLAP YOUR HANDS, say AH AH, OUTSIDE!! And immediately rush her outside. If she finishes there, do your usual food reward and praise.
      The keys to getting your dog reliably housetrained are:
      SUPERVISION: NO loose time in the house if you are not watching
      REWARDS: ALL outdoor elimination MUST be observed and rewarded. If you only do this ONE thing, your puppy will get housetrained.
      PATIENCE: Anger and punishment have no place in dog training. Elimination is a natural and pleasurable experience for your dog. You can teach her to not soil your house, but punishment will NOT help. It will only teach the dog to hide when she needs to eliminate.
      If you have applied these techniques carefully for 4 weeks and you are still finding spots or piles after the fact, it's time for stronger measures. Roll up a newspaper and fasten both ends with a rubber band. Keep it handy. The very next time you find a spot of a pile that the dog has left behind, whip out that newspaper, and hit YOURSELF over the head firmly several times as you repeat "I FORGOT TO WATCH MY PUPPY".
      Works every time.
      :D
      This article copyright 2004/2007, RedyreRottweilers. Free for unlimited distribution as long as copyright info remains intact.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I potty train a 6 month old puppy?
    I have a Pitbull and German Shepherd mix puppy who has been using training pads to use the bathroom on ever since she was 8 weeks old when we got her. Now it's getting to the point where she needs to start using the bathroom outside but no matter what I do or how long I stay outside she won't pee or poop outside. I need help so I can stop cleaning up her pads. I need solutions, please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Well, lets starts by tossing those pads out. As long as the pads are part of your house she will think of your home a bathroom. Once your home is the not the toilet - she will need to find a new toilet. This is how you do it:

      (1) Get a crate. The crate is like a bedroom and safe place for her to stay when you are not home to monitor her activity. She will like the safe home as long as it is safe and not used for punishment. It should only be slightly larger than her. Even with a crate, she still needs to be taken out frequently. Take her out after every drink, snack, play time, and when she wakes from naps. She won't want to pee in her "bedroom/crate" but will do it if he cannot hold her pee and has a real accident. 



      (2) Get The Housebreaker. This thing rocks! The Housebreaker has a little sensor that she wears when you are home. It is placed in a diaper and will alert you immediately as soon as she tries to have an accident. You can take her to the correct place to pee (outside). The alarm will tell the dog that she is doing something wrong so she will learn right away (it "catches" the dog trying to pee in your house but doesn't hurt her). The best part - the thing prevents the pee from getting on the floor so there are no messes to clean up. There will be no more pee to clean up! It’s awesome. I wish someone had told me about it years ago (maybe it wasn't out yet). Either way - you should get it. It works! Check it out – the website is http://www.TheHousebreaker.com



      Good luck!
      
Take Care!

  38. QUESTION:
    My dog growling and barking when asked to go to his kennel?
    I have a 1 year old pitbull mix rescue, we've had him since he was 7 weeks old. He is extremely timid and submissive, so there is no question about whether or not he is the Alpha in everyday life. When he was a puppy we crate trained him, and once he was house trained and he knew his boundaries around the house, we leave him free in the house when we are not home.

    If for some reason we want him to go to his kennel, if work is being done in the house or whatever, he growls like I've never heard before... hair stands up on the back of his neck and he barks a LOT. I have to point out that he never barks, maybe a couple times a week if he's really excited.

    After doing a lot of research online, nothing seems to fit what our problem is. He is NOT afraid of his kennel. We leave the door open to it all the time, and 90% of the time when we come home or get up in the morning he is actually sleeping in there on his own. It's more comfortable than my own bed and he brings toys in there on is own to chew on, and will come out on his own. So there is no fear, or issues with his kennel.

    He only does this of course if I tell him to go in there. Since this started (about 2 months ago) we have been asking him to go in there just to give him a treat.. we ALWAYS praise him when he goes in (even though he sounds and looks like he wants to kill us), and we have a treat ready for when he goes in and when he comes out.

    We do not scold him for growling at us, I'm aware that he's trying to tell us something but we just don't know what. We're at a loss... and feeling a little hopeless.

    Normally he would only be asked to go in there to be confined every couple of weeks, but of course since we realized his new-found reaction.. we've been telling him to go in there once or twice a day thinking it would get better. We ask him to go in there and just stay with the door open for about 20 seconds before we take him on walks, go to the park, feed him... whatever positive thing we can think of. But the growling, barking, scary dog that we don't even recognize as our own, is just staying the same or getting worse.

    I also have to note that he has *never* bitten anybody or ever growled at a person.. he is by no means a protective dog. If I have a toy and he accidentally puts his teeth on my hand he cowers and licks my hand, knowing he did something wrong. He is not protective over his own food or treats either.. we can take them right out of his mouth and he doesn't care.

    ANY suggestions or advice would be helpful.. I tried to cover all of the things we've been troubleshooting from other message board's comments.

    Also, he does this whether my boyfriend (he's known since we brought him home) or I ask him. If we tell him to do other things like "sit, stay, leave it, drop it, get back", he has no problem doing them faithfully.

    And please to not tell me to punch or kick my dog.. no ignorant, abusive pet advice please.

    • ANSWER:
      Use clicker training. It's the best way to teach a dog to ADORE his/her kennel! Here's a great video about clicker kennel training: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l5EAd1hLn38
      I hope this helps! Good luck.
      And remember NEVER to use ANY force to get your pup in his kennel as it could terrorize him completely and that's really hard to undo. Also, I think you already know this, but never scold you pup for growling, this can cause all sorts of disorders.

      Say that your teacher asks a question and you think you know the response. You raise your hand enthusiastically, blurt out your answer, and oops, you get it wrong. You get smacked for guessing incorrectly. The next time a question is asked you'll sit on your hands and avert your eyes to avoid the possibility of being called on. The rest of the class who witnessed your punishment will also be sitting on their hands.

      Now for the flip side. The teacher walks in with a huge jar of candy and announces that anyone who attempts to answer a question will get a piece of candy. The students who give correct answers will get a whole handful of candy. More students will try harder, pay closer attention to the lesson, and do their homework more thoroughly and with more enjoyment. This system—positive reinforcement—encourages the students to think! It's more effective to teach dogs' minds rather than manipulate their bodies. You should work with, rather than against, your dog during training sessions. And you should help inexperienced dogs rather than reprimand them.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I get my 6 month old puppy to stop barking?
    I recently got 6 month old pitbull/hound mix. He is a great puppy-except when he goes for walks he barks constantly at other dogs. He used to bark at people, but he is better with that. Since he has pitbull in him, people are terrified when he barks. I don't want that! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my dog to not bark at other dogs on the street?

    • ANSWER:
      With few exceptions, all dogs bark. Barking is a natural behaviour and it is a way of communicating. While the messages can range from loneliness to hunger or playfulness, most often barking is used as an alarm or alert signal that indicates to the other pack members that a stranger or intruder is approaching

      Most people have a feeling of security and comfort knowing their dogs are “on the job”. Some people even encourage their dogs to bark and growl when the doorbell rings or someone knocks. They feel this is acceptable behaviour, however, when the dogs become uncontrollable, with barking that is excessive, they become a nuisance. Life is miserable for neighbours who must listen day after day to barking dogs.
      Excessive barking often begins in puppy-hood, when the pup who is not yet house-trained is unwisely shut behind closed doors. Improper confinement will definitely cause a barking problem, and dogs that are tied or tethered will eventually become frustrated and begin to bark to communicate their displeasure. We must always remember that dogs are pack animals. It is not natural or normal for them to be alone, however, millions of dogs must learn to cope confidently while members of the family go out daily to work.

      Chewing, uncontrolled barking, house-training problems and destructive behaviour have put many dogs out of their homes, and all of this could be avoided if we simply communicated more effectively with our canine companions. They are part of a pack or family, similar in behaviour to their ancestors, the wolves. Wolves travel, hunt, sleep and eat in a group environment, therefore, we must modify this instinct. We must, in our human packs, make our dogs feel comfortable and secure about being alone in the “den” while the other pack members are away.

      Because most barking takes place when you are away from home, you have no choice but to believe your neighbours when they complain.

      Barking is actually quite common and not that difficult to rectify. Let us consider the encouraging owner who inadvertently praises and teaches his or her dog that its barking is the greatest thing, which makes the dog feel its owner is happy and pleased when he barks.

      The easiest way to teach the dog to bark is command him to “speak”. So while the dog is barking at the door, the owner may use the command word “speak”. The dog will associate barking behaviour with this word. Now, your golden moment has arrived. You are going to teach your dog the word “quiet”, or “enough” or “shush” (your choice!). We do not teach the word “No”, because “No” means “Never, ever do that - ever".

      When you command your dog to be “Quiet” and he keeps barking, you will have to teach him the meaning of the word “Quiet”. Hitting your dog or using other physical measure or mechanical or electronic aids are unkind and unnecessary. You may hold your dog’s muzzle closed (gently and kindly), or you may have to use a water pistol. Another method is to make a sudden sharp sound (rattle a pop can with some coins in it, or bang on a pot) to divert your dog’s attention from barking. When your dog has ceased to bark for at least three to five seconds, praise him in a quiet, calm voice, perhaps saying, “Good, quiet. Good!”. Avoid stroking, patting and hugging your dog at this point, as you may over-excite him again, and he may miss the point of the whole exercise.

      Before you leave your dog alone, remember the following points:

      Provide adequate exercise.

      Leave the radio or television on.

      Provide your dog with proper chewing material - rawhide, nylabones and Kong toys stuffed with yummy stuff are good (beware of using real animal bones - they can splinter).

      Crate train your dog.

      Unplug your phone.

      Place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. This may prevent trades people from knocking or ringing the bell, which would set your dog off on a barking cycle.

      Shut the shades or drapes so your dog cannot see outside.

      Make your departures calm. Tone things down and be matter of fact. Over-emotional, guilt-ridden departures (and entrances) put your dog in a state of anxiety.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I leash train my dog indoors?
    Our 3 mo. old puppy dosen't like to be on her leash indoors. When we are sittin watching t.v. we would like her to behave and lay down beside us, but she whines, pulls, and she always wants to jump on the sofa, even when we tell her over and over not too. We also dont want her off the leash because she likes to chase our cat. Please help what can we do to make this not so stressfull for our puppy and ourselves?

    • ANSWER:
      your dog and your cat are going to have to learn to get along eventually. i dont think keeping him on that leash is gonna teach him. he's just going to want the cat even more. let them work it out for them selves, if he starts to be bad again, give him a time out in his kennel, and if you dont have a kennel, put him in the bathroom for a little while (like 20 minutes). thats hows i trained my rambunctious pitbull puppy to behave in the house and get along with the cat. good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    Should I not adopt a husky mix puppy with small animals in the house?
    I have been planning on adopting a husky mix puppy for several weeks now, and I'm supposed to get it at the end of this week. I had heard about husky's strong prey instinct, but I figured it would be fine if he was raised around my cat and small dog from puppyhood. It is also only half husky, although his other half is unknown. I've been researching online and have now read several horror stories about huskies brutally killing small animals. Is it too big a risk to my small animals to adopt him?

    • ANSWER:
      These stories of huskies are not a reflection of the breed, but of the owner itself. If you raise your dog to be aggressive, it will be agressive and cause others harm. Most dogs that do kill, either haven't been properly trained, or were put into situations that made them feel at risk. and I'm talking about any breed.

      If you properly research a Husky on AKC and CKC websites, they are actually known as one of the friendliest dog breeds and they are always willing to please their owner.

      You should not be adopting a husky without full knowledge about them. They are actually very stubborn and difficult to train.

      Also, if you think that him being a mix will make him less threatening, that is not true. especially when you dont know what the other half is. the other have could be a pitbull for all you know.

      Instead of researching about the horror stories, research just the breed itself. Every dog has that prey instinct you are talking about. It's in their nature.

      Another thing, Huskies are actually trusted with smaller animals. Look up videos on youtube for example. Most videos of cats with dogs, the dog is actually a husky.

      The key in all of this is the training. Bring him into the house as early as you can. The main thing to remember is about the rewarding and punishing. If your cat or dog get into a fight with the new puppy, you will probably punish them for hurting the new puppy. In this case, the pup will learn that the others get punished when they fight and that you give him extra attention. He will purposely fight to get that to happen again. and same with the other way around. if the pup is bigger, you might punish him, making the other animals do it more often so he gets punished and he may feel unsafe and may turn aggressive.

      Those tips are actually one of the most important things I learned when I brought my Husky home. It's very important to think about what happens and how to train them.

      also, the first poster said to crate him when your not around. Well I think that is not a good idea, because as you may not feel comfortable with leaving him loose, it leads to him thinking you dont trust him and him being more hyper when he is out of the crate. He'll be more mischevious and try to do things he normally wouldnt do. if your other pets are out, he should be too. and, I would suggest that you dont leave them home alone. this is so that they can get used to each other. if you need to leave, you should put them all in crates so that they dont feel you are treating one better than the other. (although the older ones wouldnt appreciate it unless you do that already)

      eventually you will be able to trust him and leave them all together.

      I really hope this helped, and that you do your research before bringing him home.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have a 2 month pitbull and she keeps going in the house, what is the best way to train them to go outside?
    She also has the habit of chewing up everything and she likes eating paper, is this normal?

    I just purchased a crate, I've been reading about how good they are for training, I won't get it for another week. Can someone give me some good tips on this type of training?

    • ANSWER:
      Crate training is the best method. The dog should be crated anytime it is not actively being played with, watched carefully, eating, or outside. A dog won't go to the bathroom where it eats or sleeps so the crate should be no larger than enough room for the dog to stand, turn around, and lay down. It's not cruel, dogs love crates because it makes them feel safe and comfortable. The dog should not have free run of the house without constant supervision. Anytime you see him sniffing around, take him outside. About 15 minutes after eating and drinking, take him outside. When he does his business, tell him Good potty and give him a treat. Unless you catch him in the act of going on the floor, saying anything is pointless. By the time they walk away, they have forgotten all about it and punishing them will only confuse them. NEVER rub their nose in it, that is cruel!!! If you catch him in the act, tell him bad potty and immediately put him outside. This method has worked wonders for my puppy! Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    What is a breed similar to a pitbull that is not dog aggressive?
    I like pit bulls but i want more than one dog at once and i also want to be able to have other people over with their dogs and go to their houses with my dog without fighting with the other dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many breeds that are not prone to aggression, such as bullmastiffs, boxers, bulldogs, mastiffs. Those all have the square face and are the same size or larger than the pitbull (except the english bulldog - american bulldogs are great dogs too). The key is to socialize your dog young - get him in puppy classes, first find a reputable breeder and then bring your pooch to local pet stores, bring him to puppy class, learn about how to train your dog to be in control so even if put in a situation you know your dog will not become aggressive. Aggression in a dog has a lot to do with how you raise the dog. Make sure to do a lot of research on any breed you purchase, and remember its a life long investment - food, vet bills, supplies, emergencies, etc. And if you kennel during vacation, etc.. Good Luck and try to make an informed decision. One place you might want to look is the AKC website to read about breed standards and tempermant

  44. QUESTION:
    My 3 month old pitbull/lab mix puppy keeps peeing by or near the door. What is her problem with going outside?
    When we are not watching her, or she sees that we are doing something and not looking straight at her, she will go to the bathroom in the same two spots near the door even after we shampooed the carpet. Sometimes she will ring the door or cry and sit by the door and wait and other times she won't. We are in desperate need to potty train her before we move into our new apartment. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      The key to potty training a puppy is vigilance. If you aren't watching her, confine her. Or tether her to you. She'll naturally try to get away from you to potty, so keep an eye on her. Are you crate training? If you aren't actively interacting with your dog, she should be crated/confined. This does two things. One: The dog will be very responsive to training, this includes house breaking. Two: It encourages YOU to do so much more with your dog so she isn't crated all day.

  45. QUESTION:
    Best way to train red nose Pit bulls?
    I have just got a red nose pitbull he is only 4 months old, he is really good but keeps chewing things. Also his previous ownwers did not treat him very well and he is quite under weight. Does anyone have any idea of good ways to get him to obey me.

    Thanks Charlie.
    Could Pit Bull Love pls get intouch with me pls, i carnt im or email you as it says you do not allow contact. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Take him to obedience class, and FAST.

      POSITIVE reinforcement - do not hit your dog, or punish your dog. Re-direct, and always praise for positive behavior.

      Remember, he WILL have accidents in the house - puppies need to potty every hour.

      For BEGINNERS obedience, try Pet Smart, or Pet Co - granted, they are not the most skilled people in the world, but they will teach your dog "sit" and "come" at the very least.

      If you can afford a regular trainer, do so.

      I've provided some links below about the breed. Contact me if you have any questions :)

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I train my dog to not jump on the back door.?
    Our 6 month old puppy likes to throw tantrums when we put him outside and jump up onto the back sliding glass door. This makes a mess on the glass, and a racket in the house. What can we do to train him not to do this.

    • ANSWER:
      You can Train your pet at any age. There is a program here you can use. This worked wonders for my two pitbulls: http://www.iksinfo.com/doggie.html

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Puppy Pet Smells?
    Hi we have a 4 month old pitbull puppy. Joker is his name. We love him very very much. It was a birthday present to my 14 y.o. daughter But guess who takes care of him? ....lol I do My best I work alot. He has messed in my kids' bedroom. I went and rented a carpet cleaner and I have cleaned the mattresses and the walls [no mess there but I can't get rid of the smell]. He has even messed on some clean laundry in the kids room that they left piled on the floor. Their room still smells and he keeps gooing back to mess there. Potty trainig has been hard because I have very little help from the kids. I keep threating to get rid of him. But I just can't bring my self to do this. He is a family member. He is good about going to the back door to go out side when I'm around. [most of the time] So really I need cleaning help and potty training help.
    Any Ideas
    Well we have the gates one for my bedroom door and one for the kids room he dosen't jump mine any more but he does the kids or they take it down. He has a crate but the kids don't put him in there. or they take him out when thier not sopose to and don't watch him. Trust I'm not going to give him to a pound I HATE those places. I would surely find him a awesome home. He wasn't in a totlay good place when he was given to my daughter. I love animals. Sunkist [our kitty] and Joker are very much loved and spoiled. Mymom got rid of a very much loved dog when i was young because she didn't want to buy food for him nor me to spend my allowance on him or the money I made mowing yards and baby sitting on him she wanted my money She crazy & not a good mom. I don't want to get rid of him I just wish the kids would hlep more and understand I and Joker need their help my son is awesome but he's younger he can only do so much. He takes good care of Sunkist his kitty. thank you for all your help

    • ANSWER:
      First of all...go to the pet store and invest in a house training book as there are several methods to try to get your dog house trained.. Next put some vinegar in with the carpet cleaner soap you are using. The vinegar will neutralize the pet urine. It is very important that you get rid of the scent where your dog is going in the house as these spots are sent marks and your dog will return to them to urinate again in these same spots.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for puppy to draw blood when it nips?
    It is a pit bull and we have 4 children she's sweet most of the time. I think she jsut doesn't know her strength. She bit my 3 year old son in the ear and it bled and my three year old daughter on the thumb and it bled. She also bit my husband on the hand. She's only 11 weeks so I know she's teething. I guess it's just the fear of her being a pit bull. Was told she was a staffordshire bull terrior and didn't realize that this is a pitbull.

    • ANSWER:
      A staffordshire bull terrier is not a pit bull, but I digress. All puppies will nip - it's up to you to teach them not to. Each and every time she nips (whether she draws blood or not), let out a loud, high pitched yelp, and stop playing immediately. Walk away and completely ignore her for 5-10 minutes. Everyone in the house has to do this, and they have to do it every time. Eventually she'll catch on that nipping means no play time.

      I also suggest you sign up for training classes with your puppy.


house training a pitbull puppy

Potty Training For Dog

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to train an older, potty trained dog to go on Puppy Pads or Potty Patch?
    I have an older, potty trained dog who now has to be on a diuretic (due to a heart condition) which makes him pee a lot. So, now I need to train him to pee on puppy pads or a “Potty Patch” while I’m at work. If anyone has suggestions, then please let me know. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Potty pads sets a dog up for failure - they will just learn to pee inside or any form of paper on the ground...
      Why don't you let your dog outside during the day?

      Potty pads are not the answer.

      Sorry for being so blunt, but they rarely work...

  2. QUESTION:
    Potty trained dog is all of a sudden peeing and pooping in the house?
    He's been peeing outside for like 3 years. Why would a potty trained dog all of a sudden start doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      medical problem , usually an UTI

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some tips on potty training a dog?
    Not just any dog, a chihuahua. I've had my puppy since late August and he still poops in the house. We scold him when we catch him relieving himself, not once we found whatever he left because I know that dogs just get confused unless you catch them doing it. We take him outside frequently and he does go outside and we give him one little treat whenever he does go to the bathroom outside, but he still does this.
    We have steps that lead down to our back door and he can't walk down them by himself (even though he can jump off of my bed) so we always have to pick him up and take him out. But he doesn't let us know when he has to go, by crying or barking or something like that. It seems like he doesn't understand that we take him outside to go potty, I don't know how else to explain it.
    I've heard chihuahuas are very smart dogs, so I don't understand why he hasn't learned yet. I'm still in high school so I'm gone during the day and some days I go to my boyfriend's, but I have a sister and a dad who are home all day (my sister graduated last year and my dad works nights). If they don't take him out every so often, could they be sabotaging my efforts in potty training my dog? Should I buy a bell to hang so my dog can tap it whenever he has to go potty? How do I get him to understand when I'm taking him outside that I'm taking him to go pee and not to play? I've considered crate training him, but my mom is against it since the only place we could put it would be in the basement and he can't even get down the stairs. Am I being too soft on my dog when it comes to scolding? If so, what is the proper way? My friend's dad potty trained their dog by rubbing her nose in her pee, but I know that's not right and I don't want to hit my dog. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I'll tell you what to do but everyone has to do it consistently ALL day or it will be useless. The key is to not let the dog OUT OF YOUR SIGHT until he is totally trained.

      Firstly you do need to get him a crate, you can even keep it in your room or the living room or kitchen but thats what he needs. Make the crate his safe place, line it with a soft bed and cover the back and side with a blanket to make it den like. When you are home and can watch him keep him tethered to you so you can watch his every move, the INSTANT he starts acting like he's about to go potty say NO firmly, pick him up and bring him straight outside. Once outside you MUST wait until he goes then lavish him with praise and treats. If you can't watch him keep him in his kennel until you can.

      When you aren't home your father or sister must do the same, keep him tethered to them with a leash or keep him in his kennel so that ANY accident he has in the house is immediately stopped/corrected.

      A puppy that age and size will need to go outside every 2-3 hours as 3 is the max amount of time they can hold their bladders at that age and size.

      Get him on a schedule as well so that when he wakes up (IN HIS CRATE) you take him straight outside and let him use the washroom (Praise when he's done) feed him breakfast and put him back in the crate when you leave unless like I said your sister or father can watch him. Make sure he's taken out every three hours like clock work and that you praise him heavily when he goes. Also make sure he goes out an hour after each meal, right before bed time and first thing in the morning.

      I know it sounds time consuming but its what you have to do to get him house trained. Using this method works better and faster then anything else and he will understand what you want him to do. Alot of people attach a bell to the back door and ring it everytime they go out so the dog associates the ring with the toilet and starts ringing it on his own when he has to go. You can also try this just be sure its low enough for him to reach.

      Also NEVER rub his nose in it, he wont undertand what you are doing and will simply end up scared of you and traumatized.

      Good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog?
    How do i potty train dog that is 5 years old so that he will only go to the bathroom outside?

    • ANSWER:
      Crate training is the way to go! I trained our puppy within a couple of weeks! I wrote an article detailing the process on ehow:

      http://www.ehow.com/how_5647972_house-train-small-dog.html

      There are also some useful links at the bottom of the article (under "resources") for training your dog!

  5. QUESTION:
    How did you potty train your dog?
    Could any of you people tell me your techniques or advice on potty training a dog?
    I can't be there for my pup 24/7 only in the mornings before school and after school (7:00am-2:30pm).. i'll have to go with crate training. is it ok if i leave him alone during the day?
    oh and do i have to start training him immediately after i get him? (i havent gotten him yet)
    i know im adding alot but im concerned. if i crate him, i feel like im putting him in solitary confinement or something... i cant let him out, besides to pee, at all? how long will that go on for? and how will i let him pee every hour as needed while im at school?

    • ANSWER:
      first of all DONT PAPER TRAIN IT.

      it is really hard to break them of the habit of going inside.

      The first thing you need to know is when they are puppies they will have accidents in the house and you shouldnt beat them or anything when they do. Definately scold them so they know its wrong though.

      I started training my dog by training myself to a routine. as soon as we get up in the morning i take the dog outside and stay there until she went to the bathroom. while she was going i would say "go pee" like a command so she got used to it. when she was finished i reward her wiht praise and petting, being excited that she went outside. depending on the size of the puppy they will have to go from every 2 hours to every 6. so get to know your dog and start that routine.

      I set up the routine and now my dog is on the routine as well which makes it easy to make sure i take her out. I also still tell her to "go pee"everytime i want her to go to the bathroom and she will go just about every time i tell her to even if its just a little bit, just like any command i reward her after with petting and praise.

      Stay consistent with your puppy and you will see results quickly!

      After reading your additional details I would recommend you get a book on training your puppy. you can get cheap ones from Chapters that will explain the how and whys of crate training. It will ease your concerns about leaving the puppy at home in the crate.

      As for training right away YES absolutely the longer you wait the harder it gets. They are capable of starting almost instantly. Also if you have another dog they will learn from them as well.

  6. QUESTION:
    Whats an easy way to potty train a dog?
    Whats an easy way to potty train a dog?
    Hi. My husband and I just recently purchased a dog (4 month old Shih Tzu ) and I was wondering if anyone has any potty training tips? He goes in the house all the time. When i see him sniff around I take him outside and once in a great while he'll go outside, but he usually goes all the time indoors. I say no, thats bad and open the door and say outside. I never trained a dog before so i am very clueless. Any help? Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      Crate Training.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the advantages of buying an already potty trained dog?
    I'm about to buy an year old Staffordshire cross female dog, and shes already potty trained as indicted by the previous owner.

    I was wondering what are the advantages of buying an already potty trained female dog? My house will obviously be different, and also, approximately, how long can an year old female dog can hold waste in?

    • ANSWER:
      The obvious...you don't have to train it. You just have to show it which door it will be going out and where you want it to go.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog using positive reinforcement?
    I'm doing the whole 'positive reinforcement' training with my dogs (they're a lot happier now, which I love) and I was wondering how you could potty train a dog using positive reinforcement...? I mean, I don't want to yell at them or anything, but I'm not sure exactly how I should go about training them not to go in the house without correcting their mistakes.

    Could you possibly help?
    Maybe a link to a website that explains it good?

    Thanks in advance. :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am a positive reinforcement trainer. Using it to potty train your dog is easy. Here's what you do:

      Set up a schedule to take your pup outside on leash every couple of hours. Stay outside for around 20 minutes at a time. When he goes outside then you praise and reward. When he has an accident in the house you don't yell at him or scold him. If you catch him in the act you can give him a "no". Then you leash him up and take him directly outside. Again, praise and reward when he goes outside.

      The whole point of positive reinforcement training is that you reward them for doing something good instead of disciplining them when they're bad. Dogs learn much faster when they get excited about what they should be doing instead of being afraid of what they should not be doing.

      If you're interested in more about positive reinforcement training then check out www.dogstardaily.com. It's Dr. Ian Dunbar's site. He's the leading positive reinforcement trainer in the world right now.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog?
    How do i potty train dog that is 5 years old so that he will only go to the bathroom outside?

    • ANSWER:
      The same way you do a puppy. Limit the space in the house until he can behave in that space and graduate to more space. Take him to his potty spot, use your commands, sit and wait, praise when he does good, don't let him back in the house until he does good. Use the bell method. I use a crate* to potty train with, but only for potty training and then I break it down and store it. I put blankets and a small food and water dish in the crate. Dogs don't potty where they eat and sleep. When they are first little, I only expect them to hold their potty for 4 hours, and then 6 hours, then 8 hours and so on. So when they are first little, I set a timer or alarm clock to wake myself up at night to take them *out. I only allow my puppy in the bedroom* or the living room, only one room at a time. They have to graduate to more space. If I allow them to have full run of the house, it will overwhelm them. I take them out the same door each time. I tie a dinner bell to the door handle. Do not use a jingle bell as they could get their toe caught in it. So when they are little, I ring the bell for them, and then open the door to go *outside to potty. When they get bigger, I take their paw and whack the bell and open the door to go potty. Eventually getting to the place where the puppy will ring the bell and let me know when they need to go potty. Dogs want to please you, so it is your job to let them know what behaviors please you and what doesn't. So when my puppy goes potty, I give her a treat*, and clap, and make a fuss and praise her. So she learns that going potty outside makes me happy. If she has an accident, make a disgust sound like “tsst” and take her out right away. I never yell* or spank* my puppies. Take them out when they first wake up, after they eat or drink, before nap, finish romping, when their activities change, or when they are sniffing around. Some puppies go pee right away, but may not go poop until 10 minutes later, so wait for the poop. I have a little play time here, because sometimes I think they are done, and they are not. Puppies train at their own pace. While I may have a puppy that hasn't had an accident in several weeks, I don't let my guard down. I don't expect my puppies to be "fully potty trained" until one-year-old. If they have a setback, shake it off, and start over. I only have my puppies in the crate when I am not watching them. When I am sleeping, cooking, ironing, doing chores, basically when I am not watching her. All other times, she is out of the crate practicing being a "big girl." This is the time I train her how to behave in the house. So we are practicing "no barking", 'no biting", "no jumping", and "don't eat the furniture." I also have to practice "playing inside" so she doesn't knock over things. You must keep the puppy in sight when they are little because they don’t know the difference between newspaper and carpet, and you don’t want them sneaking off and getting into trouble. Some puppies can sleep through the night around 3-months-old, but their bladder is grown around 6-months-old.

      REVISIONS:
      *I use a CRATE to train with. It is the method I prefer, compared to other methods I have tried. I noticed that if they are in the crate, while I am doing chores, they are o.k., because the crate allows them to see me and be re-assured. The crate can also be a comfort when stored in the basement for dogs who live in areas where thunderstorms and tornados are an issue. . However, use the method that works best for you.....a laundry basket, a cardboard box, a woof-woof house, x-pen, child gates, whatever works for you.
      *OUTSIDE, pee pad, litter box, whichever method you are using. When the puppy is first little, keep the pee pad, litter box near the food and water dish, so the puppy can eat and drink, and then go potty. You can move it away as they get older. The pee pad has a scent that smells and initiates potty. Sometimes a pee pad makes a sound that scares some puppies, so you might want to use a litter box if that happens. The pee pad allows a puppy to walk around, but a litter box keeps the puppy in one place.
      *BEDROOMS, I use the bedroom and living room for training, because it works for me. Choose rooms that work for you, but watch for rooms that are damp, or drafty. While my puppies sleep in the bedroom during training, once they are trained, I let them sleep where they want to. They don't have to sleep in the bedroom forever.
      *TREATS. While I use treats for training, you don't have to. I like Charlee Bears for training (a little cracker for a little mouth,) I use them for training, but once they are trained, I cut back on them.
      *SOME PUPPIES will go potty in the same spot each time. Some puppies have to be told to go potty. A command like "go out" for pee, or "go finish" for poop, might work for you, keep saying “go finish” until the puppy poops. This is a good thing to train if you travel with your dogs. By using commands, the puppy won't get confused when you are visiting someone, on vacation with you, or when you get to a new home. The command will tell them what you want them to do in an unfamiliar place. You might also want to use a leash method, so the puppy doesn’t sneak off, or for strange places.
      *YELLING. It is not a good idea to "yell" or "spank" your puppy and then take them outside when they have an accident. They may get confused and think that going outside is punishment. While you want to correct them, if you are extreme, they may not want to go outside again. Shake it off, and resume your schedule. You have to keep it real. Puppies train at their own pace, but a puppy can only hold their potty for a few hours. A guide would be 1 hour for each month of age, plus 1 hour, so a three-month-old puppy should only be expected to hold their potty for 4 hours at most.
      SOURCE: These tips, tricks, and ideas were contributed from many brilliant minds. Thanks for your help!

  10. QUESTION:
    When is the best time to potty train dog?
    When is the best time to potty train your dog? What is an easy way to train them to pee on the pad? OR if they had their shots, could i just train them to pee outside instead? i have 2 month old female shih-tzu

    • ANSWER:
      Start training her immediately! Skip the pee pad training, since that just teaches her it's okay to go potty in the house.

      This website has detailed instructions on several different housebreaking methods you might want to consider for her:

      http://www.thehousebreakingbible.com

      Good luck and congratulations on your new puppy!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it more difficult to potty train a dog in the winter?
    Also, how long did it take you to potty train your dog, and which method did you use?

    • ANSWER:
      One week. I use the crate training method.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog?
    How do i potty train dog that is 5 years old so that he will only go to the bathroom outside?

    • ANSWER:
      crate training is the most effective method. buy a crate that has a divider so you can keep him in an area only big enough to lay down this way when he has to go he wont because he wont want to lay in it, you have to make sure that the areas small because if he can poop or pee and then lay somewhere else its useless.

  13. QUESTION:
    how long does it typically take to potty train a dog?
    How long does it take to potty train a dog? Like what is the normal time and how do I know if she is just dumb or if she is just being a puppy? How long did it take to potty train ur puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Potty training always varied for me. Sometimes a few days up to a few weeks. Don’t get really upset with your puppy, train him/her to go to the door & if he has an accident I rubbed his nose in it & then took him to the same spot in the yard every time. Within days, he figured out if he went to the door he would be left out to his spot. Best of luck to you.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog?
    How do i potty train dog that is 5 years old so that he will only go to the bathroom outside?

    • ANSWER:
      1.) tie a bell to a doorknob that leads somewhere that he can go potty.
      2.) bring him to the door and shake the bell so that it rings
      3.) open the door
      4.) this will show him that when he rings the bell the door will open and he can go outside
      5.) repeat this about 3 times until you think he gets the point
      good luck!! hope this helps

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog?
    How do i potty train dog that is 5 years old so that he will only go to the bathroom outside?

    • ANSWER:
      well if you have tried the rub the nose in it or whip with a newspaper then just deal with it or leave the dog outside. i had a dog once and he would be outside all day and come in the house and piss or shit in the floor. or when he got mad at you over something he would piss on my clothes hangin on the door knobs. i just dealt with it and put his ass outside.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog?
    How do i potty train dog that is 5 years old so that he will only go to the bathroom outside?

    • ANSWER:
      my dog took soooo long to train, but if they do pee on the floor inside or anywhere inside stick the dogs nose in it and kinda raise ur voice to let her/him know that what they did was wrong, then put them outside on the leash for alittle while, right after they do it and aventually they'll learn, mine did lol

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some good dog charts that i can use to potty train my dog?
    I REALLY NEED TO POTTY TRAIN MY DOG! He is 8 months and still is not potty trained. I need help. Can you paste some good websites that have charts that i can use.

    -Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what you mean by 'charts'. I guess you mean you want a method to follow?!

      I would ONLY recommend crate training a dog at that age. A dog who's 8 months old is not going to want to eliminate in their dog crate.

      Until he is potty trained, you only need to feed him at certain times of the day(full access to water, sorry) and that way you can monitor his eliminations. Usually, after they eat it takes about 10-20 minutes for them to need to go outside and eliminate-and about 3-5 minutes for them to actually DO IT outside- and when he does..praise him while using trigger words(go potty, go bathroom). With a dog who is crate training, they only need access to the house when you are there with him, if he is left unattended he will pee/poo. So, for the next couple of days-week- its going to be hard, but you must stay at it, that way, he'll learn quickly, won't get confused, and you'll have a urine and feces free home.

      If you crate him, and then take him outside to pee or poo and he DOESN'T eliminate, stick him right back in the crate for about 30 minutes and try again, if he still persists and doesn't eliminate, keep re-crating him while shrinking the time. Sometimes, certain breeds do this as a sign of dominance b/c they go right back inside and poop on the carpet, showing who's boss. Wrong, YOU are boss, you supply the shelter, food and love, so he must listen to you. Once he eliminates outside and you use your trigger phrase, praise, play outside for about 5 minutes and then bring him inside and monitor him for a half hour or so(only if you're watching him) and then recrate him and start all over. Make sure he gets plenty of water and food when its time. Continue this, and he'll be potty trained in no time. Also, I forgot to mention, after a puppy plays, they usually have to eliminate again..so before you recrate, take him outside again.

      Oh, and if he eliminates and you couldn't catch it, take him to the spot and let him know you're not happy. Take about 15-20 seconds to scold him sternly so he knows this is a bad thing. DO NOT shove his nose in the pee or poo, this is inhumane and just plain disgusting. A dog can remember a place he's eliminated at for as long as up to 3 days later. If you see a crusted over piece of poo that your dog left yesterday, bring him there, scold him, and then crate him for about 45 minutes. Then start over with the pottying outside. Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some good dog charts that i can use to potty train my dog?
    I REALLY NEED TO POTTY TRAIN MY DOG! He is 8 months and still is not potty trained. I need help. Can you paste some good websites that have charts that i can use.

    -Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think there are any charts but you can look up:

      potty training a puppy
      house breaking a puppy

      Both will bring up a bunch of sites. You need to know what you have to do in order to be successful.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to potty train a dog?
    I have a 1 year old yorkie who uses potty training mats. Shes really good at using them except she keeps peeing on this one spot of the carpet . We redid the whole carpet hoping that would help, but she still keeps peeing there. When she goes there we tell her no and make her sit on her mat. Whats your opinions on the best ways to potty train dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      My suggestion is to purchase a crate for your puppy (if you don't already have one). It may be made of wire or solid plastic, as long as it is only large enough for him to turn around and lay down comfortably. If the crate is too large, the puppy will simply relieve himself in an empty corner and avoid that spot. Since puppies do not like to relieve themselves where they sleep and eat, putting him in a crate of this size will discourage urination/defication within the space.

      Please be aware, however, that a crate is not a cure-all. He should not be expected to hold his bladder all day without being let outside. A suggested method is to put your puppy in his crate with a loaded Kong toy. The puppy will likely settle in his crate and may even fall asleep. Every hour on the hour, right after puppy wakes from a nap or a 15 mins-30 mins after he's eaten, take him outside and wait for him to relieve himself in the proper area. Give him a great deal of praise after he's completed his business and reward him with a treat or two. Treats should continue until the puppy is consistently asking to go out on his own. If you continue this pattern of crate--relax in crate--relieve self--come inside and play, his housetraining is sure to improve in no time.

      Any time you cannot monitor the puppy yourself, put him in his crate. Never rub his nose in a soiled area, or reprimand him for accidents, as he will only draw negative associations between you and the act of toileting--whether it be indoors or outside. If he finds your presence threatening enough when he relieves himself, he may then, decide to toilet when you are not present.

      If you prefer not to crate your puppy when you are home (although this is strongly suggested in order to foster independent play), you may keep him on a leash tied to your person. Watch his body language. As soon as he starts sniffing around and/or circling, it's time to bring him outside. Pick him up quickly and bring him to the right spot.

      If you'de like more information on housetraining, I highly recommend Dr. Ian Dunbar's book, "How to Train the Perfect Puppy." It's a classic!

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it easier to potty train a male dog that has been neutered?
    My dad has a female dachshund, and he's wanting to get a male also. Potty training a male dog has him a little worried. If he has the male neutered, won't the dog be less likely to want to mark territory?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, if the male is neutered it will make him LESS LIKELY and prone to urinate/scent mark around the house, but there is no %100 guarantee. Males can still learn to scent mark, even if neutered and it's a learned behavior, so once it's started, it will almost be impossible to stop. If the male scent marks already and is neutered, most likely he'll continue scent marking.

      The best thing to do is to get a puppy and potty train, then neuter at the appropriate age of 6 months.

      As for actual potty training, there is not difference really.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can a crate help potty train a dog outside?
    I'm getting a puppy which will be an indoor dog and i am reading on google about how to potty train a dog to eliminate waste outside. a lot of articles have mentioned how a crate is helpful but doesnt say how it is helpful?

    Could my dog have a normal pet bed instead of a crate?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never used a crate, however my puppy's sleep in the laundry room until they are toilet trained.

      When the vet says that your dog cannot be taken out until after its injections/shots, this does not mean that it cannot be taken into your own fenced garden/yard. It simply means that your puppy must be kept away from anywhere that could have been contaminated by other dogs.

      If you train her to pee in the house, she will pee in the house forever. There is no way that you can train a puppy if it is left home alone.

      A puppy must be taken into your garden/yard every hour, after it eats or drinks and when it wakes up after a nap. You should also take it out just before you go to bed, every time you see it eliminate you must praise your puppy. I use a catch phrase when my puppy has a pee, I say “get one” while it is urinating and “big job” when it passes faeces. If you do this your dog will pee on command when it is older. (Unless it’s bladder is empty)

      You should set your alarm and try to take your puppy out about twice during the night. If like me you are a heavy sleeper and you don’t trust yourself to wake up, take the lazy way out. My puppy’s sleep in the laundry room until they are toilet trained, during the day I dip newspapers into the urine which it has passed in the garden and put these on top of a thick pad of newspaper at night, they are drawn to this because of the smell and they will pee on this during the night. Nevertheless I go to bed very late and get up very early when I have a puppy.

      Eventually your puppy will go to the door when it knows that it wants to eliminate. In spite of the fact that I leave newspapers down at night my puppy’s are clean from an early age. However they are like babies, they have no control until they are older. Regardless of how diligent you are, your puppy could still have an accident in the house during the day, it you see it stooping or peeing, pick it up and let it finish in the garden/yard.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to potty train a dog?
    I want a dog but I think it should be in my best interest to get an idea about training it first. And my first question is " What is the best way to potty train a dog?"

    • ANSWER:
      House Breaking:
      House breaking can take a dog weeks even months. First, take the dog out several times a day to the same place in the yard, etc. When he goes praise him with treats. If he goes to the bathroom in the house firmly look him in the eye and say "No." Then take hm outside. He will learn thats where he was supposed to do it. Everytime he pees in the house do this. Take him out everytime and praise him if he goes. He will soon learn that is where he is supposed to go and automatically go there. Best of luck training your dog! (:

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I potty train my 6 month old dog?
    I got this dog from a friend. She couldn't keep him anymore because he was pooping in the house. We have tried taking him outside every couple of hours, but he still pees and poops in the house. He won't mess in our room, just other areas of the house. He won't mess in his crate either. We really need to potty train this dog or we will have to get rid of him. Any advice?
    We have pee pads for the house. He used them to pee at night when he can't go outside and he poops on them too.

    • ANSWER:
      Start by always having him on a leash in the house. If he isn't on a leash he is outside or in a crate. The leash will give you the ability to correct him instantly if he starts to go in the house. More importantly the leash will make you more aware of the dog. You will notice that body language right before he goes, much faster. If you miss it and he has an accident, just yank the leash and say "NO". Then take him outside. It's important to issue the correction but not over react. You don't want the dog scared to go in front of you.

      Regardless, of accidents take him out every few hours and stay out there for up to 15 minutes. Mark the behavior outside by saying "Potty" (or whatever you like) over and over in a calm gentle voice as he is doing it. After a few weeks of marked behavior the dog should know what you want of him when you take him out and say "Potty".

      It took my Presa Canario male 6-7 weeks to be potty trained like this. After 4 weeks I took him off the leash because we hadn't had any accidents in 3 weeks. He then started batting 50/50; half the time he went outside and half the time he went inside. After 2 days like that he was back on the leash for another 2-3 weeks. After that he was good to go. In 7 weeks of potty training I only had to clean up 6-7 accidence. 90% of the accidents were during his "probation" off the leash.

      I have a full article on this subject on my website ProtectionDogsMagazine.com

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to potty train a 3 month old pomchi?
    I would like to potty train my dog to go in a reasonable sized litter box.... Whats the best way of training my pup?

    • ANSWER:
      Second Nature Dog Litter by Ralston Purina has a website that goes over all aspects of litter training for dogs. It covers puppy training and transition training as well as offering helpful tips.

      If you have problems, they have a toll-free number that you can use to speak with a pet advisor. You can even order a free DVD house training video.

      I would definitely look into this product. I know of many small breed owners who have tried it and had success.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I potty train my stubborn Dachshund?
    I have two dachshunds, a boy and a girl. One of them is just a puppy, about 4 months old, and the other is about 2 years old. I've never had this much trouble potty training larger dogs. These little dogs are just so stubborn. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting into a routine and setting a schedule is very helpful. This will help the puppy get used to when and where potty time is. Crate training is also a lovely way to potty train dogs and it should be very simple with little dogs. You can purchase a crate either at a pet supply shop or a used one through the paper or on-line(if it is used please make sure you scrub it and disinfect it well in case the previous owner had any germies). The dog/dogs are then placed in there whenever you leave, or whenever you are sleeping. (Most dogs will not pee in the crate). Once you return home or wake up you let them straight out for walkies or out into the yard for potty time (make sure they go straight out the door don't let them linger or they will make a mess on the way). After the dogs get into this routine they will realize that potty time is for outside. Also, while doing the crate training, while you are home you should let them out as often as possible so that they don't have any accidents in the house. Crate training has worked best for me, but you can also try the wee wee pads and other such gadgets. I have tried these with no success, either the dogs pee right next to them or they eat them. And I find teaching them to go to the bathroom inside the house only confuses things further. Good Luck!!

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest but good dog training company?
    Im 13 and I tried to potty train my dog but he peed where I wanted him to pee for only 1 week now hes starting to pee everywhere again. I need a trainer that is good at potty training dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      first be sure to have him on a feeding schedule.. then you will know when he has to potty.

      dante gets breakfast at 7 and a drink.. then i pick everything up for the day.. then dinner at 6 with a drink. i pick up his water around 8 and listen to see if he drinks anymore. when he drinks, just take him out to potty a few minutes later.

      after he goes, give him lots of hoorays and hugs adn scratches... then he knows he did a good job.

      also, be sure to clean up the old potty spots in the house reallly good. then he cant smell where he went and think its ok to go there again.

      good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the most successful way to train a dog?
    What do you think is the best way to potty train a dog or to teach a dog tricks?
    i want to know because thanks so everyone who tried to help me before, my dad says we MIGHT be able to get a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Potty training- keep dog in a crate or one room, take out after he eats or drinks and praise when he goes and to keep a close eye on him in the house. For training- clicker training using positive reinforcement works great.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is this a cruel but effective way to potty train your puppy?
    I asked my uncle and some of my friends what is an effective way to potty train a dog and they came up with the same answer.They told me that whenever they pee or do no. 2 in the house then I have to rub their nose on the area.This seems too cruel,but I was wondering if you did this before.If you did do this did they ever 'use the bathroom' in the house again?Did they 'learn' their lesson about peeing or doing no. 2 in the house?

    • ANSWER:
      It's cruel and pointless as they don't make the connection between the act and the 'punishment'.

      The easiest way to house train your dogs is to be ruthless with your schedule.

      Take your dog out EVERY 2 hours and no less than 15 minutes after eating and drinking.

      Name the behavior with a really simple one word command ie. Potty, Pee, Go, whatever you're comfortable with.

      Throw them a party whenever they go potty outside, give the best treats, dance, play just be the happiest person in the world. Make them think they've just won the billion Power Ball.

      When they have an accident just ignore it as punishing your dog for pottying in front of you only teaches them to hide from you when they do it.

      Keep your puppy leashed to you at all times and be aware of any signs that she has to go such as circling, scratching the floor, whining and/or looking at the door and then back at you.

      Invest in a really good enzymatic cleaner like Natures Miracle to clean up any accidents.

      A good rule of thumb is that a puppy can only 'hold' it 1 hour for every month old they are up to 8 hours. Within 1-2 weeks you're puppy should pretty much be completely house-broken at least every personal dog and rescue that I've ever had has been.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are ways you have been successful house training a little dog?
    We have a Yorkshire terrier and he was very hard to potty train, when we get our next dog, I want to do it right or better. Do you have any ideas that were successful in potty training your dog?

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing you can do to "potty" train your dog is to be consistent. Take him/her out at the same time(s) everyday. If they are a young puppy, this may also mean after mid-night outings. (Our dog associates going out by my saying "Hurry up") hence the 3am outings.

      Usually a puppy can hold it's bladder approx. 1/2 hour for every month in age until they reach 10 - 12 months. Then their bladder should be fully developed. ex. if your dog is 3 months old, they maybe able to hold themselves for about 90 minutes.

      They will also give signs. They really don't want to go inside the "cave", and they will let you know they want out. They may start digging in a spot, prancing around, going towards the door. You need to pay attention and learn their individual behavior.

      Other Key times to let your dog out:
      After they eat,
      After they wake up.
      As soon as you come home.
      After you play with them.

      I would by-pass the whole "paper training first" thing. You will eventually have to train them to go outside anyway. Plus they may associate going to the bathroom in the spot where the paper was even though the paper is gone.

      If they do have an "Accident" it is usually not the dogs fault, but yours. You can't really get mad at them. Rub their nose in it does nothing but confuse them.
      If you do catch them midstream get them out the door, and praise them for being outside.

      If they do have an accident Natures Miracle is a great product for clean up.

  30. QUESTION:
    Dog Owners...How did you manage to potty train your dogs?
    Stories about how you potty trained your dog and give me tips thanks!!
    please don't answer my question if you are not going to give me any suggestions or tips.

    • ANSWER:
      House Training

      House training your dog is simple if you follow a few basic rules. Remember that puppies younger than 10 to 12 weeks have little control. Accidents will always happen when teaching puppies to be clean in the house. Be kind and patient, and reward handsomely all outdoor elimination. Always remember that dogs do what works for them. Make outdoor pottying work really well for your puppy.

      1) The puppy must have NO time unsupervised in your home. NONE. If you are not directly watching the puppy, it should be in the crate, or outside in a safe area. You MUST watch the puppy at ALL times when loose in the house. Use baby gates, crates, or tie the leash to your belt.

      2) The puppy should sleep inside the crate by your bedside. This way you can hear if the puppy should happen to need to go out during the night.

      3) You must go WITH the puppy outside for ALL trips for elimination. You must have treats with you. When the puppy is urinating, say "GO PEE PEE" in a nice praise tone of voice the entire time. When she is finished, pop the treat into her mouth at once, and praise praise praise. This should be something she gets at no other time, like tiny pieces of string cheese or boiled chicken. Same for defecation. Say "GO POOP" while she is going, and food reward and praise afterwards. You must observe and reward ALL outdoor potty time.

      4) Keep a schedule. Feed at the same time, and walk outside at the same times. Your pup needs at least 4 trips outdoors each day, and 5 is probably better. Pup needs to go out at wake up time, lunch time, 4-5 PM, after dinner or any other meals, and before bed. Younger puppies may need to go out much more often.

      5) Use a key word each time you go out. I say "Let's go out!!" in a happy tone of voice each time I'm opening the door to go out with the dog.

      6) If you catch the puppy IN THE ACT of eliminating in your house, CLAP YOUR HANDS, say AH AH, OUTSIDE!! And immediately rush her outside. If she finishes there, do your usual food reward and praise.

      The keys to getting your dog reliably housetrained are:

      SUPERVISION: NO loose time in the house if you are not watching

      REWARDS: ALL outdoor elimination MUST be observed and rewarded. If you only do this ONE thing, your puppy will get housetrained.

      PATIENCE: Anger and punishment have no place in dog training. Elimination is a natural and pleasurable experience for your dog. You can teach her to not soil your house, but punishment will NOT help. It will only teach the dog to hide when she needs to eliminate.

      If you have applied these techniques carefully for 4 weeks and you are still finding spots or piles after the fact, it's time for stronger measures. Roll up a newspaper and fasten both ends with a rubber band. Keep it handy. The very next time you find a spot of a pile that the dog has left behind, whip out that newspaper, and hit YOURSELF over the head firmly several times as you repeat "I FORGOT TO WATCH MY PUPPY".

      Works every time.

      :D

      This article copyright 2004/2007, RedyreRottweilers. Free for unlimited distribution as long as copyright info remains intact.

  31. QUESTION:
    trying to potty train a puppy in my new apartment?
    i've always lived in a house before now when potty training a dog. now that i live on the third floor of my apartment, i have no idea how to make the transition from the potty pad to outside. any suggestions/tips? i've got a big dog, so i can't keep using potty pads for much longer.

    • ANSWER:
      Generally big dogs are not ideal for apartments, this being one problem. Crate training is essential in this case. When your dog has been in his/her crate for a while take her outside and don't go back in until the business is done, make sure your working on a potty command. When you go back in you,ve got a window where he/she can stay outside the crate for a while.

      Eventually your dog should understand why he/she's going outside and hopefully will give you a sign when he/she needs to go such as barking or pawing at the door.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why is my housetrained dog pooping in the bedrooms of the house?
    My dog Sampson is a potty-trained dog who has a doggy door to go outside so he can potty. Whenever my door is open and my mom is out of the household he poops and pees. Same thing with the guest room 2feet away from my room but it rarely happens since that door is always shut. Can you tell me why its only in those rooms and why he is pooping in there and not to the outside which is open to him anytime of the day?

    • ANSWER:
      You could get some scat matts to deter him from going into those rooms. Could be separation anxiety also.

  33. QUESTION:
    Any tips on how to potty train two small dogs ?
    Okay well I have 2 small dogs, both chiuwawas. They're always tied up in the backyard because we get a lot of complaints about them biting people. We can't let them loose in the back because the gate is broken and they will get out. I feel bad cause they're just tied up all day , they come in every once in a while but they are not potty trained so they have to go back outside. I want them to be in all the time :) Anyone have any expierience potty training dogs ?? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    How to potty train and train a dog?
    I just got a pitbull puppy and I am open to any advice on potty training techniques for a dog. And regular training techniques for him. And contrary to popular beliefs all pitbull owners are not out to make fighting dogs and treat all animals with love and respect. So please don't leave any comments that have anything to do with abusing an animal of any kind. Thank you ahead of time.

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations on your new pup, i love pitbulls and they get a bad rap because of what humans have done to them.

      I strongly suggest crate training, i swear by it. All my dogs are crate trained and my fosters i crate train as well.

      When you are not playing or watching him, put him in the crate, a crate with only enough room to turn around and stand and lay down comfortably. Let him out every 2-3 hours to pee. Praise him endlessly when he goes outside. Time and patience is key!

      Puppy pads are commonly used but i think they are a horrible idea, it only reinforces the idea that going inside the house is the correct thing to do. It takes the dog longer to housebreak and is just gross.

  35. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to potty train a morkie?
    I have a 2 month old morkie puppy (half multise half yorkie)
    it weighs 2 pounds.
    It is verry small. So how long will it take to potty train my dog. I've been trying to potty train it.

    • ANSWER:
      it can take any amount of time from a month or two or a year or more to train a puppy. it all depends on how consistent you are with teaching the puppy where to go. the mix of your puppy has nothing to do with it. I own yorkies, and I've always heard they are harder to train but mine have been a delight and I've had them trained in 2 months.

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I potty train my puppy in an apartment?
    I just rescued an 8 month old puppy and he is not potty trained. I live in an apartment but every other time i have potty trained a dog i have lived in a house. What methods could i use to help my new pup learn to only potty outside? Does bell training work well?

    • ANSWER:
      same as a house
      leash and take out
      keep on leash, watch for signs and take out
      crate when you can't watch
      get up at night and take out

  37. QUESTION:
    How to potty train a male dog?
    I adopted a male 6 year old mix terrior who has some health problems. He is diabetic & also has problems seeing. I have never potty trained a male dog & was wanting some tips to break his bad habits of marking his territory. Thanks for any advice given.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    need help whats the fast way to potty train my dog?
    i just bought a dog and i really need to potty train this dog asap plz help...

    • ANSWER:
      The best things you can do for your dog is set up a schedule of when your dog will most likely go to the bath room i.e First thing in the morning, and last thing at nite, after she wakes up from a nap, after eating, after long walks because they tend to get excited about new things and forget to go potty! And after your dog eats about 10-15 minutes later take your dog out and then if she doesn't go potty then go back inside confine your dog either in her crate or close to you on a leash then take her out again 5 minutes later and when she does then give her treats and praise her. One thing YOU SHOULD NEVER DO is YELL at your dog when she pottys in the house if she does which will happend at least once or twice just ditract your dog and take her outside immidatly and make sure you get her a good cleaner for when she does make messes one that is espically made for cleaning up dog messes. If you yell at your dog then she will be scared to potty around you and go hide somewhere in your house. And when you go outside she will not go becuase she thinks you will yell at her. Another thing is that you should look out for sings like sniffing around, looking at you, wondering off if you see thease signs then immidetly take your dog out. And make sure to keep your dog on a leash so she doesn't think it's play time. Also take your dog to the same place everytime and as your dog starts to go to the bathroom then you can say a command like "Go potty" "Do your buisness" ect. Don't say those commands when your dog is sniffing around to find the right place or else those commands will mean sniff around. Say it just as your dog is going to the bathroom. And remember all your dog wants is your approval and your attention so remember that when your dog does something you want her to do give her tons of praise and make sure she knows thats what you wanted her to do! Good Luck
      -Johanna

  39. QUESTION:
    How do i potty train my dog?
    Hey, how do i potty train my dog? Im tired of going outside. He pee or poops twice a day. How do get my dog to poo/pee on the toilet. I dont mind if he does not flush. Cause it gets boring and tired to take him outside. His a golden retriever BTW. Please tell me how to potty train him?

    • ANSWER:
      Do this http://www.wikihow.com/Potty-Train-Your-Puppy-Using-a-Bell
      It worked on me!

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a dog that refuses to go?
    My dog is a year old and she refuses to potty train. Even if she just peed and pooped outside she will still come in and do it in the house sometimes in less than a half hour. It takes her that long to go sometimes outside. We have tried everything, but since she was trained on pee pads from the breeder so she does not want to be broken outside. Has anyone ever had this problem before because my family doesn't know what else to do?

    • ANSWER:
      once a dog has been trained to go indoors (pee pads) it is difficult to convince them thatgoing inside is wrong. After all, they were "good dogs" for going inside before. Since your dog is older it will be a little more difficult but here are my potty training tips. use the three month rule and don't worry about night time, she can hold it. The first thing to remember about house training a puppy is there ability to hold themselves is limited. a rule of thumb is they can hold "it" usually 1 hour for each month of age. 2 months old = 2 hours, 3 months old = 3 hours, etc. When your puppy wakes up (morning, nap, whatever) the pup has to go, right then! take the pup out. When the pup eats or drinks, it has to go, take the pup out. after exercise (play), take the pup out. When the pup does it's thing outside praise it. A lot. Tell the pup how good, how smart it is. You have to pay attention to the pups "looking for it's spot" behavior. When you see that behavior indoors, whisk the pup out. if you catch the pup in the act, simply tell it "NO!" and whisk it outside. If you find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food store) get a newspaper and hit.... yourself in the head and say "i should have been paying more attention" daytime training they get pretty fast. Night time training is easier if you crate train the pup. Also remember the one hour/one month rule. you will have to get up through the night to take the pup out. Good luck. Since your dog has been trained to go indoors I would strongly suggest crating at night and when you are not home. Take the dog out immediently when getting up or coming home.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog suddenly peeing all over the house?
    Lots of fireworks during Chinese New Year Holiday, and for some reason my potty trained dog has started to pee in the house.
    Help!! Why is she doing this? And how can I make her stop?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a bladder issue like urinary incontinence.

      I'd take the dog to the Vet.

      Sudden behavioral changes could indicate health issues

  42. QUESTION:
    How to easily potty train a Maltese dog.?
    Hey everyone I was just hoping someone could help me potty train my Maltese dog. Please help it's really important I don't want to loose my dog. My parents might give her away. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      In your case, the breed is not the determining factor in terms of how to train your dog. In other words, there are a few guiding principles to use with all dogs.

      Proper socialization – this includes knowing how to behave around people and other animals, as well as where it is acceptable to do his business and where it is not acceptable.

      Establish a schedule – take the dog out for a walk at the same time every day, during which he will do his business. In time he will associate the time and the walk with when he will be going to the bathroom. You must be consistent with this. Keep this daily routine to avoid confusing the dog and staying on course with your training.

      Establish clearly what is and what is not acceptable behavior – reward proper behavior and discourage improper behavior. Reward the proper behavior with an award – this could be in the form of a dog treat or something else the dog really enjoys (it could include playing a game with him, etc). Make sure that you praise the dog when he does his business as he should and in the right place.

      When the dog engages in behavior that you don’t want him doing, discourage him by withholding the treat or whatever it is you give him when he does something right.

      Teach him proper etiquette for indoor living – without this he will definitely continue soiling your home. Setting rules so that he knows what is and what is not appropriate will go a long way in achieving your goal.

      When addressing the dog, remain calm, poised and positive. Use an authoritative voice, but do not become harsh. Also, make an effort to teach him the “sit” and “stay” commands.

      The first two weeks of puppy training will be the most difficult, but if you persist and remain consistent in your efforts, you will soon have a well behaved dog in your home.

      Best of luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you potty train a 5 year old dog?
    I just got a dog from the pound about a week ago, and found out that she wasn't potty trained. so how do you potty train an adult dog? Is it any harder than potty training a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Xya,

      I think that older dogs can be harder to teach but since you just brought her into a new environment she will want to know how to act so you will have the best results if you start training her soon.

      My maltese puppy peed allover my house for 7 years and I hated finding the pee spots, getting on my hands and knees, and scrubbing the floor! That sucked. The good news is, after all these years, I found a solution! I think it will help with your little baby (who knows - maybe that is why someone abandoned her to begin with - poor girl!). There are two parts to the solution:

      (1) Get a crate. The crate is like a bedroom and safe place for her to stay when you are not home to monitor her activity. She will like the safe home as long as it is safe and not used for punishment. It should only be slightly larger than her. Even with a crate, she still needs to be taken out frequently. Take her out after every drink, snack, play time, and when she wakes from naps. She won't want to pee in her "bedroom/crate" but will do it if he cannot hold her pee and has a real accident.

      (2) Get The Housebreaker. This thing rocks! I wish they had these 9 years ago. The Housebreaker is a harmless moisture sensor that she wears when you are home. It is placed in a diaper and will alert you immediately as soon as she tries to have an accident (the alarm tells her that she just did something naughty also - so it works twofold). You can take her to the correct place to pee (outside). The Housebreaker made my life so much easier. I was loosing my mind trying to do all these things that just didn't work and now I dont' have to do that. It worked for me. I bet it will work for you. OH - I almost forgot - The Housebreaker also prevents any pee from getting on your floors so you won't have to run around scrubbing up yellow stains that won't come out of your carpet even with the pro clears.

      Check it out...

      You can learn more about crate training at http://www.TheHousebreaker.com/Resources and more about The Housebreaker at http://www.TheHousebreaker.com

      Good luck!
      Take Care!

  44. QUESTION:
    Potty Training Puppies When you work a full time job?
    I just bought two 10 week old puppies. I have experience potty training other dogs that I have owned but, I was not working a full time job then. I am looking for any tips that might help me potty train puppies that might fit my schedule. I leave for work at 6:30am and return at 4:30 pm. I don't really want to crate train, only because I feel that is way to long for them to be locked in a cage. They are partially paper trained right now. They go pee on the paper but not poo. Any tips would be great!!! Right now I am taking them out twice before I leave work, and every 20 minutes after I get home until I go to bed. When I take them out they do go, but within a few minutes of coming back inside they run off to a corner and go again. I have even tried staying outside for a longer time.
    In edition, for people that have negative posts to questions, maybe they should analyze themselfs, before saying something negative towards someone else. We all can't sit at home all day and play on the computer!!

    • ANSWER:
      Who sold you two puppies when you work 10 hours a day? Good grief, I HATE BYBS!!!!!!!!

      Potty training questions are asked on here dozens of times a day. You might want to utilize the 'search' function to find different ideas for your pups. However, chances are you will find that most of them require that the owner actually make time, something you obviously don't have.

      Poor puppies.

      Edit: Sweetie, I've analyzed myself and continue to on a daily basis. I know that working full time and 2 puppies just don't mix. Funny that in all your self-analysis you didn't come to this same conclusion. Shoot the messenger and insult them is always the first response of a guilty party. lol. Didn't realize that answering a few questions a day while doing work and being home post-major surgery was worthy of insult - but I guess that anything is up for grabs with a dog neglector.

      You're right - what do I know? I only work with vet offices and dog rescue organizations. The number one reason for giving up dogs? Not enough time. And that usually is from people like you - people who did no homework, bought from BYBs or a pet shop, and then couldn't handle the work involved. Those that don't come to rescue willingly often end up neglected in backyards until they die or until confiscated by animal control. By that point, they are hard to adopt out because of the effect neglect has had on their personality, the illensses that come with being dumped outside or forced to live in a crate all day, and their age. Save me some work and give the pups back. You are not a proper home. No good rescue group would adopt to you and no good breeder would sell to you. This should tell you something.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why is my potty trained dog peeing in house?
    My dog is crate trained (we always have him out when we are home) and potty trained. He suddenly is peeing on the floor right in front of us. He peed on the wall twice, the floor about five times now in the last week. He also is going to the bathroom in his crate. We always let him out at least every 4 hours to go to the bathroom. Where is this coming from?? He's also having some other behavioral issues... I'm not sure where that's coming from either. Mostly we are wondering about the peeing and pooping. Let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      If he was actually trained and now isn't, take him to be checked for a UTI

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you teach an adult dog potty training?
    I recently adopted an adult dog from the animal shelter and she is NOT potty trained. My other two dogs are, and I've trained several puppies, but this is the first time I've gotten an adult dog that obviously has never been indoors. I'm asking for help, not suggestions to take her to a trainer. I'm trying to do this myself. Thanks :D
    btw.. she's a Great Dane.. so potty pads aren't really an option.. she'd over flow them :)

    • ANSWER:
      House Training for Dummies was a huge help to me when training our dog. It covers all the how-to's. Really, any of the answers you get will only cover the basics - this book will cover it all.
      The best thing would be to start with the basics of crate training, just like you would a puppy. Old dogs can learn new tricks. But you will need to be patient. It is harder to *unlearn* a bad habit than to create a new, good one.
      You will need a crate big enough for her to stand up in and turn around in. Then you will need to help her become comfortable with the crate. The basic jist is that you keep the dog in the crate when you can't watch it and pay adequate attention to the signs that it needs to go potty. So, if you are going to be in the shower - put the dog in the crate. You take the dog out at regular intervals for potty breaks (with rewards to help establish good habits) as well as food and water breaks and time for play and walking. The goal is to help the dog be able to hold it for longer, and be reliable when out of the crate.
      Tips for training: Stay calm, and never, ever punish a dog for something it did when you were not watching it. (Delayed punishment will only create distrust between you and your pooch)
      Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it too late to potty train a puppy at 6 months ?
    I am importing a dog into my country and unfortunately the law does not permit importing a dog which is younger that 4 months old. However will it be too late to potty train a dog at 6 months of age ?

    • ANSWER:
      It's never too late to potty train, the older they get the longer it takes, so have lots of patience, be consistent, try crate training for when you can't be there. You can google a lot of good info on crate training and potty training an older dog, then do what works best for you and the dog.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have a sixteen week old female puppy that I can't seem to potty train. Any ideas?
    She is a very dominant female. I have never had trouble potty training any other dog, but they were all male. Why is she so stubborn and I am desperate for ideas. I'm using vinegar on pee spots. ?

    • ANSWER:
      8 Steps to House training a Puppy
      1 - The first thing to remember about house
      training a puppy is they can not hold
      themselves long. Rule of thumb is 1 hour
      for each month old. Therefore a 3 month
      old pup should be able to control himself/
      herself for 3 hours.

      2 - The second thing to remember is you
      take the pup out, on a leash, to be walked.
      Not send the pup out. You have to be there
      when pooch does the deed so you can
      praise the pup, right then. Let the pup know
      it is a job well done. Throw a real praise party!
      There are key times a pup needs to be taken
      out. When pooch wakes up from any sleep
      time & at bed time. After eating and/or
      drinking. After playing, exercise stimulates
      the "need to go."

      3 - Plus there are the odd times when a
      pups gotta do what a pups gotta do. You
      have to learn the pups behavior when
      looking for the spot to go. Pups should
      not have the run of the house till pooch
      is trained. You should keep the pup in
      the room with you so you can keep an
      eye on pooch. When you see the search,
      get 'em outside. If you catch the pup
      making a pile or puddle, just say "NO!",
      pick pooch up and get 'em outside. Use
      an enzyme cleaner (Natures Miracle or
      Simple Solutions)(pet store) to clean up.
      Do not let the pup see you cleaning up,
      it gives them the idea that is your job.
      Outside is okay, just not inside. If you
      find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean
      it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food
      store) get a newspaper and hit....
      yourself in the head and say "I should
      have been paying more attention." Do
      not try to punish a pup after the fact.
      They will NOT get it.

      4 - You have to be diligent & consistent.
      I can not stress that enough so let me
      repeat. You have to be diligent & consistent.
      If you do your job the pup will catch on
      pretty quick.

      5 - You need to keep pooch contained
      at night. Either crate or put the pup in a
      bathroom. But remember the 1 hour rule.
      You should get up and take 'em out at night.

      6 - You can also teach the pup to go on
      command by picking the word you will
      use for each function, when the pup is
      about to go repeat the word till the pup
      starts going then tell 'em what a good
      boy/girl they are.

      7 - You can also teach them to ring a
      bell when they need to go by mounting
      one low on the door frame and ring it
      with the pups foot when you go out.

      8 - Last thing, never, ever rub your
      pups nose in their waste. Besides
      being nasty it only tells the pup you
      want pooch to ingest the waste. Also,
      never, ever hit a dog. That will only
      tell the dog you are not to be trusted.
      So, these are the 8 Steps to
      House training a Puppy Good luck!


potty training for dog

German Shepherd Puppies Training

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have my german shepherd puppy trained like a police dog?
    My husband really wants to have our 3 month old german shepherd puppy trained like a police dog, whether it be now or later. Does anyone know if this is possible and if so, where we can take her?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possible; however, it must be done with a dog of very STABLE temperment. Not every dog is suitable and trustworthy enough to withstand the stresses of this type of training.

      At 3 months of age, this puppy should be started on regular basic training and socialization (see: http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/after-you-get-your-puppy) to start your puppy off properly. Take your puppy to Obedience Classes in your area (Kindergarten and Beginners Classes). Your puppy should first learn to be friendly and obedient. You can also get involved with a puppy Agility Class. In another 3-6 months you can then investigate Schutzhund or French Ring Sport Classes. Look for Schutzhund Instructors who train the dogs as if it were a game with "on" and "off" words and who aren't extremely mean or harsh to the animals. When taught in this manner it is the OWNER not the DOG who is in control of what is going on and when. The DOG is not allowed to make independent decisions -- it is following its master's commands.

      Technically, your puppy shouldn't be forced to jump over things until its about 2 years old and after it has had it's hips x-rayed for soundness but it can start on the Ring Sport Obedience and Tracking before then.

      The Schutzhund Instructors will evaluate your dog's temperment and ability for this type of skillset.

      Like I said, the people who do this PROPERLY are NOT cruel to the animals!!!

      I have known Policemen with G.S. K-9 Unit Police Dogs who took their dogs to work and then brought them home to be with the family (including younger children) and no one was every injured.

      Your husband must become a strong and fair packleader -- otherwise a poorly tempermented and trained dog with an unrespected packleader is like a loaded gun in the hands of a 3 year old!!!

      Wishing you much success!!!

  2. QUESTION:
    How to train a stubborn German Shepherd puppy?
    Just last week I bought a male German Shepherd puppy and I found out in the next few days, the dog is a little bit stubborn. I know that there are stubborn dog training courses but its expensive. Anybody who has knowledge about how to deal with my dog, please share. Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Why does a [labradorlover] have a GSD?
      How old is the pup?
      Is it still under return-for-full-refund Guarantee? - because if YOU think it is stubborn then you don't know enough about dogs to cope with an intelligent one.

      Wee GSD pups of the proper 7-to-9 weeks age for rehoming are not stubborn.
      But they DO need a reason to want to please their kidnapper.

      The first rule of training is "Dogs do what they do because they WANT to."
      The second rule is "Trainers must be 100% consistent durign the training stages."

      So YOUR first task is to convince Pup that the world is a fun, safe place and that you are the source of everything good in the universe. It is pretty obvious that you haven't succeeded yet - on the first day Pup should LOVE coming whenever you call, because it has discovered that when you make those intriguing sounds & hunch yourself down it will get praised for coming, and then it will get rubs or pats & either a game or a tidbit.
      And you should be concentrating on learning his timing & signals for such as "Wanna go toilet" and "Wanna BITE something!" so that you can instantly take the appropriate action.

      You should also be booked in to a proper weekly training club class (forget pet-shop play-groups) that will start when Pup is 18-22 weeks old, so that YOU get coached on your use of "the voices", posture aka body language, balance, timing, rewards vs reprimands - and at the same time Pup learns to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing.
      You NEED to have Pup's trust & affection before getting into that class. So WORK at it. Pups are not electronic toys that you programme once and can switch off in between uses.

      Except at night, Pup should be living with you, getting used to your sounds & movements.
      And until you are in a class and the instructor says differently, EVERYTHING you try to train pup to do is to be done using praise & rewards - pats, rubs, games, tidbits.
      If you can't afford the time & fees for a club class, you can't afford an intelligent dog.

      • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics.

      • To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  3. QUESTION:
    How to train a 10 week old Australian/German shepherd puppy?
    I have a 10 Week old Australian/German shepherd puppy and i would really like to know how they are trained. What do they like to do. What's there favorite toy. and a lot of other stuff that can help me in raising this pup.

    • ANSWER:
      Your Australian/German shepherd puppy should be trained the same as any other breed.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to train a German Shepherd puppy?
    My brother and his roommate have 2 German Shepherd puppies. They are very ornery and like to wrestle. They are some what getting the constept of sitting, but I want them to be very well behaved. Also they are slowly becoming house trained... They make mess every once in a while. What is the best way to punish, reward, and train a puppy to heel, sit, stay, etc..... Thanks please give me a full complete answer... Thanks again....

    • ANSWER:
      If your looking for a great way to train your dog without spending a ton of money on a professional trainer I would recommend you check out my blog. It worked great for My dog Linus, my wife, and I.

  5. QUESTION:
    How and when should I 'potty train' my german shepherd puppy?
    I have a 1 and half month old german shepherd puppy, I keep him temporarily indoors in a small corner that I filled with sand and put his house in it. but when he gets older in gonna keep him outside in the garden, and I was wondering when should I start potty training, the place where i bought him say that he is still young to learn, but when should I start? and how do I train him?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Horse Lover,

      Congrats on your new German Shepherd Puppy! At 6 weeks he is ready to start training.

      My maltese puppy peed allover my house for 7 years and I hated finding the pee spots, getting on my hands and knees, and scrubbing the floor! I also hated paying the full deposit to pay for the 5 apartments that my dog ruined the carpet in. That sucked. I tried everything to train him and I just couldn't get him to stop! The good news is recently I found this thing online that really worked! This is what you can do:

      (1) Get a crate (or if that confined space is working for your and there are no accidents in there - keep using that). The crate is like a bedroom and safe place for him to stay when you are not home to monitor her activity. He will like the safe home as long as it is safe and not used for punishment. It should only be slightly larger than him. Even with a crate, he still needs to be taken out frequently. Take him out after every drink, snack, play time, and when he wakes from naps. He won't want to pee in his "bedroom/crate" but will do it if he cannot hold his pee and has a real accident.

      (2) Get The Housebreaker. This thing rocks! The Housebreaker has a sensor that he wears when you are home. It is placed in a belly band and will alert you immediately as soon as he tries to have an accident. You can take him to the correct place to pee (outside). The alarm will tell the dog that he is doing something wrong so he will learn right away (it "catches" the dog trying to pee in your house but doesn't hurt him). The best part - the thing prevents the pee from getting on the floor so I could quit buying those crappy cleaners that didn't work. There was no more pee to clean up on the floor! It was awesome. I wish someone had told me abou it years ago (maybe it wasn't out yet). Either way - you should get it. It works! My friend used it on her brand new puppy and it worked so well she was fully potty trained within 1-2 days! Check it out.

      You can learn more about crate training at http://www.TheHousebreaker.com/Resources and more about The Housebreaker at http://www.TheHousebreaker.com

      Good luck!
      Take Care!

  6. QUESTION:
    How to potty train my 9 Week German shepherd puppy?
    Can you please tell me an easy way to potty train my 9 week old German Shepherd Puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Get him on a schedule of eating times...
      About 30 minutes after eating make sure you take him outside. Also, take him out about once an hour just in case.
      GSD puppies drink A LOT of water, so they have to pee frequently.
      Whenever they potty make sure to give them a lot of enthusiastic praise. If they have an accident in the house (it will happen) dont scold them, just take them outside to the spot they should have gone to. Make sure you thoroughly clean the area where they had the accident.

      No water or food after 8 pm so they wont have to go out as often during the night. After about a week of this your pup should be sleeping through the night. Just make sure you get up no later than 7 or 8am to give them fresh water and breakfast.

      Crate training is the best way to go.... if we arent home or are asleep our little girl sleeps in her crate.

      IF it has been a few hours and your dog has not gone Number 2... take a paper match and gently insert the head of the match (not lit!) into your dog's rectum... push it in about a quarter inch. Make sure you immediately put them in the area where you have deemed an appropriate potty area. within a couple of minutes he will go to the bathroom. Praise him enthusiastically. (the matchstick stimulates the rectum, helping the dog to go)

  7. QUESTION:
    Do German Shepherd puppies become naturally aggressive as they age?
    Someone told me that most German Shepherd puppies become domineering once they reach sexual maturity (1 year old-ish). Is this true? How do I prevent this? I would hate for my dog to grow up and be a terror.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know who that someone is, but they are wrong! German Shepherd are loyal dogs. They don't become aggressive unless you do something to them, or you havnt trained them right. I have a female GSD, she is 1 year old and 2 months. She is the sweetest dog ever! Has never shown her teeth at me once, even when i take her food or bone away while she is eating. As long as you give this dog the proper training, enough exercise and socialization, they should be very well behaved dogs!

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I get my 13 week puppy to do the toilet whilst on a walk for the first time?
    My german shepherd puppy is toilet trained in the house in the sense she will go on the papers in the kitchen and out the back garden. As we stay in a flat it is harder to get round the back garden. My problem is she wont do the toilet whilst out on a walk. I have her out for like 1-2 hours and she just waits til we get back to the house.

    • ANSWER:
      Wait. If you wait long enough, the puppy will eventually HAVE to "go" while on a walk. Give lots of excited praise when she does. Take puppy out on a walk after feeding, drinking, naps and playtimes as these are the times the pup is most likely to have to go. Stay on the walk as long as it takes. The puppy WILL go if you wait long enough

  9. QUESTION:
    how do you train a german shepherd to shepherd and get rid of car obsessions?
    My 4 month german shepherd puppy is obsessed with cars. Whenever i walk her she chases and barks after them. I punish her but she doesn't stop she keeps on chasing the cars. And how do you train them to shepherd. We're adapting her shepherding to moving goats from one acre of land to the other. But she doesn't run after them until I chase them. And she's scared of the goats but is getting braver.

    • ANSWER:
      •• Herding:
      What you have done is akin to "training" an explosives detection dog by sending a puppy into a live minefield.
      Do you even know that there are different STYLES of herding?

      Keep your pup AWAY FROM all livestock.
      YOU don't yet have the necessary control; nor does your pup have enough self-control. Being attacked by goats will ruin her confidence.

      Follow this thread: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly/message/9604 Yahoo hasn't stored the photos, but the text ought to show you that you have started too young, and without a clue as to what you are doing.
      That writer went to Germany to study under Manfred Heyne (the only person in history to have won the SV's Herding Trophy outright), and to mate her bit.ch to his stud. Emma is a granddaughter of that mating. The German boundary patrolling style of herding is bred into her for generations.

      In that group, Search for tales about Bria. She's a GSD, taught to herd Collie-style by the farm's BC. This month's Home page pic shows her looking after a very young lamb. She also (self taught) considers it her job to: see-off a lurcher attacking the neighbour's sheep, supervise new foals, kill crows in the fowl run, catch then bring to her mistress any fowls that escape.
      (Another of my group's GSDs thinks it is a Maremma....)

      But first comes owner control-&-self-control, plus enough canine maturity to also have self-control.

      You should still be rewarding her for everything she accidentally or on-purpose does that pleases you. Would you try to train a 2 years old child to control highway traffic??? Get into a training class that starts while she is 18-22 weeks old, where YOU are coached to improve your techniques; at the same time your pup learns to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing. Serious training is done ON-LEAD, so you can physically control your dog and prevent it from making an error - that "Prevention is better than cure" thing.
      Your pup won't yet have a clue about the "bubble" that it needs to stay just outside of if the sheep aren't to be panicked into running - YOU haven't a clue about that, either, so won't be able to walk her on-lead around its outside edge!

      Do you even know how to get a foot of slack into the leash when the pooch is trying to pull you along? Until you know THAT you have no show of convincing a pup that pulling on the leash is not worth it. THAT is part of why you need to be in a training class very soon. Preferably one run by BAGSDS, GSSCC, USCA, or WDA.

      And then there's your pooch - I'll bet there isn't a professional sheep worker in her pedigree!

      •• Cars:
      She will be obsessed with anything running away from her - cars, bikes, children. Part of the cure is to sit somewhere that has LOTS of activity - cars, skateboards, etc. Ignore her lunges after them - shut up & let her strangle herself a little (I hope you do at least know how to use a light-weight straight-link slip-chain). Praise & pat-or-rub her when she comes back to you, especially if she decides to just lie down and watch things happening. Most GSDs ARE intelligent - so give them a chance to work things out for themselves, then reward them when they make a right guess.

      When she relapses while you are walking her, first let her have the length of the leash then, just as she reaches the end, turn at a sharp angle and use your arns & legs to DRIVE away from her - preferably have a grassy surface for her to fall onto as she is spun around off her feet. Whether she falls or manages to keep her balance, give her just enough time to get control of her legs before you continue in YOUR direction. Make sure you pat & praise her when she catches up. If she ignores you, repeat the treatment. A GSD should always have one ear cocked to hear what its owner is doing.

      • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders.
      • Join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with GSDs. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Most allow you to include photos so that you can show what your pets look like.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  10. QUESTION:
    When should I start training my german shepherd puppy?
    So last week I got a 1 and a half month old german shepherd puppy (I know he might be too young and should've been with his mother but that's what happened, his mother just wasn't there) anyways when should I start teaching him to sit, shake hands, come, and things like that? at what age?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recomend starting to collar train him right away..get him used to wearing one and a leash. Also house train him as quickly as possible to prevet accidents as he gets older. Definitley DEFINTLEY start socializing him with as many other dogs/kids/people/ and different situations as possible to hopefully aleviate any fear he might have as he gets older! German shepherds are VERY smart dogs so you should start teaching him basic commands (sit, stay, come) soon! Hope this helps a bit!

  11. QUESTION:
    Any help for a new German Shepherd Puppy Owner?
    Hey all,
    So I am about to own my very own German Shepherd puppy from a local kennel. I have always been around the beautiful canines however I never physically raised a 2 month pup to the two year age. If anyone can give me a list of supplies-- and maybe some training tips to start, that would be helpful! I have a cage for him so far but Im confused as to what kinds of treats, collars and what specific dog food brands to give him. I have been reading a lot on puppies in general but I wanted to get a second opinion.
    Please don't be afraid to give me some tough love and thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    How long can a german shepherd puppy hold its bladder?
    I am planning to get a german shepherd puppy and need to know how long it will be able to hold its bladder because i go to school for six hours a day.

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on how old the puppy is and there is also variance between individuals - same as human toddlers. You should be able to expect a couple of hours during the day at 7 to 8 weeks of age, and some will even hold on for 6 hours. I would crate it with a thick liner of newspapers in the bottom, as crate training them helps with toilet training. They are more likely to hold on in their crate than if left out. If you don't have a crate or can't afford one, lock your puppy up in a small room like bathroom, porch, wash-house or shower, with some newspaper in a corner so it can relieve itself if it needs to. Helps if you collect some urine and put it on the paper so it smells of its urine and will go back to the same area. Hopefully your breeder will have done some toilet training already, so ask for their advice.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are all the treatment for 1 month German shepherd puppy?
    Hi. I have a 1 month German Shepherd puppy. What are injections & precautions should i give her. How can I teach her.

    • ANSWER:
      Now - Worming - take a stool sample to your Vet. Bordatella for kennel cough, and 1st. health check.

      6-9-12-15 wks. Parvo combo.

      12 to 16 weeks Rabies.

      Do not let the pup around other dogs outside of your home. Do not take to areas where other dogs go, except for Vet. Do not put on floor at Vet's office. Vet will tell you when it's safe to socialize around other dogs.

      Crate training is generally considered best. Just do a web search, and you will find many articles on this.

      Not sure why you have 4 week old pup! Way too young to be away from Mom, unless there was a problem.

      Best of luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    Looking to adopt a german shepherd puppy, can you please help?
    I am looking to adopt/ buy a male pure breed German Shepherd puppy thats is less than tweleve weeks old and less than 0., near Newark, Nj. I have already tried shelters, resucue centers, news papers, made ads, ect. : can someone please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you willing to travel to another town in NJ? I found this little guy in a shelter in Montgomery, hes not 3 months like you want, hes 5 months but he is is getting trained.
      http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=9513489

  15. QUESTION:
    Can a german shepherd puppy be on only vegetarion diet and milk?
    I am vegetarian and In my family we even do not touch eggs.I have one month old german shepherd puppy . Can a german Shepherd puppy be on only vegetarian diet and milk ?If not kindly suggest some alternatives ...

    • ANSWER:
      Many dogs are lactose intolerant, which means they can not digest the lactose in milk and it can make them very sick. Once a pup is weaned away from it's Mothers' milk, there is no need to give it any kind of milk anymore.
      Dogs can thrive on a well-balanced vegetarian diet as they are omnipores, not carnivores as was originally thought. People need to keep up on all the newest research in canines, nutrition, behavior and training and throw out all those old-fashioned myths about how does learn, eat and behave.
      Dr. Joe Bartges, an instructor at the school I took behavior courses at, states that dogs are not carnivores but omnivores and can do fine on a vegetarian balanced diet. Anyone that disagrees with this needs to show their credentials as a nutritionist to dispute a reputable Veterinarian.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do i potty train my new 3 month old german shepherd puppy to take a pooper in one spot or area?
    i just got a german shepherd puppy which is about 3 months old.
    i was just wondering a few things about dogs.
    1.how can i make it so it poops in a single area?

    2.why does it bite me so much even though im its master?

    • ANSWER:
      Well if he's only three months old, all puppies bite when playing. and if it's biting you being mean, you need to teach it --without killing his spirit which can be done at this age--that you are alpha, and that comes from training. Dogs don't just not bite you because you are their master. Certain breeds need to be taught you are Alpha because if you don't in the long run it could end up being dangerous, for the dog, you or someone else.

      Also, for pooping in one spot. Put him on a leash, go the the area you want him to go, tell him to go pooh or whatever term you want to use, and when he does praise him and give him a treat. Keep doing it this way until he learns this is the place I have to go. It's really easy, I've done that with my GSD. Also what you can do is because puppies go alot, when you are in the spot you want him to go and he is going (gain on the leash) but keep saying the term you want to use [ie go pooh] and as he's going keep saying it so it realizes what it means. Praise him, treat him.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I get my German Shepherd to stop screaming everytime I leave the room?
    It's probably the fact that I'm new to training a dog, but I'm having issues with getting my German Shepherd puppy to stop screaming when I put her in her crate. She's relatively fine, with just a little whining, but the minute I step out of sight, she goes off the deep end. She's 4 months old and is completely dependent on me. But I got a german shepherd so she'd be independent. Is there a way I can get her to stop this?
    Oh, and any tips on how to get her to stop biting, and to be more friendly with new people would help. :)

    • ANSWER:
      She is a puppy she she is going to be dependent on you. Also the best way is to ignore her, I did this with my dog and 4 months later she does whine a little when i put her in, but stops after a few minutes.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to raise a German Shepherd?
    I am soon getting a German Shepherd puppy and was curious on how to raise it such as training and getting he/she use to it's surroundings. I heard to socialize them with things around were you live and get them use to the outdoors. Also to exercise them a lot! any tips.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing you can do for any dog is bond with them and gain their trust. if they trust you any situation you take them into will be a lot less scary. this means that when you first start introducing your puppy to other dogs it won't be so scared because it knows you are there and you will protect it, having a good bond with your puppy is like giving it a security blanket and this helps them to be a lot more secure and confident in any situation. this means they will be happier to meet other animals, less timid and nervous and much, much easier to socialise.

      so when your puppy first comes home i suggest you let it sleep near you. whether that means in your bed for the first week or you crate train it and let it sleep on the floor next to your bed. for the first few days you need to spend as much time as you can with your dog. play games like tugging on the rope hold a toy and get the puppy to chase it while you keep pulling it away, while you're playing flip the dog on its back and while the toy is in its mouth pull it around and rub the puppies belly. if you have to clean your room let the puppy be in the room with you, if you have to do your homework let the puppy sit next to you, where ever you are for the first few days let your puppy be there too. like i said, the more time you spend together and play together the better you will bond.

      go for walks around the back yard with your puppy so it can sniff everything and you can help it to feel more comfortable in its surroundings, when it's old enough to walk on the lead and go out take it to the park and let it meet other dogs. spend lots of time outside together playing to get it used to being outside, walk the dog along busy streets to get it used to the sounds of cars and birds and people walking. remember, your puppy is a baby and has never seen these things so they will be new and scary, but if you have bonded well your dog will trust you and know that you will keep it safe and so these new things won't be so scary. good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    How much should I exercise my German Shepherd puppy?
    I'm purchasing a German shepherd puppy from a breeder and wondering how long I should be exercising him from;

    8 weeks of age

    3/4 months

    5/6 months

    9 months.

    I've heard a lot of different opinions from the "5 minutes per month" rule to the "until he's tired" rule and am very curios to know what you think.

    Also I've heard no jumping (either down from things or agility) until 1 year, is this correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, i have owned gsd`s for 45 years.
      I have never had any problems with the method i use.
      So... my answer and jmo.

      8 weeks...just play in the garden. Carry out to socialise and see the world. Start basic training in garden.
      12/16 weeks when all the vaccinations are complete. Take out on lead to see the world and socialise. 20 minute walks on soft ground if possible. More basic training. Join a dog club that holds puppy classes.
      5/6 months. 45 minute walks on soft ground. Plus training. No jumping.
      9 months. an hours walk a day and some free running plus training.
      You are correct in hearing no jumping until after a year old. 12-14 months is about when the growth plates close.
      Socialisation is vital though and don`t skimp on this issue.
      Its worth the effort to introduce your pup to as many people animals and traffic and noises as you can btween the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. This will produce a pup that is confident and well balanced.

      You may be interested in reading other s views on this subject on this website. http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/bulletins.read?mnr=492818

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I make sure my German Shepherd puppy knows who his master is?
    I just got a German Shepherd puppy and he is surprisingly well behaved and cute as anything but I live in a family of 5 and i want to make sure he knows I am his master and not another member of the family.

    • ANSWER:
      If being the "master" is all you've got a dog for, you should NOT have a dog.
      When I was a child, that thought never occurred to me - my dogs (Fockers, back then) WERE my dogs, and that was that.

      Dogs being pack animals, they are either the leader or a follower.
      If there is no natural leader in your family, then the pup will start taking over as leader at 10 months old, and will be undisputed leader by the time it is 3 years old.

      In most packs - whether canine or human - the leader is the one that provides the food and the interesting activities. We term such leaders "alphas".
      In some packs the leader is the bully - we term such leaders "uppity betas".

      Except by being a bully, you cannot demand that your pup regards you as the leader.
      But you CAN give it incentives to so regard you.

      Basically, a puppy owner has until it is 12 weeks old - 16 at the outside - to introduce it SAFELY to all the sights & smells & sounds & textures it will experience in its life, ignoring it while it thinks about the new "thing" in the distance, then praising it (preferably rewarding it at the same time) for deciding to either ignore or investigate that new "thing". Lots of pats, lots of rubs, lots of tidbits barely big enough to see, lots of games. Avoid leaving the property until 2 weeks after the first vaccination - and even then avoid places where dogs stray, piddle, poo, vomit - you can't be sure that early vaccinations will actually work.

      As soon as the the pup turns 18-22 weeks old the OWNER should be in a training class, getting help to improve his/her use of "the voices", posture, balance, timing, rewards & reprimands. And while you are learning those, your pup is learning to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing. You should already be the pup's idol before starting in a training class - the pair of you should have "bonded" so that the pup WANTS to be with you all the time - but once there you will be helped to convince your pet that you are worth obeying instantly.

      To ask your future questions, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with a GSD, and ask HEAPS there. Most also let you put photos in your messages, so that you can show us what you're trying to describe.
      Each group's Home page tells you what they like to talk about and how active they are. READ the group's Home page thoroughly before deciding whether to apply to join IT.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any ways you can help prevent hip displacia with German Shepherds?
    I'm getting a new purebred,8 week old German Shepherd puppy, and i've been doing my research on dog training, health problems, etc. And I've noticed that a lot of ads include German Shepherd hip displacia, and in some cases owners pets have died from it. I was wondering if anyone knew any ways to help prevent it, I am planning to get this puppy to be fully trained and extremely healthy. ( Her name is Lily, and we get to bring her home February 13th, 2011)

    • ANSWER:
      I have a German Shepard too, he doesn't have the hip problem because it has been breed out of him. It's sad when German Shepards have that, that's why it's wise to get a dog from a breeder.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have training tips for an 8 week old Female German Shepherd puppy?
    I just got a German Shepherd puppy and I need some tips to make my pup successful, By the way she is a family dog NOT a show dog.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Why did my house trained puppy pee on the floor?
    I have a 4 month old husky/german shepherd puppy who is crate and house trained. She's already been spayed. I've had her for a little over a month and never had an accident in the house. I took her out to go to the bathroom and she peed right on the stoop (never done that before) then she peed the rest in the backyard. We came inside and sat down a couple minutes later she got up and peed on my floor. Why? Is this normal? Does this mean somethings wrong? She wasn't scared or nervous, she was acting completely normal. It seems like an lot of pee for a little puppy. It's not like she's been drinking more than usual. Is this something I should be concerned about?

    • ANSWER:
      Take the puppy to the vet. It may not be anything serious, but it's never harmful to take preventative measures. However, it seems like there is nothing wrong. Perhaps you didn't let her finish outside. Often times, puppies learn that you bring them in immediately after doing their business, so they hold a little bit, to make it so that you have to take them back out. This may be a case of that. Let her run around a bit after she goes, if you haven't been doing that, and you may notice she'll pee again a few minutes after the initial pee.

  24. QUESTION:
    What training should I start with for an 11 week old puppy?
    We just got an 11 week old german shepherd puppy. She is already house trained. I was going to start with some simple stuff like getting used to the car also get some recordings of thunder or loud bass to remove future fear of it. But as far as training (sit, stay and so on...) what should I start with and when?

    • ANSWER:
      Good start.
      If you dog is able to pay attention, you can work with 5 basic commands, sit, stay, down (lay down), heel and place.

      Give her the sit command, then help her to sit. Praise. Give her the heel command and start walking. Keep her right beside you and on the same side each time (your choice). Then stop with a sit command, and help her sit. Praise. Do this a few times. When she starts to get the hang of it, you can correct her. You can mix it with down command. To get her to go down, step on the leash and apply gentle pressure to start to get her down. Give her a hand command with that. Put the palm of your hand over her head (not on her head). The place command is helpful with visitors, or dealing with trouble, etc. Place a towel, blanket, or other "bed type item" that you want your dog to be on. Tell the dog place and take the dog over to the towel. As long as the dog is anywhere on the towel, praise the dog. The dog can stand, sit, pace, lay down, whatever just as long as she is on the towel.

      Vaccuums are good to get her used to. Put treats on it while it is off. Put treats on it while it is on, but not moving. Then finally when it is moving, just let her be around it.

      Have fun, and way to go with what you are doing.

  25. QUESTION:
    how do you train your dog to guard and attack ?
    i have a german shepherd puppy, who needs to be trained to guard and attack, how do i train her to do this ?
    i live in holland, and attak training is legal, but there are no classes around for me to go to

    • ANSWER:
      Contact the Police Dog Center Holland, Vleutstraat 18, 5298 NE Liempde, Holland Phone is 31-411632627 Ask them about trainers for the public. You need to be aware, that you will be doing nothing but obedience until your girl is around 18 months of age.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to train a German shepherd dog to attack!?
    So I've got a female German shepherd puppy and we wanna train her before she gets older we want her to be a attack dog cause my dad is gone to work at night and we want something to protect us soo how do you make a german shepherd a attack dog?!

    • ANSWER:
      Practice with some protection gear. Keep doing it over and over and she'll get it. But if she bites someone that wasn't threatening you, then you will have to deal with the consequences.

  27. QUESTION:
    Tips on how to make a well behaved German Shepherd?
    I am currently getting a German Shepherd puppy in a week or so and I want
    my dog to be well trained. I know how you have to train them as soon as possible.
    Any important information or tips on how to train your German Shepherd to be loyal
    and understanding?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know much about the puppy you are expecting, or you for that matter... But I'll try to answer this question logically. Most people buy their German Shepherd's from reputable breeders, and if you did that, then you're already off to a good start. If not, your German Shepherd might not be as easy to train as a puppy that came from a good blood line. I have a German Shepherd puppy currently, and I got him from a breeder that I researched for a while, visited often, and was able to view the outcome of their sales during a long stretch of time before making the decision to get one myself. This breeder has a training facility included, which is what I'm recommending to you. Get yourself set up with a German Shepherd specific training facility, and figure out what type of dog it is that you want. You will decide if you'd rather take puppy classes, for basic obedience and manners; or Shutzhund, the German sport for Shepherds which teaches tracking, obedience and protection. Do your research. It is important that you know what you want from your puppy, before too much time passes and you miss the opportunities you had to properly train.

      A few basic things you should know about German Shepherd puppies is the type of food they need to eat, the amount you need to feed them, and how often they need to eat it. Make feeding time a regularly scheduled thing, to get them used to the pattern of working around you and your day, not the other way around. Buy a crate for your puppy, and keep him inside it most of the time, because if he has too much freedom, he will bite everything and everyone. No matter what though, his biting will be unavoidable, so when he does bite, firmly grasp onto his muzzle and sternly say "NO BITE!" and then let go. If it happens again, do the same procedure, only this time hold the snout until the dog stops struggling. The more often it happens, the harsher the punishment, as they age. My puppy is over 3 months old now and we are at the point where he knows not to bite us, and if he does, we give his mouth a slap, or pick him up by the scruff of the neck. Don't be afraid of your dog, ever and don't make him think his biting is painful, or he'll learn to use this to his advantage. And lastly, spend a ton of time with your puppy outside, to avoid accidents in the house. That way, when your puppy goes potty outside, you can associate the action with the praise "Good boy, potty" or "Good potty" or whatever it is you're choosing to say. Be consistent with everything that you do, and have fun enjoying the puppy years, because they go by very quickly.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I get my puppy to love me more than housemates?
    I am thinking about getting a German shepherd puppy. I am planning to walk, groom, train, feed this puppy. I am the youngest in the household. I heard that the puppy will always love the pack leader the most. I am not the "pack leader' in my household. It's not like I don't want it to not love my house mates but I want to make sure it cares for me the most, since I am it's owner. I can not live anywhere else but this house with these house mates. The pack leader in my family is my father. I don't trust him for his past dogs have been terribly trained and vicious. How can I get this puppy to love me the most?????

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if I was you I would give the puppy THE MOST attention and love. I would train the puppy myself and give it treats. Dogs will do almost anything for food. Just love on the puppy and it'll love you. Don't forget to play with it a lot and snuggle with it. :)

  29. QUESTION:
    What advices can you give before I buy a German Shepherd puppy?
    I'm willing to buy a German Shepherd puppy and I need you to tell me everything I should know to help me buying and then raising & training the puppy. Stuff like the place, food, weather, price, medical...etc

    • ANSWER:
      If you need to know everything about raising a puppy, then you should not be getting a GSD puppy. I know it's not what you want to hear, but GSDs are not practice dogs.

      If you want to learn about raising and training the puppy, find a local GSD meetup group and go spend some time with the dogs.

      A properly bred GSD will start at about 00 for a pet quality puppy. http://www.gsdca.org can steer you towards breeders.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some good puppy training tips?
    My family has recently purchased a German Shepherd puppy. We'll be taking her to Puppy Preschool (dog obedience classes) but I was curious if anyone had some good training tips? Any secrets/favorite methods?

    • ANSWER:
      Best advice: Start off right by becoming the dog's pack leader. Here's how:

      A. Behave like a leader at key points of responsibility within the pack and that makes you the leader.

      1. Eat your own meals before you feed your dog. Even if you have to munch on a cracker while he watches, make sure he knows you're done eating before you allow him to start eating.

      2. Make and enforce at least 5 household rules (such as "No begging at the table" and "Stay off the furniture").

      3. Lead the walk, with the dog walking beside you, at heel. Never use a flexi-lead because you can't control your dog if he is 15-25 feet out in front of you.

      4. Exercise the dog by a brisk walk with the dog at heel at least once a day, preferably twice a day. A dog can walk for 5 minutes for each month of his life up to the age of 12 months; after that he can walk as long as you want to walk. Be sure to check the surface on which he'll be walking - if it is too hot or too cold for you to rest your hand on, it will be too hot or too cold for his feet. You can get booties for him at some of the larger pet stores, or try Paw Wax.

      5. Playing with the dog is demonstrating affection for him; it's a bonding time. Be sure you start the play and you end it.

      6. Own and provide all resources like food, treats, bones, and toys. Leave food down only 15 minutes then pick up the bowl. Give toys to dog when you want to play; put toys away when you're done playing.

      7. Ignore the dog for at least 5 minutes when you come home so he will recognize that you are "top dog" in the pack.

      8. Greet strangers (guests at home, friends and passersby on the street) first and direct the dog how to react to them.

      9. Protect the dog from onrushing, off-leash dogs, dogs who are harassing them, and dogs who challenge them.

      10. The dog gets NOTHING (except water and potty breaks) unless he works for it. "Working" means obeying whatever command you offer, such as sit, stay, stand, and down. (This is the essence of the NILIF program.)

      11. Never pet the dog or comfort it when it is misbehaving. Never talk in a high squeaky voice to a dog. Dogs don't understand what it means to have their feelings hurt.

      12. Don't let the dog sleep in your bed until you are sure he sees you as his pack leader; you don't want him to try to own the bed.

      B. There are four "MUST READ" books you can probably get at Amazon.com. They will explain all the rituals listed above.

      1. The first is "Be The Pack Leader" by Cesar Millan. Teaches you how to be a pack leader.

      2. The second is "The Dog Listener" by Jan Fennell. Teaches you how to get willing cooperation from your dog.

      3. The third is "The Art of Raising A Puppy" by the Monks of New Skete. Teaches you how to get a puppy started right as a member of your pack.

      4. The fourth and last is "A Member of the Family" by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Pelletier. Teaches you how to raise your dog from the moment you get him to the moment he has to leave you.

      C. You might consider signing up for "Sessions with Cesar" at http://www.sessionswithcesar.com , where you'll find video and audio lessons, as well as printable materials to help you learn to be your dog's pack leader and help you learn to handle specific behavior problems.

      Good luck!

      Apacapacas

  31. QUESTION:
    At what age should a German Shepherd Puppy get neutered?
    I have a 4 Month old german shepherd puppy, ive heared the some males get aggressive when their not neutered at what age should i got my puppy neutered?

    • ANSWER:
      (1)
      It's sad that only one of your preceding advisers is aware of the research into the side-effects of neutering at various ages - that's [Dani]. Even sadder is that several vets are still unaware of it!

      The likelihood of the bad side-effects occurring is in inverse proportion to the age at which neutering was done - meaning that the younger the pup when neutered, the more likely it is that one or more of them will affect it during its life.

      The only people who NEED to neuter before a pooch is 11-15 months old are:
      (1) Operators of rescue groups & SPCA shelters. THEY know that most people are liars, and so the only way to ensure that a pooch IS neutered is to do it BEFORE letting the pet go to an owner.
      (2) People who should NOT have a pooch, because they don't have fences & a security pen to ensure that their pet is safe.

      • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics.
      Then click Links => Neutering to see the 2 research reports.

      (2)
      Whether a pooch will be aggressive has almost NOTHING to do with whether it is fertile or neutered. It has to do with:
      (1) The genetics of the litter.
      (2) The nature of the dam.
      (3) The nature of the pup chosen.
      (4) The way the owner trains - or can't be bothered training - the pup.

      Your pup being 4 months now, #s 1-to-3 have already been done and cannot be altered.

      The proper age for the final booster shots is 16 weeks, and YOU should be in a training-club class (forget pet-shop play-groups) that starts when Pup is 18-22 weeks old, so that an experienced instructor coaches you on how to be an effective trainer. A side effect of being in a class is that Pup learns to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing.

      • To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with GSDs. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it better for a German Shepherd to be an inside dog or an outside dog?
    I am 18 and still live at home. In August I am getting a German Shepherd Puppy, however, my mum doesn't want him inside except to sleep in the laundry because my sister has allergies. But I don't think I like the idea of leaving him outside all day, I would love him to sleep in my room once toilet trained. I even will be getting the dyson pet cleaner. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      As long as your gsd gets plenty of attention and training and exercise and is not just left to his own devices he can live indoors or outdoors.
      If he is kept outside he must have a proper shelter from the weather and to sleep in.
      It would not be advisable to leave him outside for long unattended until he is over 6 months old. Also make sure your premises are secure.
      If you have never had a gsd before. I suggest you buy a good book on how to care for and train a gsd as it will give you some good guidelines on care and training and food and housing. Good Luck.

      Ad: I can`t believe all these people that think a dog is unhappy living outside. A lot of dogs, especially large dogs actually prefer their own den outside .Just because a dog is kept outside does not mean it is being banished and neglected. If its exercised and trained and shown plenty of attention it will be just as happy as a dog kept indoors.
      Millions of dogs are kept on outside kennels and suffer no ill effects.
      My own dogs are out in their utility room for most of the day except for walk times and only come in doors for a few hours in the evenings.
      Even then, they sometimes prefer to go back to their own room (den).

  33. QUESTION:
    What's the good age to start training your puppy?
    My german shepherd puppy is 3 months old and in about a week summer vacation starts. I want to start training her but I'm not sure about it, she's so young all she thinks about is playing, when shall I do it?

    • ANSWER:
      You should start training your dog now. Training a puppy from a young age is good because this is the time when your pup is still learning. Make sure your pup does not pick up any bad habits and use training treats. You should start by making your pup learn its name and potty train it. Then you can move onto teaching your dog how to sit, lie down, paw, etc. You can also buy a book or DVD on how to train a german shepherd. Good luck :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good dog obedience or agility training place in North-West England?
    I have a very territorial German Shepherd puppy. Just looking for any reputable training places, he's going to be a big dog so I need to be able to control him properly. The agility training might just give him a job, he's smart and when I've asked before I've been told that German Shepherd's are happier when they have something to do. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Niamh

      Your GS will love agility and also have a look at Fly-ball where he (and you!) will also have great fun.

      As for training there is an awesome online program that you can access 24/7 so I'll put a link below for you to have a look.

      Smart they are and he will learn very quickly how to make you a very proud GS owner.

      Good luck and I hope you and your puppy have many happy years together.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to stop my new puppy from eating rocks?
    I have a 9 week old German Shepherd puppy that I am in the process of potty training. Everytime I take him out, he seems to take a long time to go potty and instead searchs for rocks to eat. I do give him plenty of food during the day, so I do not know why he would be doing this. Any ideas on how to stop this?

    Also, he seems to be a little sketchy of grass, so he won't go on it to go potty. I try to reassure him its okay, but he just likes the rocks better.

    • ANSWER:
      Puppies tend to be very curious about their surroundings. Just like babies, they will put things in their mouths as a way to explore their world. Particularly when teething, young dogs chew objects to relieve the discomfort.

      You should also designate a potty area. Let your puppy know where he should go potty by taking him to a designated potty place. Do this by consistently taking him to the same spot and commanding "Go potty". If he starts to pick up rocks, correct his behavior by saying no in a low, stern voice, followed by the commanding "go potty" in a normal voice.

      When he does potty in the proper place, reward your puppy with lavish praise and lots of petting. Only after he has eliminated should your puppy be allowed to play outside. He has to learn that it's business first.

  36. QUESTION:
    I would love to get a German Shepherd puppy are they good dogs?
    i really want to get a german shepherd puppy and have been doing lots of research and have bought the book german shepherd for dummies hoping this will help.I have read alot thast they have a lot of health problems is this always true if i bought from a proper breeder would it be healthier i would appreciate any advice about this breed and the health problems that anyone has experienced.

    • ANSWER:
      German shepherds are brilliant dogs. They are loyal, protective, loving, and contrary to popular belief they excellent with kids, other animals and are so cuddly and loving. I have had german shepherds all my life and i must say, i think they would be the perfect pet for anyone. They are big dogs but are very good at curling up into small ball in the corner of the room or even on your lap. They are easy to train ( as long as you know what you're doing when it comes to dogs and letting them know who's boss), they are protective, loyal, playful and very loving. yes, german shepherds can be prone to bloat and hip displacia among other things but buying from a reputable breeder and doing alot of research will lessen the chances of your dog becoming victim to these problems. when it comes to finding a good breeder, you want someone who bombards you with information on the breed and how to raise a pup before you have even asked any questions, someone who assures you that they will be there to help with anything to do with the dog throughout his/her whole life. are you thinking of getting a male or female? females tend to be easier to train, though both are equally protective and loving. make sure that you don't give too much exercise while the dogs is a pup as this can cause very bad bone and joint problems in the future. you must be very strict when your dog eg don't let it up on the furniture, don't do what wants to everytime it wants to do it. your shepherd must know who's boss. As I have said I have had shepherds all my life, I have now been breeding them for over six years and I specialize in shepherd training (i hold training classes in the evenings especially for shepherds) If you have any questions please feel free to e mail me, i'll be happy to help! :)
      my e mail address - winday_ginjay@hotmail.com
      ps. I may know of some good breeders depending on where you live, if you like, i could e mail you the names/phone numbers/addresses of some in your area, just drop me and e mail! :)

  37. QUESTION:
    How can i teach my puppy to do the toilet at a certain place?
    I have a 2 month old German Shepherd puppy and i bought him 5 days ago but i don't know how i can make him pee/poo in the same spot every time.I did buy training pads for her but it doesn't work.
    Please help xx
    I cant go outside with her cause shes not got all her jabs yet.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are trying to train him to use the pads indoors....gate hhimin the kitchen where it is easy to clean up. Put the pads down and if he should pee in another spot...put a pad down there too. I would not bother to spend so much time training him to use the pads inside. It won't be that long before he is potty trained outside...so just put up with it for now. Keep him crated when unsupervised and watch him for signs of imminent pee...like sniffing or circling. he is still small enough to pick up if you catch him starting to squat...this will usually stop the flow...and you can run him outside. I have used a tether successfully, so that might be of some use...you will be able to watch hhimclosely for signs if he is tethered to you. You can start outside training right away. Bring him out 20 minutes after meals, after every nap, and every 2 hours. Most dogs will pick it up quickly. There is something called a potty stone...you can put this on your property and walk your dog to it...he will usually pee there. And yes, he is going to mark....don't confuse this with peeing. If he is not neutered, he will be doing marking even more. If he is tethered you can correct him from marking in the house.Shepherds are smart....I am sure he'll pick this up quickly. Funny story...my dog is 1/2 Basset hound...and is long. When potty training...he would step on the wee wee pad and squat to pee...but his hind lets were not on the pad because he was too long...and he always missed the pad....but I couldn't correct him because he was really trying to use the pad!!!! Well, he learned to go outside in just a couple of days. Good luck to you!

  38. QUESTION:
    11 week old german shepherd training routine ideas?
    I have an 11 week old german shepherd puppy who isnt training as easily as I thought any ideas on a routine I could use to train him better? I am using german commands..

    • ANSWER:
      At 11 weeks old a puppy's attention span is very short.
      Stick to basic exercises like the re-call, sit and down and wait, walking on the lead correctly.
      Keep training sessions very short. About 5 minutes at the most and about 2-3 times a day.
      Only concentrate on one exercise per day.
      Don`t train straight after a meal. Best to do it well before a meal. Pups generally just want to sleep after a meal and any exercise is not good straight after a meal. Make training fun!
      Remember the pup is just a baby and will not concentrate like an older dog would. Training will become easier when the pup is about 5 months old.
      Hope this helps a bit.

  39. QUESTION:
    Whats it like having a german shepherd as a pet?
    I have been thinking of getting a german shepherd puppy for a long time, and have done lots of research. I understand how to train, look after and establish yourself as the alpha when owning these dogs. However, I've never really heard anybodies personal experiences with these dogs on what it's like to raise them, and what's best avoided.

    • ANSWER:
      I have two. One is smaller, really cute, and she gets all squirmy and she just loves everyone
      The bigger one is her sister and she is really sweet, but calmer

      they are really smart, loving and protective.

      Great dogs, but make sure you properly socialize them so they aren't too aggressive.

      Also, most people don't know this: Do not feed them grapes or raisins because they are really bad for their liver. Also, do not feed garlic/onions (such as hamburger cooked in it) because they are not good either

      Also, my dogs are amazing because they NEVER chew socks/clothes, toilet paper or anything like that. The worst thing they do is OCCASIONALLY get in the trash. They don't even ruin stuffed animals. They have a tiny stuffed animal that they have had since puppies and they carry it around like a baby.

  40. QUESTION:
    How I train my puppy to be aggressive?
    My puppy is a 2 month old German Shepherd puppy and I want her to be aggressive i don't know how to train a pup to be aggressive. Help me out please?

    • ANSWER:
      Your question is the stupidest thing I've seen yet on Yahoo Answers. You don't train a dog to be aggressive. It's the best way to set the poor dog up to be destroyed. Have your dog trained to be obedient. Better yet, re-home your dog. Apparently, you're not fit to be a pet owner.

  41. QUESTION:
    How i know a dog breeder in chennai India gave me a pure breed of german shepherd dog puppy?
    How i know a dog breeder in chennai India gave me a pure breed of german shepherd dog puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      No genuine breeder would GIVE you a puppy.
      In India, genuine breeders are EXTREMELY profit-orientated, so a well-bred pup would have cost you thousands of rupees (I don't have an on-line converter to tell me what the rupee equivalent of my $s would be, but it would be more than India's cheapest micro car, the one costing about 00, the development of which a friend in Mumbai was involved in). Most of them import their breeding stock from Germany, or at least breed from stock that has 2 born-in-Germany parents. With the exception of the Mumbai chap (who doesn't breed GSDs), the Indian breeders I have e-mailed are VERY rude, ignoring requests that don't bring in money.

      The term pure-breed means very little. It USED to mean "Both parents are registered with the Kennel Club, but the breeder didn't want this one shown or bred from so refused to register it". But greedy BYBers and over-enthusiastic volunteers in rescue groups and SPCA shelters have degraded it to mean just "I think it looks a bit like a ThatBreed". (A friend who fosters GSDs for our SPCA was sent a pup that looks reMARKably like a Dachshund....)

      If your pup has registration with the KCI, it IS a pure-bred. It might not be of very good quality, but it IS a pure-bred.
      If your pup DOESN'T have KCI registration then it might still be a pure-bred, but it probably isn't.

      If you received a pedigree with your pup, you can estimate its quality by joining the group below then looking in its Files => Choosing_a_GSD.doc to see how its pedigree measures up - what is listed, what is missing. (I hope that hip and elbow certificates are NOT missing!) And to find out what the abbreviations with the names of the listed ancestors mean, you can then look in that group's Database => Alphabet_Soup.

      • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics. Most of its public sections apply to any breed.
      Then look in its Links => Kennel_Clubs => India section to connect to the KCI.
      Then look in its Links => GSD_Clubs => India section to connect to the GSDCI.

      And learn that our breed's real name translates into English as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words, each with a capital letter, and so GSD for short.

      I hope you are booked in to a weekly training club class that will start when Pup becomes 18-22 weeks old, so that YOU get coached on how to become an effective trainer.

      • To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you make German shepherds good with other dogs?
    I just found out that German shepherds are very protective over the people they like, and therefore can get aggressive towards other dogs. I'm getting a German Shepherd puppy next year, and i wanted to know if there is a way to avoid this? I know i should socialize my puppy with other dogs when she's young, but all of my friends that have dogs have moved away, so i would be really thankful of some other solutions. Please help, I really want to avoid aggression to other dogs with my german shepherd when i get her!

    • ANSWER:
      Then you buy from a working dog breeder who understands what to do and separates puppies at 5 weeks so they don't develop bullying tendencies and can bond to humans like they are supposed to.
      GSDs do are NOT protective over anything, unless they are trained to be, or, you have a REALLY "hard" dog in your hands, which I seriously doubt, so, forget that.
      Your dog does NOT need to be friendly with other dogs, it needs to be socially NEUTRAL.

  43. QUESTION:
    We are thinking about getting a German Shepherd puppy?
    We're thinking about getting a German Shepherd puppy. We have 5 kids, one's 15, one's 13, one's 10, one's 5 and one's 3. We want a dog that won't herd our chickens or the kids. A security dog or a family dog.
    And also, do they bark a lot?

    • ANSWER:
      German Shepherds do great w/ kids, as long as they grow up w/ the "extra attention". When getting a puppy though it is good to make sure they learn what to and not what to do. If you have chickens make sure you introduce the puppy to them early and make sure any aggression towards them is corrected immediately. Now about barking, as bred for security German Shepherds are generally very protective and will probably bark at strangers but good training will help w/ that.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I potty train my puppy while in school?
    I currently have a 12wk old German Shepherd Puppy that has been going out to use it pretty well. My concern is that I'm going to be starting classes very soon. What would be the best way to keep him on the right track? Ill be in classes 4 days a week from about 8 to 2:00. I do have a friend that might be willing to take him out during midday, but she might not be able to. He is being crate trained. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Puppies can generally be in their crate reasonably comfortably for a number of hours equal to their age in months + 1.

      For a 3 month old puppy as yours, he should be able to go about 4 hours before he really really needs out.

      I'd suggest making sure that you get up a couple of hours early before school so that he can have a walk and/or a good solid play session to help tire him out. Ideally you'll be able to do something like feed him a couple of hours before you need to leave and let him have a drink, then make sure food and water access is cut off an hour before you go so that he doesn't have a whole lot of food and water digesting through his system while you're gone. (I know getting up really early may be obnoxious, but it's only going to be that bad temporarily. By the time he's 4 months old he should be able to hold it for 5 hours, 5 months 6 hours, on up to a max of about 8 hours. So you'll have a lot more leeway very soon. You just need to tough it out for a few weeks when/if your friend can't come help out).

      If your friend can come over and let him out, that's ideal. If she can't, get home as quickly as you can after class.

      If you were going to be gone longer I'd suggest looking into doggie day care or hiring someone to come and let the pup out consistently. If you're going to be gone for about 4 hours, though, you're cutting it close but he ought to be all right. Just make sure that taking him out is the absolute first thing you do when you get home.

      (German shepherd puppies are usually big enough and wooly enough that they can handle winter weather for short periods of time in most places. He MIGHT need a coat if the weather is particularly harsh in your area, but there's a good chance he's okay so long as you don't let him linger too much.)

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get familiarized with my new puppy?
    I've been out of the country for almost a year and Im coming back home in like two months and my fiance bought me a white german shepherd puppy, she bought it about two weeks ago and hes 8 weeks old right now, he is very attached to her and he's always with her, by the time I get home he's gonna be 4 months old and even though he's gonna have the mind of a puppy he's gonna be a giant in size he's very inteligent and I have plans to go to K9 school with him and train him as a police dog but first I got to get him to know me and love me and respect me before I start training him, how do I do that since he's so attached to her and he hasn't met me yet?

    • ANSWER:
      cuddle !! Hey ! Talk to the pupy ! Play with the pupy ! Hope i helped !!

  46. QUESTION:
    How can i teach my puppy that im dominate?
    I am getting a male german shepherd puppy soon, and i want to show im alpha... what specific things should i do? also i don't want him to be aggressive towards strangers and other dogs... how would i train him to be calm around them?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancel your order.
      At present YOU have the wrong attitude (as well as poor grammar & punctuation).

      The FIRST thing a sensible owner does is stay home 24/7 with the new pup for at least a week. It's partly to help Pup settle in and regard you as fun, nice, and the source of everything that's good in the universe (doesn't fit you being DOMINANT (dominate is the wrong word-form), eh!).
      It's mainly so that YOU observe pup 100% while it's awake, YOU learning its timing & signals for such as "Wanna go toilet" and "Wanna BITE sumfing!" so that you can PREDICT them and take instant appropriate action.
      During the first day YOU should learn how to be so attractive that Pup WANTS to come when you call.

      I'll bet that there is a whole host of things you haven't researched - such as knowing WHO to get your pup from, WHICH pup to choose, what & how often to feed it, how to use reward-reinforcement techniques to achieve toilet training the first day, "home quarantine", the multitude of "familiarisation-&-confidence-building" experiences needed before Pup is 13 weeks old (16 at the latest), YOU being in a proper training club's weekly classes for about a year starting when Pup is 18-22 weeks old.

      • If you do all those things properly, your pet WILL regard you as the great leader and always want to please you.
      • If you just go about DOMINATING your pup it will avoid you as much as it possibly can.

      No, there is NOT enough room to explain all of those in the ni.ggardly post-size that Y!A allows. That's why there are GSD clubs and YahooGroups. Join some.
      (And WOW - Y!A's censor wont even allow the proper n-word for mean & stingy!)
      And learn that my breed's real name translates as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words in the proper noun, so 3 capital initials needed, with GSD for short.

      You'll find "The German Shepherd Today" by Strickland & Moses FAR better than the baby-level book [C ritter] recommended.

      ◙ Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, teething, neutering, size, diseases, genetics.

      ◙ To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  47. QUESTION:
    What to know before buying a German Shepherd puppy?
    I'm planning to buy a German Shepherd pup. I want to know what to do before buying one. How do I know that the puppy I'm buying is healthy. How do I train the pup and the Do's and Don'ts. How to discipline the pup to follow me and how to make the pup once it grows up to recognize friend from foe.

    • ANSWER:
      Congradulations!!!! I love G.S, I just bought one myself a week ago she is 7 weeks old. There are many good answer's you have already gotten, however, first thing I would do is before buying your pup is find a good well recommended Vet, then go and talk with them and get them to tell you a list of things to look at an observe about the pup's and the pups parents. The Vet will also tell you to make sure you observe the pup's parents very well and read over thier records. Look over their Hips. They will explain things to you from A to Z of what to look out for before buying a purebread.
      Then if everything goes well and you love what you see, then I would definalty buy him/her. I know it's always a big scare and concern of spending a large amount of money when you don't know wether or not to trust the owners of the animals. But like I suggested definaly talk with a well recommended Vet and get detail after detail of questions from them to ask and all info you can before purchasing a purebread and everything to expect expence wise ...they will help you in every way.
      This will really help you in the long run, honestly.
      I don't know if you are going to want to keep your pup in the house or not but ours stays inside and she loves to bite everything, so I have looked into training classes and they are VERY expensive. But well worth it. Every training class is different in pricing , talk with the vet and they will also give you someone they recommend on helping train your pup if the hometraining doesn't work.
      I hope this helped, Good Luck with your pup!!

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the Right Age to teach a german shepherd to play Frisbee ?
    i wanted to know when is the right age to teach a german shepherd to play frisbee my german shepherd puppy is 2.5 months and he cant hold a frisbee with his mouth so i just wanted to know the age :D ?

    • ANSWER:
      NEVER!

      I'm sure there is a relationship between expensive ACL operations (which are followed by a very long recovery period) and frisbee catching. In the first address below, look in Links => Diseases_&_Disorders => Knees to read about anterior cruciate ligament problems.
      Dogs are designed to land on the FRONT legs first, to absorb the shock/momentum imparted by gravity. But dogs leaping for frisbees or high-thrown balls tend to land on their rear legs, and pop goes one or both ACLs...
      Diving into water to retrieve from the bottom of the river or pond is another activity that sensible dog owners will NOT train their dog to do.

      And it's time you learned that there is no word "german", and that a "shepherd" is a person.
      Our canine breed is the German Shepherd Dog - 3 words in the English translation of its real name, and so 3 capital letters needed.

      • Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics in the public section.

      • To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with GSDs. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967


german shepherd puppies training

Puppy Training Housebreaking

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best method of house breaking a puppy?
    I have a seven week puppy I just adopted and am in need of some advice as to how to go about housebreaking him. The adoption agency sent me home with "Puppy Training Pads", but I am not too keen about this method as it allows him to think he can go to the bathroom in the house. I am home with him all day for the next 2 months, so I was wondering what would be the best way to go about housebreaking him.

    • ANSWER:
      CRATE TRAIN!!! Do not use the pads as he will just learn to go in the house and delay real housetraining.

      Providing your puppy or dog with an indoor kennel crate can satisfy many dogs' need for a den-like enclosure. Besides being an effective housebreaking tool (because it takes advantage of the dog's natural reluctance to soil its sleeping place), it can also help to reduce separation anxiety, to prevent destructive behavior (such as chewing furniture), to keep a puppy away from potentially dangerous household items (i.e., poisons, electrical wires, etc.), and to serve as a mobile indoor dog house which can be moved from room to room whenever necessary.

      A kennel crate also serves as a travel cabin for you dog when travelling by car or plane. Additionally, most hotels which accept dogs on their premises require them to be crated while in the room to prevent damage to hotel furniture and rugs.

      Most dogs which have been introduced to the kennel crate while still young grow up to prefer their crate to rest in or "hang-out" in. Therefore a crate (or any other area of confinement) should NEVER be used for the purpose of punishment.

      We recommend that you provide a kennel crate throughout your dog's lifetime. Some crates allow for the removal of the door once it is no longer necessary for the purpose of training. The crate can be placed under a table, or a table top can be put on top of it to make it both unobtrusive and useful.

      Preparing the Crate

      Vari-Kennel type: Take the crate apart, removing the screws, the top and the door. Allow your pup to go in and out of the bottom half of the crate before attaching the top half. This stage can require anywhere from several hours to a few days. This step can be omitted in the case of a young puppy who accepts crating right away.

      Wire Mesh type:Tie the crate door back so that it stays open without moving or shutting closed. If the crate comes with a floor pan, place a piece of cardboard or a towel between the floor (or crate bottom) and the floor pan in order to keep it from rattling.

      Furnishing Your Puppy's Crate

      Toys and Treats: Place your puppy's favorite toys and dog treats at the far end opposite the door opening. These toys may include the "Tuffy", "Billy", "Kong", "Nylabone" or a ball. Toys and bails should always be inedible and large enough to prevent their being swallowed. Any fragmented toys should be removed to prevent choking and internal obstruction. You may also place a sterilized marrow bone filled with cheese or dog treats in the crate.

      Water: A small hamster-type water dispenser with ice water should be attached to the crate if your puppy is to be confined for more than two hours in the crate.

      Bedding: Place a towel or blanket inside the crate to create a soft, comfortable bed for the puppy. If the puppy chews the towel, remove it to prevent the pup from swallowing or choking on the pieces. Although most puppies prefer lying on soft bedding, some may prefer to rest on a hard, flat surface, and may push the towel to one end of the crate to avoid it. If the puppy urinates on the towel, remove bedding until the pup no longer eliminates in the crate.

      Location of Crate

      Whenever possible, place the crate near or next to you when you are home. This will encourage the pup to go inside it without his feeling lonely or isolated when you go out. A central room in the apartment (i.e.: living room or kitchen) or a large hallway near the entrance is a good place to crate your puppy.

      Introducing the Crate to Your Puppy

      In order that your puppy associate his/her kennel crate with comfort, security and enjoyment, please follow these guidelines:

      Occasionally throughout the day, drop small pieces of kibble or dog biscuits in the crate. While investigating his new crate, the pup will discover edible treasures, thereby reinforcing his positive associations with the crate. You may also feed him in the crate to create the same effect. If the dog hesitates, it often works to feed him in front of the crate, then right inside the doorway and then, finally, in the back of the crate.

      In the beginning, praise and pet your pup when he enters. Do not try to push, pull or force the puppy into the crate. At this early stage of introduction only inducive methods are suggested. Overnight exception: You may need to place your pup in his crate and shut the door upon retiring. (In most cases, the crate should be placed next to your bed overnight. If this is not possible, the crate can be placed in the kitchen, bathroom or living room.)

      You may also play this enjoyable and educational game with your pup or dog: without alerting your puppy, drop a small dog biscuit into the crate. Then call your puppy and say to him, "Where's the biscuit? It's in your room." Using only a friendly, encouraging voice, direct your pup toward his crate. When the puppy discovers the treat, give enthusiastic praise. The biscuit will automatically serve as a primary reward. Your pup should be free to leave its crate at all times during this game. Later on, your puppy's toy or ball can be substituted for the treat.

      It is advisable first to crate your pup for short periods of time while you are home with him. In fact, crate training is best accomplished while you are in the room with your dog. Getting him used to your absence from the room in which he is crated is a good first step. This prevents an association being made with the crate and your leaving him/her alone.

      A Note About Crating Puppies

      Puppies under 4 months of age have little bladder or sphincter control. Puppies under 3 months have even less. Very young puppies under 9 weeks should not be crated, as they need to eliminate very frequently (usually 8-12 times or more daily).

      Important Reminders

      Collars: Always remove your puppy or dog's collar before confining in the crate. Even flat buckle collars can occasionally get struck on the bars or wire mesh of a crate. If you must leave a collar on the pup when you crate him (e.g.: for his identification tag), use a safety "break away" collar.

      Warm Weather: Do not crate a puppy or dog when temperatures reach an uncomfortable level. This is especially true for the short-muzzled (Pugs, Pekes, Bulldogs, etc.) and the Arctic or thick- coated breeds (Malamutes, Huskies, Akitas, Newfoundlands, etc.). Cold water should always be available to puppies, especially during warm weather. [Never leave an unsupervised dog on a terrace, roof or inside a car during warm weather. Also, keep outdoor exercise periods brief until the hot weather subsides.]

      Be certain that your puppy has fully eliminated shortly before being crated. Be sure that the crate you are using is not too large to discourage your pup from eliminating in it. Rarely does a pup or dog eliminate in the crate if it is properly sized and the dog is an appropriate age to be crated a given amount of time. If your pup/dog continues to eliminate in the crate, the following may be the causes:

      The pup is too young to have much control.

      The pup has a poor or rich diet, or very large meals.

      The pup did not eliminate prior to being confined.

      The pup has worms.

      The pup has gaseous or loose stools.

      The pup drank large amounts of water prior to being crated.

      The pup has been forced to eliminate in small confined areas prior to crate training.

      The pup/dog is suffering from a health condition or illness (i.e., bladder infection, prostate problem, etc.)

      The puppy or dog is experiencing severe separation anxiety when left alone.

      Note: Puppies purchased in pet stores, or puppies which were kept solely in small cages or other similar enclosures at a young age (between approximately 7 and 16 weeks of age), may be considerably harder to housebreak using the crate training method due to their having been forced to eliminate in their sleeping area during this formative stage of development. This is the time when most puppies are learning to eliminate outside their sleeping area. Confining them with their waste products retards the housebreaking process, and this problem can continue throughout a dog's adult life.

      Accidents In The Crate

      If your puppy messes in his crate while you are out, do not punish him upon your return. Simply wash out the crate using a pet odor neutralizer (such as Nature's Miracle, Nilodor, or Outright). Do not use ammonia-based products, as their odor resembles urine and may draw your dog back to urinate in the same spot again.

      Crating Duration Guidelines

      9-10 Weeks
      Approx. 30-60 minutes

      11-14 Weeks
      Approx. 1-3 hours

      15-16 Weeks
      Approx. 3-4 hours

      17 + Weeks
      Approx. 4+ (6 hours maximum)

      *NOTE: Except for overnight, neither puppies nor dogs should be crated for more than 5 hours at a time. (6 hours maximum!)

      The Crate As Punishment

      NEVER use the crate as a form of punishment or reprimand for your puppy or dog. This simply causes the dog to fear and resent the crate. If correctly introduced to his crate, your puppy should be happy to go into his crate at any time. You may however use the crate as a brief time-out for your puppy as a way of discouraging nipping or excessive rowdiness.

      [NOTE: Sufficient daily exercize is important for healthy puppies and dogs. Regular daily walks should be offered as soon as a puppy is fully immunized. Backyard exercize is not enough!]

      Children And The Crate

      Do not allow children to play in your dog's crate or to handle your dog while he/she is in the crate. The crate is your dog's private sanctuary. His/her rights to privacy should always be respected.

      Barking In The Crate

      In most cases a pup who cries incessantly in his crate has either been crated too soon (without taking the proper steps as outlined above) or is suffering from separation anxiety and is anxious about being left alone. Some pups may simply under exercised. Others may not have enough attention paid them. Some breeds of dog may be particularly vocal (e.g., Miniature Pinchers, Mini Schnauzers, and other frisky terrier types). These dogs may need the "Alternate Method of Confining Your Dog", along with increasing the amount of exercise and play your dog receives daily.

      When Not To Use A Crate

      Do not crate your puppy or dog if:

      s/he is too young to have sufficient bladder or sphincter control.

      s/he has diarrhea. Diarrhea can be caused by: worms, illness, intestinal upsets such as colitis, too much and/or the wrong kinds of food, quick changes in the dogs diet, or stress, fear or anxiety.

      s/he is vomiting.

      you must leave him/her crated for more than the Crating Duration Guidelines suggest.

      s/he has not eliminated shortly before being placed inside the crate.
      (See Housetraining Guidelines for exceptions.)

      the temperature is excessively high.

      s/he has not had sufficient exercise, companionship and socialization.

  2. QUESTION:
    What books on puppy training do you recommend?
    I am adopting a 12 week old puppy soon. She's my first one and I'm so excited! =)) But I'm a little unsure how you train a puppy... like housebreaking, teething, etc. Do you have any advice for a first-time puppy owner or any good books you would recommend? Thank you!
    ETA: She is a sheltie/corgi mix. I have read that shelties and corgis are very vocal dogs... will she be a barker? How do you discourage barking?

    • ANSWER:
      How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks or any of the Sirius Puppy training series by Dr. Ian Dunbar is an excellent book for a first time puppy owner.
      Anything by Patricia McConnell is a good read too. most of them aren't "how to" but more informative. Ian Dunbar's book is step by step.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long to train a chihuahua to go in litter box?
    What do I do to get my new puppy housebroken in the box? He holds it and goes secretly later (like usually the moment) I turn my head. I wait and wait to put him in the litter box, but he holds it for HOURS after eating. I can't watch his every move. Any suggestions ? He DOES pee in there however!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes time and patience.
      I would just keep placing him in the box every 1/2 hour until he goes. If you catch him in the act of pooping tell him NO in a firm voice and place him in the liter box. If you find the poop its too late, just clean it up. Someone else told me they trained their pup by keeping him leashed, that way the pup could not wander and is always with you. You can keep an eye on him that way and when you see that he's "ready" gently place him in the liter box.
      I have a chi also but mine is trained to go out side. I also would highly suggest using words like wee wee and poo poo so he gets to know what he is suppose to do. And the most important thing...PRAISE him when he does the right thing! I still to this day have a poo poo or wee wee celebration! Yea poo poo, good boy, Oliver went poo poo!! Praise Praise Praise him!! Good luck. and enjoy your chi, they are wonderful pets!

  4. QUESTION:
    Do puppy training classes really work?
    I was wondering if I should take my new puppy to a puppy training class, I haven't really ever trained a puppy before and I want her to be able to listen to me and actually learn things the right way. She needs to get potty trained and also crate trained and I have no idea how to really do this. If you have ever taken your puppy to a training class please tell me how it turned out with you and your dog?

    • ANSWER:
      my puppy is about to graduate puppy kindergarten and i think the classes are worth it ... the class we are in does not teach the basics of dog ownership such as housebreaking or crate training, but more sit, stay, walk nice on a leash, heel, down, and play nicely with other pups ... my puppy will be four months old november 5 and he can do all of those things (and is housebroken) ... i would strongly suggest the classes as they are very helpful in teaching you how to properly train your puppy ... and i would suggest the book "dogs for dummies" (not meant in any way as an insult, just a great basic, easy to read and follow book about the basics) to help you with some other training issues ...

  5. QUESTION:
    Best dog care tips for a happy puppyhood?
    I'm gettin a dog in spring. We have had dogs before, but we got our last puppy wham I was 4, so now I'm older. How should I bond with the puppy, train it, housebreak it and what times should I feed him at?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to housetrain a puppy?
    I'm am getting a new puppy. I've had dogs before, but I am curious and am wondering what is your best puppy training method? Please explain. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      Crate Training: The second popular method of house training involves the use of a crate or cage. The often-stated reasoning is that the animal is placed in a cage that is just large enough to be a bed. Dogs do not like to soil their beds because they would be forced to lay in the mess. It works, and while in these confines, most pups will control their bladder and bowels for a longer time than we would expect. Young puppies, at 8 or 9 weeks of age can often last for 7 or 8 hours, however, we would never recommend leaving them unattended in a crate for that long in most circumstances.

      During housebreaking, whenever the puppy is inside the home but cannot be watched, he is placed in the crate. This might be while you are cooking, reading to the children, or even away from the home. The last thing you do before you put the puppy in the crate is take him outside to his favorite spot. The first thing you do when you take the animal out of the crate is another trip outside. No food or water goes in the crate, just a blanket and maybe a chew toy to occupy his time. Overnight is definitely crate time. As your faith in the puppy grows, leave him out for longer and longer periods of time.

      Most people do not recognize an important advantage of crate training. It does more than just stop the animal from messing in the house. It also teaches the puppy something very important. The puppy learns that when the urge to urinate or defecate occurs, he can hold it. Just because the pup feels like he needs to relieve himself, the pup learns that he does not have to. This is thought to be the main reason why puppies that have gone through crate training have fewer mistakes later on.

      Make sure you buy the right size cage. You want one that has the floor space that provides just enough for the puppy to lie down. But cages are useful throughout a dog's life and it would be nice if you did not have to keep buying more as he grows. That is not necessary. Simply purchase a cage that will be big enough for him as an adult, but choose a model that comes with or has a divider panel as an accessory. With these, you can adjust the position of the panel so that the space inside the cage available to the pet can grow as he does.

      Using too large of a crate can often cause long term problems. The puppy will go to one corner of the cage and urinate or defecate. After a while, he will then run through it tracking it all over the cage. If this is allowed to continue, the instincts about not soiling his bed or lying in the mess will be forgotten and the puppy will soon be doing it every day when placed in the crate. Now a house training method has turned into a behavioral problem as the puppy’s newly-formed hygienic habits becomes his way of life.

  7. QUESTION:
    How much does it coost for puppy vacines?
    i`m about to get our first dog and am just wondering how much it costs for vacines? The dog is about 3 months old so can you tell me if its probable he`s already had vaccines and if not how much will it cost?
    Also what is the best way to puppy train and how long does it take? How much exercize does a golden retriever puppy need?

    • ANSWER:
      The cost of shots depends on where you live - I've paid from 0-0 in different areas of the Country for the round of 3 shots. Depending on where you got him, he may or may not have had his first round of shots. If you bought him from a Breeder, call them and ask, or check your puppy pack to see if there are any vaccine bottle labels (If he has had the first round, you'll need to bring proof with you to the Vet).

      For housebreaking, there is no set time. It depends on the puppy and how consistent YOU are with the housebreaking routine. I highly recommend Crate training.

      Exercise - Right now he just needs to play in the house and your yard until he's fully vaccinated (You don't want to expose him to other dogs). When he's fully vaccinated, you can start taking him for walks. At 3 months, he should be able to make it for 1/2 hour or so, then build up as he gets older.

  8. QUESTION:
    Attempting to housebreak a Brussels Griffon dog?
    We just bought a female Brussels Griffon dog today and we're trying to housebreak her. We purchased some of those puppy training pads, but she will not use them and insists to attempt going on the carpet, when we usually catch her and she quits. I know she needs to go because she ate a pouch of food about 4 hours ago, but I really don't want to let her go on the carpet. We've also tried taking her outside but she is scared to death of the outdoors. What should we do?

    • ANSWER:
      I house broke my puppy by choosing a small space of grass that was to be his bathroom area and taking him out to it every hour and immediately after eating or drinking. Are you sure she is scared of the outdoors? Could it be that you correct her for going on the carpet and immediately take her outside and that is what she is reacting to? Take her out calmly and just act like it is nothing. Don't lower your voice just be your normal self. A code word works too. Something like "go potty" or "hurry hurry" that the dog associates with relieving herself and getting lavished with love afterward.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do i get my puppy to potty outside when it is raining or cold?
    My puppy is trained to go outside to go potty. But whenever it rains or even just cold outside he will go potty by the back door. How do i break him of this?
    I have a doggy door, so he usually goes out whenever he needs to.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go out with the dog when he doesn't want to. Some of my dogs hate the rain so I go out with them and command them to potty which they all are trained to. They quickly realize no pee=standing in rain and will go quick so I can let them in. A dog with a doggy door is not a housebroken dog, they do not learn to hold it and must be housebroken if they go to a new home w/o a door. Our rescue has had to housebreak every dog given up that had a doggy door. If you have constant access to the outside your are never trained that you have to hold it and not go for several hours.My g/f has this problem, her dogs have constant access to the yard, still go in the house and if the door is shut for only a few hours drown the place in pee and poop.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do i get my male yorkie to use the restroom outside?
    I have trained my other dog (female yorkie/pekinese) to use the restroom outside and i have had him since he was very young and he will just not learn what can i do? By the way i have tried newspaper, puppy training pads, rubbing his nose in it, tied him to my pants loop from his leash. I don't know what to do. Please Help pet parent in distress

    • ANSWER:
      I am a yorkie owner, and unfortunately I was too young when my male yorkies were being housebroken, but I got this tip from the owner of a miniature dachsund: If your dog knows that going to the bathroom inside is wrong but is stubborn, put him in a box with his feces all night (cut air holes, of course). This man had instant luck with getting his dachsund to go outside. I know that sounds a little cruel, but he strongly recommended it. However, if your dog does not realize what he should be doing, this will not work. I hope this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to toilet train a puppy?
    I am thinking of getting a puppy. I live in a one bedroom apartment with a balcony but no yard. Toilet training is a major concern for me. I have heard that you can puppy litter train dogs. I don't really want to crate train the puppy because i believe that is a little cruel. Maybe i could put fake grass or something on the balcony and teach the puppy to go there, and then possibly just replace the grass?

    • ANSWER:
      For my dogs, i tend to paper trained them. I have friends who toilet trained their dogs.

      1.When the puppy arrives home, he may pee on the floor. Put a stack of newspaper on top, turn it over and let it dry.
      2.Put the stained newspaper at the specific spot you want (doorsteps or corners). DO NOT change the spot occasionally.
      3.When the puppy woke up from sleep, bring him to the spot and wait for him to finish business.
      4.When he finish meals, bring him again to the spot.
      5.When you notice that he wants to pee or poo, bring him again to the spot.
      6.You have to be consistent and pay more attention to his behavior to ensure that he is able to learn where to pee and poo.
      7.DO NOT scold him or beat him if he did wrongly. Praise him when he did his business at the spot. Give him some snacks or verbally praise him if he manages to do it right.
      8.It is not necessary to buy the housebreaking spray in the market to help out with this training. That spray may only helps out for 50%.
      9.If your living room is quite big, please place a few spot as the puppy won’t be able to run that fast to the specific spot to pee and poo. If he couldn’t reach the spot, he will just do it on the floor.

      If you think that the paper train is messy, you can train them to do it in toilet. All matter is your consistency on the training with the pup along.

  12. QUESTION:
    What do you think it's best for my puppy, crate training or outside?
    My husband and I both work in the day time, I let the puppy out in the morning, but we both work 12 hours shift, and can't exactly let our 3lb Shih Tsu out in the yard without supervision, since there's an owl near by. Do you think we still train him to housebroken or do you train him to do his business on the papper mat?

    • ANSWER:
      Train him to go outside, and hire a dog walker while you are away at work.

  13. QUESTION:
    Tips on how to potty train a puppy who is aprox. 6 to 8 weeks old?
    I just recently adopted a 6 to 8 week old St Bernard Puppy he might be mixed I am not sure yet till I take him to the vet. Potty Training him seems impossible he doesnt have a specific spot he just goes anywhere when he needs to go. I bought Puppy Training Pads but all he does is tear them up or one of my other dogs tear them up. So does anyone have any Tips and advice for me? Pleeeeeeeeeease I need it!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      A new puppy should not be allowed to wander where ever he likes - please start him in an x-pen (puppy play pen.) I've always used sod rolls in a sheet pan (pick up from any thrift shop.) The plus side of this is that the puppy learns to potty on grass - and after about 7-10 days you can place the used sod in an area of the yard where you want the pup to consider the "bathroom." Replace with new sod roll until puppy is about 13 weeks old, he should then be well on his way to being housebroken. This method also trains them not to use the whole yard as their toilet. You only need pick up the fecal matter and every 2-3 days rinse sod roll to keep the urine smell from being a problem. Line the bottom of the sheet pan with damp newspaper to keep the sod roll from drying out.

      Puppy will need to go outside as soon as he wakes up, as soon as he eats/drinks and as soon as he stops playing - anything breaking up a cycle should be a cue to take him outside to potty.
      Praise like crazy mad when he does make - even if you look like a moron.

      Also start him on a leash, at first let him drag it around, as soon as he's okay with the leash clip it to your belt - this way he doesn't have free reign of the house and can be allowed outside an x-pen. You may also want to consider crating him (open face crate) when you can not keep an eye on him.

      He should be crated at night, preferably in your bedroom, near you - limit his water/food an hour before bedtime to cut back on accidents.

      At 6-8 weeks he has really little to no control over his bladder and bowels so it is really up to *you* to keep a close watch out for the potty squat, running in circles (generally a key to him having a bowel movement) this is where having a puppy leash familiar is the key - and why puppies should never leave home before 13 weeks; so that they do have some control, they know leash training and have had some type of housebreaking.

      Best of luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I look for a good puppy training class?
    I want to start going to classes with my puppy. I live in South Carolina (Columbia/Lexington Area) and I don't even know where to start? How do I know if its a good one? What do I even google? Any suggestions would help! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      A good place to start is by checking the AKC and UKC websites http://www.akc.org
      http://www.ukcdogs.com

      You will find obedience/agility clubs associated with these 2 venues.

      A good puppy class uses mostly food, praise and toys to teach the pups. The classes are usually around 45 minutes, since puppies have a short attention span. No prong or choke collars are used. Only buckle collars. The class should be fun and should cover the basics: sit, down, stay, come, leave it and wait and may even cover some housebreaking. Some will even offer a puppy playtime at the beginning of the class and then again at the end of the class.

      Before you register your puppy in any class, go and sit in. See for yourself if the instructor are teaching the pups in positive way. The people and their pups should look like their enjoying themselves. Also, make sure the class isn't to big, so you can get personal attention when needed.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to housebreak/potty train your puppy?
    I willl be getting a new puppy in 1 - 3 days. I want to start training my puppy automatically. Whats a good way to potty train/ housebreak. & how long will it take.

    :) thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Patience and consistency. They will help you do this more quickly and with fewer accidents. But, know that there will be accidents.

      Let the puppy outside often, especially after it eats, sleeps and plays. Stay outside with it. When it does what you want, pour on the praise. With a happy voice, tell the dog it is good and pet it on the head, scratch its ears, pat it on the tummy - anything it really enjoys. This is a happy occasion and the puppy needs to know how wonderful it is.

      When there is an accident, take it outside immediately. Use no emotion and don't say anything. Any emotions may be misread by the dog and not give you the results you want. Do not yell at the dog and don't rub its nose in anything. Just calmly take it outside and leave it there alone for a little while. The puppy will not find this fun.

      If you find something on the floor but it didn't just happen, you need to let it go and clean it up. Just watch better next time. If you punish after the fact, it won't know what it is being punished for.

      Also, look for the clues your puppy will give off when it needs to go out. Usually they begin to sniff a lot more, especially on the ground, and may walk more quickly. When you see the signs your dog displays, take it outside and stay with it until it does its thing - as long as it takes. Then begin the praise party again.

      I have housebroken many a puppy this way. If you are consistent you will be surprised how soon the puppy will begin standing by the door asking to be let out. Depending upon how consistent you are, the size of the puppy (larger puppies can usually go a little longer than smaller dogs so are easier to catch before an accident) and the willingness of the puppy to follow your directions, this can take as little as a few days or may take a week or two.

      Be consistent and patient and it will happen pretty quickly.

      Good luck. Enjoy your puppy - and be sure to get it fixed.

  16. QUESTION:
    Puppy training: What to do at What age of the puppy etc?
    Any info on puppy training would be fab!

    • ANSWER:
      Birth to Two Weeks: Neonatal Period

      Puppy is most influenced by his mother.

      Senses of touch and taste are present at birth.

      Two to Four Weeks: Transitional Period

      Puppy is most influenced by his mother and littermates.

      Eyes open, teeth begin to come in, and senses of hearing and smell develop.

      Puppy begins to stand, walk a little, wag tail, and bark.

      By the fourth or fifth week, eyesight is becoming well-developed.

      Three to Twelve Weeks: Socialization Period

      During this period, puppy needs opportunities to meet other dogs and people.

      By three to five weeks, puppy becomes aware of his surroundings, companions (both canine and human), and relationships, including play.

      By four to six weeks, puppy is most influenced by littermates and is learning about being a dog.

      From four to seven weeks: Don’t discipline for play fighting, housebreaking mistakes or mouthing – that’s all normal behavior for a puppy at this stage.

      From four to twelve weeks, puppy remains influenced by littermates and is also influenced by people. Puppy learns to play, develops social skills, learns the inhibited bite, explores social structure/ranking, and improves physical coordination.

      By five to seven weeks, puppy develops curiosity and explores new experiences. Puppy needs positive "people" experiences during this time.

      The following occur around the time puppies leave us, or after puppies leave us:

      By seven to nine weeks, puppy is refining his physical skills and coordination, and can begin to be housetrained. Puppy has full use of senses.

      By eight to ten weeks, puppy experiences real fear involving normal objects and experiences; puppy needs positive training during this time. “I’m Afraid of Everything” Stage--Not all dogs experience this, but most do, and they’ll appear terrified over things that they took in stride before. This is not a good time to engage in harsh discipline (not that you ever should anyway!), loud voices or traumatic events.

      Your puppy’s bladder and bowels are starting to come under much better control, and he’s capable of sleeping through the night sometime between 8 and 12 weeks.

      By nine to twelve weeks, puppy is refining reactions, developing social skills with littermates (appropriate interactions), and exploring the environment and objects. Puppy begins to focus on people; this is a good time to begin training. You can begin teaching simple commands like: come, sit, stay, down, etc. Leash training can begin.

      Three to Six Months: Ranking Period

      Puppy is most influenced by "playmates," which may now include those of other species.

      Puppy begins to see and use ranking (dominance and submission) within the household (the puppy's "pack"), including humans.

      Puppy begins teething (and associated chewing).

      At four months of age, puppy experiences another fear stage.

      Six to Eighteen Months: Adolescence

      Puppy is most influenced by human and dog "pack" members.

      At seven to nine months, puppy goes through a second chewing phase, part of exploring territory.

      Puppy increases exploration of dominance, including challenging humans.

      If not spayed or neutered, puppy experiences beginnings of sexual behavior.

  17. QUESTION:
    What to do for puppy crying in crate at night?
    We have a 8 week old yellow lab puppy who we brought home 2 days ago. He is very sad in his crate at night. (We are using the crate training method for housebreaking) We have his crate in the laundry room downstairs, with some toys in it, but he cries throughout the night. Can anyone recommend what to do to make him stop? Should he be crated in an area of the house that he is more familiar with? I know he has only been here 2 days, but we are very tired!!! Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You are doing the right thing. Let him cry it out (make sure you give him a potty break in the middle of the night). Put on a fan in your room for white noise.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the best options for leaving a new puppy at home while I am at work?
    Most days I am able to come home for lunch and let our Alaskan Malamute puppy out but on days that I can't, what are some reccomendations? Our puppy is being trained to eliminate in the back yard. If I was to use an indoor playpen and put down puppy pads for elimination when I can't come home for lunch, will this increase the pups desire to eliminate indoors and hinder housebreaking process?

    • ANSWER:
      EDIT: Actually I'm a big advocate of crate training for housebreaking. BUT the idea behind it is a pup doesn't like to 'mess' where he sleeps. It's really unfair, in my opinion, to leave a pup (or an adult for that matter ) in a crate ALL day , sometimes 8 hrs or more, with no option to relieve itself, exercise, etc.. Accidents are almost a sure thing. If you can't be there to let a pup out when it needs to go, please give it another option like a pen or kennel.
      I DON'T recommend just gating off a room - a bored pup will chew baseboards, walls, ANYTHING it can get hold of!
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      A lot has to do with the age of your pup. A young pup can't make it through the whole day withough 'going', so you of course should provide a pad, newspaper, etc., for that purpose.
      If housebreaking is otherwise going well, then using a pad only when you aren't home shouldn't hinder it too much. If you're sure you can come home at lunch, DON'T put a pad down. In short, only encourage use of the pads when you're going to be gone longer than she should be able to 'hold it'.
      As she gets a little older you should be able to eliminate the pads completely. Just keep her on a good routine of feeding, pottying, and limited water supply when you're gone to lessen the chance of accidents.

  19. QUESTION:
    Transitioning a puppy from doggy door trained to housebreaking?
    Question for all dog lovers. We are considering adopting a 4 1/2 month old puppy. He is currently trained to use the doggy door at his current home. We don't have a doggy door where we live, and since we rent, cannot install one.
    How easy do you think it would be to transition him for being housebroken?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    I just bought a 12 wk puppy. It wasn't crate trained and I would like it to be for its own safety?
    How many nights do they cry when you put them in the crate. ANy tips on crate training, housebreaking etc. The puppy is a male pomeranian if that makes any difference. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Crate training is a great method for potty-training a puppy. They typically cry for 1-2 weeks. It is very important that you ignore him/her if it is just crying for attention.

      A puppy can typically hold it for #months +1 = hours. So, your puppy is 3 months +1 = the puppy can hold it for up to 4 hours. So for a month or two you may have to let him/her out in the middle of the night. Adult dogs can hold it for about 8 hours.

      Once the puppy learns that the crate is his special place, he will stop crying at night and stop soiling the crate. When they get older, dogs will often go to their crate when scared or tired.

      When you are home, take him/her outside every 30 minutes or so. Go to the same place in the yard each time. If he/she poops/pees, give the puppy lots of praise and playtime. Use the positive technique to teach him/her that going outside = getting attention and playtime. If he/she soils in the house, yelling at him does nothing but confuse him/her. Puppy's little brains do not make the connection that the mess on the floor was theirs (even if it was only seconds ago).

      I highly recommend a puppy training class. It is such a great way to bond with your puppy.

      Good luck with your new pup!

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I get my puppy potty trained?
    I just got a little puppy a week ago, and all though she has learned alot she still won't go outside to pee. Whenever she eats I take her out and put her on the peeing pad(to attract her to go there) and she doesn't go. When I bring her in, she goes right on the floor.How can I teach her to eliminate outside and not inside, when she never eliminates outside? Please help me, because I have been cleaning accidents all week.

    • ANSWER:
      Crate the dog and until the dog is reliably going outside she should have absolutely no unsupervised freedom in the house because that is when mistakes will happen. Take the dog outside after meals, playing and sleeping, if she does not go after 10 to 15 minutes return her to the crate for an additional 15 to 30 minutes and take her out again. If she still doesn't go repeat process. When she does finally go outside, wait til he is done and praise lavishly and reward with a treat.
      Housebreaking will only be successful if you are dilligent in watching her and taking her out as necessary and making sure she has no chance to make a mistake.

      Here is a link to a previous question about crate training
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvA3PyeaCLd2BS.leD.ejhvty6IX?qid=20070604184543AAdwz3F

      Also you need to buy a cleaner like Nature's Miracle or Simple Solution to clean your carpets and to get the scent of urine and feces out of the carpet, the dog will not stop going in the house if the scent remains in the carpet or floor.

  22. QUESTION:
    How hard is it to housebreak a maltipoo?
    Im thinking on getting a maltipoo and everything seems good about them, the one thing i dont know is how hard they are to potty train or housebreak.

    • ANSWER:
      It takes about 9 weeks.I adopted mine at 16 weeks and she was puppy pad trained in about 9 weeks.Hint:if the dog is newspaper trained start w/newspaper first.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do German Shepherd puppies do with training (especially housebreaking)?
    I have been thinking of getting a purebred german shepherd (male).I know that they have a reputation for being very smart but I wonder if they respond well to training.

    • ANSWER:
      German Shepherds are great dogs. Training completely depends on you though.

  24. QUESTION:
    How much does a 3 year old Pomeranian sell for?
    We are fostering the cutest dog ever which we really want to keep, but money says we can't right now. She used to be a breeder kennel dog, she's trained and housebroken and all that. She is a little depressed right now from separation from her puppies too early, but getting over it quickly. The old owner is supposed to bring over papers soon. They haven't yet, so we aren't sure if she is pure breed or not. IF she is, how much will she go for? And if not, how much will she go for?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is what I would do. I would find a great home for the poor dog. I would find a caring and loving family who will take care of the dog. I would not sell it. I would adopt it out instead of selling it. The poor dog has been through so much already. I would NOT adopt the dog out to any potential breeders. The young dog has been through breeding and separation already from a breeding kennel. I would not have her go through that again. She deserves a good life.

      Since you are fostering the dog, I am sure the dog has all the shots and so on. So maybe the adoption fee could be around 0.00-150.00. This will weed out any irresponsible people who want a free dog and not willing to pay for the cost of owning dog.

      Good luck finding a great home for your foster dog. :)

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have good potty training techniques for dogs?
    If I don't get my puppy trained by the time my new baby brother arrives,(August 8), my puppy will have to be taken to my grandparents' house.

    • ANSWER:
      After your pup eats, drinks, and sleeps take it out. If you see it sniffing around take it out. If you catch it in the act say no in a firm voice, scoop it up and take it out. Do not ever fuss at the dog after the deed is done, it has forgotten about it. Crate training is also a good tool for housebreaking. A rule of thumb I've always heard is how many months the dog is, is approximately how long it can hold it. (3mo=3hours) you can use that as a guide line. Always praise when it goes outside. I think you have plenty of time before your baby brother arrives. Just keep at it. Also just when you think you have them trained..there will be an accident. Just be patient, it will happen.
      Good luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    How should I housebreak my puppy?
    I'm thinking about getting a pug puppy but training to potty train might be a problem. I'm home most of the time, but have to work two days a week. Those 2 days a week are 14 hour days. Should the dog be trained strictly using those pee pads, because crate training would probably be out of the question. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      14 hours for 2 days is way too long to leave a puppy.

      You need to see if you can make arrangements for the pup to go to a sitter on those days.

      Training them to go outside is best. Consistency is key, you have to take them out every hour or so to the same spot & give a command such as "go potty" when they go you give loads of praise. Puppies should also be taken out after naps, eating & playing.

      Restrict his roam of the house to one or 2 rooms until he gets it & can be trusted.
      Crates are wonderful to use when you are sleeping or have to run errands & the dog cannot go. You can't leave a puppy loose in the house unattended, he/she will chew everything in sight including wires which could prove deadly.

  27. QUESTION:
    About how long does it take til a puppy is housebroken?
    I have a Yorkshire Terrier about 3 months old, and we have been training her to go outside for about two weeks. How long do you think this will take?
    I forgot to mention we are crate training her.

    • ANSWER:
      Every dog is different. Some will be trained in a matter of weeks, others take considerably longer. Our trainer says a pup is only truly housetrained when it goes 2 months without an accident. That is a lot to expect from a 3 month old creature. Just stick with it and she'll gradually get better at it. Make sure when you aren't with her you constrain her either to a crate or a small section of the house. When you are with her, I would recommend keeping a leash on her or using baby gates so that she doesn't have free roam of the house. That's just asking for accidents. When she does make a mistake, clean the area THOROUGHLY. Any scent left there will encourage her to go there again.

      Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the best puppy training books/methods?
    I am getting a 10 week old female american eskimo dog. I need some good books on basic behavioral training, housebreaking, etc. I don't want a method that uses treats as a means to train the dogs.

    Also, how young should one start training a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a site where you can get such information, http://miniurl.com/2698

      Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    In desperate need of puppy potty training advice?
    I have two toy Aussies who are about 5 months. I am really struggling with the potty training thing. One is pretty good but the other is not. They use the potty pads but not a lot one more so than the other. We have plenty of accidents and I am at my wits end! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do may be to start over and teach them again. Get a book on housebreaking dogs from dogwise.com or amazon.com. Dogwise had one that was available as an e-book for only . Maybe it is still available.

      You will also need to clean every spot that the dogs have peed or pooped in with a commercial odor neutralizer made for dog waste smells. Pet stores sell these. You can also buy them online. I used to buy several gallons of the concentrated odor neutralizer when it went on sale and use it in my carpet cleaning machine. That's the easiest way to do it. Try Pet Edge, www.petedge.com or valuevet.com or jefferspet.com. These places usually have really good prices.

      One of the oldies books that I liked a lot was HOW TO HOUSEBREAK YOUR DOG IN SEVEN DAYS by Shirlee Kalstone. It costs .99 at amazon.com. While a lot of the information in the book is out of date, the housebreaking method still works very well. It is about using a crate as a housebreaking tool. No, you don't leave the dog in it all day. It is really easy to do, very effective, and is gentle on the dogs. However, i am told that the newer books are better.

      I strongly suggest that you get a book and follow all fo the instructions carefully, don't improvise.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to get a dog housebroken, she is 3 yrs old.?
    I have a 3yr old min pin that I have had since she was a puppy. Problem is we got her a crate and kept her in there like you do a puppy to train her. Well she started peeing in there. So we started putting newspaper in there so she wouldn't go anywhere eles. Now 3 yrs later she is still peeing there and when I take her out she waits until she gets inside to go. And I noticed now she is peeing in the one bedroom on the carpet. Please someone help me and tell me what to do with her. I would never dream of getting rid of her, but I need to do something!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      How often do you take her to the bathroom ? She needs to be taken out every 2 hours. When she goes you praise her and offer her a treat. Try cleaner her crate out with clorox then put a carpet sample in there to see if she will quit using the bathroom. As far as the bedroom goes shut it completely off to her and only allow her one room. Preferably the kitchen or some where free of carpet and where you are at. Hitting does not work... not saying you do... You need to establish yourself as the head of the pack... It might work... if not.. hmmmm sorry.

  31. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to potty train a puppy?
    I've heard people say that they've potty trained their puppy in less than a week, for some people it takes almost a year! Personally, my landlord doesn't accept any damage to the carpet so until my puppy is potty trained she has to stay in the linoleum bathroom! She's a border collie mix, 9 weeks old, and everytime we let her roam around the kitchen or living room she has an accident. How long do you think this will take?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends first on the breed, almost as much on the method used and without a doubt is impacted greatly by how consistent the owner is through the process.

      I have always crate trained my dogs. I do the same thing for all of them. Breeds are very different, some having a natural "clean gene" while others don't care so much and still others mature more slowly compared to other breeds. I had an Akita (a breed with the clean gene) that was fully housebroken in a week. I once had a Shepherd Mix that understood what I wanted in less than 10 days but still needed a little time for his muscles to develop and be able to give it to me -- but he was done in about 5 weeks. I was challenged with my French Bulldog, who understood but as is the case with most bulldog varieties he was slow to mature, and while he understood it early on it took him until about 6 months to care and if I'm honest, until about a year before I fully trusted him! With a Border Collie, a breed highly intelligent, it shouldn't be a long endeavor...but then again, it might really depend on what she's mixed with!

      The key is to watch her like a hawk. If you can't, she should be crated. Any accident is your fault, not hers. If you see her tell (usually they circle or sniff more avidly...all dogs have a potty tell, if you're watching her you'll figure hers out very quickly) pick her up and take her out right away, giving her the potty command. If you miss her tell but see her squat, pick her up immediately (she'll stop eliminating, don't worry) and take her out to her spot and give her the potty command until she finishes. Always praise them like they just invented sliced bread for going outside and never mix potty time with play time - it's confusing when training. If you wish to play with her then, return inside again to go back outside with your play command...never confuse the dog by mixing your commands and expect them to sort out what you mean - mean what you say and say what you mean...clarity and consistency and keeping the experiences positive will go very far in reaching your goals in training.

  32. QUESTION:
    How many times do i need to feed my puppy per day?
    this is my first times getting a puppy so I need some help. i have a 2 months old shih tzu puppy. how many times do i need to feed him per day? I also got him from a petstore and they said to feed him vitamins and stuff, should i keep doing this? and which type of food is better for my puppy, wet or dry? and is there anything ekse i should know to take care of him. o and any ideas on how to train him and housebreak? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I feed raw so it may be different with kibble. When I fed my kibble pups, they were fed 2x a day. With raw, I feed younger pups 3x, then at about 4 months I move down to 2x, then between 6 months and a year I switch to 1x. It depends on the pup. As they get older, they will show less interest in a meal. Make that meal smaller while making the other meal larger. Eventually, a pup might stop eating the one meal altogether and that's when you know you can feed once a day.

      I would keep giving him supplements since pet store puppies come from puppy mills and can be rather unhealthy. Also, if you are feeding kibble, supplements should be continued for the duration of the dog's life as it doesn't have the necessary nutrients in it a dog needs.

      No matter what you choose, wet or dry, it is not healthy. It is DEFINITELY not healthy to just feed wet. I know a lot of kibble feeders who do both. With wet food, gunk is not going to be scraped off his teeth by anything. At least with kibble, there is a little bit being done, but not nearly enough. With raw, you never have to have their teeth cleaned or even brush them. My collie had NASTY teeth until I started him on raw and the bones he eats on a daily basis has scraped them clean (yes, dogs can eat bones as long as they are not cooked or the weight bearing bones of large ungulates such as bovines).

      As far as housebreaking, we had our pup housebroken by 10 weeks by leaving the back door open during the day once he got the idea of peeing outside. By 10 weeks, he was completely reliable and he has had no accidents since and he is almost 5 months. He weaves in and out of the blinds on the back door when he needs to go out.

      Back to the dog foods. The best brands you can feed a dog are Orijen and Acana but Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo are decent foods as well. NEVER feed a dog 'Ol Roy, Pedigree, Eukanuba, Iams, Purina, or any of the other "cheap" brands. Those are terrible foods that no animal should have to eat.

  33. QUESTION:
    How did you house train your lab puppies?
    I have a 10 week old female yellow lab puppy and house training her is unbelievable!!! Its not going very well at all!! She poops on the carpet like 20 times a day and pees everywhere!! What did you do to house train?

    • ANSWER:
      First and most important thing to use when housebreaking a puppy is a crate. Now make sure you use a crate constructed totally of wire not the plastic travel crate. The puppy should be in the crate at all times unless you can totally have your eyes on him. If he whines while in the crate ignore him! If you go to him while he is whining it will not reassure him, it will teach him that all he has to do is whine and someone will come. Only go to him when he is quiet. When he is taken out of the crate he needs to be brought outside immediately. Use the same door everytime and bring him to the same place each time. If he is small enough to carry it is better to carry him to the pottying spot so he doesnt have an accident on the way. When he does eliminate praise him tremendously as if he just spoke to you in japanese. Giving him a small treat works wonders too not a biscuit, that takes too long to eat. a piece of hotdog or dog jerky treat works very well. The times a puppy will have to eliminate is: 1.when he comes out of his crate 2. 15-20 min after eating or drinking anything 3. When waking up from a nap 4. after playing and running.
      If your puppy made a mistake in the house and you didnt see him make it its too late to punish he will have no idea that he did it. You have to catch him in the act and react at that time. Never ever call your puppy to you to punish him he will think he is being punished for coming to you and that could be dangerous if he decides to run into the street and wont come back when called. anyway the other thing that is very important when training is that you will have urine smell in your carpets and floors. It is very important to neutralize that odor or your dog will eliminate there again. A dog can smell 1 part urine in a million parts water so Resolve or Glory just wont work. Go to a pet store and get the odor neutralizer called Natures Miracle. When the puppy has an accident use the neutralizer on it. You see, with dogs when they smell urine it makes them feel like they have to eliminate. Just like us when we hear water running. above all dont get discouraged and dont EVER hit your puppy!!!! May take 30 days but it will work just follow those simple rules and you and your puppy will be much happier. Good Luck! P.S. The reason I said to use the same door every time is that you will start to notice your puppy hanging around that door when he has to eliminate. You can even go another step and hang a bell on the doorknob and find a way for him to ring it before you open the door possibly jumping up at it. He will figure it out trust me.

      Source(s):
      Im a Petland Pet Counselor

  34. QUESTION:
    What can I do to prevent my puppy from peeing in her crate?
    My 10 week old puppy is almost completely housebroken. She also sleeps all night in her crate, about 8 hours without waking up. I got her 2 weeks ago and had off of work. I put her in her crate (appropriate size) to take naps and would leave the room. She slept about 4 hours, woke for 2, slept 4 more. Ever since I started work again, and she is left alone for only 3 hours, she has been peeing in her crate. The neighbours say she cries almost the whole time. I don't understand, because she used to sleep fine and never went in the crate. It seems like she can't calm down after I have left and that is why she is peeing, from being upset. I wish I had the luxury of not working and my apartment is not puppy safe to leave her alone. Of course she is walked before I leave. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Start potty training over...and remember the hold time of a 10 week old puppy is about 2.5 hours...so it needs to be let out sooner. It's easier for any animal to hold longer while asleep, but if it's mising you and fretting you're away it's gonna be on the shorter side of the hold time.

      hold time one hour = one month of life IE 2 month old pup has 2 hour hold, 4 onth old 4 hours...

  35. QUESTION:
    Where is a good place in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky to get a puppy trained?
    I have a 2 month old rotti/german shepard puppy that I'm having trouble housebreaking. He continues to use the bathroom inside and always chews up cords, furniture, etc. I need a cheap place to take him for training.

    • ANSWER:
      I went here with my prince http://www.bellask9.com/.

  36. QUESTION:
    Who would know about training lab puppies and housebreaking them?
    I have a 13 week lab puppy - the housetraining went very well and was housetrained in about 2 weeks after getting her. however, the last few nights she has peed in the house. Does anyone know if this is normal for the puppy to regress?

    • ANSWER:
      Since she's so little, she's not house trained yet. She can't hold her bladder for more then four hours right now, and it's not surprising she's had some accidents. You'll need to take her out in the middle of the night. And don't assumed she's house trained after just two weeks!

  37. QUESTION:
    I want to get my daughter a pup for her 13th birthday. What dog should I buy and why?
    My daughter has been begging for a small puppy for so long and now that her 13th birthday is on May 10, I want to get her one because she has promised me a lot that she will care for it. She has asked for a Chawhiwhi or a Yorkee but I don't think I want to buy a small dog because I have another 3 children aged 10, 3 & 2. What breed would you suggest for my baby girl? My daughter loves the small dogs that Paris Hilton has and if anybody is her role model, it's her - that's why she wants a Chawhiwhi.

    I found a Miniature Shih-Poo on a website that I thought was very cute. He is 2 months old, will be non-shedding and will be medium in size as he is crossed with a Miniature Poople. I don't think Rachel wants a dog that needs so much grooming and I would like a slightly younger puppy so that she gets to see him at his smallest.

    - Breed must not need more than 1 walk for 20 mins per day
    - Must like children
    - Must be easy to train and housebreak as she doesn't like dog poopies!
    ** PLEASE NOTE: apoligies for any spelling mistakes on breeds. Rachel told me how to spell them - I have no idea how to spell them lol.
    I do not want a dog bigger than medium/small. I live in a small house with a very small backyard so room is restricted.

    • ANSWER:
      If your daughter looks up to idiots like Paris Hilton, she is clearly not responsible enough to own a dog. Especially a small one. It's obvious SHE hasn't done her homework if she think Chihuahua is "CHAWHIWHI" and that Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) is "YORKEE".

      Hold off getting a dog until she has leant that dogs are not toys that can be disposed of like Paris does with her Chihuahua's.

      Also, there is NO SUCH THING as a "MINIATURE SHIH-POO". Do not pay backyard breeders, pet shops or puppy mills for crappy mutts.

      If you want a dog for the FAMILY (NOT for your daughters birthday), go down to your local SPCA and adopt a dog waiting to be put down.

      The novelty of a small puppy will wear off and she won't want the dog anymore. So your 12 year old daughter has promised she will care for him, but for how long? When I was 12 I'm sure I promised my parents a lot of things that never happened. You as a parent need to reconsider getting a dog for your daughters birthday. Dogs aren't toys - you do NOT give them away as gifts for children.

  38. QUESTION:
    What age should I start training my dog?
    My puppy is now 12 weeks old and I considering starting to teach him some basic tricks such as sit and paw. What age is the appropriate?

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as the dog walks in the door you should start training especially housebreaking and teaching what NO means. Don't worry about cute little things like "paw" worry about things like STAY, STOP, HEEL and other things that will save the dogs life.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to train my 2 month old male cockapoo?
    I just bought my baby cockapoo 2 days ago from a breeder. I need some helpful tips to help me train the puppy. He is not housebroken yet but sometimes knows to do his business on newspaper. This is my first time having a dog so as much explanation as possible should be chosen.

    • ANSWER:
      What you want to do is take you pup outside many times and wait for him to go before bringing him in and if she does goes bring him in and give him a small treat and tell him how good dog he is. If someone is at home you can crate him and take him out many times but when you take him out don't talk to him just go straight outside hopefully he catches on

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to housebreak and crate train a pug pupppy?
    About to get a pug puppy and hear crate training is the way to go. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      House-breaking a puppy is a tedious job, but if you stick with it and be consistent for about a month, it'll be worth it since your puppy will grow into a dog who will hopefully be your best friend for about 10 to 15 years. So all things considered, a month is nothing in the scheme of things. Important rules to live by:

      1. Until she's fully housebroken, you should only take her outside (other than a car trip to vet, groomer, etc.) to relive herself in order for her to quickly learn that "outside" means one thing for her right now and that is to relieve herself. If you play with her, e.g. tossing a ball, she won't learn that distinction. She'll tell you she wants to go out but to play -- and you'll stand there waiting for her to "go" while she'll be waiting for you to play with her. So, OUT, RELIEVE, and back in the house. If she goes outside successfully, praise her softly while she's going . Then, when back inside, reward her with a doggy biscuit saying "good girl for going outside." Be firm, tho. No success, no biscuit. She'll catch on fast.
      2. Always take your puppy out (to the same spot she's gone successfully before) IMMEDIATELY AFTER:

      a) Getting out of cage
      b) Eating
      c) Waking up from a nap

      In between, if you let her run loose in the house, you must watch her like hawk and the first sign of her needing to go, you must sweep her up and say "OUTSIDE". Some people try keeping their puppy on a leash during downtime so they can keep a closer eye on the puppy. I've always thought this might confuse the dog, since a leash is part of the "going outside" process. Otherwise, do keep her in the cage/crate but for a reasonable amount of time since she's little. Then, each day increase the cage time by 15 minutes or so and her bladder will adjust.

      I'm assuming you know the size of the crate rule: just enough room for her to stand up without bending her neck ~ and ~ enough room for her to turn around to lie down. Dogs will usually never go where they sleep. So if you have a dog that will grow quickly and you can't afford to keep buying the next size crate, buy the size you will ultimately need and in the meantime go to the supermarket and get a cardboard box to insert in the back of the crate leaving the room criteria noted above. As she grows, you can keep on getting smaller boxes.

      Last, if you are successful in her learning to tell you she's gotta' go outside, you must honor her request right away even if you're watching a great movie, talking on the phone, eating, sleeping, or in the middle of a snowstorm - TRUST, CONSISTENCY, and PRAISE (don't forget the doggy biscuits!) are KEY. Good luck !!

  41. QUESTION:
    How long can I leave my puppy home alone?
    I'm getting a puppy over the summer and I need to work out my work schedule for sept. (I work at 5 different schools) he will be 4 months when I would leave him at home. I will make sure he has a kong full of peanut butter and treats. How long can I leave him at home by himself?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as the puppy is housebroken & crate trained he can be left alone for about 4-5 hours.
      Make sure you give him attention and a good walk before you leave and have either come home or have someone come over to walk him again 4-5 hours later.
      Then take him out again as soon as you get home.

      Until he is fully housebroken (no more accidents) and is obedient don't leave him running loose in the house, he can destroy your house and/or hurt himself.

      You can also put him in a doggy daycare until he is fully trained and can stay alone 8-9 hours.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I get my puppy to put all four paws on her pee-pads?
    We have trained our puppy to use the absorbant pads to relive herself, she know that she is supposed to do this, but dosnt understand that her back paws need to be on the pads aswell. She sees her front ones are on, and then makes a mess on the floor as her back legs are off. Any tips for getting all four paws on the papers?

    • ANSWER:
      If your housebreaking your dog,consider getting rid of the pads alltogether.Pads and newspaper prolong the time it takes to completely housebreak a pup.Even though it uses the pad,it is learning that going to the bathroom in the house is acceptable.You want your dog to learn that the only acceptable place to potty is outside.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you train your puppy to be housebroken?
    I have a sweet little miniature schnauzer. I need to know how to housebreak her. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      house training involves the use of a crate or cage. The often-stated reasoning is that the animal is placed in a cage that is just large enough to be a bed. Dogs do not like to soil their beds because they would be forced to lay in the mess. It works, and while in these confines, most pups will control their bladder and bowels for a longer time than we would expect. Young puppies, at 8 or 9 weeks of age can often last for 7 or 8 hours, however, we would never recommend leaving them unattended in a crate for that long in most circumstances.

      During housebreaking, whenever the puppy is inside the home but cannot be watched, he is placed in the crate. This might be while you are cooking, reading to the children, or even away from the home. The last thing you do before you put the puppy in the crate is take him outside to his favorite spot. The first thing you do when you take the animal out of the crate is another trip outside. No food or water goes in the crate, just a blanket and maybe a chew toy to occupy his time. Overnight is definitely crate time. As your faith in the puppy grows, leave him out for longer and longer periods of time.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you train your dog to tell you they need to use the potty with a bell on the door?
    I have two puppies who I am training how to use the bathroom outside. I was walking in Walmart and saw the bell you could put on the door so they tell you when they need to go. Does anyone know how to train dogs to use the bells?

    • ANSWER:
      Pavlov's Housebreaking (Teach Your Dog to Ring a Bell to go Outside):

      Here are a few simple steps:
      1.Purchase a Door Ringer (this is a VERY important step!)
      2.Point out the bell to your dog. Hold treats up next to the bell, so that your dog will begin hitting the bell with their nose or paw. Reward with the treat. You may need to tap the bell for the dog the first 2-3 times… but it won’t take long to realize that bell ring = treat.
      3.Repeat 2-3 sessions of 1-2 minutes each. As your dog begins to ‘get it’, start adding the command “Ring the Bell!” each time your dog is successful in making the bell ring.
      4.You should be able to simply point to the bell and say “Ring the Bell!” without holding up the treat, after a few short sessions.
      5.Once your dog has the basic concept of how to ring the bell, begin ringing the bell as you turn the knob to open the door. You may want to ‘ring, open, step outside with your dog, step back inside (with your dog), close door, repeat’ several times. You do not need to go all the way outside to the potty spot each time. Your dog knows that outside means outside… no matter how far away from the door you go.
      6.Reinforce the door ringing each time you take your dog out to go potty. In between ‘real’ potty trips, practice #5.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I start training my dog to stay at home alone?
    I have a puppy (4lbs 5 months almost) that has never been alone EVER!!! I need to start traing him to be home alone. How do I go about this??

    • ANSWER:
      Do it a small amount at a time. Leave him alone for 15 minutes at a time a couple times a day, for a couple days in a row. Then an hour, then three hours, then longer as necessary. Do it gradually so he gets used to being alone, and so that he realizes you're coming back. Make sure he has access to water at all times, and be patient with the housebreaking process. He may have more accidents if you're not around to take him out. He'll get on a schedule eventually, so long as you're consistent.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do i potty train a puppy by crate training?
    How can i potty train it by a crate?I seriously have no Idea(new dog owner)

    • ANSWER:
      The idea of a crate is to use your puppy's natural desire to keep its bed clean. If the area he is in small, he will try to 'hold it' instead of soiling his bed and possibly himself. This way he learns to be housebroken much faster than if he roamed around the house peeing and pooping at will.

      You can start off with a crate big enough for an adult and simply place a board or something inside to make it 'smaller' for your pup. Otherwise, start with a temporary crate small enough so he turn around in comfortably but not big enough that he can pee on one side and sleep on the other.

      You can use the crate whenever you cannot pay attention to your dog: when you are sleeping, eating, working, not at home, etc. You should not leave a puppy inside a crate for more than a few hours at a time depending on his age.

      The crate is his 'room' and should have a comfortable bed, toys, etc. Keep the door open and throw a ball or toy inside and let him go in and get it. Some puppies end up sleeping in their crates even with the door open.

      Some people think they should always have water but I think he is liable to knock it over and make a mess for himself.

      Take him out frequently, after getting up, after play, after eating and every couple of hours if he is young. That will mean getting up in the middle of the night for awhile but it will teach him to be 'clean' much faster.

      Some people like two crates: one downstairs in the family room and another in the bedroom. If you get a large enough crate, he can use it all of his life including in the car and for traveling.

  47. QUESTION:
    How often should a puppy that is kept inside the house be bathed?
    We are currently crate training our puppy and every now and then he has an accident. Because the space is confined, he gets in his droppings and smells horrible. How often can he be bathed during the week without drying out his skin?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep your dog free of feces and urine, so however often that take is how often you bathe that area of your dog.

      Your puppy has a bladder about the size of your little finger so it fills up quickly. Try to let him out of the crate at least once every two hours.

      Good luck with the crate training. I don't use that method myself, it takes so long and then you have to train the dog all over again once he lives outside of the crate. Best to stay home for a few days, keep an eagle eye on the dog and then take him outside at the first sign. My boy puppy was housebroken at ten weeks using this method. I adopted my girl at one year (she was a rescue and not housebroken) and it took a couple of weeks, using wee wee pads. I placed them all over the house and she took to them like a fish to water. I removed all but one over the course of the two weeks and then moved that pad closer to the back door and then finall put it oustide. Once she started using it oustide I took it away. She was a tough one to train but I don't believe in scolding an animal at all, not for anything they do. So, positive reinforcement takes longer but there is no fear factor in that method.

  48. QUESTION:
    How often should a dog/puppy have water available in the house?
    We've recently gotten a 6 week old black labrador puppy, which we intend to be both an in-house and outside dog. Obviously, being a pup, he will urinate often and everywhere. My parents believe that the puppy should only have water available during the day (and not even always during the day), mainly because he'll urinate on the floor. However, I've read and I feel that the puppy, and dogs in general, should have access to water 24/7; cleaning up the urine is part of owning a dog. Should our pup have water always?

    By the way, we also have a 5 year old pomeranian mix, whom we've had for 2 years. We generally follow the same water-mantra above of water available all/most of the day, but no water at night. Are we doing the right thing?

    Thanks to everyone in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      1st off, there is no inside/outside dog... keep him/her inside and only out for potty and walks and such. by doing inside/outside that may confuse the puppy and make it harder to house train him/her. plus by keeping him/her out all the time it could cause him/her to have a different temperament.

      try crate training him/her. this will help with the housebreaking and with the accidents in the house.

      as for the water any animal should have ample clean water available.

      my lab tends to have days where he drinks more than others. and yes cleaning up the accidents is a part of having a puppy. that is where the house training comes into play.


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Beagle Puppy Training

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I train my Beagle puppy to go potty outside in the rain?
    I have had my 3 month old Beagle puppy for 3 weeks now and have trained her to go potty outside only. She was doing excellent! For the last 3 days it has rained nonstop for the first time since we got her and since the rain started she will not go outside at all, only in the house. There is no covered area in our yard and she runs to the door every time we take her to her potty spot. We have done the same routine with her and don't know what to do. She even went on our bed. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Got a big golf umbrella?

      Back to basics. On lead, to the spot, give her the command, and stand there until she goes.

      Consistency.

  2. QUESTION:
    How old should a beagle be before she sleeps outside?
    I have a 9 Week old beagle puppy. I am crate training her and at night I put the crate in my bedroom. I want her to sleep outside though eventually, but I'm not too sure at what age its appropriate.
    I don't mind her sleeping in my bedroom at the moment. But I'm worried that if I let her sleep in my room too long she won't transition outside?

    • ANSWER:
      a beagle is a short haired dog and should live inside

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I go about establishing my beagle puppy as a therapy dog?
    My 5 month old male beagle puppy is pretty special in my opinion, and although I do not know much about it, I think he has the potential to be a great therapy dog. He is incredibly calm, loves people, loves affection and responds very well to reward based training.

    Does anyone own a therapy dog? Or know of how I might go about training my beagle to become one?

    Jazzie, I'd love an answer from you!

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      In the US, there are many therapy dog groups. The most famous is probably TDI (link below). On their website you will see all the tests the dog needs to successfully do to be a therapy dog with TDI. Your dog must be 1 year old to be registered with TDI.

      Other pet therapy groups include Pets On Wheels and Therapy Dogs Inc (no to be confused with the more prominant and longer existing Therapy Dogs International, which is above).

      All groups require a stable temper, as well as basic training of some sort.

      I'd start by calling nursing homes and hospitals in your area, ask for the "activities director" and tell them you're working on having a therapy dog and what do they require. Depending on the facility, some already have groups you can join, others will welcome you with just a CGC.

      Each place has it's own specific rules. Because I like to make my own schedule and just walk around from room to room, I contacted nursing homes until I found one that would allow me to do that.

      Therapy dog work is some of the most rewarding work you can do with your dog. Good Luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get my beagle puppy to speak/bark on command?
    I have a 6 month old beagle puppy, I've been able to train her to sit and lay down but I'm having issues getting her to speak/bark on command. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You've got to do something else that gets her to bark, then give the command, "Speak".

      Eventually she will associate the command with the behavior. This one can be tricky because they have to change their mindset in order to bark.

  5. QUESTION:
    When is the best time to train a Beagle puppy?
    My Beagle puppy is currently about 9 weeks old. We have been trying to train him to "sit" and "come", and also to respond to his name, but with no results because he was just too hyper. He refuses to sit anywhere quietly and is always running away to somewhere else. Sometimes he does respond to treats, but it all depends on how sleepy he is.

    So I am wondering, is it too early to train him right now? Is there a better time for Beagle puppies to start their obedience lessons?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep trying. Training them early is better than waiting until they are older and starting to show bad behaviors.

      Play with your dog. If he has had his shots, take him for a good long walk or play for a while in the yard. Anything to tire him out a little. Then do some training. You don't have to spend hours doing it, just 10-20 minutes several times a day. If you spend too long trying to teach him something, he could get bored.

      If you need a good treat to use, use hot dogs. Cut them into little pieces to give when he does something right. Don't always give him a treat, sometimes just give him praise for doing the trick.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of a beagle puppy?
    I have two dogs from the same litter. They are 12 years old; rottweiler-beagle cross. I am very attached to these pups and won't be getting new ones for a very long time but I was just wondering what the pros and the cons are to a pure-bred beagle puppy? I know of some of the possible diseases, harder to train, etc. But I'd like to know perhaps from experiences. I didn't raise my pups - my parents did. I was too young then as a child to know how to train a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Beagle can be loud, and they are very high energy as puppies and curious about everything which can make training hard (they always want to follow there nose!). However, they are usually very treat motivated and can learn just like any other dog if you have patience and know what your doing. These dogs really can not be trusted off leash, for obvious reasons. They will wander wherever there nose takes them. As they mature they really mellow out and are very affectionate and sweet dogs. They are prone to obesity, and obesity can lead to heart and joint problems, so just make sure you never overfeed your Beagle and give them exercise. You should get one from a good breeder, one who either works there Beagles in the field or somebody who shows Beagles. A working-line Beagle will be more drivey and will REALLY want to follow his nose, where as a show type Beagle will be more laid back and less drivey (although either way they will want to follow there nose).

      Just make sure you do your research, but of course you have lots of time for that! It also wouldn't hurt to look online for some breeders near you for when you are ready for a Beagle. Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I get my new beagle puppy to sleep through the night?
    My boyfriend and I just got a beagle puppy and he wakes us up every 2 hours just wanting to be held. Any ideas on what to do about that. Will that change?

    This is our first time having a puppy. We are not exactally sure on how to potty train him too

    • ANSWER:
      For potty training, he should have a crate. He stays in the crate all day at first - you pick him up and carry him outside first thing in the morning. Play for about an hour, then feed him. A half hour later take him out again. Then it's crate time for maybe 2 hours. Pick him up and carry him outside to go potty, play a little bit & then back to the crate for a few hours. Keep continuing this 2 hour potty cycle until dinner time, then you take him outside, play for an hour, feed him & go potty again.
      He should sleep in his crate at night, if the crate is small enough, he won't go potty in it. He'll learn how to hold it through the night.
      If you take him out at 11 and get up at 6 to take him out again, he should be fine. Just be sure to stick to a regular schedule - dogs like set schedules.
      You can also train your dog to ring a bell when he has to go potty. Just have a bell by the door and tap his paw on it every time you take him outside. He'll make the connection between the bell and going potty - soon he'll be doing it himself.

      Ignore his cries and he'll stop. It may be loud and it may be annoying, but you're teaching your puppy that every time he cries you come running. Sounds more like he's training you, huh?
      Just be strong, he'll be fine. Maybe get him a stuffed animal so he doesn't feel so lonely.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i train a beagle puppy to hunt deer?
    i got a beagle puppy and i want him to chase deer for hunting. Can you help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Use experienced elder beagles if you will. Also, get ahold of a deer hide, put it out of reach of the beagle. Fresher the better. Walk the dog thru the woods alot. Act excited when you run across a deer, if your lucky enough to see or hear it first. This works with alot of game, but the best way to teach him is to let another beagle do it.
      You didn't ask, but stealth is the best way to hunt deer.
      If your planning on releasing the dog then waiting for deer to run to you. You better check state law. It's illegal in most states. Also, you'd need alot more than 1 beagle to try that technique.
      A beagle used for hunting purposes are usually used for treeing a animal. (Racoons,Opossum) Flushing out foul, (Pheasants,Quail) and Duck hunting. Great water dogs.
      Good Luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I get my beagle puppy to stop crying when I leave?
    I just brought home a 6wk beagle puppy a couple of days ago. When I went to leave for work today I put her in her crate and she started whelping immediatly. She was so loud and living in an apartment I was afraid she was going to wake my neighbors so I got her out and soothed her till she fell asleep. Does anybody have any suggestions? I can't do that every morning or I will be late for work.

    • ANSWER:
      If ya' are crate training her...Crate can NOT also be used as discipline!!!
      The idea of crate training is to give ya' puppy/dog a sense of comfort...Such as a den. Many ppl. use crate for both...Can NOT do that!!!
      Try making some tapes of ya' voice, put an old T-shirt (Dirty, that ya' have worn, so she can smell ya') seen someone suggested leaving the TV on...We do that with my son's dog...She luv's MTV!!! I Believe she thinks my son is here...Due to the music and, talking!!! She will eventually become accustomed to "her" crate...Hence: Luv'n it...Soon all ya' will have to say is crate up!!!
      Shes still very young!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I get my beagle puppy to be less hyper around people?
    I have a three month old beagle puppy. she's a great dog. but while walking her whenever we pass other people and/or dogs she starts pulling and gets overly excited. sometimes so excited she bites these people. shes NOT an aggressive dog. but with other dogs or anyone passing by she gets different. not mean. just super excited. i would like her to get to meet others with a much more calmer attitude.
    what do i do to tame that?

    • ANSWER:
      I understand she is just a puppy and she just doesn't know the proper way to meet and greet people. Training classes would be a big plus for the both of you. You will need to learn the Be Still Cue which will help tremendously. Brenda Aloff has a book called, Get Connected with Your Dog and it comes with the DVD that shows you how to do it.

  11. QUESTION:
    At what age should a puppy be when i start to crate train him?
    I bought a ten week old beagle puppy today. Should I begin crate training him immediately? And when is it appropriate to start taking him for walks? I was told that he shouldn't be taken for a walk for 3 weeks. Is this right? It is a purebred beagle puppy.

    • ANSWER:
      Start crate training now. Waiting will make it harder for him to learn.

      Take him on short walks, around your yard, immediately so that he gets used to being on a leash. However, don't take him off of your property until he has all of his shots... you don't want to risk him catching anything!

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my parents to let me get a beagle puppy?
    I have been waiting to get a beagle puppy for a while, and my parents said that I could, but I think that they have changed their mind about it, not sure though, and now they want to get a chihuahua. How can I convince them to let me get a beagle?

    • ANSWER:
      Explain to them the differences in personality these two dogs have, making the beagle sound better than the chihuahua. Beagles are very loyal dogs, great with children and other dogs, and, if socialized early, great with cats and other pets as well. Beagles are also easily trained, and do not try to take full control of the house. The chihuahua is difficult to train, and may require a lot of extra work to get it housebroken and to learn other behaviors. Chihuahua's are a jealous breed and do not like it when strangers are around. They are also known to snap at young children. They can be very aggressive, and will try to take full control of the house.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my parents to let me get a beagle puppy?
    I really want a beagle puppy. But I need help on how i can convince my parents, and how to make 00 to pay for it. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
    I really want a beagle puppy! But i would have to pay for the vet bills, food, brushes, etc. I need 00! I need alot of help what should i tell them? Thanks!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Puppies are a huge responsibility. Obviously you are at school a large chunk of the time. You have friends, go might play sports, afternoon activities, etc. When you are gone who is going to care for the puppy? Who is going to get up with him in the middle of the night during potty training? My guess is not you and this is why your parents don't want you to have a puppy, because they do not want to care for the puppy. There a full time responsibility and if you don't like dogs then you dont want to do it, wait until you move out and are old enough.

  14. QUESTION:
    Where should I take my puppy for training classes?
    I live in South Florida and have a 6 month old beagle puppy that is extremely stubborn. I never took him to puppy classes and I want to start. I mainly need to teach him to stay, and come when I tell him to, and not run out the door if he sees it open. I've heard of PetCo and PetSmart puppy classes but not always with the best reviews. Does anyone know of any other puppy training? To be more specific, I'm looking around the Coconut Creek/Boca area. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ask for a referral from your vet, groomer, boarding kennel, and/or friends. There are many kennel clubs throughout Florida. Many of them offer training classes taught by knowledgeable instructors. Below are some website that have trainers listed around the country.

  15. QUESTION:
    What's the best method for house training puppies?
    I have two Beagle puppies, and if you know anything about Beagles you know they are STUBBORN! I am totally against crate training; it has never worked for me in the past, instead my dogs wouldn't act like normal dogs, like they weren't affectionate or anything. So please, if you have any good tips that worked when training your own dog, let me know.

    Also they are currently paper trained but i am tired of having to clean up after them and the smells!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, when I was training my beagle puppy, we put a bell on the door. When she went to the bathroom on the floor, we would scold her and then take her to the door. We would ring the bell and let her outside to let her know that's where she needed to go. By doing this, she realized:
      1. That she needed to go to the bathroom outside.
      2. If she needed to go outside, she should ring the bell with her nose to let us know she needed to go to the bathroom.

      It worked with Sugar, and I hope it works for you. Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I introduce a puppy to my older dog?
    I have an older, well-trained beagle and now I am getting a 10 week old beagle puppy. I have heard different things about introducing them- take them to a mutual place or let the new dog explore the home first or just let them work it out on their own. I do not want to just throw them together- I want something that establishes myself as the pack leader from the get-go. Any ideas on the best way to bring a new puppy into the home?Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Put up a baby gate and have them in adjoining rooms where they can see and most importantly to a dog, smell each other. When your older dog is calm and accepting of this (and don't rush it), put them together. Beagles are by nature very dog friendly (they are pack dogs), so you should have no problems at all.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I train my puppy not to run up the stairs?
    My beagle puppy is only 6 months old and stubborn. How do I train him not to run up the stairs. I have the baby gate up but he will still run up as fast as he can when the gate is moved. I would like for him to only go up when allowed. Am I asking too much from my little puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      No- teach him to stay. Make him sit at the bottom of the stairs and tell him to stay. Then, don't let him move until you give him his release word (I just use release)

  18. QUESTION:
    whats the easiest way to house train a beagle?
    i've had a beagle puppy once before and fell in love. however, it was too hard training her and i didn't have the money to get her a trainer. i would love to get another beagle sometime in the near future and am hoping someone can provied tips for me to make the training process easier.

    • ANSWER:
      buy a crate. and keep him in there till you here him bark and take him outside and say"go pee" and keep doing it for a few weeks. don't waist money on house training

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my Beagle puppy from biting when he's excited?
    I have a 2 month old Beagle puppy, and when he gets excited, e.g after going outside, he starts to nip people and sometimes bite us, and he bites our clothes. We've given him toys, and he plays with them for a while. I've tried clapping and yelling stop, but he keeps going. It's not an aggression problem, because when he's not excited he's really nice to everyone. How do I stop this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a puppy thing. That's how they play with the rest of the litter. Just stop him and calm him down.
      Say NO in an authoritarian tone. He'll get the picture.
      My beagle did the same thing. It lasts until they lose their milk teeth.
      Now my beagle would never even think of biting someone.

      Best thing with beagles is keep them occupied or wear them out with exercise.
      They love to get into trouble.

      Also, when he gets older don't ever leave him off the leash. They get a scent and they're gone. Nothing and no amount of training will stop them.
      Obedience training does help with beagles but not in the taking off. It's instinct.They smell a rabbit they're outta here.
      The obedience training helps getting them back. They listen to the clicker and return.
      They learn clicker training in obedience class. It works.

  20. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to potty-train a puppy to go outside?
    im getting a male beagle puppy this friday. how do I potty-train him to go outside?
    also, I have another beagle so I have a dog doorsothey cango outside whenever they want

    • ANSWER:
      take him out every 2 hours and after meals and drinks

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you train a 8 week old Beagle to potty outdoors during the winter?
    My wife and I have trainned our Beagle puppy to potty outdoors and to let us know when he has to potty, but now that is getting colder outside he does not want to go outside. I carry him outside, he may pee-pee, but not poop, or will he just sit there and shiver. We know he has to go because we learned his sniffing. Do we have to now train him to potty indoors? Or is ther a way to get him to potty outdoors still?

    • ANSWER:
      We had the same problem with my Jack Russell. We just kept taking him out and rewarding him when we went. I would recommend buying your dog a coat though, Beagles don't have very thick fur. Try walking him around too, so he doesn't stay in one place and get colder.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you teach a Beagle to jump up and catch a ball from the air??
    We have a small Beagle puppy and I am wanting to teach him how to jump up and cath a ball from the air like most cattle dogs.He is only 9 weeks and i know that that might be a bit young to start training him to do that, he hasnt even learnt how to bring the ball back how do do that and teach him to jump up and catch it?

    • ANSWER:
      First, take him to basic obedience class, and then take him to an agility and fly ball class. They'll teach you there, and the dogs have a ball!! (no pun intended)

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I get my husband to get me a puppy for Christmas?
    I really want a beagle puppy. What is the best way to convince my husband to suprise me with one?

    • ANSWER:
      I would try leaving small hints aroung the house. Get a beagle calendar for the new year. Buy a dog magazine with a beagle on the cover, and read it intently over breakfast. If he keeps pictures of you in his walet, replace them with pictures of beagle puppies. Acquire an overly enthusiastic fixation with Snoopy, and give only "Because he's a beagle" as an explanation. Pretend to walk a dog around the house, make it extra convincing by naming it and trying to play fetch. Look into accesories with the statement "I love/<3 my beagle" on them, and make sure he is aware of them and the fact that it is not just a new office fad. If things start getting rough and he doesn't take the hints, tell him "lets go walk the dog," if he asks what dog, say "the beagle," if he then states that you don't have one, say "thats because you haven't bought it for me yet." in a very serious manner. All in all, try to be creative, you can have a lot of fun with this, and it could be applied to other things you may want in the future, like jewelry. Also, in the holiday spirit, I suggest you check at your local animal shelter, humane society, or anti-cruelty association. These organizations strive to find a second chance for great animals, that may have had a sad start to their life. These animals are in need of a good home, are often trained, and typically have recieved their yearly vaccinations and have been spayed. Happy holidays, and good luck getting a beagle by Christmas, or at least, next Christmas.

  24. QUESTION:
    We have a 6 week old puppy and I am wondering what is the best way to do it?
    I have put down puppy training pads and they work a little. I have tried to take the dog outside but he just plays. He is a very small dog, part shitzu, pomeranian, and beagle. He is peeing everywhere and I want to know what works best.

    • ANSWER:
      Crate training is the simplest way. Dogs are denning animals and do not like to pee where they sleep. Crates simulate the den. Keep the puppy in the crate when you can't keep a close eye on him. Do not allow him to roam about the house on his own peeing everywhere. Once the house smells like pee everywhere he will never learn not to pee there. Take him out as often as you can and allow him to play in the floor right after he has gone out doors. When he has an accident just show it to him and say firmly NO! Go potty outside. Say this like you mean it, but never rub the dogs nose in his mess and never spank him for messing. Just let him know you are displeased. When you take him out always use the same words to encourage him to go such as "Go potty" and always take him to the same area to do his business. When he potties in the right spot always praise him. As he grows older you can take him out less often and he will become more reliable. In short if he is still having potty accidents you still need to crate him when you can't watch him. It useually improves a lot at age 4 months, but most dogs will not be completely potty trained until 6 or 8 months. Even then if you leave them too long they will have accidents. Many people don't understand crate training and think it is cruel to keep a dog in a crate but as i said before dogs are denning animals and you are not going to keep him there all the time. As he grows his time in the crate will lessen and he may even want to go in his crate for privacy so be sure to get one big enough for him when he is grown. Good luck with your puppy. A good reference book for other puppy problems is
      I Just Got a Puppy Now What Do I Do

  25. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my beagle puppy?
    My beagle puppy bites my two children. Last night she bite my 4 year old in the face. Does she not like kids? Does she need to be a hunting dog and not a pet? PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Heather,
      Biting definitely is wrong and you don't want your children to get nipped too hard and cause injury. When choosing this kind of dog you have to remember what type of personality he has and this type of dogs needs. He is very active and has alot of energy. He is a hunting dog by instinct. Everyday be sure and take this dog for a goooood loooong walk/run. He has tension in his muscles that needs to be released. If he is an indoor dog then he must have this everyday. If you work, you can take him out in the morning (which will help him be relaxed during the day, to not bark, chew up things, etc.) If not, walk him first thing in evening when you come in. Take the kids and work out everyones muscles by a brisk walk for 15 mins. or so. You'll find your pet will be much more relaxed and be less aggressive. When he does bite or chew, nip, etc. immediately, using a deep growly throaty voice say "No" or "Baaa", then use 2 fingers to push his neck back away from the child. This is what the mother dog would do to correct her baby. She would use her teeth and a deep growl. This only takes a few times to train the dog that this is wrong behavior. If your dog is still overly active and you are busy getting dinner, etc. and can't stop to train for that moment, don't ever feel bad about crating the dog for the time. This gives him some "down time" to relax (even if he doesn't) and some security. Just like your children who need closeness and warmth and less "in your face" activity, this dog too should respond positively to these easy changes. :)

  26. QUESTION:
    I want a beagle puppy but i need to convice my mom how? and were can i find a male beagle puppy?
    I have a yorkshie terrier and she is going to be 3 this summer and i have failed to pottytrain her how can i do that? and still convince my mom to another puppy? Where can I find a male beagle puppy? Are males harder to potty train? I need a beagle under 0 any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven't even properly potty trained your first dog not to crap in the house, why in the world are you trying to convince your mom to get another? No Mom wants to come home to a smell house, stinking of dog feces and urine because their child has failed to train their dog. Most owners have their dogs potty trained at 5 months of age, even the worst potty trainers have their dogs potty trained by 1 year of age, your dog is 3 years old and you haven't even dedicated the time to research training methods and try, I don't blame your Mom. Mom doesn't want another animal adding to the filth she's already living in.

      Train your first one before you even think about getting another. To add to this, you aren't gonna get a nice or even remotely good purebred beagle for 0, there are shelter fee's that cost more for mixed dogs. You'll likely get a badly bred dog, or get scammed into getting a mixed dog.

      Part of owning a dog is researching and taking responsibility for a dogs care and TRAINING. To potty train the dog you take her outside every 2 to 3 hours to use the bathroom. Walk her when she's outside, walking stimulates her and gets her to use the bathroom. Once she uses it, reward her with a pet or a treat, repeat this over and over. When you cannot take her outside, place her in a crate, so she won't roam around crapping everywhere.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do i get my beagle to walk on a leash?
    I have an 8 month old beagle puppy that, for a puppy, is very well behaved except for the fact she won't follow me on the leash. The dog doesn't pull me on the leash, i have to drag her to the point she starts choking because she is so intent on sniffing the grass. I had a beagle as a child and it did the same thing but then I had a backyard and didn't need to walk it 5 times a day. I try to scold her when stops and praise her when she walks good but I don't think she's getting it, anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Bloodhounds, so I know what you're talking about. Unfortunately both are scent hounds and this is what they do. Do you have a dog park where she could run off-leash? I would suggest a training collar. Give her a correction and say "leave it". Keep working on it. How about a local puppy obedience class? Great fun and you can probably get good support.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my puppy weeing in his cage?
    I've got a 10 month old beagle puppy around 2 months ago, he is toilet trained as he never wee's in the house but when we put him in his cage at night and I come down the next morning his bedding is soaked, it's not because he can't hold it in because on the odd occasion he sleeps on the bed he doesn't even move for nearly 8 hours, I think it may be him protesting as he doesn't sleep in the bed but is there anything I can do to stop him from weeing in his cage?
    Is there anything else I can put in the cage to stop him weeing in it? Someone mentioned white wine vinegar but that hasn't worked

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a good & cheap website for finding beagle puppies, in Massachusetts?
    I am looking to adopt a pet. I am very interested in a Beagle puppy. I need one cheap, and I live in Lawrence, MA. So If possible, I need it close. Please help me out. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Beagles aren't cheap.
      No dog is cheap.
      You have to pay for vet bill, food, basic care, training, spay/neuter and emergencies.
      And buying online is dangerous, especially with animals.
      Puppymills often use website to trick people into thinking they are getting health quality pets, when they're really getting a sick puppy-or no dog at all, the person gets scammed.
      If you want to adopt, a term in which I view is saving a life, or rescuing, check your local shelters or rescue groups.
      There are tons of loving beagles, puppies, adults, mixes and purebreds who NEED homes.
      Check http://www.petfinder.com and search for beagles in your area

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I get my puppy to stop growling and snapping at me?
    My 13 week old Beagle puppy is growling and snapping at me like I am a piece of meat. Me, my daughters and my wife cannot walk her without her growling at us like crazy. She was supposed to be a family companion but shes tearing our family apart instead. We are on the verge of returning her and need help! Does anyone know how to stop this? Please answer soon!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you need to take her to training. When and if you do play try not to over stimulate her. Don't allow her to bite on your hands even as play. Give her firms NOs when she does it and crate her until she calms down.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any tips for teaching a puppy to use the bathroom outdoors?
    Our family just got a two month old beagle puppy, and my mom gets really frustrated when he uses the bathroom inside. We think that he's starting to understand that what he's doing is bad, it's just that he doesn't know how to tell us that he needs to go out. Any tips on how to teach him to whine at the door would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      First, realize that some dogs never whine at the door when they need to go out. Out of all of my dogs, I only have one who will actually whine when she needs to go outside. Secondly, be consistent. Take him outside often. Get a kitchen egg timer or something, and set it for 90 minute intervals. When the timer goes off, Rover goes out. Once he does his business outdoors, praise him and clap for him (so what if the neighbors think you're nuts, it works) and tell him what a good boy he is. Also, when you take him outside, tell him to go pee, or to go poop. If you can get him to go on command, life will be much simpler for you. Lastly, make sure that you clean your carpets/floors where he's gone before, that way there is no smell for him to go back to. Also realize that it's going to take a little bit of time, and be patient. Relax and enjoy the new friend you've been given. One question, are you crate training? If not, you should be, this also helps with housebreaking. If you'd like more info, feel free to contact me privately.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do you train a puppy to stop biting?
    I have a beagle puppy and she is almost 3 months old. After the first week, she started biting (playfully) and slowly it got more and more frequent and intense. This morning she bit me hard and it drew blood. How do I get her to stop?

    • ANSWER:
      Try putting your hand in her mouth, n let her start biting, when it does really hurt, say "Owwwww!" loudly and walk away. Ignore her for a minutes. do this a few times during the day. Gradually say the "ow" when your hand is in her mouth n it's not even hurting. This might take a few days or a week. be sure to do it atleast about 4-5 times a day. This worked for me, I hope it does for you too!

      If you want, you may use this method to discourage her completely from even touching your hand with her nose, but I don't think that's a good idea, cause you might have some problems teaching tragetting afterwards.

      Be sure to say "Ow!" loudly and in a piercing voice. Good luck! :)

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you train a puppy to like being picked up?
    I'm getting a beagle puppy and want it to like being picked up but not sure how too make him like it?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the pros & cons to having my Beagle puppy spayed?
    I have a 3 month old Beagle puppy and I'm not sure if I should have her spayed when that time comes. What are the pros & cons to having this done (Besides the obvious)?

    • ANSWER:
      Pros: You will not be driven crazy or have a mess to deal with when she is in heat. You will not have stray dogs beating a path to your door and pissing all over you and your property. Your dog will live longer and be healthier and less likely to develop urinary/cystitis problems, female problems, or a multitude of other health issues. She will not have false pregnancies. She will have cleaner toilet habits. She will be easier to train. She will be more loyal and protective. You won't have to pay an extra fee every year (its an additional 0 for unneutered pets unless they are registered breeders) you get her license

      Cons: None

  35. QUESTION:
    help me stop my puppy from pooping in the kennel?
    We just brought home a new beagle puppy. He is doing ok with potty training but every night he poops in his kennel. He has barely enough food to turn around. I am confused by this cause i thought dogs wont poop where they sleep. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      If he is defecating in his kennel there are three issues you need to deal with:

      1) His kennel is too big. You are absolutely correct that puppies will not defecate where they sleep. However, if the crate is large enough where they can defecate in a separate area where they sleep then they will. A properly sized crate should allow a puppy to stand up, turn around, and lay down. That's it!

      2) You need to walk him before bed. When you bring a dog for a walk after eating it helps move 'things' along and he will defecate on his walk.

      3) A young puppy will not make it through the whole night without needing to go out. The general rule of thumb is: the number of months old = the number of hours a puppy should be able to 'hold it'. You should set your alarm half-way through the night and take him outside to relieve himself.

      Good luck and enjoy your bundle!

      ADD: NEVER rub a dog's nose in his mistakes. That is a horrible and absolutely pointless thing to do.

  36. QUESTION:
    My puppy is only peeing in dribbles, is there anything wrong with him?
    My 9 week old beagle puppy has almost for a day peeing every 10 mins, but only in dribbles. I am newspaper training him, and this is really week. For all this while he was peeing normally, today he is peeing like 10-15 drops only! Help me I am scared because he has been a bit dull too!
    I hope we can wait till tomorrow morning. its 12 o clock here and there are no vets here at this time!

    • ANSWER:
      Take your baby to the vet, this sounds like a UTI which will only get worse if not treated.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do we stop our puppy from biting our daughter?
    We just bought a Beagle puppy about a week ago, he is 9 weeks old. Everytime our 4 1/2 year old daughter is around he will not leave her alone. He is constantly biting at her, and her clothes. We have tried giving him toys to chew on, and we firmly tell him no, but it's not getting any better...he doesn't do it me or my boyfriend. What can we do?

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppy is trying to play. A nine week old puppy is in the prime of learning socialization skills. They learn to socialize between 5-16 weeks of age. I'd get your puppy into a puppy class ASAP to learn proper socialization. Also, when the puppy puts it's teeth on your daughter, train her to yell, OW! get up and walk away and ignore the puppy. This will teach the puppy that biting means no one will play with it.

  38. QUESTION:
    What could this bizarre dream about a puppy mean?
    I had a dream that I got to pick a puppy out of a litter and keep it. I put the beagle puppy into my jacket to keep it warm and carried it home. When I got home, I took it out and put it on my bed and noticed that it had peed on my shirt. It was a very cute puppy. What does this dream mean?

    • ANSWER:
      The puppy represents something that you want, seemingly harmless that you think will make you happy. However, your dream is reminding you that there is always the stuff that is not so fun about getting what you want: like the responsibility of training the puppy, and the accidents that can happen. Could it be that you are thinking about buying a car, or making another big purchase? What about having a baby or starting a project or relationship, something like that.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to house train a dog in a week? Please help?
    I have to move out of my parents home into a apartment in a week, and I have a 2 month old beagle puppy. They said I can take her if she is trained. I have her fully create trained and have been working with her but can anyone help me, so I know how to have her hopefully trained in 1 week. Please help I don't want to sell her she is my baby

    • ANSWER:
      Tell your parents it takes a couple months to fully house train a beagle. i got an 8 week old beagle in May and it took me all Summer to potty train her. I was very consistent too and I wasn't working, so I was with her nearly every second of the day. Beagles are not easy to train, but once you do they are angels. Good Luck!!!

  40. QUESTION:
    I cannot get my beagle puppy potty trained to pee outside?
    Ok so I got my beagle puppy when she was 8 weeks old. I have now had her for a month and I see no improvement. And I have tried everything. I've tried giving a firm no when I catcher in the act and then take her outside to a designated area. When she does it out side I praise her and give her treats.
    I tired rubbing her nose in it( didn't want to) and that obviously don't work. I have deodorized everywhere that she does it in the house with vinegar.
    I take her out after eating, sleeping, playing, and every hour and I stay out with her for 15 minutes. And as soon as we get in the house she does her business. And I say no and take her out again.
    Please help me. I just do not know what to do anymore!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. My boyfriend's beagle did the same. It took like 6 months before she stopped going in the house. After a while she would try to tell us by going to the door except that she would wait until the last possible minute before she had to go. Sometimes we just didn't notice her signs to us that she had to go outside in time.

      Beagles are incredibly stubborn and will generally take longer to potty train. You need to be patient. You are doing the right thing by rewarding her when she goes outside - that's how she will learn (eventually).

      But when you take her out to go you need to stay out UNTIL she goes, even if it takes longer than just 15 minutes.

      She'll learn. Keep positively reinforcing when she does go outside and stay out UNTIL she goes.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why is my new puppy pooping and peeing so much?
    I just got a 9wk old beagle puppy yesterday. We fed him around 6pm and that was it for the night. Around 8pm I took him outside where he did his business. Then all through the night he just kept pooping and peeing almost every hour. We did not feed him that much food. I dont know if its cuz he's new to the home or because we have him on different food then he was on with the last owner.

    • ANSWER:
      It is because he is 9 weeks old. They cannot control the bowels or bladder at that age. Crate train him.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to train my 2 year old beagle?
    Well me and my family got a beagle puppy at a pet store and we named him rocker. We totally ADORE him. But, he is always pulling on the leash. I love to walk him but he is soooo strong and he pulls. We already tried a choker. When we did try the choker he broke it. Every time he starts pulling I stop. And I pull him back while saying the word heal. We have been trying those things for a long time. And he is not getting any better. Please help us? We want to walk our dog soooooo bad.

    • ANSWER:
      I've found this good website with lots of training items, here is a good taring leash: http://www.petexpertise.com/item--Easy-Walk-Harness:-No-Pull-Dog-Harness--easy_walk_harness.html
      There are other links on the website

      Here is some more help: http://perfectpaws.com/leash.html

      Here are the different harnesses you can buy: http://www.fordogtrainers.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=203

      Good Luck, I love dogs!

  43. QUESTION:
    how do i introduce my puppy to my cat?
    I have a year old orange tabby cat who has never lived with any other animal. Im going to get my beagle puppy next week. I need to know if there's anything i can try to help make the situation friendly so they get along.

    • ANSWER:
      introduce them slowly, always supervised, and give both attention. watch that the cat does not hurt the dog. the puppy may be too rough, wanting to teeth and play. it can work, but you will need to be with them. try rolling a ball, playing With them, keeping one on your lap and giving the other attention. feeding them treats together (supervised while training the dog to sit) good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    If i saved up between £200 and £300 would I be able to get a beagle puppy from the RSPCA?
    Okayy so if i saved up £200-£300 would i be able to get a beagle puppy from the RSPCA. The price including all supplies that will be needed. and the puppy?
    My mum has agreed to pay for the vet coverings and pet insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. But this isn't going to cover all the other things we discussed in your previous question. If you have to scrape together £300, how are you going to pay for other vet bills or an emergency?

      The price will likely include a basic collar, a leash, vaccinations, and altering the dog, but it's not going to include food, basic vet care, a bed, a crate, etc.

      Edit: That's great that mummy is going to pay for vet bills. So you'll be able to get ahold of her in 7 years when you've moved out and have the dog and the dog gets a bowel obstruction at 2am and needs £2500 in surgery? They require payment upfront.
      Who is going to pay for training?
      Who is going to pay for basic upkeep?
      Who is going to care for the dog if you decide that when you head off to uni, you can't take the dog?

  45. QUESTION:
    Which is better for dog training petco or petsmart?
    I just got a 4 mo. old beagle puppy and i was wondering if anyone knew about training at petco or petsmart? Are they any good? How much do they cost?

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt there is much difference and Im sure if you checked resumes the trainers have probably worked at both places.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you get a dog to potty train????
    I have a Beagle puppy. We have tried the kennel thing, we have tried scolding her. But no matter what she will not poop outside. We will walk her for a half hour, bring her in and the second she gets in she runs to go poop. I just dont get it!!!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, if the puppy eliminates every time after 30 minutes, please listen to what the puppy is trying to tell you and stay outside LONGER.

      Do not scold the puppy, and do not be angry with her. This will not help.

      Try to remember that dogs do what works for them. They do what brings them personal rewards and attention. Sometimes even negative attention (scolding, etc) can reinforce a behavior. The way to get a dog to learn to do ANYTHING is to make it worth his while to do it. Most of the time this means food rewards.

      Here is how to work on housetraining.

      1) The puppy must have NO time unsupervised in your home. NONE. If you are not directly watching the puppy, it should be in the crate, or outside in a safe area. You MUST watch the puppy at ALL times when loose in the house. Use baby gates, crates, or tie the leash to your belt.

      2) The puppy should sleep inside the crate by your bedside. This way you can hear if the puppy should happen to need to go out during the night.

      3) You must go WITH the puppy outside for ALL trips for
      elimination. You must have treats with you. When the puppy is
      urinating, say "GO PEE PEE" in a nice praise tone of voice the entire time. When she is finished, pop the treat into her mouth at once, and praise praise praise. This should be something she gets at no other time, like tiny pieces of string cheese or boiled chicken. Same for defecation. Say "GO POOP" while she is going, and food reward and praise afterwards. You must observe and reward ALL outdoor potty time.

      4) Keep a schedule. Feed at the same time, and walk outside at the same times. Your pup needs a trip outdoors about every 3 hours, and also after waking up, playing, eating or drinking.

      5) Use a key word each time you go out. I say "Let's go out!!" in a happy tone of voice each time I'm opening the door to go out with the dog.

      6) If you catch the puppy IN THE ACT of eliminating in your house, CLAP YOUR HANDS, say AH AH, OUTSIDE!! And immediately rush her outside. If she finishes there, do your usual food reward and praise.

      The keys to getting your dog reliably housetrained are:

      SUPERVISION: NO loose time in the house if you are not watching

      REWARDS: ALL outdoor elimination MUST be observed and rewarded. If you only do this ONE thing, your puppy will get housetrained.

      PATIENCE: Anger and punishment have no place in dog training. Elimination is a natural and pleasurable experience for your dog. You can teach her to not soil your house, but punishment will NOT help. It will only teach the dog to hide when she needs to eliminate.

      If you have applied these techniques carefully for 4 weeks and you are still finding spots or piles after the fact, it's time for stronger measures. Roll up a newspaper and fasten both ends with a rubber band. Keep it handy. The very next time you find a spot of a pile that the dog has left behind, whip out that newspaper, and hit YOURSELF over the head firmly several times as you repeat "I FORGOT TO WATCH MY PUPPY".

      Works every time.

      :D

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you train a puppy to stop jumping on people?
    We got my mother a beagle puppy and every time someone comes in the door she jumps on them, she is just wanting attention but how do you keep her from jumping, also she trys to run out the door every time it is opended and she won't listen when called back.....Help

    • ANSWER:
      why does everyone just HAVE to get a dog, yet always feel that the way the dog shows affection is the problem? If you can't deal with how your dog naturally acts, don't get a dog! or get a really mellow dog.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to overcome the instinct of a hunting dog?
    My friend has a beagle puppy and also a few pet rabbits...given that the beagle is a hunter by nature I think this is asking for trouble. So do you think its possible to train a hunting dog not to kill or will its nature always take over?

    • ANSWER:
      Whilst I agree, raising the puppy with the rabbits will minimise the risk, it's still an unnatural mix.

      You couldn't blame the dog if it did kill and you can't guarantee the rabbits might not just move the wrong way and trigger those instincts.

      As long as your friend is aware of what might happen and proceeds with caution, then fair enough, but all dogs are different regardless of their breed.


beagle puppy training

Puppy Shot Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is an Ideal At home puppy shot schedule?
    Im asking cause I am concerned about my friends new puppy. He just got a pit pup and is following a schedule from the BYB.
    Got puppy at 9 weeks. BYB said had a 5 in 1 at 8 weeks.
    at 12 weeks he got her another 5 in one.
    at 16 weeks a 3rd 5 in one.
    When she gets to be 6 months he wants to do a 7 in one.
    And again a 7 in one at 1 year with Rabies. And a 7 in one every year after.

    I understand the risks for OTC shots, dont need to hear about that. I Just want to know what people suggest for a shot schedule. Does this sound okay? Shouldnt he get the rabies sooner? I always got my dogs a rabies at 6 months... And when should he get a Bordetella? He wants to take the dog hiking alot and to dog parks so I feel Bordetella would be important. I usually dont take my dogs to "public" dog areas until at least 6-8 months of age and they again got a bordetella at that age. And another about 2 weeks before ever being boarded.

    • ANSWER:
      Rabies should start at around 16 weeks. This shot must be given my a vet and is needed to liceness a dog. Once the dog has had all the rabies shots, and had one yearly shot it will only need it every 3 years. Look for low cost rabies vaccines clinics.

      The other shots need yearly boosters.

      Actually Bordetella it more important for indoor dogs and dogs that are kenneled than for those that are out doors meeting dogs.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the chance of parvo in fully vaccinated puppy?
    My 4.5 months old doberman has had all her puppy shots(3 shots) finished like 2.5 weeks ago, she has been on walks, away from dog parks though. Today I brought her to this obedience class held in a field by a reputable trainer, she keeps on chewing on the grass on the field while other dogs are just sitting or interacting with one another... This field had been used by this trainer for a long time in holding dog obedience class and all the dogs in this class(5 of us) are less than 6 months old, but they must all be over 4 months old and had their last puppy shots(with kennel cough vaccine).

    I've heard parvo can be found living in soil for many years, so I'm kind of worried if my dog could be in danger of being infected.

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog was vaccinated on a proper schedule by a veterinarian there is little chance it will catch the Parvo virus. Dobermans are a breed which is more susceptible to catching it though and are sometimes given an additional round of vaccine against the virus. Yes, it can live in the environment for 1-2 years.

  3. QUESTION:
    My 3 month weenie pup was exposed to parvo but has no symptoms. Will starting any treatment prevent onset ?
    he has had 1 set of puppy shots 2 weeks ago, the next set is scheduled for next week. I know that he is not protected yet. Will anything keep him from getting sick?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing will keep him from getting sick if he's not protected yet. Parvo has an incubation of 6-9 days so that's when you should expect to see symptoms. The best thing you can do besides running up a massive vet bill is to mix 1/2 water 1/2 gatorade to keep his electolytes up and just keep him filled with fluids IF he starts showing symptoms. Parvo blocks nutrient receptors in his intestines and that's what makes them so sick. There's nothing you can do to shorten its effect. Sort of like the flu in people, just have to let the virus run it's course. The bigger your puppy is when he gets it, the better chance he has. Look for vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy as symptoms. You can also get NutriCal from the petstore which is packed with vitamins and fat.

  4. QUESTION:
    how old is a puppy suppose to be for it to be able to get its shot against procarvise?
    my dog had puppies,and well i want to get her puppies shots against carves so how old do they have to be?

    • ANSWER:
      You should have discussed the puppy vaccines schedule with your vet before you even bred your dog or shortly after.

      Call your vet tomorrow and set up your puppies' vaccine/health check appointments for when your vet thinks it's best.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is a puppy with it's first shot safe from disease?
    I just got a new puppy. She is only 8 wks so she has only had one of her puppy shots. I am very paranoid that she will get sick; I have had 2 dogs die of distemper before. Is she safe from parvo and distemper from just this one shot? Or should I keep her indoors and away until she has all three?

    • ANSWER:
      First, no vaccine is 100% effective. Even when she is 8 years old and has been vaccinated every year on schedule there is the chance (though slight) that she could contract a contagious disease.

      If her mother was healthy, she already has good immunity to disease. The vaccine bolsters that. At this point it is okay to have her around the pets of family or friends who you know are healthy and get regular veterinary care. After her next vaccine she can be around other owned dogs that appear to be healthy or you have good reason to believe are healthy (in a puppy class, for instance, or at a specialty pet store). She can go to more public places after her booster series is complete.

      Remember that mental and behavioral health is just as important as physical health. Do not keep her indoors, unexposed to the world, until she is done with all of her shots or you will have a scared and shy - and possibly aggressive - dog on your hands.

  6. QUESTION:
    When should I get the second puppy shot?
    The puppies are 10 weeks old and had one shot before I got them (so about a week ago) how long should I wait to get their next shot?
    I didn't get her from a breeder, i got her from the pound.

    • ANSWER:
      They are normally done 4 weeks apart. Did your vet not set up a schedule when you took them in for a checkup?

  7. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to get shots for my puppy? I live in Las Vegas.?
    I am getting a golden retriever, and this is the first time i am getting a puppy. what shots do u usually get and how much are they?

    • ANSWER:
      The series should be started by the breeder and then you will have to do 2-3 more sets. Only vaccinate for what is at risk and understnd the new revisions.

      The cost will vary but total should be around 200$ by the tiem they are completed.

      Puppies receive antibodies through their mother's milk (colostrum) the very first time they nurse. This natural protection can last up to 8 - 14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should not be vaccinated at less than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine & only a few (0 -35%) will be protected(6, 7, 11, 13, 20, 21, 23). Unfortunately, taking this unprotected baby out of the house and to a veterinary clinic will expose it to parvovirus without protection. Vaccination at home by a breeder at 6 weeks may provide protection for some puppies (0 -35%) It is the not the vaccination at 6 weeks that is objectionable, but the increased risk of exposure to the Parvovirus you are trying to protect against. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine.
      Vaccination of dogs for Distemper at too young of an age has been shown to cause Hypertropic Osteodystrophy, especially in Weimaraners. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system (6, 27, 23).
      A series of vaccinations is recommended starting at 8 weeks and given 3 - 4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another MLV vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year & 4 months) will provide lifetime immunity (15, 20, 21, 23

      Canine Vaccination Guidelines

      The duration of immunity for vaccines for diseases like rabies, distemper, and parvovirus have been shown to be 7 years. More importantly it has been scientifically proven that, after the initial series, when vaccines are re-administered the immune status of the patient is not enhanced. Antibodies from the initial vaccine block the subsequent vaccines from having any effect.

      Although the true interval at which re-administration of Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Para influenza vaccinations will enhance the immunity in a significant number of dogs has not been determined, an arbitrary compromise interval of every three years has been agreed upon by the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and 22 Schools of Veterinary Medicine. It is the consensus of immunologists and experts that the duration of immunity is much longer and probably the life of the patient. This three-year compromise interval will greatly reduce the number of antigens administered, and therefore the risk of adverse reactions, while providing the most complete protection against preventable diseases possible.

      These are the recommendations of Bob Rogers DVM based on
      Peer Reviewed Journal Publications (References)
      The American Association of Feline Practitioners
      The American Veterinary Medical Association
      Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents
      Texas A&M University
      Colorado State University
      Cornell University
      The American Animal Hospital Association

      Vaccination Schedule:

      Core vaccines – recommended for all dogs

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you know you bought a healthy puppy from a pet store?
    Also, How do you know you bought a healthy puppy from a breeder?

    I know, I know, the pet stores come from the puppy mill. I am just wondering/curious, If so many people buy dogs from pet stores, how do they know if they're not getting jipped/ripped off by buying a sick puppy home???

    Also, Can anyone share a GOOD experience instead of all the negatives i've heard from buying a pet from the pet store?

    • ANSWER:
      Take your puppy to the vet within 3 days of bringing him home, its as simple as that. Bring a small stool sample with you so the vet can check for intestinal parasites and give you meds to clear them up (theyre really common, so expect your dog will have them). Get your dog all his shots on schedule with what the vet tells you.

      Sometimes a puppy wont get sick until youve had him home a while.... and usually by then you love him so you bring him to the vet again to make him better. Not all dogs from puppy mills come out sick.. lots of them are healthy and live long lives.. they just started out being born into a house where the owner only wanted them for the money they could get off them.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to train a puppy to walk on a leash?
    I have a seven week old Black Lab puppy. He is extremely hyper and a I need to teach him to walk on a leash. I tried starting off by just attaching the leash and letting him run around with it, but he chews it up and wont stop. When I put the leash on and try to walk him he runs, jumps, and squirms to get out of his collar. I don't know what to do. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      If you try to use the leash to control him at this point you will only get him used to the sensation of having a tight leash. In short, you'll teach him to pull on the leash. As a temporary emergency measure, you can use a puppy sized harness on him instead. At least it won't teach him bad habits about pulling on his collar and will give you some control while you teach him how to walk politely.

      So use the leash as a safety line in case he tries to bolt, but use other means to control where he goes. Puppy training, if you do it right, is a back breaker. You bend over so you can get your hands right on the pup and you wiggle your fingers, clap your hands, make funny noises, whatever it takes to get his attention. When he does move toward you or your hands, you praise or even give him treats. That's one way to teach him to go where you want without pulling on the leash. Another way is luring. Any of Dr. Ian Dunbar's Sirius puppy books will give you a good start on luring.

      Letting him have a drag line inside the house is a good idea, but you don't need to use a leash. You can just cut off a 3-4 foot length of clothesline and use that. It's much less expensive to replace if chewed. For your regular leash, I recommend the Lupine brand. They are available at most pet stores and some vet's offices. Lupine collars and leashes are guaranteed, even if chewed, so are my first choice for puppy gear.

      Consider the book "Clicking with Your Dog" by Peggy Tilman. And get pup enrolled in a puppy kindergarten class as soon as your vet says he's had enough shots to safely go to school. All of that will help you tame the wild beastie.

      --- edited to add ---

      If you wait until a pup is four months old to take it in public you will miss the primary socialization period and wind up with a socially impaired dog. Let your own vet tell you when it is appropriate for your pup to meet strange dogs. It's usually somewhere between 8 and 10 weeks if the shots have been done on schedule, not 3-4 months. But listen to your vet.

      Correcting a puppy, especially one that age by jerking the leash as one answerer suggested (al la Cesar Milanoma) will not only break his trust in you, it is likely to do permanent physical damage to his tiny body which is still largely cartilage. If you're going to use leash pops, it shouldn't be with a dog under six months of age.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can i give my puppies shots a little early?
    I have 5 puppies that are 5 weeks 2 days old. Theyre fully weaned they just need their shots. Would it be okay to go ahead and give it to them or do i have to wait until 6 weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Wait until they are 6 weeks old. The schedule comes from making sure puppies are vaccinated at the proper times in reference to their immune status. I wouldn't mess with it. Hopefully you aren't going to take them away from mom early, as they have a lot to learn from her and from each other.

      One to two more weeks, please.

      vet tech

  11. QUESTION:
    If a puppy received their 1st shots at 5-6 weeks old does the medication work?
    I was told by my vet that if a puppy receives their shots before they are 8 weeks old the shots do not work.
    The breeder I got the puppy from gave her the shots. The vet said that we will have to give the shots over again starting from the 1st shots.

    • ANSWER:
      No, this is not true, but it does have some truth. Puppies need the series of shots before they are completely immune, and also need boosters annually. Here is a typical schedule:

      Necessary Vaccinations for Dogs & Puppies
      6 weeks: Temporary Distemper and Measles vaccination for puppies that did not nurse from their mother during the first hours after birth or puppies from a bitch that is not current on her vaccinations.

      8 weeks: DHLPPC*-Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus
      12 weeks: DHLPPC Booster

      16 weeks: DHLPPC Booster

      6 months: Rabies (1-year vaccination)

      14 months: DHLPPC, administered yearly from this date

      18 months: Rabies (3-year vaccination), administered every 3 years from this date
      * The DHLPPC vaccination requires the two booster injections to build up maximum immunity in the dog

  12. QUESTION:
    Is is possible to potty train and do other basic trainings on a 6 months old puppy?
    I'm planning on getting a little jack russell terrier puppy that's 6 months old or less. What are the basic trainings of a dog and how do you train it?
    Thanks for helping!
    (I'm also doing some researching btw)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can potty train and also take to basic obedience classes as soon as the pup has had all shots. There are puppy training classes available and I recommend getting your pup in one.
      As far as potty training, puppies take a lot of work to train because they can only hold their bladder about an hr. per each mo. of age after three mos old.
      To potty train, I used a kennel cab for unsupervised time making sure to use it for brief periods of time and for overnight.
      Getting your pup on a good routine will help. Regular feeding, walking times and play times all throughout the day. If a pup is left in a kennel cab or crate too long and they soil themselves, it defeats the purpose of cab as training tool and makes that space an unpleasant place to be.
      Take the pup to an area you want him to potty in and say "Take a break" or whatever you will say each time you want him to potty. As soon as he goes, praise him, pet him and give him a tiny training treat. My pups loved yogurt drops and freeze dried liver bits.
      When he gets back inside allow him to play under close supervision. As soon as you see him focus on sniffing the floor or carpet or circling pick him up and take him back to his potty spot and repeat.
      After a few play times, put him in the kennel cab but do not put blankets, pads, water, food or anything at all in there besides one treat that he can chew on if he wants to, like a puppy Nylabone or a Kong with treats. If he fusses ignore him, if he gets loud, you can cover the cab with a sheet.
      Wait an hour and then take him back out to potty and then in to play, repeat the cycle throughout the first week.
      Don't keep him in the cab longer than an hr. except for overnight. Then, put him in it when you are ready for bed, taking him for a last potty just before.
      It would not be unusual for him to wake during the night and it is important that you get up and take him to his potty spot when this happens. Then again early in the morning as soon as you get up or earlier if you "sleep in".
      Having a puppy is like having a baby who needs round the clock attention. Puppies train a whole lot quicker though! Mine were fully potty trained by three to four mos. old.
      I have three and they have regular schedule for food, treats, walks, and potty time. They go three times a day. (Unless they "ask" to go more often, which usually does not happen).
      One of them loves the kennel cab and so we keep one open because that is her den. That is the only time the cab is used, when they want to use it, or if a maintenance person is coming in or something like that. The cab and supervision also helped train them what not to chew on and what was okay so they can be left with no worries about anything being destroyed or chewed on that is not their bones or toys.

  13. QUESTION:
    What vaccinations does my puppy still need?
    I just got a border collie puppy 2 weeks ago and he is now 10 weeks old. i have him scheduled for an appointment at the vet but i am curious about what shots he still needs. also, what age is good to get him neutered? He got his 1st round of shots when he was still with the breeder so just needs his second and that is all that he needs, right? Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppy needs vaccines at 8, 12 & 16 weeks of age.He should have had his first ..distemper/parvo/parainfluenza/adenovirus-2 (DA2PP).He will need his second 4 weeks after he had is first and then a third 4 weeks after that. Unless he is at high risk of exposure to lepto he should not get this vaccine. It is no longer recommended for all dogs/puppies and has a very high rate of adverse reaction. Do not get the coronavirus..this is no longer recommended for any puppy/dog ever.
      Rabies is not to be given under 16 weeks of age and should not be given at the same time as any other vaccine.There should be a minimum of 2 weeks between rabies & any other vaccine.

      Heartworm/lyme/erlichia/anaplasmosis test is not done under 6 months of age since it will not provide a real result in puppies younger.

      As for neutering 5-6 months of age is a good time.

  14. QUESTION:
    How much are a puppies first shots in texas?
    I am getting a mini poodle pup in a few weeks and I need to know how much the first set of shots will cost.
    He will be 8 weeks the day i pick him up. And our main vet said it varies from puppy to puppy and i really want an estimate so i can save up before i get him.

    • ANSWER:
      All vets set their own fee schedules, cost for shots are the same from puppy to puppy, different from vet to vet. So phone your vet and ask what he charges for the 1st shots - which should ALWAYS be given by the breeder's vet before a puppy is allowed to leave for its new home.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you properly take care of a puppy?
    Like what shots do you need to give them form the time their born...and when do you need to give them those shots
    Do you need to give certain shots every year of once they get the shot is it done and over with?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay... first shots and first worming should have been given already by the time you pick up the puppy. They are given at six weeks and the pups should still be with the mother then. when you get your puppy ask the breeder/ rescue/ whomever you got it from for its health record. They should be willing to give it to you- if not think carefully about getting a puppy somewhere else, since this one might be harboring diseases...

      As soon as you get your pup make an appointment with the vet. They will put you on a schedule for shots and worming (yep, most puppies need that too, and more than one). Most shots need to be given over three to four visits and then once a year- the exception being Rabies which is usually given once as a puppy, then at a year old then every three years- but check with your vet.

      You will also need to start heartworm meds like Heartguard or Interceptor which are given once a month and flea meds which are also given one a month all through the dog's life.

  16. QUESTION:
    What kinds of shots does my one month pup need?
    He hasn't gotten any shots yet, he is a one month labrador mix. What kinds of shots does he need, and where can i buy them to give it to him myself (vets too expensive). Thanks.
    by the way, i live in New Jersey, United states, anyone kno where i could get these shots, without going to expensive vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppy is 4 weeks old and should still be nursing from his mother, therefore receiving her antibodies. The puppy will begin his vaccination schedule after six weeks. This is when the puppy needs his first vet visit. Why do people insist on owning a pet when they can't afford veterinary care? It is completely irresponsible.

  17. QUESTION:
    What age can I start walking a puppy outside of the property?
    I have a new puppy who is 10 weeks old. She has had her first two rounds of vaccinations and is scheduled for her third round in a couple of weeks. I would like to take her for walks through town but have heard conflicting opinions on whether it is safe to walk her before her third round of shots.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Because of parvo which is real bad in my area wait till after the 3rd round of shots. Id need a 4th parvo can be given It's recommended in my area.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long should my puppy wait after getting off antibiotics for her last round of vaccination to be effective?
    My 16 week old Doberman puppy has had 3 rounds of shots, at 6, 8, and 10 weeks old. She also had been dewormed twice, and I plan to deworm her again. She got her ears cropped at 13 weeks old, and just finished her antibiotics to prevent infection. She was on 250 mg Cephalexin twice a day for 10 days. She is healthy and hyper. I want to get her rabies and last round of shots done, but I want to make sure the antibiotics don't interfere with their effectiveness. How many days should I wait after she is done with her antibiotics? Thanks!
    I administer the vaccinations myself so I will not be going to the vet for this. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Call your vet and ask. The vet will be able to answer your questions and schedule the appointment to give her the last round of shots.

      :]

  19. QUESTION:
    how much do puppy vaccinations usually cost?
    I would like to know how much each shot will cost and how many there are.

    • ANSWER:
      All breeders & vets have thier own shot schedule but where I work we do a puppy shot (distemper,hepetitis,parvo,parainfluenza) @ 6 weeks, 8 weeks,10 weeks, then depending on breed & weight we do a 1st adult booster(same as above w/leptospirosis)@12 weeks, then 2nd adult booster & rabies vaccine @ 16 weeks. A puppy shot is , same for boosters, rabies is .60 & tag required by city is .60. I'm sure it will vary but that should give you an idea.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the schedule for vaccinations and deworming?
    We got our puppies at 9 weeks old and they had had their recent shots, they are now 12 weeks, are they supposed to get any more at this time?

    • ANSWER:
      My vet does puppy shots (distemper/parvo/parainfluenza/adonavirus 2) at 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks of age and then the rabies vaccination at 16 weeks. They also should have a fecal check done to check for worms and de-worm as necessary.

      They should need another puppy shot and a fecal check now, since they are 12 weeks.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are shots that every dog should get?
    What are the general shots that every dogs should get? And how much do they cost and how often should I get them? I'm just wondering. Please state them!

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      5 weeks
      Parvovirus: For puppies at high risk. Check with your veterinarian.

      6 & 9 weeks
      Combination vaccine* without leptospirosis.
      Coronavirus: where coronavirus is a concern.

      12 weeks or older
      Rabies
      Given by your local veterinarian (age at vaccination may vary according to local law).

      12 & 15 weeks**
      Combination vaccine*

      Leptospirosis: include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine where leptospirosis is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

      Coronavirus: where coronavirus is a concern.

      Lyme: where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

      Adult
      Combination vaccine*

      Leptospirosis: include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine where leptospirosis is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

      Coronavirus: where coronavirus is a concern.

      Lyme: where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

      Rabies:
      Given by your local veterinarian (time interval between vaccinations may vary according to local law).

      Consult with your local veterinarian to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your dog. Recommendations vary depending on the age, breed, and health status of the dog, the potential of the dog to be exposed to the disease, the type of vaccine, whether the dog is used for breeding, and the geographical area where the dog lives or may visit.

      *A combination vaccine, often called a 5-way vaccine, usually includes adenovirus cough and hepatitis, canine distemper, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Some combination vaccines may also include leptospirosis (7-way vaccines) and/or coronavirus. The inclusion of either canine adenovirus-1 or adenovirus-2 in a vaccine will protect against both adenovirus cough and hepatitis; adenovirus-2 is highly preferred.

      **Some puppies may need additional vaccinations against parvovirus after 15 weeks of age. Consult with your local veterinarian.

      Bordetella and parainfluenza: For complete canine cough protection, we recommend Intra-Trac III ADT. For dogs that are shown, in field trials, or are boarded, we recommend vaccination every six to twelve months with Intra-Trac III ADT.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to take care of a six week old puppy?
    I have a puppy of six weeks old, and I want to know how to properly take care of it. What food shall I get it, what drink it should have how much exercise, will it pee a lot? How often to walk it, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, puppies should be with their mothers and littermates until at least 8 weeks to learn proper socialization behaviour like bite inhibition among others. You need to talk to the breeder who you got it from, although I question the breeder's ethics since you got the pup at 6 weeks. You need to know if the pup was on solid food yet (which it should have started to be weaned or fully on kibble). If on kibble, stick with what the breeder had it on, as any sudden food changes may upset the pup's system. Add a bit of water to the kibble if it seems to tough. Tak it out more often than not: first thing in the morning, after each meal, after each nap, after a lot of water, first thing before bed, and usually at least once thru the night. I took my pup ouot probably 10x a day at first (at 9 weeks), and by 11 weeks I only took her out 4x a day once I learned her 'regular schedule'. pups dont need a lot of exercise...just playing with them in the backyard for 20-30 mins a day is good while introducing a leash in preperation of taking it for walks once it's got all its shots & deworming done. I always leave water in the crate for her....and crate training is THE WAY to go for a new pup!

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I feel bad about my breeder selection?
    I did lots of research online about the type of dog I wanted (a lab was my final choice), searched for months in advance how to train a puppy, and thought I knew all of the things you should know about a breeder. I ended up selecting one who was a member of the Labrador Retriever Club, had a huge yard for the pups and parents to play in, had a nice, clean kennel, could provide me with OFA results and eye certifications for the parents, had started the puppies on a shots/worming schedule, and answered all of my questions in an informative and helpful fashion. The puppy I selected was clearly the picture of health, with shining eyes, moist nose, soft coat, good coordination, and the happiest demeanor in the world. She was 6 and a half weeks old, and I didn't know at the time that you aren't supposed to take them home that early, in spite of all the research I had done. But when I looked on Y!A, I found out that you're never supposed to take them home that young. I feel horrible.
    Everyone told me I was an idiot and was very mean to me, but I just had never come across that part in my research (I guess it was common sense at most of the sites I looked at that you don't get them that young). But, my puppy is 9 weeks old now and very well-behaved, is socializing just fine, and is an all-around sweetie. She's very healthy, and the vet says she's just fine and that a great number of labs get adopted that young. The breeder seemed ideal by all of the criteria I looked at, so I don't know what to think.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not uncommon for pups to be sent home at 6-8 weeks, honestly it depends on when the mother weens them. If the mother weens them at 6 weeks, then it's best to take them away at that time as the mother can tend to act aggressively towards her pups!
      Yahoo answers is not the know all end all of information! Alot of people on here are not certified in anything, they read a little information and think they know everything. Being a vet tech, I see a WHOLE lot of this lol!

      You didn't do anything horrible, if your pup is healthy and happy then that is the most important thing! And good for you for doing research first!

      Even the akc recommends that you can bring a pup home after they are weened even if it's as early as 6 weeks.

  24. QUESTION:
    What do I have to buy for a 4 week old puppy?
    Okay. So here is my story someone sold my cousin two puppies. Without knowing that they were 4 weeks old he bought them. He tried to return it back to the owner but she wouldn't take it back. My cousin can't take care of two of them...so he wants to give one to me. I know there are A LOT of responsibility when it comes to taking care of a dog. Sooo... What do I need to get for this 4 week old puppy? I bought some puppy formula for him already. I'm going to get him later this evening. So I want to get all the supplies and everything ready.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, boy! If you're lucky, the puppy might be weaned. Try moistening dry puppy chow with the formula and offering it to him. If he won't take that, try him on canned food.
      He will need bowls for food and water. He will need a collar and leash (get cheap collars for now, he will be outgrowing them all the time). He will need a puppy crate (a pet taxi will work for now, he's so small), put an old, clean towel in it for a bed. He will need a brush for grooming, and puppy shampoo for baths. Some puppy appropriate toys would be good. A puppy sized gummy Nyla-bone, a puppy sized Kong toy, a rubber ball, etc. would be good for starters.
      You need to run to a local book store, pet store, or library and get a book on puppy care, so you will know what to do, and do everything right. You're going to have your hands full!
      You need to make an appointment with the vet for his first shots and worming, if that hasn't been done yet. If he's had his first shots, ask when he's due to go back. Schedule his neutering for as soon as your vet will do it (usually between 4 and 6 months).
      Potty training one this little is going to be a full time job! You have to take him out after every meal (and you have to feed him at least 4 times a day), and wait for him to do his business. Take him to the same spot every time. If he smells that he's gone there before, that will encourage him to do it again. After a while, he'll figure out what he's supposed to do when you take him there. Give him lots of praise for doing what you want. Make sure you choose a good spot for the long -term. It's easier to train them right the first time, than to try to untrain them.
      Keep him in his crate when you can't watch him. When you take him out of his crate, take him outside first. When he's out of his crate, if he starts walking around sniffing the floor, he's looking for a spot to go. Loudly say, "NO!" Pick him up and get him outside quickly. It will be a while before he will let you know he has to go, puppies this young don't have much control over their bodily functions.
      These tips will help get you started. Get a puppy care book for a comprehensive guide, there's a lot more to it. I'd report the person your cousin got these pups from to the ASPCA, she's committing a crime! Good luck with your new pup!

  25. QUESTION:
    How many shots does my puppy need?
    My dog is 7 months and i have been giving him shots every month of stuff....i dont really know, he already had his rabies shot BUT...i have read recently that dogs shouldnt take that many shots, that they are bad for him and he only needs a few.

    Should i still continue to give him his schedule shots every month with pet med?

    • ANSWER:
      No....a puppy only needs 'shots' up to the age of 16 wks and then not again for a year. Giving 'shots' every month could make your dog very ill and could cause auto immune disease and cancer.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the first shots a puppy needs when leaving it's mother?
    As of today (march 23, 2008) i have a female puppy (mixed breed chihuahua) with me that was born on february 15, 2008, so it is almost 6 weeks old. The mother passed away a day ago and now the puppy is in my care, and i don't know what the next step is, as far as what shots i need to get for it and just what i should do for it in general. any advice? anything helps! thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the area where you live.

      Call your vet and see when they prefer to give a puppy their first shots. They will let you know which ones are appropriate, and set you up with a vaccination schedule.

  27. QUESTION:
    How much would it cost to neuter my puppy?
    i just got a toy australain shepherd puppy named oliver. he is about 11 weeks old right now. my friend told me it costed ,000 but that is insane. please let me no how much it would cost at like a local vets office with anesthesia

    • ANSWER:
      The average cost is usually under 0. for a male dog. Could be as low as .
      Some vets also insist that you get the pups first shots at the time of neutering or as I choose with my pets, 1-2 weeks before the scheduled surgery.
      I personally do not like the idea of my pets getting virus injections when going thru the stress of surgery.
      As for the shots, distemper is about and rabies .

      Thanks for getting the pup neutered. You will help control the pet overpopulation problem and have a dog that is calmer and more obedient. He can be neutered any time around 6 months old.

      Talk to your vet for more details.

  28. QUESTION:
    how many shots does my shih tzu need and how many vet visits?
    I just got him 'ceasar" and he already had his first shot when i brought him home. I took him to get his second set aqnd they said to bring him back in 3 weeks and then another 3 week why is that and is it true that he need to go back that many times back to back.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, for puppies, at our clinic we do 3 sets of shots, your C1, C2, and C3. C1 at 6 weeks, C2 at 9 weeks, C3 at 12 weeks. The C1 and C2 are going to consist of the same sets of shots, just boostering them, it should be a distemper/parvo shot, probably without lepto unless you have a lab or another larger breed, dewormer regardless of whether anything is found in the fecal sample that will taken during all 3 visits, a bordetella(kennel cough) shot or intranasal is a little easier and a lot less painful if your planning on having your puppy around any other dogs or taken to grooming or boarding facilities, but we recommend it in puppies no matter what usually, that should be it for your first two visits, now since you said your puppy already had a shot when you get it, im assuming that the breeder just gave the distemper/parvo shot, which is the most important, so your vet shouldn'tve given a shot on your first visit, unless it was the bordetella, now the second should be 2 shots and the dewormer, and the third and final visit until your puppy switches over the Canine Annual schedule is going to consist of the fecal, the last dhppc booster, bordetella, dewormer, and then a rabies shot on this visit that will last for year. Now a year from that 3rd set of shots, your dog will get his first annual. It will consist of a general exam, a heartworm test, speaking of that dont forgot to ask your vet about heartworm medication on your third visit, should be about time to get going on that, it is VERY IMPORTANT, another rabies and dhppc shot, a fecal sample, and that should be it. Now price wise it should be running about 75-90 dollars for your 3 sets of shots, and each year from now on will be around 100 dollars. Anyways i hope this helps and good luck with your puppy.
      Oh yeah and too answer your question your vet isnt ripping you off, prices differ depending on your location and not to mention the quality of the shots and services that your vet offers, 3 visits is the LEAST you should bring your puppy in considering you dont have any puppy problems.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is my puppy safe from diseases off my other dog?
    I am getting a puppy in a few weeks and I already have a 5 year old dog. I'm not getting the puppy til he has had his 1st needles at 8 weeks but is it safe to bring him home after that or do I have to wait til he's had his full course?

    • ANSWER:
      You should make sure your older dog gets is booster shots for his vaccines, although I would hope he has been getting annual booster shots already. As an extra precaution you may want to take him to the vet and make sure he is free of worms and parasites because some adult dogs can carry parasites and it doesn't really affect them because they have matured immune systems.

      Make sure you stick to a vaccination schedule for your little one and each time you go in for shots take a fresh fecal sample to be tested for worms and parasites. Worms are very common in young puppies.

      As long as you keep your older dog healthy, it will go a long way to keep your new kid healthy.

      Also, if you take your older dog to dog parks and things like that be careful because he could bring something home that can affect your new pup. It would be prudent to keep the older dog away from areas where there are lots of dogs until two weeks after the young pup has all of its shots.

      Good luck! Your dogs are lucky they have a parent who cares!

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the basic shots a puppy needs?
    My family and I are looking into buying a dog and we need to know what shots a puppy needs. Some breeders say that the dogs are already dewormed or have had their first shots, but I wanted to know what are the basics that a puppy needs.
    Thanks
    I don't have a dog YET but we're looking into buying a lab puppy.

    • ANSWER:
      Wormed at 2wks, 4wks, 6wks, and 8wks
      Vaccinated with 5way combo at 6wks and 8wks( commonly refered to as the puppy shot).
      Do not buy until 8wks old at least.
      Never buy a pup unless it had at least 2 vaccinations--some people vary the schedule a little but wait until after the 2nd one.
      One worming is not enough as the wormers only kill adults and not the eggs.
      The breeders should give you a record of all that has been done so you can show it to your vet.

  31. QUESTION:
    what shots should a puppy have and when?
    I just got a chihuahua from a lady and she said the puppy has not had any shots and has not had any dewormings. The puppy was born feb.9th. So what shots should she get and when and also should she be dewormed?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaccination Schedule for Dogs
      From: The Humane Society

      Distemper - an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain.
      Hepatitis - a viral disease of the liver.
      Leptospirosis - a bacterial disease of the urinary system.
      Parainfluenza - infectious bronchitis.
      Parvovirus - a viral disease of the intestines.
      Rabies - a viral disease fatal to humans and other animals.
      Corona - a viral disease of the intestines.
      Bordetella - a bacterial infection (kennel cough)
      Puppies - 6 weeks to 1 year

      6 to 8 weeks - First puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona

      11 to 12 weeks - Second puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona

      15 to 16 weeks - Third puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona

      Over 4 months - Rabies (repeat l year later)

      7 to 9 months - First heartworm test

      Adult Dogs - After 1 year

      DHLPP - Yearly
      Heartworm test - Yearly
      Rabies - Every 3 years (after second Rabies shot)
      Bordetella - Yearly

      Note: Some states have their own laws regarding the
      frequency & requirement of certain vaccinations. When in
      doubt, always ask your veterinarian or local humane society.
      Deworming a new puppy is always a good idea!

  32. QUESTION:
    how many puppy shots does my puppy need and what kind?
    I have 3 lab puppies and I need to know what shots to give them. I was told the first would be a 5 in 1 and the other 2 would be a 7 in 1 but then I was told they all need to be 5 in 1. Which one is correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay you are getting some misinformation, there should be 1 Leptospirosis not 2.
      Usually the veterinarian will start the series of vaccines at 6 weeks of age and the first vaccine will a DHPP (which is a Distemper, Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Para-influenza,Parvovirus) and if necessary in your area possibly one with Corona added (DAPPC same as DHPPC) and a stool sample will be taken and a dewormer Pyrantel will be given for hookworms and round worms. If stool sample shows coccidia the vet will also send home Albon for you to use for 5 days to eliminate the coccidia (which is a single cell protozoa)
      You will return in 4 weeks for a second DHPP and dewormer of Pyrantel.
      The final vaccination will be DHLPP (this one includes Leptospirosis) and a larger spectrum dewormer (usually Drontal that eliminates tapeworms and whipworms whereas the previous dewormer does not eliminate) and the Vet may do a Rabies vaccine at this time. However some veterinarians choose to have you bring the puppies back in 1 week for the Rabies shot so as not to overload the young puppy's system. (You will not be charged a exam visit if you come back in one week per doctor's recommendation, only for the vaccine)
      You should then start on Heartworm prevention and continue this once a month treatment at home throughout the year. It is also a great time to get your flea/tick prevention then. The vet will recommend spay/neutering at the age of 6 months.
      So your answer in short is 1 DHPP vaccine and deworm at 6 weeks old.
      Then 1 DHPP (possibly Corona if vet recommends) and deworm at 10 weeks. A Bordetella vaccine is recommend to protect against Kennel Cough.
      Then 1 DHLPP vaccine and strategic deworm and possible Rabies vaccine at 14 weeks. A Booster vaccine of Bordetella is recommended.
      Then schedule for spay/neuter at 6 months old (24 weeks)
      Check with your vet on spay/neuter, some vets spay earlier.
      ADD: There are some vets who are begining to delay first vaccines until the age of 8 weeks but other vets still start at 6 weeks, so check with the clinic you intend to use for their protocal. But the idea is to bring the pup in for a series of 3 vaccines and at 4 weeks apart.

  33. QUESTION:
    how do i convince my parents to let me get a puppy?
    i have wanted a puppy ever since our black lab died about 5 years ago. i have asked for one every christmas and birthday, but this year i lost hope and didn't ask. i still want one so bad but i don't know how to convince them that it won't be a huge hassle?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, honey, having a puppy is not only FUN and EXCITING, but it is a bit of a hassle as well. You have to potty train it, which means when you first get it that you have to take him out every half hour or so. There are puppy shots and chew toys to buy etc...
      Okay, I LOVE PUPPIES...so here goes.
      Come up with a contract that you write about your involvement in caring for this new puppy that you are wanting. Find out what kind of dog you want, learn about it's health issues as well as what shots are needed the first year as well as call your vet and find out the cost. Then at 6 months their is spay/nuetering. Find out from your vet what it entails as well as cost and then the care afterwards. Write out a schedule on how you plan to potty train, and exercise the dog. School will be starting and he will need to be potty trained by then. Leave a place at the bottom for your signature and sign and date it. If they see that this is something that you really want AND see that you've taken time to really figure out what it's going to take to care for a dog,not just love it, they may take you a bit more seriously. I'm a mom of 4 (all in college) and let me tell you it would make me take notice. Make sure that you keep to the contract and put in it that if you don't that YOU will find a safe and happy home for him where someone will.
      Good luck!!

  34. QUESTION:
    I have a Chihuahua puppy that was a runt and weighs under a pound?
    she is over 2 months old and i was wondering how long i should wait to get her first shots or if she is old enough to get them now. she is growing little by little but it tiny.

    • ANSWER:
      Has she been at least examined by your veterinarian yet? Start there, and at your first puppy exam talk to your vet about their recommended vaccination schedule for a pup so small. Relying on advice from strangers online could prove dangerous to your pup.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to introduce a puppy to people?
    My dogs in the past have always been bad with people because we never really introduced them to other people. Generally, I go to others people houses, etc. So I very rarely have people coming over. So I didn't think it was that important to do this.

    But with my new puppy, I want him to be comfortable around other people and I know the importance of it now. When I first got him I would take him to the PetStore at least once a week, walk around with him, let people pet him, etc. Well, as he got older fewer people would approach us and eventually my schedule became so busy with the holidays and things are visits became fewer.

    When we were walking the other day he seen some people and stated growling. There was another incident recently as well. I think it has to do with the fact he doesn't go as much, and he has had his shots now so he associates the two.

    What should I do to prevent this. Would giving the other person a treat to give him help? How often does he need to see
    people in order to be trained properly. Like I said, I generally don't have company over so that makes things more difficult and most of my friends are pet people.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. We will be going out a little bit today so I would like to use some advice while we are out and about.

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to stop this right now! Your dog will only get worse in his aggressive behaviour unless you let him know that it's not tolerated. If he's on the leash and starts growling, give him a short, quick jerk and tell him no. Do not comfort him or tell him "it's ok" because you're giving him the message that he has a reason to growl at people. You should really find an obedience class with a highly qualified instructor who could teach you how to train your dog. Check out the classes first - you don't want an instructor who will just treat your dog like a viciouis dog, but rather one who recognizes what's going on with your dog.

      If people come to your house, tell them not to interact with him at all when they come in - no petting, talking to or eye contact. Let him come up to them and sniff them. Go in and sit down and if your dog then approaches them - they can hold out a hand to let him sniff again -if he's good with that,then they can pethim and/or give him a treat. Once you start to socialize him, it's important you keep it up so he doesn't regress.

  36. QUESTION:
    will puppy vaccines from tractor supply work?
    if i bought vaccines from tractor supply for a puppy a 7 in 1 shot will it work its supposed to protect againist parvo and other stuff i forgot the other things.how many sets of shots would i need to give it?

    • ANSWER:
      Many farmers and ranchers buy the shots from a tractor supply store and administer them without the aid of a vet. You need to have someone show you how to give the shot. You can look up a shot schedule online.

  37. QUESTION:
    What if I don't get my puppies booster shots on time?
    My lab is suppose to get 4 sets of shots that are 3 weeks apart. I just found out today that these were suppose to be 3 wks apart and he is late on his 3rd set. He got his last set Dec. 30th. If I wait until next week, will this mess up his puppy shots. The lady at the vet told me I needed to get him to the vet as soon as possible. Is it imperative that I stay on the 3 week schedule?

    • ANSWER:
      That is what happend to us we were 2 weeks behind on her shots, cause we were out of town on emergencys and missed the vet appt and ours was fine when she got her 4th set. But if you take her to the vet and tell them , it shouldnt be bad or mess her up, just take her to the vet for her 3rd set and they will help her, and just make sure 3 weeks after his 3rd set that he gets his 4th exactly three weeks later.. Good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    How old does a puppy suppose to be to get theri first shots?
    I have a puppy thats shes 2-3.
    but i think shes porbably 3

    And I want to get her the shots cuz i had a puppy who already died of parvo.
    but this girl said my puppy has to be 4 months old before her first shots.

    IS this true?

    • ANSWER:
      My puppies get their first shots at 8 weeks.

      Call your vet and schedule an appointment right away.

  39. QUESTION:
    How long after the third shot will my dog be safe to go outside?
    I don't want my 8 week puppy (German Shorthaired Pointer) to get Parvo or Distemper or anything. She has had her first two shots already, and is due to get her third next Sunday. Should I wait a few days or a week or so after the third shot, before letting her go outside?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not the number of shot's that's important, it's the timing. It's kind of complicated to explain, but suffice it to say that puppies, regardless of the number of vaccinations, can be considered at risk until they are 12 to 16+ weeks old. Having 2 shots by the time she's 8 weeks old means nothing. In fact, if she was given a combo shot younger than 8 weeks, that shot probably did nothing to protect her from Parvo or Distemper (unless one of those shots was Neopar, in which case she would have a very good start on vaccination against Parvo). I give Neopar at 5 weeks, then a combo at 8, 12, and 16 weeks old. Vaccinations need to be given a MINIMUM of 2 weeks apart to be even somewhat effective, 3 to 4 weeks apart is optimal. So I suggest you hold off on her next vaccination until 12 weeks, and ask your vet about a proper vaccination schedule.

      But to answer your question; She can absolutely go outside now, she needs fresh air and play time and socialization, you just need to be very cautious about not taking her out of your yard or introducing her to dogs you don't know to be vaccinated. Stay away from strange dogs, pet stores, shelters, and be careful at the vet (vet office = sick dogs).

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I ensure a good start for our soon-to-be little puppy?
    My fiance and I are getting a miniature dachshund this weekend. I can't remember how old he/she is, but the person we're buying it from said that it's weened.

    I was wondering what all shots and things are necessary to give to it. I was seriously thinking about getting it vaccinated for parvo (which, from what I read, takes several injections over the course of 6 months or so). Someone I worked with, her dachshund she paid a lot more for, got parvo and it was very expensive to treat. It's also very sad for the dog.

    Anyway, other than the obvious food and drink, what are good ways of taking care of it when it's so young.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing you can do right now for your little puppy is to make sure it remains with it's mamadog until it is at least 10-12 weeks old. Even though it's weaned, during the subsequent period before 12 weeks, the mamadog will teach it many important social skills which will prevent problems later on such as playbiting, nipping, dominance aggression and separation anxiety.
      The breeder should have already started it on vaccines and wormings, and will provide you with a schedule to follow for their continuation.
      Please only support responsible breeders.
      Here are some suggested questions one can use to determine if a breeder is truly responsible:

      1. Is she an AKC registered breeder of good standing and an active member of her breed Parent Club?

      2. Are there AKC Champions listed on the pedigree, showing that the breeder spends her time & money to prove the quality of her breeding stock through competition?

      3. Are all the animals kept in clean, comfortable, healthy, loving circumstances?

      4. Did the breeder conduct extensive interviews with you and every member of your family?

      5. Have the sire & dam received all available health clearances, (eg. OFA Hip & Eye, Thyroid testing, THESE VARY FOR EACH BREED)

      6. Is she willing to honestly discuss any possible genetic defects that may exist in her line?

      7. Does she have a Sales Contract?

      8. Does the contract contain a clause stipulating that you spay or neuter the puppy before it reaches a certain
      age?

      9. Does the contract contain a clause stating that if at any time in the puppy's life, you can no longer care for it, it must be returned to the breeder? (This ensures that no animal bred by this breeder will ever end up in a shelter).

      10. Will the breeder maintain contact with you for the life of the puppy to answer questions and help in general?

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I House train my puppy?
    i recently found 2 puppies o the side of the street. they seemed to be abandoned, so we took them in. they have bad problems with pooping in the house. how do i fix this.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please make sure that you make an appointment with your vet to have them checked over & started on proper shots/health maintenance.

      The easiest way I have found to house train a puppy is to use a crate. This becomes their 'house', open for them to go into at any time, and for them to stay in when you are gone, busy in the house & sleeping.

      When using the crate method, make sure that the puppy goes outside immediately upon arriving home or waking up. Use a phrase (we use 'go now') & use lots of praise when they go (happy voice, treats, pets).

      Then, when you are home, they should go out every 2 hours, and shortly after meals. Water should be pulled 2 hours before bedtime, & let them out immediately before being put into the crate when you leave or go to bed.

      Within a short time, they will begin 'telling' you when they need to go, & you will become familiar with their schedule. If they only go every 4 hours, then adjust from the 2 hour schedule, changing back if accidents begin to occur.

      When they are loose in the house with you, have a 'puppies in sight' rule. This means if you are watching TV, they are in the same room with you. You move, they move. If you are busy making dinner, either tether them to you on a leash, or put them in their crate for the short time. (do not abuse the crate option when you are home, puppies like to be social!)

      Watch the puppies for signs that they may be ready to go to the bathroom... then say 'wanna go OUTSIDE??' this gets their attention & helps them learn to let you know when they need to go.

      As for pooping, take care to let them be active outside after eating. The combination of adding food to their bodies & moving around tends to help get things going out the other end. Some puppies only need to run around the yard once, others need 5 minutes of 'play' before they feel the urge.

      If you see them starting to squat in the house, clap your hands & shout NO NO NO then scoop them up & go out side, use your phrase & praise, even if they have nothing left.

      By keeping tabs on the puppy at all times & using a schedule, they should be trained in short order.

      Finally, keep in mind that based on age, they need more than one meal. Rule of thumb is 4 meals/day until 4 months, then 3 meals from 4-8 months. I go down to 2 meals as adults, so they dont take in so much at one time. Some people can 'free feed' as adults (leave food out all the time) but that is dependent on the dog (dont want fat sausages!!)

      If you are 'free feeding' now with the puppies, that could be a contributing factor to the pooping problem. Change it to scheduled meals & potty times & you should see improvements.

      Finally, if you haven't had them vet-checked, there may be issues that are contributing such as worms (you cant always see them in the stool), so do make sure to take them in.

      Good luck, 2 at one time must be SO much fun!! =-)

  42. QUESTION:
    What will happen if I give my puppy his last shot a day and a half early?
    It's almost been 2 weeks-in a day and a half. I'm just wondering what the harm would be if he got it earlier? Also, what's the difference between the home vaccination kits, like Spectra 5 and 7. Do you use the same kind for all shots?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Spectra has one of the highest reaction rates and the lowest rate for effectiveness.

      Spectra 5 covers Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b
      Spectra 7 covers Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Types 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, propagated in cell line tissue cultures. The diluent is Canine Parvovirus Vaccine-Leptospira Canicola-Icterohaemorrhagiae Bacterin

      I use Galaxy vaccinations, but also recommend Duramune or Vanguard, all of which are available online.

      Giving vaccinations 2 weeks apart is not an acceptable protocol. Vaccinations should be given every 3 to 4 weeks. Personally, I recommend every 4 weeks, at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks, but that is for my breed. Large breeds and toy breeds may follow a different schedule.

      This is a good general schedule for puppy vaccinations;
      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2115&aid=960

  43. QUESTION:
    How many shots do dogs have to take?
    i wanna get a dog but i am worrying about how much all the shots are gonna cost and how many there will be needed.

    plz help me.
    ill be getting poodle if that helps,

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the vaccine schedule:
      6 - 8 weeks DHLPP + Corona
      9 - 11 weeks DHLPP + Corona
      12 - 14 weeks DHLPP + Corona
      16 weeks - Rabies

      The DHLPP puppy shot is a combination vaccine that protects against 5 separate diseases :

      * Distemper
      * Hepatitis
      * Leptospirosis
      * Parainfluenza
      * Parvovirus

      I highly recommend to go to the human society to get the shots. they are affordable and very helpful about the vaccines your puppy will need.
      I spend at most for the whole series of shots. (about 10 to o15 per vaccine)

      If you are getting an adult dog then you'll just have the annual booster and deworming to worry about.

      But it's true that vaccines aren't the most expensive part of owning a dog.

  44. QUESTION:
    How far apart should puppy shots/vaccines be given?
    I am trying to fill out my calendar to schedule all of his appointments. The vet's office is closed today or i would call him. My 10 wk old pup had his 3rd round last week (monday) when should i schedule the next one for? He is on a five shot regiment
    I know, I'm kicking myslef for not knowing if they even mentioned this. I had both of my poms with me that day and was also concerned about an abscessed anal gland.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...the answer above me is pretty much right on but I thought I would give you this link to a webpage that covers dog vaccinations in detail, along with an easy to read chart that maps out all vaccines and the dates they are generally given to the pup. There is a conventional schedule along with a holistic schedule, depending on they way you have decided to raise your pup.

      http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/dog-vaccination-schedule.html

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous to let my puppies out in the snow without distemperment shots?
    I am trying to potty train my miniature pinschers. They are 8 weeks old and I have them scheduled for their first shots next week.

    I want to start outdoor potty training but I am not sure if this is safe to do without their shots. I live in northern US and its only about 20-30 degrees on average every day with lots of snow.

    ALSO once they get the first round of shots are we able to take them out, or is it better to wait until all shots have been done? I don't want to get my babies sick!

    Any advice is appreciated. Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      If your yard is secure and you know for a fact that no other dogs have been on your property you should be ok. Puppies are not completely safe and should not go anywhere until all rounds of shots have been finished (even then nothing is 100%)
      I'm assuming that since it is snowy that opossums shouldn't be out (they can carry distemper as well as other infectious diseases) so you shouldn't have to worry about that.
      I'm not sure at what temp. Parvo and distemper "die" though I do no that at normal temperatures they can hang around in soil for years!
      Just be careful and don't let them go anywhere else except your yard until their shots are done. Also no contact with other dogs besides any others you may have.
      You ate right to be concerned (having gotten a puppy that already had distemper incubating it is a very severe and traumatic event) equally as nasty and deadly is parvo.
      Just be safe and you should do fine, just keep a watchful eye.
      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    What treatment is required from vet for puppy 8 week old?
    8 week old chihuahua female puppy, what will we need to get from vets and how much will it cost in UK? eg. vaccinations etc.
    many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      First talk to the breeder and see what he has done so far, you do not want to duplicate. The breeder should have at least started the puppy shot series and wormed her. If not you have to de-worm the puppy and start with at least a 5 or 6way vaccination, followed by 2 parvos (a week apart), another 6way, two more parvo, etc, until the Rabies vaccination. But discuss with your vet becasue I live in the states and your area may require a different vaccination schedule. But as I mention check with the breeder to see what if anything has been started.

      Good Luck! *;*

  47. QUESTION:
    Did anyone ever buy a dog from a reputable breeder and have something go wrong healthwise?
    I was just wondering if any of you bought a puppy from a good breeder and after you brought it home, he/she became ill. Can you share that experience with me please?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. First of all, I AM a reputable breeder and only buy my show stock from other reputable breeders. However, there was a case where even I was shafted over a puppy. I waited 2 years on this breeder's list for a show puppy. The litter came and I was sold a female chow who's parents and all members of her line were OFA good or better (OFA is the hip registry in the US). By 6 months old, this little girl who had excellent care.. had severe hip dysplasia. My contract gave me the option of either sending her back and getting a replacement or refund OR keeping her and sending a spayed certificate to breeder and getting replacement puppy. This is fairly standard because as breeders we know that some people will want to keep the original puppy. Sounds like I would have a story end right there, right? WRONG! This breeder had some problems sometime after I bought my pup and decides that she will no longer honor any contracts.So I was stuck with a ,000 puppy that could not be shown or bred.. and as time went on, ended up with a few more health issues and died before age 5. I have been showing/breeding/ and rescuing my chosen breed for over 15 years and this is the 1st time a reputable breeder did not follow their own contract. SO, be aware that this story is not the norm... usually if you have a contract and there is a problem that is covered under that contract.. it WILL BE HONORED. Also, most reputable breeders ask that you take your new puppy to a vet for a health check within 72 hours of getting the puppy. This protects both of you so that you know they sold you a health pup at time of purchase. If you follow the shot and worming schedule and watch to make sure puppy does not get into anything hazardous to it's health, then it should be fine. Also, just because the breeding stock has their health testing done and cleared, it does not mean that all puppies from a litter will be 100% clear from that disorder. We test so that we do not purposely breed afflicted animals. But just like humans, sometimes there can be a problem with the offspring while the parents are healthy. I would advise you to read the contract carefully, then call the breeder and let them know of the problem. Sometimes they are willing to help with vet bills even though it is not always in the contract. It never hurts to ask.
      For anyone interested in buying a pup... Please see where the pup was raised and look at all on site relatives of the pup. Do NOT buy if the place is not clean and animals are dirty. Do NOT buy if breeder cannot show you pedigrees, health clearances and shot records of animals. Do NOT buy a puppy that has watery eyes, runny nose or dirty ears or tail end. These are all signs that the breeder is not reputable and/or giving the proper care for their stock. Also.. if the puppy is AKC registered.. the papers go with the puppy, you do NOT have to pay extra to get them from the breeder. You do have to pay to register with AKC, but do not pay the breeder a few hundred more for something the puppy owns.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the first wormer called to give a puppy?
    I just bought a new puppy, first vet check is on Monday. However the breeder said she already had her first shots and has been dewormed and was insistant that I keep her on the dog food she had her on which was purina. I noticed right away she was bloated and was drinking way to much water. So I switched her food to Royal Canine baby dog, some of the bloating has gone down and her poop is no longer runny. But she is still slightly bloated looking but isn't drinking nearly as much water, is peeing well etc. She is now 9 weeks old. So my question is how old is a puppy supposed to be to give them their first shot and wormer. The breeder said she was due for her second shot two or three days before I picked her up, so now she is a week over due. I'm just suspicious, I didn't know you could give a puppy that young, shots and wormer, & how do I know she really got them? can I reworm her and what else can I do to help her tummy, & make her stool firmer. she is a pomeranian, will be under 5lb

    • ANSWER:
      A puppy can begin a deworming regimen as early as 2 weeks of age, and some breeders DO start deworming that young.

      Shots are given on a schedule determined by your veterinarian, and most have different ideas about when they SHOULD be given. However, they CAN be given as early as 6 weeks of age.

      If the breeder did give the pup vaccinations, she should have provided you with some documentation stating that. Sometimes it's vet papers, but for those who vaccinate at home, it could be the labels of a jar photocopied on some paper with dates beside them.

      Check through the paper work that you have to see if you have anything fitting that description. If you do, make sure to take it to the vet with you so your vet can get it in their records.

      As far as your pup goes, GOOD FOR YOU for switching foods. Royal Canin is much more nutritious than Purina and will help your pup grow more healthy. I hope that you gradually switched foods instead of completely switching all at once. By mixing the foods and gradually lowering the amount of Purina and raising the amount of Royal Canin, you'll prevent your puppy some tummy aches!

      The food switch may be part of the problem. However, given that she is bloated and DID have runny stool, I'd say that she likely has internal parasites still. If you are seeing the vet on Monday, make sure you tell the vet your concerns. She should be okay over the weekend, but if you notice any change in her eating habits, or if she becomes sluggish, get her to a vet ASAP!

      Good luck!


puppy shot schedule

Housebreaking An Adult Dog

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some good resources online or off about housetraining ADULT dogs?
    I have an adult dog that I am fighting tooth and nail to housebreak. Anyone know of some FREE online or offline resources for training ADULT dogs? (I got mysweet little miniature pincher at the Humane Society and he is already 3 years old). Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      One should use the same method of training for an adult dog that is used for a puppy. There is a book called Puppy's First year, its available on Amazon for 89 cents and is the best guide for house training I have seen. Also, good instructions for additional obedience training such as sit, stay, down, etc.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can older housebroken dogs assist in training younger puppies to be housebroken?
    I've never had any experience housebreaking a dog, I adopted an adult dog, and thank god she was already housebroken. I've come across a puppy that I would like to rescue, but he is not housebroken, and I know a lot of work goes into that training. I was just wondering if anyone has seen their older dog help a younger dog pick up the habit quicker?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    How often do small adult dogs need go to pee?
    I am getting a pug. This is my first time getting a small breed .The dog is 3 yrs old. How long hold can small adult dog hold it? You can answer for other toy breeds just in case I choose something else. I am only asking for a rough estimate. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Every dog is an individual. There are rules for puppies and housebreaking, but they don't always translate over to the adult dog. An adult Pug, if he was trained properly, should be able to hold it all day while you're at work.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you house train an adult dog?
    We rescued a sweet dog two weeks ago that was heavily pregnant. She gave birth three days ago and I brought her and the pups in the house because of the heat. I was hoping that she was house trained but she isn't. They are currently fenced in my kitchen which has a tiled floor for ease of cleaning but I'd like to house train her and the pups (when they are old enough).

    I need to know how to house train an adult dog without a crate. Please be detailed. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a reliable way to housebreak an older dog;
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/housebreaking-an-older-dog.html

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you housebreak an adult dog?
    I have a 5 year old dog that I had adopted very recently from the shelter. He was there for three years. The odd thing is that he will urinate outside, but he relieves his bowels in the house. I have only had him for 4 days now. He only does this while I am either sleeping or not at home. He doesn't make a big mess because he still isn't eating much from the nervousness of a new home. But I am afraid that once he starts eating more, the messes will be worse. What would be the best way to break him of this?

    • ANSWER:
      The same way you would a puppy.
      You basically have to start from scratch and retrain him.

      Some helpful hints:

      -crate training!!!!! Make sure it's big enough for your adult dog, but not too roomy. If it's too big, your dog will designate one area of it for "living" and the other for going to the washroom. You want just enough room that he's comfy, but little enough that the entire crate is his home. He will probably bark and whine at first, but all dogs will at first. Best bet is to start off in little intervals, still be at home, but leave the room for some time, so the dog interprets that as "Ok, they're gone, but I know they're coming back".

      -to help housebreak, you have to keep on top of the dog, just like you would a puppy. After any sleep time, eating, etc. take him outside, ON A LEASH, and stay with him until he pees and poops. Yes, it can be somewhat time consuming, but in the long run it's worth it. And don't forget to praise the dog RIGHT after they do something that is good, ie. pooping outside.

      If you're interested in more tips, have more questions, etc. feel free to contact me. I currently have two dogs that I've had to housebreak, train, etc.

      GOOD LUCK :D

  6. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to housebreak an adult dog adopted from an animal shelter?
    Hi! I adopted a wonderful year and a half old boxer in January from our local animal shelter. She had been negllected and was underweight. She is doing great now, but I am having a hard time housebreaking her, even though at the shelter she was labeled as housebroken. Half the time she goes outside just fine, but the other half she has accidents in the house. Any tips would be appreciated. This is my first experience with the Boxer breed.

    • ANSWER:
      CRATE TRAINING
      In the wild, wolves live in a den or cave. It is important the entire wolf pack keep this area clean. The same idea works with your family pet. Your dog’s crate is his home, his bedroom. It is likely that your dog will not like to soil his bed. Therefore, he will wait until he is let out to do his business.

      100 PER CENT SUPERVISION
      Supervision is the key to housetraining! While you are at home, your dog must be supervised. Whether you are watching television, making dinner, on the phone or on the computer, your dog must be watched. While it sounds like an impossible task, it isn’t. Keeping the crate in a social part of the house makes it easier. Using a house lead – a small, thin lead with a little clip on it – also helps immensely. Outside, you put a lead on your dog so you can control him. If the lead is removed after returning home, control is lost. For example, when watching television, have the lead tied to a couch leg. Your dog can have his blanket and toys with him. He’ll feel safe and comfortable. The majority of accidents happen when your dog/pup wanders off and you haven’t noticed. You don’t want him to sneak off into the kitchen and find a puddle a short time later. If your pup is kept from wandering, the possibility of an accident is diminished because he will not eliminate where he is sitting. 100 per cent supervision means ensuring your dog is playing with you, in his crate, outside or on his house lead.

      SCHEDULING
      In the morning, take your dog outside. He should urinate and possibly have a bowel movement. Spend about five to seven minutes with him and then bring him in. Do not play with him yet. Feed him breakfast, either in the crate or with the lead, and supervise it. If your dog/pup did not have a bowel movement earlier, take him back outside about 15 minutes after he has eaten. Use the lead to keep your dog moving along while outside. Otherwise, he may start sniffing, stopping and playing to avoid the job at hand. You can say “hurry up” and your dog will begin to associate these words with the task at hand. Praise him excessively when he has eliminated. Bring him back in the house and place him in his crate if you are going to work. Continue to supervise him with the crate or the lead if you are home. When returning after being out, go directly to the crate, let him out, praise him and put him back in. Feed him his meal, take him outside 15 minutes after he has eaten, praise him after he eliminates, and bring him back in. Continue to follow the same steps consistently.

      While you are home, you should take your dog outside on a regular basis. Even if your dog is in a crate or on a house lead, he still needs the opportunity to eliminate. Also, be careful what you wish for! A dog who barks to go outside may be cute and clever now. However, you must try not to fall into the habit of leaping up every time your dog wants in or out. It is a very submissive gesture on your part. Have your dog wait a moment or two.

      Setting up a schedule is also a good idea. If your pup is under four months of age, take him out for five minutes every hour on the hour. If your pup is over four months old, take him out every second hour on the hour. The schedule will help you remember when to take him out. Go out for five minutes only. It provides the opportunity to eliminate even if your pup may not need to go. Take your dog out after active play and also after napping. If an accident occurs, you may have forgotten to take him out .

      FEEDING TIME
      Having a puppy drink a lot of water and then placing him in his crate is much more unkind than letting him be a bit thirsty for an hour or two. Adult dogs should have access to drinking water at all times. However, this is not the case for untrained pups. Most parents will not allow their children to drink a big glass of water before going to bed. Avoid setting your pup up for failure. Restrict his water intake to three or four drinks daily and make sure you remove the water dish about three hours before bedtime. This will help your dog sleep more comfortably.

      If it is a hot evening, supply your pup with a few ice cubes. They will enter your dog’s system at a slower pace. When feeding your pup, provide a high-quality food that is a good source of protein. The food must be concentrated so your puppy’s body doesn’t require much of it. If you feed less, your puppy eliminates less. Food is directly related to how well puppies do in their housetraining.

      EXERCISE
      It is important that your pup gets a lot of exercise, especially while crate training. You can play fetch, chase or hide and seek in your home. You can call ‘come’ at the same time to provide further training. Anyway you do it, your pup needs to be able to run and play.

  7. QUESTION:
    I want to get an adult dog from a shelter ; people say puppies are better. can adult dogs bond as well pups?
    I mean can they give just as much love and care as puppies? like want to lick you, stay in your lap. not teeth? i think puppies are too much work, and I've never had a dog before, so i want to get an adult dog(not too old, but an adult) from a rescue/shelter. Can older dogs adjust, regardless of their past?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have never had a dog before I would start with an older one. Older dogs tend to already be housebroken and not as hyper as a pup. Pups can require a lot of attention, almost constant if they go through a chewing phase. You'll turn your back for a second and there goes your favorite shoe. Older dogs adjust very well. Dogs are very adaptable creatures. Actually you will probably get more love in return from an older dog than you will from a pup. Pups are all over the place, but the older dog is more apt to just hang with you whatever you are doing. My 13 year old dog still gives me kisses and my 10 year old still sits in my lap. If you get a dog that is a year or two old it will still have plenty of energy to play with you also, but will have passed the teething phase and be housebroken. Whatever you choose be sure to give them a lot of love and attention and you will have a best friend for life.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why is my previously housebroken dog peeing and pooping in the house?
    I have a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix who is about 1 year and 4 months old. We got her last October from someone who found her roaming the streets. She was housebroken and the people who found her got her spayed the week before we took her home. Its been over 5 months now and all of a sudden she's using the bathroom in the house! While we're home! (She stays in a crate when we arent home) We've only caught her in the act once...she mostly poops, and has only peed maybe once or twice inside. We havent changed anything in the house recently, although I am pregnant, we havent set up the babys room or bought any new furniture yet. I'm not sure what it is! Any ideas?

    I've read another question where the adult dog was peeing, but I'm not sure if the fact that Dixie is pooping more than peeing changes anything!

    We do have 1 other dog, but we had him first....he is almost 3 years old. I dont know if that matters really! He's not using the bathroom in the house, just her!

    • ANSWER:
      Well...my first response would be that some dogs need little reminders here and there about pottying in the house (especially small dogs).

      My second response would be that she can possibly sense the changes in your house (with you being pregnant). Animals are very smart and can pick up on the slightest changes. My dogs (and cat) started acting different soon after I found out I was pregnant.

      Try putting a diaper on her and completely cleaning the area with a pet stain remover. She'll be able to poop through the diaper, so sometimes having it there deters them. Make sure you give her lots of love and attention, that way if she is sensing the pregnancy, she'll know you still love her.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I housebreak an adult dog adopted from a shelter?
    My family adopted a male black Labrador about two months ago. He's 2 1/2 years old, and we're pretty sure he's never been in a home before now. We were told he was picked up by the Humane Society as a stray.

    He's a very clingy dog, who needs to be with someone all the time. He's had quite a bit of trouble with having accidents in the house. Most of the time it is while we are all gone, but sometimes one of us will be sitting near him and he'll just get up and go urinate on a chair in the next room. He does this while we are gone, no matter if we've just taken him out before leaving.

    He doesn't do this on a regular basis though. There will be days we leave and come back to find that everything is OK, while other times he's peed on the same footrest or chair as usual.

    I suspect he has some degree of seperation anxiety, and we've tried all sorts of things to help this. I'm home all day everyday with him, always supervising him. What can we do to break him of this bad habit?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like anxiety rather than a house breaking issue if he's peeing on furniture. I would use a crate to keep him in while you are gone.
      Now, I know that sound awful, but keep in mind that he is anxious and that big ol' house left all to himself seems intimidating. The crate will feel safe and secure and really help the issue. If you do not want to do a crate, close him in a small bedroom or bathroom with a comfy bed and some toys. He really will feel less imtimidated and feel less separation anxiety.
      As for when you are right there, use pet gates to keep him in the same room with you that you can climb right over but will keep him there. And watch him like a hawk!
      If it's only been a couple months since you adopted him, the anxiety should lessen as he starts to feel more secure in his new home. Especially not knowing what he's been through before you got him, he's probably not sure of what to expect and needs some time to adjust. Be patient and you will end up with a great and loyal friend.
      Good for you for rescuing a dog! I love people like you!

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dog from marking his territory inside?
    We just got an adult dog about a month ago, about 4 years old, a lab/beagle mix. He was abused and then spent an entire year in a cage before he came to us. I had to teach him how to go up down stairs and potty train him and everything, but he constantly marks his territory. I've tried EVERYTHING! I've used Natures Miracle to get rid of the odor, taking him out every 10 minutes to go to the bathroom and then praise him, sternly saying NO when he tries to mark but it's no use. He always seems to mark when I'm NOT around which is rarely as I try to keep him in my sight at all times to prevent this. I am just running out of patience. I don't know what to do.. it seems every time I think he's over this habit he does it again. He's also Neutered (he was neutered in November) PLEASE any help will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hang in there, it will get better. Some advice other have answered with is good, but housebreaking, and marking are two different things. Did you have a dog before this one? Male dogs love to mark territory.He could be "marking" a scent from another dog, if you had one prior to getting him. Also make dogs have a natural tendency to be " Alphas", and marking is part of it to show dominance. Do not let him have free range of the house until he has stopped marking. limit him to a small area for awhile, and slowly let him gain more range in the house. If he marks again, take away some of his range in the house. Yell loudly "NO" if you see him lift his leg, or if he is in the process of marking. Do not hit him, or rub his nose in it , or yell at him if you did not see him urinating, as it accomplishes nothing, and he will not understand. Make him go outside, and ignore him for 30 minuets after catching him marking. Be sure the actual problem is really marking, and not just using you house for his toilet.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some pros and cons with adopting an older dog?
    my mom prefers puppy over adult dog.

    what are some pros and cons for adopting a older dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Pros for getting an older dog:
      -No housebreaking needed
      -Not as hyper
      -Sit still longer
      -May already know some neat tricks

      Cons for getting an older dog:
      -May have issues you need to deal with
      -May have incontinence issues if really old
      -May not have as much energy as you would like
      -May be hard to teach new things
      -Won't be around as long as a puppy
      -May have some health issues

      Pros for getting a puppy:
      -very impressionable and learns new things easy
      -full of energy
      -lots of fun to watch him experience new things
      -will bond intensely with family
      -small accidents to clean up

      Cons for getting a puppy:
      -have to house train
      -frequent accidents to clean
      -tons of energy, need lots of entertainment
      -demand lots of attention(like a newborn infant)
      -need to go outside every 1-2 hours

      I have an 8 1/2 yr old that I wouldn't trade in for a million bucks. He is loyal, cuddly and my best buddy. I also just got a new puppy. He is great too. He is 4 months old and so much fun to watch. No matter whether you decide to get a puppy or an adult you will love your dog forever.
      I know I love both my boys. Don't forget to save a life of a wonderful dog in any shelter or rescue. There are tons of great dogs waiting for their forever homes. Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    At what age should you begin with basic command training for your puppy?
    I have a 6 week old Swiss mountain puppy. Right now we are working on housebreaking and Chewing on toys and not Mommy's heels lol. He is doing great and is really a smart puppy.
    At what age should I start him on Basic commands such as sit, stay, lay, and leash training. I've never had a puppy this small and dont know when its the right time to start teaching him things that he is ready for but I would like a smart adult dog so I want to do it right.
    Any help is appreciated, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As said above,day 1 is when to begin.As a side note consider using hand signals along with basic commands like set,lay down,and stay.It comes in handy at times,and will be invaluable if your dog ever has any hearing loss.Just for example,when saying set also use a finger and keep pointing down towards the floor.My Lab picked up the hand signals right along with the voice command.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will adult dogs give you more attention/love than puppies?
    Since puppies are so caught up with chewing, runnign aorund, etc? will adult dogs usually be calmer and give you mroe love and attention? Also, Since puppies are more work than adult dogs, why do people for the first time unwittingly buy them, spend thousands of dollars from pet shops/spay/nueturing/health visits(sicne pet shop puppies are often sick), training, etc, when they can get a grown dog that's usually housebroken, calmer, may have better health, won't teeth, etc? are people really that stupid or misinformed?

    • ANSWER:
      yes an adult dog will tend to be more affectionate and focused on you. yes people are that misinformed and they just want a cute puppy not all the work involved with one.

  14. QUESTION:
    What should we expect from the two 4-5 y/o dogs we are getting this week?
    One is a mini schnauzer and the other is a Lhasa apso. They are 4 and 5 y/I respectively. They've been together since they were puppies. Their family is moving to Japan. We've been wanting two adult dogs. And are very excited. We've had outside dogs before and this will be our first time to have 2 inside our new house. I'm worried about the pottying although the owner says they are housebroken and worried that they might not like being kenneled in the house while we are at work. Any input on these two breeds would be great. Also any input on things we need to get before their arrival would be great.

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    Do new Adult Dogs bark or howl on their first night home?
    Hi, I would like to get a dog, I,m Just thinking between from a puppy to a adult dog.
    I know from past experience, That little puppies cry all night when you first bring them home.
    I don't really want to go through that again, so I'm thinking would a Adult dog be better?
    Do adult dogs on their first night cry like puppies do? How would you settle down a Adult dog?
    Thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Most dont.

      Of all the dogs I have fostered, I only remember one who cried the first few nights I had him. It helps to take the dog for a long walk before you bring him home (something you cant do with a puppy.)

      Adult dogs are a lot easier in general. You may be able to find one that is already housebroken, and just needs to learn the ropes at your house.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can an adult dog be housebroken using dog diapers?
    If I use dog diapers for a while want my dog eventually not need them?

    • ANSWER:
      NO, dog diapers are for females to protect them from accidental mating. The dogs that use them are well trained and the owners usually stay close for obvious reason. Most dogs will not leave them on. Old senior dogs sometimes use them in the house at night. Like humans, dogs can become incontinent too. It is usually a short term thing. If your dog is incontinent, you need to see a veterinarian.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I pottytrain an adult dog who has never had to go outside or hold her bladder?
    don't ask how that happened, its a long story. anyway, She is three years old and very set in her ways of pottying wherever she is in the house. yuck! How would I go about potty training her? I can't really crate train her because she doesnt care, she will just potty in the crate (no matter how small) and also she will just cry and holler all day. She is just not the crate type of dog. any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! You can still housebreak her. But it's like puppy 101...meaning you have to have someone constantly with her. Take her out every hour or even more at first, and wait and wait some more til she goes 'potty'. You want to be calm and quiet until she does this, no play, no petting....just stay with her til she goes. When she does, turn on the excitement. Lots of praise, and treats or toys, whatever she likes best. Point to her 'business' and tell her 'good potty' when she looks where you're pointing, sniffs, etc.

      You have to make a positive association with the new place to do her business, so that she'll have the motivation to hold out for play/praise, treats, etc.
      You can also start to feed her in a crate. Many times dogs will refrain from eliminating where they eat. Do this in very short periods of time at first. Give her the meal, close the door while she eats, and open immediately when she's done. Then go outside to 'potty'. Gradually she should learn to like her crate and start going in it, in anticipation of her meal or treats. Let her wait for gradually longer periods of time, door closed, before giving food. Then mix it up and give food, but wait longer to let her out. Do this as often as possible, and until she's housebroken, *always* take her out to potty first thing out of the crate. Just make this new learning experience as fun for her a possible, and she should catch on in no time.

      I suspect she was a neglect or abuse case, so kudos to you for giving her a fresh start!!

      ADD: If she does have an accident, be sure to calmly and quietly take it outside and put it where she normally goes potty. Show it to her and praise her calmly when she shows interest in it, being sure to repeat the command 'potty' or whatever you choose to use as her cue to eliminate outside.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to house-train an adult dog who's been used to staying outside?
    I just got a dog from a friend who said the dog had been a stray, but took up at their house. They kept her outside most of the time and don't know if she was previously trained or not. Is it possible to get her to go outside to do her business, and if so, pointers, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible to housebreak the dog. Crate the dog and until the dog is reliably going outside. The dog should have absolutely no unsupervised freedom in the house because that is when mistakes will happen. Take the dog outside after meals, playing and sleeping, if the dog does not go after 10 to 15 minutes return it to the crate for an additional 15 to 30 minutes and take her out again. While housebreaking going outside should be a time for the dog to do its business, not playtime, so if she still doesn't go repeat process until she does. Only after the dog has done its business should playing be allowed. When she does finally go outside, wait til she is done and praise lavishly and if you want reward with a treat.
      Housebreaking will only be successful if you are dilligent in watching her and taking her out as necessary and making sure she has no chance to make an unseen mistake.
      Also, you need to buy a cleaner like Nature's Miracle or Simple Solution to clean your carpets and to get the scent of urine and feces out of the carpet in case of mistakes, the dog will not stop going in the house if the scent remains in the carpet or floor.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to housebreak an adult dog?
    I have a 2 yr old siberian husky who still urinates in my home. I've tried to use a crate to fix the problem but he'll just sit there and howl and bark the whole time and disturb my neighbors. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      A dog has no behavioral reason whatsoever to pee in the house. The only legitimate excuse for a dog urinating in the house are heath related problems. Kidney or UTI. I have an intact male German Shepherd (18 months old) and he hasn't peed in the house since he was 12 weeks old. My dog is left unattended to wander around inside for hours and hours, and he is 100 percent reliable.

      What you need to do is reward and praise the dog anytime he goes potty outside. If you suspect he is howling in his crate because he needs to go potty, then take him out and rush him outside...and when he goes potty, give him a treat and tell him what a smart doggy he is.

      If you catch him in the act of marking in the house, you have to grab him and interrupt him right away...get his attention any way you can and then rush him outside.

      Whatever you do, don't punish him if you discover that he had an accident but didn't catch him in the act, or have no idea when he did it, because your dog lives entirely in the moment and will not understand why you are mad at him. You have to catch him in the act to correct him.

      Make sure that you don't give him any water after 7 or 8 at night and take him out right before you go to bed. Make sure his crate is only big enough that he can stand up and turn around and thats it.

      Keep at it, they are very smart dogs and at that age are going to test your limits. He is in his teenage years and is pushing you as far as he thinks he can get away with.

  20. QUESTION:
    What breed of dog is suitable for a single working bachelor?
    I am looking into what breed of dog to get but the one main concern would be the time I would not be there due to work. I am looking into some input.

    • ANSWER:
      What ever you do - don't get a young puppy. They can not hold their urine or control their bowels while you are gone during the day. They take too much time and watching.

      Most adult dogs can do fine in the home alone while their owners work during the day. I would check with area rescues and shelters to see what they have in already housebroken, adult dogs. The disposition and training the dog has will be more important to you than the actual breed.

      Of course, being involved in Greyhound Adoption, I think a retired racing greyhound would make a good choice in this situation. They will just sleep away the day when you are gone to work and happily greet you at the door when you get home. These retired professional athletes are low shed, have no body odor and are wonderful companions. They are less demanding than most breeds of dogs, and take less daily exercise to keep them happy.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you housebreak an adult dachshund if a doggie door is not an option?
    My dogs love to be in the fresh air and lay in the sun so they spend quite a bit of time outdoors. Any time I leave I have to lock them up in a kennel because every time I come in to piles and puddles and by that time they don't know why they are being scolded. I am a stay at home mom with a 1-year-old son, so they still get lots of attention and when I leave it's usually not more than 20-30 mins. Even in that small time frame I find messes 95% of the time. I have 2 females, Pepper (5 years) and PJ (Pepper Junior( 2 years) momma and daughter, respectivley, if that helps any.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it submissive urination? It's common among female dogs. Sometimes they pee when they are frightened or under stress. Do you make a big deal about leaving, or do you simply put them in the crate and leave. When you make a big deal out of leaving, sometimes they get very stressed out and cry and or do other undesirable things.
      I would keep putting them in the crate when you leave and give them a treat right before you walk out the door.
      I would also suggest that you get the book Cesar's Way from Cesar Millan. It covers all sorts of crazy doggie behavior.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I housebreak and adult dog?
    I recently adopted an adult pomeranian (4 years old). The previous owners kept him outside and he went "potty" whenever he felt like it. Now we keep in inside most of the time and let him out if he wants to. The problem is he pees and poops inside even if the door is open! How do I teach him to go outside. Problem is we never catch him in the act, so we can't really tell him not to do it inside!
    *AN not and sorry , typo

    • ANSWER:
      small dogs like pomeranians have small bladders so if you give him too much water and i recommend scubing your floor with a special clean u find at pet stores.. it will make ur dog pee less... and u should take him out every hour and stay out until he goes... good luck trust me it will work : D

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you housebreak a dog?
    My husband and I are talking about getting a dog. I want to get a rescue dog from an animal shelter. Some dogs aren't housebroken. I don't know how to train them to go outside to use the restroom. My husband always had his father to train them. His dad has been dead for three years now. How do you train them? Is their different ways in training an adult,puppy,and senior dog? Thanks for taking the time to answer.

    • ANSWER:
      i have only house-trained puppies. my technique is pretty common and once they get it, they are fully trustworthy in the house............Crate training...........
      basically, a dog will not pee in it's own bed. so it starts with keeping your puppy in a crate at night. take them out JUST before bed and FIRST thing in the morning. remember that puppies bladders aren't fully developed-they cannot hold it in as long, so if you hear them squirming in the night, take them out. and if you can wake extra early to take them out, do it.
      next thing is during the day. never leave the puppy inside for more than an hour or two (depending on the age and type of dog) without taking them out to pee. when they do their business outside, Always give them IMMEDIATE verbal praise. every single time, tell them how good they are. don't even wait a second to reward them, or else they may not make the link between their behavior and your praise.
      now as your dog gets the idea, they will start to go to the door, or give you some kind of sign, when they need to go potty. pay close attention. don't miss their clues. and praise them before and as you take them outside, because they are learning that outside is the potty place. yay!
      it helps to have a phrase or word that you repeat before you take the dog out to potty, such as "wanna go out?", or "outside?".
      as i mentioned, a dog will not pee in his own bed. so what happens as they are being trained is they start to think of the house as their great big comfy clean bed! the house becomes the territory that they don't want to make a mess in.
      as far as punishment goes-there is absolutely no use in punishing a dog after they have done something wrong. their attention span is short. they just won't make the connection between the bad thing from the past and their loved one's present anger toward them. if you do catch them in the act, that is the one and only time that punishment is appropriate. follow that with taking them outside and if they do continue their business out there, than praise them grandly.

      if you adopt an adult dog, i would follow these same guidelines at first. crate them at night until you know they will hold it through the night. get to know the dog and get an idea of how often they need to got out. if a dog makes a mess in the house, i always blame myself and think of what led up to that happening.
      if you adopt a senior, keep in mind that their bladders may be harder for them to control.

      remember that the more the dog makes a mess in the house, the more they will feel it's okay to do so in the future.

  24. QUESTION:
    Adult dog peeing on the carpet after being outside?
    HELP!!! My Boxer is peeing randomly on the carpets (right in front of us) after having been outside. We have recently moved and there has been a lot of disruption in his life, however he was always completely housebroken and never peed or pooped in our old home. What can I do? What could be causing this? I can't take much more!!! Thanks for any and all help.
    Yes he is fixed. We have had him almost a year now, we moved cross country recently so lots of changes for him but I can't take him peeing in the house.

    • ANSWER:
      well, as I'm reading your question I can see the first line of the first answer..... a smack will fix it.... BS!!

      When a dog who was fully trained starts peeing constantly and randomly like this, it's typically a sign of urinary tract infection. Smacking your dog for being sick is ridiculous. Next time you catch your dog about to do this, try to capture a sample in a clean container, and take it to the vet for analysis (yuck, I know, but worth not hauling an upset and/or sick dog to the vet unnecessarily). If it's a UTI, your vet will tell you how to proceed. If not, he may still have ideas, other than hitting him or rubbing his nose in it.

      Best of luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    How tough is it to train an adult dog?
    I have two dogs: both of them are 13-14 months old. Dog #1 is Jack, neutered MinPin who I've had since he was 9 weeks old. He is pretty well-trained and obedient since I began his training very early on and worked with him consistently, although I admit there are a few minor things I'd like to re-train him on. Dog #2 is Leah, spayed Golden Retriever/Chow mix who we adopted just a couple weeks ago from a shelter. She has had a pretty difficult life before we rescued her, and while someone apparently took the time to house train her, teach her the basics of leash-walking and teach her the "come" command, that's the only training she seems to know. She is a sweet dog, but she chews up everything, plays recklessly (jumps on furniture, tables, people, etc.), doesn't understand "No", won't "drop it", etc. She is due to start basic training this Friday, but in the meantime I have been using the techniques that worked so well on Jack as a puppy, to no avail. She is grossly uninterested in training and I want to convey immediately that I am the boss. She play fights with Jack all day long (gently and good-natured pawing and mouthing) but when I command them to stop, Jack listens but she does not, and then she pursues Jack relentlessly. How difficult is it to train a dog that is over a year old? Do I need to use different techniques with her? Please only answer if you have legitimate advice...criticizing is not helpful and really not warranted here.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not at all difficult to train a dog over a year. I have a 14 month old pit bull who I rescued from a "shelter". She had no training whatsoever. She ruined a lot of my things. For a while I had to tie her to me in the house so I would always be aware of her actions. I also crate trained her. She is now housebroken, walks well on leash, comes when called, sit, stay, etc. She only goes in her crate when I am not at home to supervise. We're still working on her chewing stuff when I am not at home.

      I've used the same training technique I would use on a 14 week old pup. It's all about paying attention to what your dog is doing at all times and training as necessary. Positive reinforcement only. Stay with it and she will learn. Be consistant. Google dog training and/or get a good book about it. I like Bonnie Bergen's "Bringing Out The Best In Your Dog". She founded Canine Companions and now has the Assistance Dog Institute. She knows her stuff.
      Anyway you go, just know that it's not impossible and every dog is different, they learn at their own pace.
      Good luck, I hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to potty train a dog that is almost 2 yrs old?
    My sister in law just got a small dog from the humane society. It's a small female dog but she wants to pee in the house. What is the best way to potty train her?

    • ANSWER:
      Housetraining an Adult Dog or Rescue

      With adult dogs, just like with a puppy, you need to supervise 100 percent of the time when they are indoors, until the habit of waiting to relieve themselves until they get outside is firmly established. If you are working with an adult dog who is not used to holding their bladder or bowels, they will need time to develop bladder and bowel control.

      Supervising 100 percent of the time means that they are either in a "safe" area where they can't make a mistake, such as a crate or very small room with a baby-gate, or they are in the room with you and you are WATCHING them at all times. When a dog has a housetraining accident, it's not the dog's fault, it means the person failed in the supervision.

      Confinement of some sort is necessary to keep the dog from making mistakes which will form the wrong habits on housebreaking. A crate is the size of a dog's bed, and dogs have a natural instinct to keep the bed clean. The crate is only to be used when no one can watch the dog.

      Since dogs sleep 14 hours a day, a crate is a humane and reasonable way for many people to housebreak a dog, with the dog merely sleeping most of the time he is in the crate. Baby gates can be effective, but are not as secure as crates.

      It's really a great service to a dog to teach him to rest calmly in a crate, even if you only use it for training and then put it away in the closet to save for emergencies. Dogs have to rest in crates when they are in for veterinary care, and other situations. If at some future time in his life the dog develops separation anxiety (where dogs may tear up the house due to feeling stressed), the ability to rest in a crate could save him in his home. And in case of travel and disasters, sometimes the only dogs who are able to stay with their owners are the dogs who can handle being in a crate. For an older dog, it's generally best to teach the crate a little at a time.

      So, housetraining any dog of any age requires diligence, commitment, patience and good-nature from the owner. No punishment - punishment can cause huge problems. If you catch a dog in the act, you just rush the dog outside, with the goal of getting it to finish there so you can praise it for doing right. No time to be mad.

      When the dog goes outside during housetraining, you need to go with the dog, every time, so you can praise at the right moment. This is a lot of work, too. But in the process, you get the dogs understanding what you want, and you figure out their schedule. Because you were there, you know whether they have relieved their bowels or bladder or both, and when.

      Soon, you know how many times a day they need to do each of those functions. Dogs are not all the same about these needs, and the frequency also changes with age, illness, changes in diet, and changes in schedule - your schedule as well as the dogs' schedule.

      Make sure all spots in the house where the dog might have relieved himself have been cleaned in the right manner to tell his keen sense of smell and doggy instincts that the house is not a bathroom. If you don't do this, the scent he can smell - even though you can't smell it - will draw him back to use the spot again. White vinegar will work only on a fresh spot that is still wet, and then the vinegar must be really saturated down through carpet and pad - it will smell strongly of vinegar for a day or so. Bacterial enzyme odor eliminator products (such as Nature's Miracle or Outright Pet Odor Eliminator) will work either on a fresh spot or on a spot that was not treated promptly. Deodorants and disinfectants normally used for cleaning don't remove this special scent that lures dogs to use the spot again. And perhaps the worst thing to use is ammonia, which actually signals the dog's nose that this is the spot!

      Never punish your dog for a housebreaking mistake. He won't understand, and the punishment can create new problems. Instead, keep him in the room with you at all times when he is not in his special confinement area. If you see him start to have an accident, just say "No, Outside" as you rush out the door with him. Your goal is to get him to finish outside so you can praise him. Teach him the word "Outside" for going out there, and "Better Go Now" or some other phrase for actually relieving himself--these words are taught just by saying them at the right times, until he catches on to what they mean. This helps communication, and thus of course also helps training.

      If the dog makes a mistake when you weren't watching him, oops, that was your mistake, not his. He is just a dog, and has no idea why we are upset when he relieves himself in the house. But most dogs can learn, if you are consistent, and help him avoid mistakes by being there for him.

  27. QUESTION:
    Should I even attempt to train an adult dog to a litter box?
    I am adopting a toy poodle that is about 3 year old and roughly 80 percent housetrained to outside. I would really love to be able to litter train this dog but will it be too difficult with his previous knowledge of outside as the place to go?

    • ANSWER:
      If the dog is almost completely housebroken - why would you want to teach it to soil inside the house?

      This is a dog - not a cat.

      Put the dog on a strict schedule of turn-out times to go potty and you can get the 80% time good in the house, to 100% of the time. Dogs thrive on a schedule.

      If you don't have time to let your dog out to pee, either you aren't home enough or responsible enough to own a dog.

  28. QUESTION:
    what is a good breed of dog to get on with cats? that is small and easy to house train?
    Looking for a small breed of dog to get on with cats and occasional visits off my 1 year old niece. I was looking at yorkies but i've been told they are not good to house train. Please give suggestions, also a little info on the breed. Experiences wanted not just website links. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Small breeds of dogs are the hardest dogs to housebreak. Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Italian Greyhounds, Maltese, Bichon Frises, are some of the worst of the small dogs in potty training.

      If you have a cat, then any of the hunting breeds could be a problem. Raising a puppy with a cat DOES NOT guarantee that the dog will be ok with the cat. You cannot socialize out prey drive and many small dogs have significant prey drive, including Yorkies, many of the Terriers, some Italian Greyhounds, and specific dogs within the breeds. The best way to ensure cat compatability is to adopt an ADULT dog who you know tolerates cats.

      You haven't given us nearly enough information about your lifestyle to do anything other than make a wild guess. 95% of the people who answer questions like this tell you their favourite breed, which doesn't help you at all.

      All you've told us is that the dog needs to be small (about 30 breeds are 20lbs and under) and that it has to get along with cats.

      If you have the time and energy to train and work a dog, then perhaps a small sheltie could be an option.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a good dog breed for apartment life?
    these are the requirements we need in a dog, and size is NOT an issue.

    - low key/energy

    - is athletic so it can come hiking, running, and other outdoor activities.

    - little to no grooming required.

    - semi commonly found breed because we want a rescue.

    My search has turned up Greyhounds might be the best fit. I would love to hear other suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Do consider adopting a retired racing greyhound. Not only are they really cool dogs, but they are mellow and quiet house guests. They also will happily sleep away the day, with total peace and quiet, when you are gone. They will be bright eyed and eager to greet you when you come home. You do not need to be home with them all day, they are ideal for people who work, or go to school during the day.. They are ideal for apartment living, since they are clean, quiet and couch potatoes.

      If you adopt one from a rescue group that uses foster homes, you'll get a dog that is completely housebroken and already is trained in good house manners, an adult dog with the bladder control needed to "hold it" for 8-10 hours a day. They also cat test the dogs, and many will already be living with cats in their foster homes.

      Greyhounds come already spayed or neutered, with all vet work and vaccinations up to date, they are fully leash trained and are already to move in to a home. Most people who have allergies are not allergic to greyhounds, they are sleek, have little dander, are low shed and have no body odor. They actually groom themselves like a cat!

      These dogs are happy with well less than an hour of exercise a day, or turn out in a fenced backyard on days where the weather isn't good enough to walk them. If you want to go walking, they are happy to go, if you just want to stay inside and hang out, they are happy with that too.

      They are wonderful, gentle companions, and extremely people friendly. They are not watch dogs. They will welcome anyone to come into your home. The are not yappy, and rarely bark.

      Greyhounds are just amazing to watch run, they can hit 45 mph in just 3 strides. They can't be tied out on a chain or cable because of this, so they need a fenced yard - 4' tall will do, unless you plan on walking the dog a few times a day for bathroom duties.

      You save a life when you adopt one of these retired professional athletes, too!
      Many hundreds of them are euthanized every year when their racing careers are over! Such a sad ending for such a loving and gentle breed.

      Greyhounds live longer than most large breeds of dogs at 12-14 years, or more. I know of two that actually made it to 20 years old! These dogs have many, many good years left in them after they come off of the track.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to you re-housebreak an adult dog?
    I recently purchased a 3 year old American Bulldog who will be here next week. He was raised inside and house trained for 2 years but has been an outside dog for the last year. Now I have been in this breed for 6 years but never had to re-train a dog to go outside. Any help would be appreciated. Also, I have an AB already in house that is completely house broken....will that help?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure having another dog will help as it will follow and learn from that dog, but this may take time so here is what to do in the mean time and good luck on your new addition.
      You really have to train him as if he were a puppy again except this wont take as long as it does to train a puppy and you wont need to take him out as often as his bladder is big enough to hold more urine. You are fortunate that he will be willing to go outside as that is where he will have been doing his business before. Firstly after meals is a good time to let him out , first thing in the morning and last thing at night and just keep an eye on how many times roughly he seems to need to go and act accordingly. If he has an accident in the house before he finished piddling or pooing then swoop him up say no and take him outside and wait with him whilst he finishes, Don't be too harsh on the No or he will think he is not allowed to pee at all. Once he finishes then LOTS OF PRAISE. If you are not confident enough to swoop him up as you do not know the dog well enough yet then leash him to take him out.

  31. QUESTION:
    How to train a dog in apartment?
    So I just moved in here, I'm thinking about getting a dog for my new apt. I noticed some tenants have BIG dogs, goodness! But I want a small-medium dog. How do u train a dog in an apartment? I was thinking of when I leave for work, I put him in a cage/crate, then let him out & walk him when I return. Any advice? This apt doesn't allow aggressive breeds. How to train? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Pretty much. Please don't leave him longer than 6 hours, especially a puppy. If you are a single guy, you might want to reconsider. I would suggest an adult dog. Try a local rescue. That would get you past the chewing/housebreaking stage completely.

      http://www.petfinder.com

      Good Luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    How to you re-housebreak an adult dog?
    I recently purchased a 3 year old American Bulldog who will be here next week. He was raised inside and house trained for 2 years but has been an outside dog for the last year. Now I have been in this breed for 6 years but never had to re-train a dog to go outside. Any help would be appreciated. Also, I have an AB already in house that is completely house broken....will that help?

    • ANSWER:
      Most dogs that have ever been house trained will easily re-train especially with another in the house to show him the ropes. Just be sure to use the reward system frequently in the beginning and possibly a crate when you are out until you are sure of his habits. My son has 2 BD rescues acquired about a year apart and the biggest challenge was to be sure the original did not get jealous/aggresssive from loss of attention. Just takes a little time. LOL

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is my adult dog eating other dogs poop? Is there something her body is lacking?
    she's a 6 yr old chihuahua, she's never had a litter of pups, she's not fixed, she acts strange sometimes, she doesn't like people holding her only for a few seconds and then she'll stay to herself most of the day. she didn't do this when I first got her about 5 months ago. she's housebroken. I don't know why she's doing this.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs do not have any idea about the nutritional content of the food that they eat so do not be surprised if you caught them eating poop.

      Read more here: http://www.knowswhy.com/why-do-dogs-eat-poop/

  34. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to crate train an adult dog?
    I adopted a dog who is between 8-10 months and was told that she is housebroken but she is NOT. I am leaving her in the crate all the time except to eat and go outside to do her business. How long should I keep doing this before I let her free in the house? Will she learn to associate outside with "potty?"

    • ANSWER:
      Both of my dogs were adults when I crate trained them and I did not have any problems. You can leave them in the crate when you are asleep or not home. When you let them out of the crate, do not talk or play with them. Just say "outside" and take them straight out. After they do their business, bring them back inside. Then play and praise as much as you can. This is how you teach them that the whole house is their den.
      Consistancy is the most important thing to crate training. You should start trying to let her out in the house to see how she does.
      I also feel that the crate should not be used for punishment. IF she has accidents in the house, do not punish her and put her in the crate. That shows the dog that the crate is a negative place. You want it to be positive. If she has an accident, take her outside immediately saying "outside". That really is a great word for dogs to understand.
      There is lots of reading material out there for crate training that can help you out.

      She may have been housebroken before you got her, but any change in her routine and training and also stress of the change can throw them off.
      Be patient with her. I bet she will get it.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I go about adopting a dog?
    I really want a pet, but I don't know where to start A small dog is probably best, since I'm allergic to cats (shame, considering how much I love them), and I don't know how well I can take care of a big doggie. My house is moderately sized as well and we have a backyard that the dog can probably roam around in. I've never really had a pet dog before, but I'd really love one. Tips are really appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Check out Petfinder.com or your local shelters and rescues. Thousands of dogs (especially labs....it's sad that the first reply here wants you to buy a lab when they are dying everyday) are put to sleep in shelters across the country because there aren't enough homes for them.

      Petfinder allows you to search by breed, size, age, area, gender, etc. If you adopt from a rescue organization, usually the dog has been in a foster home, so they can give you a better idea of the dog's needs and personality.

      I would suggest an adult dog, since puppies are a lot more work because of training, housebreaking (rule of thumb is that puppies can hold it one hour for every month they are old), etc. Older dogs have already come into their adult personalities so what you see is generally what you get.

      Save a life. Adopt.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I turn an outside dog into an inside dog?
    My male Siberian Husky has always been an outside dog. However, he became very sick last week. I took him to the vet and she is still waiting on test results to try to determine what exactly is wrong with him, but she wants him to stay indoors temporarily. He is real weak right now so he isn't wandering all over or getting into anything. I have him in my kitchen with a baby gate in the doorway. But I have no idea when and how often to take him outside to use the bathroom. Is it every hour, every 2 hours, or after he eats or drinks?
    He has a fenced in yard that he usually lives in with an awning over part of it. I live in Texas and the temp has been around 104. This is just going to be temporarily. And for anyone who just wants to tell me how wrong it is to have a dog, especially a Husky, outside in Texas weather, please save it. I discuses all this with his breeder and his vet when I got him, and they said that as long as I gave him plenty of water, shade and he had breeze blowing over him, then he would be fine. Anyone who has ever seen a Husky shed probably wouldn't be to keen on having one indoors all the time anyways.

    • ANSWER:
      Being sick, he will probably need to go out more frequently, but healthy adult dogs can go 8 hours or more without going outside. I take mine out about every 4-6 hours when I'm home. I would suggest taking him out every 4 hours or less if you can. Also, watch for signs he may need to go outside...pacing by the door, crying, etc. If all else fails, lay down some housebreaking pads and see if he'll use those.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to train my dog to do poop and peep in commode?
    This is a serious question because my dog just did his business on my carpet. I don't have a time to take him outside every 30 mins.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to assume that you are talking about a puppy, cause if it 's an adult needing to go that often, it's decrepit and/or dying. You can train him to use the toilet, but you are going to have to housebreak him first, anyway. Just search the web( something you shoulda done BEFORE you got the dog.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my dogs from pooping inside when its raining outside?
    I have a papillon and a mixed breed/border collie. They are trained very well to go potty outside, but everytime it rains, they go inside the house. Argggg! I hate that. How can I teach these dogs that they have to go outside, even if it means they get a little wet?

    • ANSWER:
      Housebreaking your new puppy

      If done properly, housebreaking your Dog does not have to be as much of a hassle as some owners make it to be. Your Dog is a creature of habit. If it is taught where you want it to eliminate, and you control its food and water intake to regulate when it will eliminate, you will have a happy relationship relatively free of accidents.
      The biggest mistake made by Dog owners is inconsistency. It is important that you first choose the method of housebreaking appropriate for you and your pet and secondly stick with it. We know of many Dog owners who are impatient or inconsistent when housebreaking their pets. The end result is a pet that is never fully housebroken.
      So, remember the three P's - persistence, patience and praise, and you are guaranteed success.
      Here are the 3 methods you can use to housetrain your Dog:

      The Paper Method -
      The paper method seems to work better with a puppy than with an adult Dog, although it can be used on both. To begin housetraining your pup with the paper method, first you must choose a location where your puppy will be staying until housetrained. Make sure the room is puppy proofed and that elimination on the floor in this area will not cause permanent damage to your home. A bathroom or small kitchen is usually a good place for this.
      Once you have chosen an area, cover the entire floor with newspaper. If you have a young puppy, it will eliminate much more often than when it is older. So, just be prepared for many messes in the beginning. In the beginning, it is important to replace the paper as soon as possible after the elimination has occurred. This helps your puppy establish the area as its own, and it will help you get a better idea of where it favors doing its business.
      As your puppy eliminates throughout the day, it may go in several different areas of the room. But, as it gets a little more used to its room, it will choose a certain area where it prefers to eliminate. When its preferred area for elimination is established, begin removing the paper from the rest of the room, only covering the area it uses. Make sure you leave its papered area large enough so that it does not miss the paper. If it misses the paper, the area is too small and you need to add more paper. When it uses its papered area, praise it. The more your puppy associates a reward with its choice of the paper instead of the linoleum, the quicker your puppy will be trained.
      After it has established that it will use the papered area instead of the floor, begin moving the paper towards the area (presumably somewhere outside your house) where you want it to go when fully trained. The paper should only be moved a little at a time towards this location. If moving the paper confuses your puppy, you may only be able to move about one inch per day, until the paper reaches its final destination. Once your puppy understands that it is to eliminate only on the paper, and you have been able to move towards the area where it will eventually go outside, monitoring its habits will be much easier. Once the paper is completely removed, it will go to that area automatically and sniff or turn circles, letting you know it has to go out.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is a good breed of dog for road trips?
    My husband just started a job driving trucks for a few weeks at a time. He said it is very lonely and all the other truckers have doggie companions. I want to get him one! He wants a small dog that is smart, but hyper and entertaining. What breed fits this description?

    • ANSWER:
      I drove a truck OTR for 5 years....I had my two dogs with me. They're not a breed I'd reccomend for someone without a LOT of dog experience (Basenji- primitive breed- quite challenging).

      However, being a dog-owning trucker myself, I always seemed to meet the other dog-owning truckers & noticed which breeds seemed most common.

      Obviously you see mostly small dogs; a truck is a little too cramped for any dog over 40 lbs. I've seen a lot of Miniature Pinschers, Chihuahuas, Rat Terriers, Dachshunds (just don't let them JUMP from high places!), Beagles, Lhasas, Shih Tzus, Poodles, Bichons, Schipperkes, Shiba Inus, Mini Schnauzers....not to mention a billion various "mixes" of the above breeds. Occasionally I did see larger dogs....but overall, a smaller dog makes more sense as a "truck companion" and is so much easier to deal with. (I am a die-hard "big dog" fan, but even I couldn't see keeping a big dog in a truck).

      My advice would be to take him to the animal shelter and let him pick out a small-to-medium sized ADULT dog that catches his eye. You can't fail if you let HIM pick his new "friend". Being OTR the last thing he wants is a little puppy he's got to housebreak and supervise 24/7.....trying to housebreak a puppy in a truck AND do your job at the same time is about as easy as herding cats.

      Should he ever quit this job, if the truck is found to be soiled or damaged from having a pet, the company can put a negative remark on his DAC report (like a trucker's employment credit report)....and it can actually keep him from getting another job. So you want to make sure you adopt a mature dog who isn't likely to chew things up or poo/pee everywhere. And make sure he carries a crate with him so that UNTIL he knows the dog's behavior, he can keep the dog safely confined if he has to be out of the truck for a long period of time. Having a crate is also good if there is an emergency and he has to fly home- the dog can come with.

      Other things to keep in mind- if you choose a longhaired breed, the dog will need regular grooming. A dog like a Poodle or Bichon may not shed much, but the longer hair is more likely to track dirt & mud and "truck stop parking lot disgusting-ness" into the truck. For any breed, keeping a towel to wipe paws by the door is a good idea. Also, when the truck breaks down & is put in the shop overnight, he may have a harder time finding a pet-friendly hotel. I've never had a problem; so many truckers have pets it's only expected that at least one hotel near a truck shop will allow pets. However his company will likely expect him to cover any additional pet fee out of his pocket.

      As for the person who suggested the Bulldog....I just want to say it's probably NOT a suitable dog for trucking. They're WAY too heat sensitive (short nose), besides having numerous other "special care" and health issues due to their extremely exaggerated body. Sooner or later the truck's A/C will malfunction, and Murphy's Law says it'll malfunction in the middle of the desert in the middle of the summer. I've been there and so has every other driver who's been OTR long enough. Just 30 minutes in 90 degree heat can KILL a Bulldog....and I've had to put up with 6+ HOURS of driving in 105 degree heat. Trucking is an unpredictable, not-always-comfortable lifestyle....and if you bring a dog, he needs to be resilient & physically capable of handling a little bit of discomfort once in a while.

      Good luck & feel free to contact me privately if you have any more questions

      ADD: For God's sake, did someone actually suggest a Cattledog? That's a working farm dog bred to run 30 miles PER DAY. Needs a job! NOT content to sit in a truck all day and stare out the window, no matter what you might have seen "on TV". *headdesk*

  40. QUESTION:
    Where to start in buying a dog?
    I have had some issues with trying to get mentally active but not having the motivation and reason to. I feel like having something to care for will definitely keep me busy. I'm very serious about taking care of a dog. I want a loving companion that I can give a life and home that is loving back to it. I'm ready to go on daily runs and long play sessions with my dog. However the problem is I do not know where to get started. I live in an apartment and I want a small dog. I have no clue where to go and how to buy a dog. Also what type of dog to buy. Where should I start?

    • ANSWER:
      first step is to research and find the breed you want

      start by googling "dog breed selector" there are many online. They ask questions regarding what you want out of a dog, your lifestyle, how much exercize, grooming, etc you are willing to do. It will suggest some top breeds based on your answers. Pick a few from the top suggested breeds that catch your eye, and research those breeds.

      Now, decide if you want a puppy or an adult dog. bear in mind, puppy hood means housebreaking, constant messes to clean up, sleepless nites for a few months, things being chewed up, etc. An adult dog would be past this stage, and most likely housebroken.

      Start by searching rescues for the breed you want. If you cant find any there..

      your next step is to find the breed club. If you were wanting a poodle, for example, google "poodle club". The breed club will have a list of reputable breeders on its site.. or at very least, have the name of someone you can contact to be referred to a breeder.

  41. QUESTION:
    how many times does ur puppy pee in a day?
    i have a 3 months old english bulldog, needs to take him outside like 4-5 times a day for him to do his business. if i don't he will wet the crate or floor. and sometimes he still wet in his crate in the morning. should i give him less water or something? or puppy just has to go outside do their business more than adult dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      a puppy will have to pee more often than a full grown dog, especially a 3 month old ... you could take water away at maybe 8 in the evening to decrease early morning urge to pee though :O) stick with it, housebreaking a pup takes time and energy, both well spent to have a trained dog for the next 15 years

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog for a working family with children?
    I would like to add a dog to my family, but the reality is that I work the standard 40 hours a week. I have a 4 year old son and a cat at the present time. My preference is a large dog that would do well plaing with my son. I would like a dog that is good with children, a good guard dog, but not overly aggressive. The less grooming and destruction- the better! Additionally, because of work- I need a dog that can do well when left alone. I realize that some critics would say that I shouldn't have a dog unless I can spend the majority of my day with them, but at the same time- I know that I am not the only working household that wants a dog or that currently has one. I would like advice on which breeds tend to live happily with a working family. I do not expect there to be a perfect dog, any more than I would expect to find the perfect man- I just want a dog that is a good fit overall.

    • ANSWER:
      Its not a specific breed, its individual dogs within many breeds that can make the dog you want. Watch, people will start listing their own favorite breeds and tell you to get that, but, just as a perfect man is hard to find, so will this dog be.
      Do not get a puppy, young adult that can be tested immediately, working normal hours, as all of us do, does not leave one with the time to put into socializing and housebreaking. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can we get our adult papillon to remember her potty training?
    Our 4 year old papillon (who previously had demonstrated that she was housebroken) has begun having accidents in the house. We let her out regularly, but it often seems that she is more preoccupied with playing in the yard than with peeing. We don't yell when we see the pee spots - we just clean them up with enzyme cleaner and go from there. We never seem to catch her in the act - she'll even come in from outside and within minutes there is a pee stain. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Does your dog have a bladder problem if so that could be why. If not when your dog does go to the washroom outside make sure to praise her and maybe give a treat. Keep trying to get her to do her business outside, and never get mad at her for peeing inside, unless you see her doing it. One last bit of advise is if you keep her outside longer, so when she has to go she will then you can praise her. sorry if none of these work, but they work for me.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i train my dog to go bathroom outside? And what should i do if his gum's are bleeding?
    My dog is about 5 months, he is a Yorkie/Poodle. he goes to the bathroom in the house, when we take him outside he never goes. My family and i don't know what to do? Also his gum's are bleeding, just one side. is there anything i have to do or is it not a big deal?

    • ANSWER:
      Crate training! When he is inside, he is either in your arms or in the crate. He only leaves the crate to go outside; you give him food and water by opening the crate door and placing the food and water in front of it. Crate training is the ideal way to housebreak any healthy dog--puppies and adults, all breeds. It only fails if the dog is unhealthy or otherwise unable to control bowel movements, such as newborn puppies or very, very old dogs. Put him on a schedule and anticipate when we will need to relieve himself (probably 30 mins after giving him food or water). Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak.
      There's another thing that works really well that you can do along with crate training. If he poos/pees inside, tell him NO! (just once sharp and loud to let him know you are displeased, do not hit him or rub his nose in it as these methods aren't going to help teach him) and then bring the stuff outside in your yard and leave it there. Soak up the pee with a paper towel and drop it outside (weighted down by a rock or something). When you take him out of his crate and outside, let him sniff (but not eat!) his pee and poop. I've heard of this working really well on some dogs, but don't trust it to work without crate training too.
      His gums are bleeding? Do you know why they are? If he just had a mild injury--puppies are clumsy--don't worry, it will heal. It's not a big deal if he bumped it on like a corner of a table and has a tiny spot that's bleeding. A small cut on a dog heals very quickly. Take a good look at it and see if there are other reasons for concern. Is it really swollen, strange colored, or otherwise weird? If so, you should take him to a vet. As his owner, you're going to have to take responsibility and use your judgment of when to bring him to the vet and when not to.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I turn my outside dog into an inside dog?
    We have a nine month or so old black lab. I wanted to get a dog last year and was thinking along the lines of adult, housebroken, med. sized dog, that we would adopt from the humane society and then we saw someone selling puppies on the side of the road, and fell in love with this runt of the litter, ack black lab. However, my hubby didn't have the patience to deal w/ her while she was untrained, and barking, and making messes in the house, ect.., so she's an outside dog. I want her to come inside, and think maybe if I can train her while hubby is at work, then he will see she is okay to be inside? She has a big fenced area outside, but she is lonely. She jumps on the door and begs to come in. Is there a way I can work w/ her in the daytime, put her out when dh gets home, until she's trained, or will that just confuse her and make her bark and cry when outside? Also, how do I bathe her?, she is HUGE!, and just rolls in dirt before she's even dry.

    • ANSWER:
      When you bring your dog inside, keep her on a leash! Don't let her have full run of the house right away - it's far too much for her to handle. Close doors to rooms you don't want her in in case she gets free. Plan a bit to set her up for SUCCESS! Take baby steps. Keep her on a leash so you can control where she goes. Try sitting on the couch with her on the floor. Turn on the tv and every couple of minutes, when she's calm, give her a small treat and a pat. Encourage her to be quiet and calm. If she starts to spaz out (and she will because she's young), go for a walk - on leash. Don't let her run wild through the house unless this is what you want from her. I assume it's not. She will repeat the behaviours you allow her to practice. If you don't want barking, teach her to "sush". If you don't want racing around the house, keep her on leash.

      Watch her behaviour and she'll let you know when she needs to go outside to toilet. This is another good reason to keep her on leash - you are forced to pay attention to her movements and activities. Any time she begins sniffing the floor, turning in circles, etc. , say something like "OUTSIDE!" and run her outside and praise her when she goes toilet (a lab would do anything for a treat, this is a good time to give one).

      Remember this - DOGS ONLY DO WHAT WORKS. That means that they will repeat behaviours that give them some sort of payoff (in THEIR minds, not yours). You may not like being yelled at but for a dog, if that's the only attention you get, you'll act out until someone yells at you so at least you get SOMETHING. Bad attention is still attention to a lonely dog. That's why yelling doesn't work.

      Washing the dog is a TWO person affair. One person manages the dog's body on leash and can comfort and control her and the other person gives the bath. Don't try to do it alone with such a big, boisterous dog. It's too easy for the dog to learn how to "muscle" you over, act naughty and to avoid the bath altogether. After the bath is done, squeeze out as much water as you can from the dogs fur, towel dry as best you can and then go for a long LEASH WALK on the street until the dog is nearly or completely dry. She can relieve herself on the walk and cannot roll unless you let her. After the walk, she should be "empty" (bowels, bladder) and exercised so you can come back inside and relax until time for the next toilet time.

      If you are having difficulty with housetraining, it might be because you are not feeding at scheduled times. Think of it - we eat at relatively the same times each day, right? Well, we also eliminate at nearly the same times each day. So this is the same way with dogs. Input time and output time can be scheduled. This helps tremendously when trying to housetrain a dog. If you can predict the time for output, you can avoid the dog having accidents and bring the dog outside to eliminate and ensure success more often. Remember the three things that make a dog want to "go" - E.S.P. - eating, sleeping, playing. After eating, the dog should go outside to eliminate. After waking up from a sleep (day or night), the dog should be allowed outside to eliminate. After a rousing game of play, again, bring the dog outside to relieve itself. Knowing this can shorten the learning time for your dog. And she'll appreciate you knowing this and setting her up to succeed.

      Positive training doesn't mean "permissive". You must have rules and stick to them. But the rules must be kind, fair and easily understood. That means CONSISTENT. Dogs don't do well under constantly changing situations. They crave routine. The same rules, the same guidelines, the same behaviour gets the same results.

      And let's not fool ourselves here. This is a young, large working breed dog. Energy must be spent somehow. You must decide how. Either it's barking, whining, running in the yard, digging, chewing, freaking out or it's a good jog ON LEASH or a swim in a lake on LONG LEASH. Leashes come in long lengths, up to 30 or 50 feet. Please remember that leashes don't teach anything - they just prevent your dog from being hit by a truck. You teach the dog, the leash keeps her safe. So no jerking or choking on leash. It doesn't do anything but confuse and hurt the dog.

      How about training some tricks or obedience? Labs adore training and using their sharp minds. Try a class.

      I've often said that a dog is a "lifestyle". It takes some arranging and some planning of your day to ensure your dog has what it needs and deserves. But in the end, the dog will learn how to follow our rules and the payoff is an adult dog who understands what's allowed and what is not. If we are going to welcome a smart, creative, thinking and feeling creature into our homes we must give them what they need. Anything less is cruelty. Knowledge is power.

  46. QUESTION:
    What would be a good dog for an apartment?
    I live in a apartment and i want to get a dog. I want a dog that will be great around family and friends, but at the same time recognize someone that doesn't belong. I am willing on taking on active walk/jogs and run around time in the park about twice a day.

    With that being said I am looking for good suggestions that will help me decide on a new dog.

    • ANSWER:
      pretty much any dog can live in an apartment with the right amount of exercise ... so it would depend on what you are looking for ... do you like big dogs or little dogs ... big dogs, any kind of lab would be social, friendly and active ... if you are athletic and take charge kind of person you could get a jack russell terrier if you want a smaller dog, especially if you like to run and play frisbee and fetch ... but pretty much any dog will do ... you could just go to the pound and get a dog that appeals to you and is maybe even an adult so you don't have to housebreak .... i have lived my entire adult life in apartments and i have always had a dog ... once i had two dogs and my boyfriend had two cats and we all lived in a 1 bedroom apartment ... but it worked because the dogs were seriously exercised and were too tired to mess with the cats (who ruled :O)

  47. QUESTION:
    What would be a good breed of dog for elders ages 86 and 81, one with a disability?
    A 86 yr old Husband who is extremely active in all kinds of hobbies still drives and she watchers
    TV or walks around sometimes with a walker doing some cleaning chores. She is supposed to be walking due to a recent fall and had a hip replaced, they live at home. She has always wanted a
    dog. The dog hopefully would be like a companion dog, for them, medium size and white or with spots. They can have the dog groomed,They do not want a small yapping dog. .

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever kind their heirs will be happy to take on if the elders end up in a home or pass on. The heirs MUST be prepared to care for the dog; groom the dog and to have the time to commit to the dog.

      THEY should go onto http://www.petfinder.com and look for a dog that matches what they want. Colouration should be LAST priority. The dog should be adult or senior and should be in a foster home that has done traning and housebreaking.

      Then the elders, and whomever would be inheriting the dog, go to the place where the dog is and meet him.

      I also assume that the couple has the income to care for a dog. Not just food and grooming but vet bills that can be as high as 00.

      One of the rescues I work with regularly gets dogs from kids of owners who died and didn't have a plan for the dog. The dogs are usually in poor condition and pretty stressed out.
      I can't urge these "elders" strongly enough to write the dog into their wills and to speak with family members or whomever would inherit the dog BEFORE they get a dog.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the problems associated with Chinese crested dogs?
    I do know that these dogs tend to get dry skin and you have to put lotion on them and they need additional calcium, but I don't know if there are many other problems you need to be aware of with this particular breed of dog. Anyone have one of these types of dogs? Personality traits too?

    • ANSWER:
      ...most Chinese Crested are cute and loving little dogs, ideal for indoor life. A friend of mine has one and he is a delightful little dog who loves to be on your lap and who uses his paws to grab his toys.

      They are quite clean with no doggy odors and do not attract fleas or ticks. Because they are mostly hairless, they obviously don’t shed much and are great for allergy sufferers. They make happy lap dogs but they also like to climb and dig holes.

      PROBLEMS

      The breed should be protected with sunscreen.

      Many Chinese Crested are allergic to lanolin and wool.

      Their teeth should be well cared for to prevent decay. Hairless dogs often lose many teeth as young adults. They should not be given bones to chew as they often have an incomplete set of teeth. The Hairless variety has the ancient forward- pointing canine teeth or "tusks" as they are called, but usually these are the first teeth to go. Powder Puffs (the long-haired variety of the hairless) generally have normal teeth and breeders are hoping to improve the dentition of the hairless variety by interbreeding with Powder Puffs.

      Each hairless dog carries one gene for hairless and one gene for hair, as a combination of the two hairless genes is fatal. Therefore, Powder Puff and Hairless dogs often appear in the same litter.

      Do not overfeed this breed, as it will become obese if given the chance.

      The hairless dogs do get sunburn and a good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. They also tend to have skin allergies and are very sensitive to cold since they are all but hairless.

      Watch also for eye problems such as lens luxation, glaucoma and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and for luxating patellas, and Legg-Perthes disease (degenerative hip disease). Often if two hairless dogs are bred together, some of the puppies are born with missing teeth and claws. Other health concerns include liver shunts and dental problems.

      PERSONALITY

      These dogs are sweet, lively, playful and cuddly. They are exceptionally loving and like to hug (they can cling with their toes) and smile. They are affectionate with children and can be socialized when young to get along with pther pets. They are good indoor dogs but they do need activity. They are an entertaining companion, intelligent, very alert and with a sense of humor. They are not barkers. Chinese Crested Dogs like to climb and dig holes. They tend to become very attached to their owners and have difficulty adjusting to a new one. Chinese Crested Dogs crave constant companionship. They are not aggressive, but some do not like to be handled excessively. They have a tendancy to be timid so it is important to socialize puppies well.

      They are excellent companion dogs. Supposedly Chinese Crested dogs were known to be used much like a hot water bottle, emanating heat from their hairless bodies to provide warmth and comfort to their owners.

      Like many toy dogs, housebreaking can be difficult and Chinese Crested can suffer from being over-indulged.


housebreaking an adult dog

House Training Golden Retriever Puppies

Nowadays, it has almost been a trend to give puppies as presents to loved-ones, friends, and to a special someone. It is also most ideal as a family pet. Teaching your children to care for animals is a good training for their social growth.

When looking for an ideal dog and family friend, the golden retriever is a wise choice for dog breeds. In fact, these golden retriever puppies are very gentle especially to children; they rarely bite or snap. First exhibited in 1908, golden retrievers are easily trained, loyal, confident, sweet, and innately sociable-you can describe them simply as well-mannered and intelligent dogs. An environment surrounded with human contact is ideal for them but they can become mischievous if left alone for longer periods of time.

The first thing that you should do is to look for a reputable dog breeder. It is best to buy golden retriever puppies from a responsible and well-respected breeder in order as a guarantee that your dog has been well taken care of. Responsible breeders are especially concerned with the betterment of the breed; they work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for them. There are a lot of resources to guide you to the right breeder that you seek. After you find a breeder, you should also screen him/her; observe the interaction between him/her and the puppies.

The second step is to take note of the things that you should look for in choosing a pet. It is a good step to visit the breeder's home and interact with the animals--play with the puppies. You should look for an active and playful puppy. Bring along your kids and let them play with the golden retriever puppies. Watch how the puppies interact with each other, too dominant and aggressive ones are not advisable. You wouldn't want a dominant and aggressive puppy, indicated by it holding its tail up straight, either displaying mounting behavior or pinning other dogs down. Do not be afraid to refuse to buy a puppy if you don't like it-better be wise now than regret later.

Third is examining the puppy's health condition. A healthy puppy should have a clean, smooth coat; should have clear and bright eyes; the nose should be cool and damp; and his ears should be clean. Look for a puppy that seems proportionate and sturdy; a thin puppy with a bulging belly might have worms. The breathing should be steady with no coughing or wheezing and should have a smooth gait and lots of energy.

Fourth, meet their parents. Request the breeder to let you see both parents. Remember that if you don't like one of the parents, don't get one of the puppies.

Finally, check the medical records of puppy and the parents. Evaluate if your puppy has had the proper shots and been wormed. Pay attention to the medical records of the parents as well. Fortunately, golden retriever puppies are generally healthy breeds if purchased from a reliable breeder.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How often should a puppy be out of it`s crate while housetraining?
    I am house training my golden retriever puppy using a crate.Some people have told me that she should only be in her crate at night.I take her outside often and I give her playtime but I just cannt let her roam all over my house and I cannt watch her constently.Am I doing right?

    • ANSWER:
      Housetraining a puppy involves clear, consistent communication. You may think you're being obvious when you tell your puppy to eliminate outdoors, but remember that you two don't naturally speak the same language. Here are some tips for success:

      http://tinyurl.com/72ferf

  2. QUESTION:
    My golden retriever puppy keeps trying to run inside the house. How do i stop him from doing that?
    We have a 22 week old golden retriever puppy which we keep outside. When ever we try to go inside the house from the backyard he tries to run inside. How do stop him/ train him to stop doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      A better question. How do we train our dog so that we can keep it in the house and not be a lawn ornament? Dogs are pack animals so to keep it outside away from its pack is cruel. I wonder why he tries to get in?
      http://www.dogsdeservebetter.com/qualityoflife.html
      http://www.greatdanecluboflasvegas.org/trouble_with_outside_dogs.html
      http://www.arescuemom.org/OutsideDogs.html

  3. QUESTION:
    How long can I leave a Golden Retriever puppy (around 4 months of age) at home for?
    I'm planning to buy a golden retriever PUPPY and I am still in school so while I have 6-7 weeks to train it, can I leave it at home from 8-4 without any major issues?

    Backyard vs house vs both (doggy door)?
    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      In my opinion leaving her from 8am to 4pm is gonna be an issue but if you must a large crate should do the trick. Leave her in there with plenty of water and make sure you feed her and take her out to poo before you leave the house. Also, maybe you should ask someone to come in and maybe let her out for a couple of minutes in between.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me where I can find information on dog training?
    I just got an 8 week old Golden Retriever puppy and need information on how to house train him. Does anyone know where I can get some good free information on dog training?

    • ANSWER:
      watch the dog whisperer

  5. QUESTION:
    how to house break a golden retriever puppy?
    i got a golden retriever puppy, turning 2 months 2 days from now. i got a play pen for her and everything she needs. i let her go to the places in the house where she will be allowed to go forever. what else am i missing?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few ways to house train a puppy. Some people use crate training. Basically, unless your dog is 100% supervised in the house, she's in her crate. Dogs (generally) don't like to soil where they sleep so the theory is when you take her out you take her straight outside, wait for her to pee / poop and give lots and lots of praise. You can use the playpen instead of the crate, same effect. Look up "crate training" on the web, but please don't leave your dog penned up for too long in the day.

      Some people just stay close to their dogs inside, taking them outside at regular intervals and praise when the dog does the right thing. You can give the dog a cue word, guide dog trainers say "Quick quicks!", then when you want your dog to go to the toilet you can use the word. If your dog starts to do its business while inside you rush it outside to finish there.

      There is also paper training. So say you leave your dog in the bathroom / laundry when not supervised - and at night. Cover the floor with paper. Gradually reduce the amount of paper finally leaving some near the door. Then take that paper outside to show the dog to go there.

      I am fostering a 12 week old Golden Retriever x puppy and she's almost house-trained in a week.

  6. QUESTION:
    What size house is appropriate for a golden retriever?
    My wife and I are getting a house that is only 864 sq ft and has 0.14 acres of land. She wants to get a golden retriever puppy as soon as we move in. We are also considering having a baby within the next year. I am not so sure this is a good idea because it feels like it will be a little cramped with just the two of us and we are planning to add a third. Also, with our work schedules, the puppy may have to be crated 16-20 hours a day between work and while we are sleeping. However, she is convinced that we can make it work. Please give me some opinions based on experience.
    I just wanted to add that the puppy is 17 weeks old and would have someone to let them out half way through the work day.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you will be far too cramped.

      Goldens have a lot of energy and need a lot of exercise. If you live in a small house with a tiny yard, you need to have the time to take the dog out for long walks or jogs.

      While crate training a puppy is always a good idea, it won't work if the puppy is crated for hours on end. The dog can't hold it's bladder that long. Puppies don't have full control over their bladder until 6 months of age. A 4 month old puppy can only hold it for about 4 hours. When it comes to housebreaking, the puppy should be walked every couple of hours. A puppy that is crated like that (one walk halfway through your work day won't cut it) and has no choice but to soil it's crate will not learn that it needs to go potty outside.

      My advice-if she insists on a dog-either get an older golden retriever, maybe 4-6 years old at least, or get a different breed. It is not fair to a young puppy to have to be crated like that. Puppies have more needs than older dogs in terms of execise, training, socialization, etc and it will not get that in your current situation.

      All you will end up with is an unsocialized, unruly, badly behaved dog that may become destructive due to boredom. Higher energy dogs go crazy if expected to sit in a crate all day.

  7. QUESTION:
    How big will a Golden Retriever puppy get in a year's time?
    I'm currently looking into getting a golden retriever puppy, but the apartment that I live in has a weight and length requirement. I will only be in my apartment for a year, so I was wondering how big the puppy would get during that time frame.

    • ANSWER:
      Nice to see someone with so much fore thought before getting a dog :D. I have a blog that will guide you through getting a pup and its first nights and training. See http://www.teachingpuppies.com/

      To see if you are ready for a dog and general info
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/am-i-ready-for-a-new-puppy

      Picking a pup out of a litter and breeder tips
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/picking-the-perfect-puppy

      Bringing him/her home (getting your house ready)
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/bringing-your-new-puppy-home

      To avoid the crying at night
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/my-puppies-first-night

      The ever important housetraining!
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/8-easy-steps-to-housetrain-your-puppy

  8. QUESTION:
    My dog doesnt eat right away when i feed her?
    I have a golden retriever puppy. You can view a picture of her by looking at my profile picture. Her name is Gracie and she is 1 year old. She is kennel and house trained. She knows many tricks. Although when i feed her, she waits until im inside and hidden until she starts eating. I just wanted to know if this is normal or abnormal, good or bad.

    Please help and Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this is fine. When you turn your back you are letting her know it is acceptable for her to eat. Waiting means she is offering you first dibs. How sweet.

  9. QUESTION:
    What things should I be aware of before bring my puppy home?
    I'm currently twelve years old, next Summer I'll be getting a Golden Retriever puppy and I was just concerned of what information I need to know prior to the moment. What I'm asking is how many times should I wash it, feed it per day, walk it, mentally stimulate it, etc. What you can define a good breeder, how do I puppy-proof the house, when should I get it neutered, if I should get it neutered, what diseases Golden Retrievers are prone to that I should be aware of, when should I start clicker training, what I should buy before bringing the dog home, what should I feed it. Basically everything I should be aware of before bringing my bundle of joy home. Long detailed replies greatly appreciated, thanks!

    P.S: I'm not an experienced owner, this is my first ever puppy I'm getting.

    • ANSWER:
      To answer your questions in order-

      Only wash a dog/puppy when it is dirty. No more than ever 3 months unless it gets dirty, be sure to use a good shampoo and conditioner to help not dry the skin out.

      Puppy's should be fed 3 times a day.

      You cannot take your puppy out to public places or on walks until it has had all it shots, usually it takes until the pup is about 17 weeks old before you can take it outside to public places.

      Mental stimulation would be training things such as Sit, Stay, Down, Quiet, Off, On, etc. It is best to enroll your puppy into training classes, they are great for training and socializing. Especially for a first time dog owner.

      A good breeder does health tests, genetic testing, does shows to get championship titles.

      Puppy proofing can be a hard task, I recommend choosing one or two rooms the pup will be in the most and puppy proof it. Take up all the carpets, put away or cover any wires or small holes, take anything but the furniture out of the floor and watch the pup 24/7.

      Neutering should be done at around 1 year of age so the pup can finish growing mentally and physically. Neutering isn't as needed as spaying, as long as you know for sure that you can control your dog %100 and can handle it when it smells a female in heat, you don't need to neuter.

      In addition to hip and elbow dysplasia, eye abnormalities, and heart disease, the described inherited conditions of Golden Retrievers include bleeding disorders, cancer in young Goldens, epilepsy, kidney failure in young Goldens (renal dysplasia), ectopic ureters, vascular shunts, hypothyroidism, hypertrophic osteodystrophy, knee cap (patella) problems, osteochrondrosis dessicans, hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease), X-linked muscular dystrophy, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, cryptorchidism, overshot bites, undershot bites, skin conditions, food allergies, swallowing disorders, and temperament problems.

      Clicker training can be started the day your pup comes home.

      What you need-

      Food
      Bowls
      Toys
      Chew toys
      Nail Clippers
      Ear Cleaners
      Crate
      Collar
      Leash
      Tags
      Micro-chipping
      Vet visit

      A Prey Model Raw diet is the best diet out there. Quality kibbles include Orijen, Wellness Core, Merrick, Go!, Evo, Natural Balance, and Taste of the Wild are some good foods.

      Good luck

  10. QUESTION:
    Best way to toilet train a Golden Retriever puppy?
    Question says it all really? any tactics of toilet training (or just general tips) for golden retriever puppy of 14 weeks

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppy will need to potty about 5-15 minutes after eating, sleeping or playing. When you take your puppy outside to potty, to to the same spot each time. As soon as your puppy potties, praise him like crazy. You could also give him a small treat to reinforce the positive behavior. While your puppy is going potty, praise very softly so you don't interrupt the behavior. Be enthusiastic after your puppy is done.

      I found that my Golden was very easy to house train. She never has an "accident" in the house.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I train my dog to stay in the yard and come when called?
    I have a golden retriever puppy and she will be 2 this march. I've been trying to train her to come since she was little but she is SO energetic she just doesn't listen. In my backyard (I have a fence) she listens to me pretty easily. But in the front yard she likes to run away all the time and I'm afraid she will get run over because there is s main road behind our house. Anyway I can't be harsh with her because she is EXTREMELY emotionally sensitive and acts like you just shot her when you yell at her. When she rums away if I tell her to come and I say it harsh she completely ignores me until I get close enough. What can I do to train her?! We have an electric fence but its broken and she runs through it anyway. I have gone over her limits in the front yard over and over again and she was staying in the yard pretty well until she gets the opportunity to run off. Please help! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You're right to worry!! You MUST keep your dog contained in your yard behind a secure fence, or she could easily run off and be killed. If you want to take her into the front yard, you do it with a leash on her - no excuses.

      Even if she's not killed, someone could find her and just decide to keep her. Or she could be picked up by the pound, and if there's no I.D. on her, they will find a new home for her. NO DOG should ever be left in a outside unless it is contained within a secure fence, or be on a leash with their owner.

      Also, sign up for an obedience class and learn how to train your dog.

  12. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to train my puppy to crap and pee in the same place?
    I just got a 8 week old Golden Retriever puppy. She is very cute and my wife and I want her to be both in the house and out. While she is going through the "puppy elimination problems, I really dont want her in the house. I'm not too keen on picking up dog crap out of my carpet. How can I teach her to do it in the same place in the yard?

    • ANSWER:
      If your training techniques are good, it won't take long at all. If they are bad, then it will take a long time.

      Puppies that age don't have a concept of where it is good or bad to 'go.' Its up to you to teach them that. Leaving her outside all the time in the beginning won't teach her not to pee in the house. You need to train her.

      Most puppies give signs when they have to go such as whining, circiling, smelling etc. You have to get to know what her signs are and then get her outside right away. If she has an accident you need to be honest with yourself--if you were not paying attention to her and watching for her signs, its as much your fault as hers.

      Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long before I can leave my puppy home alone all day?
    My puppy is 4 months old and is about 98% house-trained. I work during the day and I still have to come home at lunch to let her out and feed her, but I want to know about how old she will have to be before she can be left alone all day.

    (She's a golden retriever/chocolate lab mix and is really smart!)

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't leave her more than 8 hours, and the basic rule is that a dog can hold it's bladder for an hour per month of age. Being 4 months old you shouldn't leave her more than 4 months without a potty break.

      My dog is 8 months old, and has been able to be left alone for 7-8 hours since it was 5 months (her previous owners did so without any issues although with us she is never left home alone for more than 4 hours).

      If you are going to be working more than 8 hour days (which most people do including commute times), it is probably a good idea to continue coming home at lunches just to make sure she isn't neglected in anyway. If that isn't an option, you can always buy a doggie door and leave her home alone once she is able to stay at home without destroying the place. Remember: when buying a doggie door, buy one that humans cannot fit through. A dog (even a lab) can squeeze through some pretty tight spaces!

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you stop a puppy from barking?
    Our black lab/golden retriever puppy is about 16 weeks old. We bought a dog training book that says to hold a treat up to his nose because they can't bark and sniff at the same time when he is barking. But that is not working because he might think he is being praised. What do you suggest we do?

    • ANSWER:
      NEVER EVER BEAT THE DOG, OR HIT IT when it barks or else it will turn aggressive. I know alot about dogs, and usually you ignore the dog or look at them straight in the eyes and say no in a stern voice and then ignore them but don't put them in a time-out, because their cage is eathier their home, or when they crap in the house. just ignore the dog because all they want is attention and that's why they're barking or because they're trying to protect their property! GOOD LUCK! contact me if you have any questions at shopacholic009@yahoo.com

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you have to crate train a dog?
    We are getting a 2 month old Golden Retriever puppy. When house training him, does he have to be crate trained? I want the dog to sleep in the same room as me and not in a kennel. If I were to take him out every hour or two, would he have to be crate trained?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to stop peeing in the house???
    I have a golden retriever, he's 5 months old and is still not house trained. I can't let him into the house until he learns to pee outside. What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs won't pee in their living quarters. If you never let him into the house, he's never going to learn that he mustn't do it because he won't consider the house as his home. How do expect him to learn?
      Sorry, but you need to do some hard work. Bring him in & watch him like a hawk. Everytime it looks as if he's going to pee, take him outside and stay with him until he performs then praise him to the skies. If he does pee in the house, you need to remove every trace of urine or he'll keep using that spot. Use a biological cleaner. It's much harder to train an older puppy, but he will learn. Owning a puppy means you have to resign yourself to a few mistakes. Don't punish him if he does have an accident, it's not his fault that he doesn't know not to go in the house.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can you successfuly housebreak a Golden Retriever?
    I have a new Golden Retriever Puppy who is about 7 Months old. We've had him for 4 months, and he's still not letting us know when he needs to go outside. He knows when he's already outside that he is supposed to do his business there, but when we're inside, he won't let us know. I've had other dogs that would bark, or go to the door, or scratch the door. Not him! We've tried everything, so we think. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had him neutered yet so he doesn't feel the urge to mark? Different dog ask to go out in different ways. The dog I have now will simply go stand parallel to the back door, it's up to us to see him there. I used to have one that would just sit at our feet and toss her head, took us a while to figure out her signal. Following are my standard instructions for house training: the first thing to remember about house training a puppy is there ability to hold themselves is limited. a rule of thumb is they can hold "it" usually 1 hour for each month of age. 2 months old = 2 hours, 3 months old = 3 hours, etc. when your puppy wakes up (morning, nap, whatever) the pup has to go, right then! take the pup out. when the pup eats or drinks, it has to go, take the pup out. after exercise (play), take the pup out. when the pup does it's thing outside praise it. a lot. tell the pup how good, how smart it is. you have to pay attention to the pups "looking for it's spot" behavior. when you see that behavior indoors, whisk the pup out. if you catch the pup in the act, simply tell it "NO!" and whisk it outside. if you find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food store) get a newspaper and hit.... yourself in the head and say "i should have been paying more attention" daytime training they get pretty fast. night time training is easier if you crate train the pup. also remember the one hour/one month rule. you will have to get up through the night to take the pup out. good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I train my puppy to stay off the carpet?
    I just got an 8 week old Golden Retriever puppy. She really likes to lay on the carpet so we got her a pillow to lay on instead. But she still likes the carpet better. How can I get her to stay off the carpet? Also how early can you take a puppy for a walk? I have a leash and I've tried attaching it to her collar but all she does is chew on it.

    • ANSWER:
      why would you want to train your puppy to stay off the carpet? cuz it might get dirty? reality, it will. that's why they make steam cleaners. and the rest of your floors will get dirty too.

      as far as walking her, put her leash on her and let her drag it around. she will get used to it in time.

      i trained ours like that, but i also walked them through the house with the leash on first.

  19. QUESTION:
    How tough is it to train an adult dog?
    I have two dogs: both of them are 13-14 months old. Dog #1 is Jack, neutered MinPin who I've had since he was 9 weeks old. He is pretty well-trained and obedient since I began his training very early on and worked with him consistently, although I admit there are a few minor things I'd like to re-train him on. Dog #2 is Leah, spayed Golden Retriever/Chow mix who we adopted just a couple weeks ago from a shelter. She has had a pretty difficult life before we rescued her, and while someone apparently took the time to house train her, teach her the basics of leash-walking and teach her the "come" command, that's the only training she seems to know. She is a sweet dog, but she chews up everything, plays recklessly (jumps on furniture, tables, people, etc.), doesn't understand "No", won't "drop it", etc. She is due to start basic training this Friday, but in the meantime I have been using the techniques that worked so well on Jack as a puppy, to no avail. She is grossly uninterested in training and I want to convey immediately that I am the boss. She play fights with Jack all day long (gently and good-natured pawing and mouthing) but when I command them to stop, Jack listens but she does not, and then she pursues Jack relentlessly. How difficult is it to train a dog that is over a year old? Do I need to use different techniques with her? Please only answer if you have legitimate advice...criticizing is not helpful and really not warranted here.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not at all difficult to train a dog over a year. I have a 14 month old pit bull who I rescued from a "shelter". She had no training whatsoever. She ruined a lot of my things. For a while I had to tie her to me in the house so I would always be aware of her actions. I also crate trained her. She is now housebroken, walks well on leash, comes when called, sit, stay, etc. She only goes in her crate when I am not at home to supervise. We're still working on her chewing stuff when I am not at home.

      I've used the same training technique I would use on a 14 week old pup. It's all about paying attention to what your dog is doing at all times and training as necessary. Positive reinforcement only. Stay with it and she will learn. Be consistant. Google dog training and/or get a good book about it. I like Bonnie Bergen's "Bringing Out The Best In Your Dog". She founded Canine Companions and now has the Assistance Dog Institute. She knows her stuff.
      Anyway you go, just know that it's not impossible and every dog is different, they learn at their own pace.
      Good luck, I hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get my parents to get me a puppy?
    For my birthday in September i have my heart set on a golden retriever puppy. My parent says that i cant have one because they poop and pee everywhere as well as scratch up the furniture, bark alot and leave hair everywhere. I am heart broken as i want one so much, the answer will ALWAYS be no so what else can i try?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I suggest doing a little bit of research before asking your parents. Research on potty training, I suggest crate training (REALLY helpful! heres a link: http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html) Also research on the supplies you need, and maybe save up some of your pocket money so you can show them you really are interested. Then, surprise your parents with the facts of having a puppy (golden retrievers ARE the best, i agree) and how you plan to train ect. Make sure you do ALL of your chores and help out around the house to show responsibility. After that, talk to them about and start with: "Before you say no..." and then get into your talk. Another thing I'd like to add is adopting. Your parents will LOVE the idea of you rescuing a dog, and plus it's inexpensive (i mean REALLY inexpensive) and some shelters will neuter/spay the puppy (which you will have to do) for a low cost, like 60 dollars, instead of your vet doing it for 700. Many shelters have purebred and mixed golden retrievers. I suggest you check out this site: (i've always wanted a dog from here!) http://www.grreat.org/ There are SO many goldens on here that I bet you would fall in love with! Remember to not give up and even if they end up saying no, keep persuading them without becoming an annoyance. If you start to whine they will DEFINELTY not want to get you a dog.

      hope this helps and good luck :)

  21. QUESTION:
    How to train my dog to pay attention to me in public?
    My golden retriever puppy (female) is 6 months old and is like a little scholar xD She knows sit, down, wait, play dead, take it, leave it, and a lot more. The only problem is that at home, when Im training her, she acts perfectly, but in public, she strains on the leash, barks a little and gets really hyper and acts like I dont exist. what can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Proofing commands takes time and patience.

      You start in your house. Perfect the command there. Move into your yard. Perfect it there. Move into a quiet area outside somewhere. Perfect it there. Take her out early in the morning when there are few distractions and perfect commands at that time. Then go out a little later when more distractions are about.

      Remember that if what everyone else is doing is more fun than what you're doing, your dog isn't going to be interested in you. Arm yourself with the best treats, toys or noises. Whatever it is she likes. My dog is a nutter for a tennis ball. Find what works for your dog and roll with it.

      Training takes work, work and more work. I've been working with my Doberman for the entire 18 months I've had her, and she still gets flustered if we have a crowd sometimes.

      Dogs pull outside; it's what they do. They want to get where they're going. There are many ways to teach your dog to walk loosely, just have a google and see what's available. I find the abrupt-turn to be an extremely effective LLW method, and would recommend it to anybody who knows what they're doing.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you know how to get a golden retriever for free?
    Do you know how to get a golden retriever for free in Brantford or low price preferably for free? I’m looking for a good strong and healthy golden retriever puppy about 7 week or older I’m not sure how old it has to be before you can take it from its mother it’s a guess and if you could tell me how to train him not to go pee or poop in the house

    • ANSWER:
      As a former Golden breeder there is no such thing as a free Golden of good quality!
      Try a Golden Rescue in your area. They charge a small fee. You must pass their criteria to be a good owner. Do your homework before applying to rescue a Golden. Go to your local ASPCA and put in an application for a Golden or Golden mix.
      A good Golden Breeder will not let the pups go to new homes until 8 weeks of age or older.

  23. QUESTION:
    How much does it coost for puppy vacines?
    i`m about to get our first dog and am just wondering how much it costs for vacines? The dog is about 3 months old so can you tell me if its probable he`s already had vaccines and if not how much will it cost?
    Also what is the best way to puppy train and how long does it take? How much exercize does a golden retriever puppy need?

    • ANSWER:
      The cost of shots depends on where you live - I've paid from 0-0 in different areas of the Country for the round of 3 shots. Depending on where you got him, he may or may not have had his first round of shots. If you bought him from a Breeder, call them and ask, or check your puppy pack to see if there are any vaccine bottle labels (If he has had the first round, you'll need to bring proof with you to the Vet).

      For housebreaking, there is no set time. It depends on the puppy and how consistent YOU are with the housebreaking routine. I highly recommend Crate training.

      Exercise - Right now he just needs to play in the house and your yard until he's fully vaccinated (You don't want to expose him to other dogs). When he's fully vaccinated, you can start taking him for walks. At 3 months, he should be able to make it for 1/2 hour or so, then build up as he gets older.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a difficult golden retriever?
    I have a golden retriever puppy (7 months old) we have had him for 4 months and he seems to be going backwards in behavior. I have a 4 year old son and they just don't get along the dog ''bites'' him constantly, by this I mean he is really mouthing I guess because he doesn't complete the bite but his teeth have left scratches on my son. This dog will eat anything aluminum cans, glass, toys(toys for big dogs he tears them apart and eats them) he has chewed through walls in my house ripped down curtains, he can open drawers and closets etc. we have tried crating him but he broke it.(he's huge, about 70 pounds at 7 months old) my husband has had it and wants to get rid of him. This is clearly my dog as he follows me everywhere and when he listens it's usually just to me but we got this dog for my son and they are jealous of each other. I don't know what to do, we already spent 500.00 on a trainer (steinway) and I think her method is cruel. any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      We have two part retriever part lab. The male did all of those things,his sister did none of them. This may sound simple but I started to train him for a bird dog, as he caught on the the comands and hand signals,which was very quickly, I had my young son,at the time, work with him also,the dog had to learn that he had to answer to my son as well to me. Short story the rest of the disipline started to fall into place in the house. By the time he was about a yr the only problem we had was the tail knocking things over and the shedding. Both him and the sister are in the house with my son, My Wife,and me.

  25. QUESTION:
    Things to remember when bringing home a golden retriever puppy?
    I'm getting a golden retriever in july, and I have little experience with large dogs.
    Do you people have any suggestions on names (BOY), things I need, things to prepare before he comes home, tips etc?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a bunch of tips for you:
      1. Search through the house and make sure you don't have anything low on the ground or any trinkets or things that your puppy can grab and chew on.
      2. Make sure you have all the supplies:
      -A kennel or dog bed
      -One water bowl and one food bowl
      -A leash and collar
      -Plenty of different toys (I recommend ones that are good for chewing on, since your pup will be teething)
      -A brush
      -Plenty of paper towels
      -Food (Make sure it's a reliable brand. The breeder can usually suggest a good brand, or your vet. Make sure it's puppy food for the first 7 months or so. When browsing for dog food brands at the pet store, check the ingredients on the back. If the very first ingredient listed isn't meat, then it's not a good type of food. I recommend Purina Pro Plan or Wellness)
      -A good supply of water
      -Plenty of dog treats
      -A blanket or towel
      -Crate
      -A Furminater (A type of hair brush that gets the hair out well, perfect for shedding season, which is summer and winter)
      -Towels
      -Dog tag
      -And more, depending on what the breeder and vet say.
      3. When you go to pick up your puppy, spread out a blanket or towel in the car.
      4. Be prepared to for your puppy to whine or cry the first few nights. It's normal, and it's because the puppy has probably never been away from it's mother.
      5. Your puppy will start teething soon. That means he will start getting adult teeth in, and will want to bite pretty much anything it can get it's paws on. (Including you!)
      6. You might be frustrated, but keep calm, it's normal for first time dog owners, with large dogs.
      7. Start training as soon as possible, in fact, the sooner the better. Teach the basic tricks, such as sit, come, stay, and down.
      8. When I was potty training my dog, I taught him to go to the back door when ever he needed to use the bathroom, by letting him out the back door and saying "potty time", and rewarding him with a treat whenever he used the bathroom outside. Now, whenever he needs to use the bathroom, he just stands at the back door and I let him out.
      9. Give your puppy lots of love, and for the first few days at least, try to spend a lot of time with him. Always pet him, scratch him behind his ears, etc.
      10. Golden Retrievers are very loyal pets, and love to please their owners, even without reward. Instead of always rewarding your dog with treats (which you shouldn't always do, it would make your dog fat), simply say "Good Boy!" in a VERY cheerful voice and pet him. Your puppy will be very pleased.
      11. Go to Pet Smart or a local dog trainer and talk to them about dog training classes. They are very helpful with training, though not necessary.
      12. Go to your local library and check out books on dog training and caring for a puppy. They are very helpful.
      13. Call your vet and see when you should bring your puppy in. A good breeder will already have given the puppies some shots, but you need the vet to give a checkup and more shots.
      14. Especially during tick season, I recommend using Frontline, a tick medicine. Once a month, you apply the medicine. You buy according to size, and the box explains how apply it.
      15. Ask your vet about the other medicine your dog will need to take, such as heart worm medicine, etc.
      16. Clipping nails every now and then and brushing and grooming is necessary. You can go to a dog groomer, or do it yourself. (Look up more information on that)
      17. I forgot to mention, make sure you find a vet that you trust and is reliable. They will be sticking with you for the rest of your dogs life.
      18. You should walk your dog a lot. As a puppy, your puppy will only need one walk a day, only about 5-20 minutes, involving no running or jogging, but as your dog gets older, one to two walks a day at least 10 minutes long are recommended, and you can jog or run.
      19. Remember - you're getting a Golden retriever, and these dogs are big dogs with lots of energy. Try to burn some of his energy when you can by going to a dog park or playing in the backyard with him.
      20. Be patient! No dog is perfect, and they all have different personalities; some are more difficult to train then others, and some have more energy then others. Visit the breeder and get to know the dogs you can choose from, make sure their personality fits yours.

      Names:
      -Simba
      ~This is my dog's name, and I think it's perfect for a Golden retriever. It means "lion" in Zwahili, which is great for a golden colored dog, which looks like a lion, plus it's a really cute name. (My dog is a yellow Labrador retriever, and Simba works good for yellow labs too)
      -Max
      -Victory
      -Chase
      -Zeke
      -Buddy
      -Marlin
      -Marley
      -Quincy
      -Bear
      -Bud
      -Burke
      -Lion
      I wrote a lot! I hope I helped, good luck getting your puppy!

  26. QUESTION:
    How to keep my dog warm in the garage while I'm out?
    We just got a golden retriever puppy we're still working on potty training and teaching him not to nip at us. While I go out to run errands during the day, I put him in the garage, he has his crate (with the door open) out there with 2 layers of folded blankets on the bottom, 1 rolled blanket going around the sides and the back of the crate, and a blanket going over the crate to keep the heat in. I also have a heating pad I warm up in the microwave and place in his crate. We live in Kansas, today it was 38 degrees, he seemed fine when I got back, wasn't shivering and looked really comfy. Should I also get a small space heater for him. I don't trust him enough to leave him in the house alone yet. He's 4 months old. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think he's just fine. He's out of any wind and has blankets. If the weather gets even colder, as it can in Kansas, then you could always bring his crate inside and leave him in there. Most people actually do it that way. I'd worry about the safety of a space heater. At 4 months, he's pretty able to regulate his temp, unlike tiny puppies. You could always get another puppy for him to cuddle up with !

  27. QUESTION:
    How can you train a puppy/dog to walk by your side without a lead?
    Any training tips? (For a golden retriever..so very intelligent and fast learner!)
    PS. im not really planning on having my dog off the lead, but its more about having the control/trust over the dog so that it wouldnt run away if you dropped the lead or whatever...

    • ANSWER:
      Before you train a dog to walk off-leash you need to train him how to walk on one. My German Shepherds are trained both ways.
      HOWEVER, I live in the country down a seldom-used dirt road and the furthest I would ever walk my dog without being on a leash is two houses down, to my mother's house which is literally just a hop, skip and a jump away.
      I would never take my dog into the city and try showing off their ability to walk off a leash because I bet you any money my dog would make an ass of me.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get a dog used to horses?
    I have a 4 month old golden retriever puppy. I bought her when she was about 10 weeks old, and the area she lived inside the house had a large window where she could see 2 horses outside every day. However, she never went near them, and I doubt she spent more than a few minutes a day, if not a week looking outside and admiring the horses.

    When I move to Texas next year, I will be purchasing a horse, how do I get her used to it? I have no idea how she would react to it, or how the horse would react to her, but I am planning ahead right now because I don't want any accidents happening :)

    thanks in advance
    inside the breeder's house*

    • ANSWER:
      The sooner you introduce her the better. Ideally you don't want her to have a very healthy respect for them. I had to introduce my very well behaved ex service dog to my horse as an adult and she honestly freaked she is fine now just keeps her distance which I like.
      I would keep her on a lead for a while around them until she can be trusted not to get too close you might want to train her the leave it command as well.
      The main thing I would suggest is to not make a big deal of the horses to her you want her to think of them as boring. I would never encourage a dog to get too friendly around them. Several of my friend have lost dogs through kicks to the head.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is a golden retriever or a cocker spaniel a better family dog and also good with cats and young children?
    My family is looking into getting either a golden retriever or a cocker spaniel. We have 2 cats, one is inside/outside, and a 21 month old son, and another on the way, due in september. Which one would be a better "family dog" and good with cats and young kids?

    • ANSWER:
      Golden Retrievers are considered "Soft mouthed dogs" bred to retrieive they are more patient and are gentlier...
      they are fine with cats, but you also must remember a cat that isnt used to dogs will make itself into a target if it runs or hisses - any dog will be more interested in pursuing an animal that acts that way...

      Cockers can be moody and are NOT the dogs you see in Disney pics...

      with either one you MUST take the dog for Obedience lessons - dont think you can do it yourself.. you will learn WAY more than "sit" and "stay"

      dont get a puppy unless you are fully prepared for house training - you MUST be able to go outside with it every time.. (so you can offer an INSTANT soft treat reward when it pees/poops)
      with 1 young kid and another soon behind I wouldnt even consider a puppy at this time.. but its up to you..

      always also remember to check your local SPCA for shelter - they may have exactly what you are looking for up for adoption.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I convince my parents to get me a dog??
    I really want a golden retriever puppy. I already have a dog, but I NEED another one. Also I need to run everyday because I do cross country, but it is boring to run alone so I need a puupy. My dog is to old to run and she can only walk. How can I convince my parents for me to get a puppy??
    I know the puppy wont be able to run for at least a year but I can wait!!

    • ANSWER:
      well right now i'm on the verge of getting a new puppy too! what i'm doing is i'm cleaning up around the house without anyone telling me too and i'm sweeping i'm washing the tiles and much more but here are some more betters ways..

      tell your parents that u would really like a new dog.tell them what breed u want and that u haveput a lot of thought into this decision and that u are ready to take on the responsibility of taking care of two dogs.

      prove to them that u are responsible enough to take care of a dogClean up your room or wash the dishes without be asked to do so. You can also offer to help out around the house and complete your homework on time without an argument. All of these things help your parents see what a responsible person you have become and then it will be easier to convince them to allow you to have new dog.

      Give them some reasons why you would like to have a dog. tell them that you would like to have a friend that you can play with, to train and take care of. Tell them that a dog would be a great addition to the family

      Offer to give up your allowance money to help pay for the dog and its supplies. This is another great way to show that you are really serious about getting a new dog.

      TIPS:if ur old enough to use the computer plz don't try doing the puppy dog eyes or the sad face that goes on for days..but if u insist on making them feel bad try to not talk to them for a while. if they ask u a question reply to it with a one word answer, never a full sentence. and don't give eye contact. not giving eye contact will make them think that u are sad..

      HOPE I HELPED!! good luck on getting ur puppy

  31. QUESTION:
    Golden Retriever acting aggressively to only one breed of dog?
    Hi

    We have a 2 yr old entire male Golden Retriever. We also have a Jack Russell neutered 3 yr old male. They are great friends and play beautifully together. We run a holiday let and also have a public footpath running past our house (through our land) so both dogs have been well socialised from an early age and we've never had any problems apart from over-enthusiastic greeting occasionally which we're making good progress with.

    We've sent both dogs to a local farm which is a relaxed kind of doggy hotel a few times when going away. We were made aware once that the GR had a 'run-in' with a black lab there, but weren't given much detail, no injury sustained and no problems since. A few months later aged about 18 months he had a proper fight with a visiting (6 yr old, entire) black lab which shook us all up. No more problems and umpteen doggy visitors later, the latest guests in the holiday let had a black lab (they hadn't told us the breed and we were out, my parents were looking after the kids and dogs in our absence).

    Got panicky call on our way home this evening to say he'd walked into the hol let kitchen (he never does that, is trained to never go into that building, just waits on doorstep normally) and just sunk his teeth into the other dog (10 yrs old, entire). Trip to vet later and the other dog has a deep bite on his chest which has been stapled and has been given antibiotics. We're paying the vet's bill of course but are absolutely mortified that he's done this. It's clearly a problem with only black labs as he's lovely with all other breeds - and people.

    He was a rescue dog (but we got him at 12 weeks as the first owners had him from 8 weeks and said he was too big!) so we've agreed to have him neutered despite his pedigree, but hadn't got round to it. My first reaction is to get on and book this but it's only part of the story. What's best course of action here please? Instinct is to find friendly (neutered?) black labs for carefully controlled socialising and lots of praise/treats etc. Is this right? Help gratefully appreciated as this is very worrying not just for us but for our paying guests. Thanks.

    Sarah

    • ANSWER:
      He could have been attacked by a black lab and now doesn't like any of them. I had a dog that was like that growing up. She was attacked by a pomeranian as a puppy and whenever she would be around ANY pomeranians after that she would get really mean and try to attack them but she LOVED any other animal even cats.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to train a puppy and get it to love you?
    I'm getting a golden retriever in a week, she'll be 8 weeks old. My family has to train it and I would like some tips on what is the best way to train her for going to the bathroom and behaving. Also, how do I get the puppy to love me most in the family (sorry I've always wondered this..) Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      My dog is a rescue. He can not stand to have me away from him. I talk to him a lot and give him a lot of attention. That is all a dog wants in life, is to be loved. Play with her a lot. Treats aren't as important as attention. Be careful of your tone of voice more than the actual words you are saying. You are speaking in a foreign language to your dog, but she understands your tone of voice. Goldens are great dogs, you will really enjoy her.

      As far as training, I house trained my lab using a crate. It did not take long, maybe a week or two. She slept in there and I would take her outside as soon as she woke up and praised her for doing her business. I would also take her out as soon as she ate. Puppies are like babies, they don't hold a lot. I fed her 3 times a day when she was a puppy, so she went out 5 times a day. Lots of praise!!! (take her out right before you put her in the kennel for the night)

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I potty train my Golden Retriever Puppy?
    I love dogs and know a lot about them, but potty training them kind of can get messy if you know what I mean. Please can you give me some help on how to potty train my GR.

    Extra tips would be appreciated!

    Xoxo: Thx!

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing to remember about house training a puppy is there ability to hold themselves is limited. A rule of thumb is they can hold "it" usually 1 hour for each month of age. 2 months old = 2 hours, 3 months old = 3 hours, etc. When your puppy wakes up (morning, nap, whatever) the pup has to go, right then! Take the pup out. When the pup eats or drinks, it has to go, take the pup out. After exercise (play), take the pup out. When the pup does it's thing outside praise it. A lot. Tell the pup how good, how smart it is. You have to pay attention to the pups "looking for it's spot" behavior. When you see that behavior indoors, whisk the pup out. If you catch the pup in the act, simply tell it "NO!" and whisk it outside. If you find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food store) get a newspaper and hit.... yourself in the head and say "I should have been paying more attention." Daytime training they get pretty fast. Night time training is easier if you crate train the pup. Also remember the one hour/one month rule. You will have to get up through the night to take the pup out. Good luck

      three websites on how to crate train a puppy

      http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~rc207100/info-pub.htm

      http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html

      http://www.planeturine.com/pettips/dsp_crateTrainPuppy.cfm

  34. QUESTION:
    Are we ready for a Golden Retriever puppy?
    My wife and I would like to get a female Golden Retriever from a reputable breeder. Due to the fact that we both work all day, I'm a bit concerned that getting a 2-3 month old puppy would not be in the best interest of the puppy as we'd be gone most of the day during weekdays.

    Also, my concern is that since the bladders of young puppies are so small, they would need to go out more than we could let them out. I also would rather not train the dog to eliminate inside the house. On the other hand, we see other puppy owners who work full time, but my concern is that they don't care for the puppy well.

    Are my fears unrealistic or warranted? I want to make sure that the dog is not only a good fit for us, but that we're also a good fit for the dog.

    If a puppy is not a good fit, how do we go about getting a dog that is 12-15 months old? This seems harder to do.

    Please comment if you've had experience with what I am discussing and if you have insight into my dilemma. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I wasn't going to answer this question but the more I thought about it I just had to.

      As a former breeder of these beautiful dogs the one thing I asked my perspective clients was who will care for your puppy when you are at work? Most people had someone to come to their homes to tend to the puppy while they were at work. If they didn't then they didn't get a puppy from me.
      A pup should not be crated for more than 3 to 4 hours at a time. They need the interaction of people and to begin house training from day one. You can't do this if your at work!! Can you afford a puppy house sitter? Or someone to do the puppy stage for you??? A new puppy takes a hugh amount of time and commitment from you the new owner. I have had clients who on their lunch hour come home to take care of their pup and some have even taken vacation time to bond with their new pup and get him or her into a routine that fits their life style.
      I don't think you are ready for that just yet. Sounds like you are to busy to fit a puppy of any kind into your life right now. Your heart is in the right place but if you came to me for a pup I would refuse to sell you one because you just don't have the time to comit to raising one.
      If you got an older dog then that presents a hole list of other problems. Nobody just gives up their Golden for no good reason, so you may be getting someone else problem dog. Golden's have been so overbred by some backyard breeders and then there are the puppy mills out there that you have no idea what your getting your self into. The temperment can't be guarnteed, nor can the hips, eyes, thyroid, or heart. I spent a great amount of time getting to know my clients before making a decision as to weather they were going to get one of my pups. Most did but a few didn't, as a very responsible breeder it was my responsibility to make sure these pups went to the very best homes for them.

      I would strongly suggest to wait until your life is better suited to careing for a puppy your self with out having to hire others to do it for you. The rewards are so worth the wait.
      Hope this helps your decision.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can a puppy know to go outside for the toilet after just 3 days?
    So im busy house training 2 golden retriever pups (have only been doing it for 3 days) and they are already coming to the backdoor when they want the toilet

    • ANSWER:
      You bet! In fact I find that to be the norm! You are a superb dog owner!

      Dogs are smart as whips and are hard-wired to please us. They are at their best when puppies. People have this ingrained misconception that potty-training is some grueling endurance misery - so the dogs do too! Then the people get all exasperated and so dogs mess all over forever. The dog quickly understands: 'oh I see! You are so clear that you want me to please you by making you miserable forever. OK, I can do that! It seems my messing all over the house is what makes you the most miserrable of all! All righty then, here I go and go and go and go and....." ha ha

      Some pups may take up to a week to 10 days, but all are just this easy. Just consistently show them what you want them to do in the way they can understand, and they will GLADLY do it for life! Potty outside? ok! Jump out of a plane with a parachute? ok! Sit? ok! You don't have to be a dog whisperer. But you DO have to listen closely when the dog whispers!

      Ever think of being a professional trainer? My compliments to you!

  36. QUESTION:
    Is 1 golden retriever, 1 german shepherd and 1 yorkshire dog going to be a problem?
    I want to get 1 golden retriever, 1 german shepherd and a yorkshire. I want to get them as puppies but i'm concerned about whether they'd fight when they got older or what. I want to know which dog should be which gender and what I can do to keep the dogs from fighting, especially keeping the bigger ones from attacking the yorkshire.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't tell if this is what you are considering or not, but do NOT get three puppies at the same time! Two would overwhelm the vast majority of people, even those great with dogs. You should get one pup first, and wait until it's at least six months old before introducing another, though waiting until a year old would be better.

      I think the best situation would be for the German Shepherd to be male, the other two female based on the nature of the breeds. Just make sure all are spay/neutered as soon as possible or you will have issues with fighting.
      Also, based on breed nature and to avoid the big ones harming the little one, the Yorkshire should be the last addition so it is introduced to a dog at least a year old and a dog at least six months old, reducing risk of fights and the little one being trampled.

      Have you researched the breeds carefully? As puppies both Goldens and Shepherds will reek havoc on your house. German Shepherds especially are very good dogs(my personal favorite), but they need a strong leader and lots and lots of exercise and training - failure to exercise an hour DAILY or more as needed as well as not providing mental stimulation, especially as a puppy, will result likely result in a badly behaved, destructive dog.

      Make sure you know what you'd be getting yourself into and are looking towards the future to be sure you can always manage and careful these dogs properly so they don't end up euthanized or in a shelter somewhere, or you don't have to rehome them somewhere down the road.

  37. QUESTION:
    What should I know about this breed?
    I currently own a dachshund, but am planning on getting a golden retriever puppy in June. I'd like to have a bigger dog to go running with me and, ever since I worked at a vet one summer, I've wanted a golden retriever. I know all breeds have their quirks, so can you provide me with any info?

    • ANSWER:
      As the proud owner of a golden mix, I have to say they are great. Very smart, fun, loving and can be protective. Mine follows me around the house and lays at my feet no matter what I am doing. He sits in between me and my husband on the couch and thinks that he is a kid. They make great companions and are very easily trained. Even if you get an older dog like I did. They shed like there is no tomorrow, but as long as you brush them frequently you should have no problems. I do it at least every other day. That has to be the worst thing about them. Everything else is great. He is the perfect walking/jogging partner because he is big enough to protect you, yet loves people you meet. He has not met one stranger, but knows the people that he should be wary of. He really loves everyone except my father in law who is a theif. Smart dog!!

      Most of all, remember that a majority of animals at the pound and local shelters are pure bred. Opt to adopt and save an animal that may only have a few days or hours left. They will love you more than any puppy mill dog you can buy. Search local shelters and rescue organizations and be sure that you are ready. You will know the right one for you as soon as you look into their eyes. Again, Please adopt!!

  38. QUESTION:
    Help on crate training my golden retriever?
    I am geting a golden retriever puppy in about 10 weeks. We have made a beatiful area for him outside the houes in the backyard, however i plan on housebreaking him. Im going to have a crate in the backyard and in the house in my room. Which should the puppy get used to first? The indoor one or the outdoor one? thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      Crates make housetraining simple. Because dogs don't like to pee or poop where they sleep and eat, they'll hold it when they're in their crate. This particular training is all about patience and consistency. More tips here,

      http://xrl.us/beb5rv

  39. QUESTION:
    How should I start crate training my puppy?
    My Golden Retriever/Black Lab Mix is 9 weeks old.I go to school and my family goes to work and my pup gets left alone for about 7 hours. What I used to do is let him roam free, but now he is starting to urinate and poop inside the house. Im going to get his crate today, but what should I stock it up with??, if anything. Also, I know he is going to start whining when I put him inside the crate. So how can I introduce him to his crate?? Is it ok to leave a 9 week old puppy in a crate for 7 hours??

    • ANSWER:
      The dog will likely be frightened by the crate. It would be better to crate train your dog at night. If you sleep where he can see you in the beginning, he will not cry and whine as much. Once he's used to it he will love his crate.

      It just isn't a good idea to leave a puppy in a crate for seven hours during the day. Puppies need a lot of socializing to be good dogs. Do you have a friend or neighbor who can dog sit? Maybe your family should look into doggie daycare. It might make life more liveable for everyone.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do i successfully raise two puppies?
    I have a 7 month old golden retriever male, hes trained very very well in my opinion, he listens and understands his role. Im bringing home an 11 month female golden adoptee and is of higher energy, im nervous how this will affect the balance of the house, im aware of puppies bonding to one another and not the human, any advice for the situation or books on this?

    • ANSWER:
      God, the fu*kwits are out in force tonight and unfortunately you are getting some really stupid if not downright harmful answers. Take note of what Ocimom, Memphis and Ernie's Lil have to say.

  41. QUESTION:
    How often should i wash my puppy?
    i have a 2month old golden retriever puppy. We live by a field so she gets quite dirty ad smelly but we were told that you should only wash your dog 1 a month. Is this true? Also she tends to sit down when ever we take her for a walk. What do we do? And how much food should we feed her? right now we feed her 2 cups 3 times a day.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Bathing them even once a month is probably too much. The natural oils that their skin and coat produce keeps them clean naturally and if you bath the dog too often the oils are broken down. His coat will become dull and he could get skin irritations and dandruff. I have a towel that I wipe dirt and mud off paws before being allowed in the house. As somone said, when the dog gets muddy allow his coat to dry naturally then brush the dried mud out gently. If you start doing this now he will come to love getting brushed. Also the brushing will stimulate his skin and so more oil will be produced helping to keep his coat shiny and clean.

      It sosund like you are feeding him enough but check with the vet the next time you are there.

      My most recent pup is now 4 months old only occasionally refuses to walk now but at the beginning he did it all the time. I always took kibble out with me. When he stops, I hold the kibble but I dont call his name. the idea is that he makes the decision himself to come to you. For the first few weeks, it took ages to get anywhere with him but it has paid off and now he is walking brilliantly on the lead. On his walk he could end up getting about 20 pieces or so. As his walking progresses you can train him to 'watch' . Start walking with a piece of kibble in your hand saying 'watching'. Then drop the kibble on the ground. Let him eat it. This is training him to walk to heel and pay attention to you. Remember, there are so many new sounds and sights that your pup will want to listen and look at, he may also get frightened. Don't pull him and remember to always be patient and kind. Have fun!

  42. QUESTION:
    when can you get a male puppy neutered?
    i'm getting a golden retriever puppy in about a month and i was wondering how old he has to be before i can get him neutered? thanks! and will he be easier to house train once i get this done?

    • ANSWER:
      We just took our 11 week old yellow labrador retriever puppy in for his second round of shots, and the vet told us that he wants to neuter him at 6 months of age.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I house train a very bad golden retriever?
    He's so bad and he's just a puppy he tries to bite everything and everyone but i doesn't hurt. And when he gets older it will hurt a lot. And when we hit him with a magazine it does not affect him.

    • ANSWER:
      It's called teething. You shouldn't even own a dog let alone a PUPPY that doesn't even know what it's doing wrong if you're going to treat it like that. All you need is to say NO! Don't hit the poor pup. You wouldn't like it if someone hit your head, now would you?

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I calm down my puppy and stop him from jumping, nipping and chewing?
    My golden retriever is 11 months old, and he still jumps and nips when he gets playful. He is not allowed into the whole house yet, but he stays in the laundry room (not my fault, my parents insist). When I do bring him upstairs, he chews EVERYTHING and doesn't listen when I tell him not to.

    He nips at my sister and I know it's playful, but how do we discourage him? We've tried ignoring him, yelping, spraying Bitter Apple, everything but he's still hyper and a but aggressive.

    • ANSWER:
      Be consistent. Don't just give up on something simply because it doesn't work right away or you confuse them.

      Puppies are mouthy and they usual grow out of it, as long you don't accept the behavior. My puppy nips and I immediately correct him by using the noise I have chosen as a correction. It's not a "No!" it's just a noise that I don't use at any other time, just pick a noise that comes natural to you. Once they learn that is the noise you use when disagree with them they will immediately stop.

      Also, a spray bottle along with that noise can help create the result. Just spray them with a bit of water and use the noise.

      As for chewing, he needs more toys. He needs something to chew on. Buy him several toys and only give him two a day. That way every day he gets two different toys and he isn't bored with them.

      Chewing is also a way to exert energy. He probably needs to be walked and played with more often. A golden retriever is a good energy dog and needs a good 1-2 hours of walking and play every day. It sounds like a lot but we took this responsibility on when we adopted the dog.

      I walk my boston terrier mix (on a heel) for 30-60 minutes everyday, do mental exercise by training tricks for 30 minutes, and then play tug-of-war or another game with him for another 20-40 minutes. He has his toys and doesn't chew on anything and sleeps peacefully through the night. He also loves every minute of attention that I give him.

  45. QUESTION:
    Starter kit for a golden retriever puppy?
    We have already bought a golden retriever puppy, met up with the parents and everything and its fine and we are very excited. However, it is our first dog as a family so we are wondering what would we need previous to it coming home?

    • ANSWER:
      To help your pup settle in try bringing a teddy bear to the breeders and try rubbing the bear onto the pups mum to get the scent all over it, then once he comes home put the teddy into his bed. It will gradually lose the scent of his/her mum but it will help the pup settle in.

      You would need to consider all of these:

      Vaccinations once the puppy is 8 weeks old.

      As well as vaccinations you should get your dog insured.

      Collar £5+ of course when he/she grows you need need to buy a new one, I think I went through about 4 before he was one year old.

      Coats or Jumper for when they are a pup can go outside, coats around £25 or get your nan to knit a jumper.

      Leads, can cost £5+ I have gone through 6 before he was one year old, as he used to chew them while walking :-D

      Chew toys are probably the most expensive as when they are younger mine went through one every day! Best to buy a kong as they have a life-time guarentee!

      Crate if you want to crate train it, it helps with house-training can cost £100+ Jollyes pet shop are doing a deal on atm where you buy a crate and you get food, collar, toys, beds etc for a spaniel size I think it was £125.

      Beds cost around £10-25, I think I went though about 10 of them as he kept chewing it and taking the stuffing out lol.

      So before your pup comes home I would firstly buy a bed and crate if you want to use one. Food Bowls, Bedding, Food (DEFINATELY keep to the same food as what the breeder is feeding, if you change the food it will give him/her a very upset tummy), Lead, Collar.

      Hope this helps.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my parent to get me a dog?
    I really want to get a golden retriever. My brother and grandmother is sick and there worried that its going to hurt them. If I train it as a puppy it won't do this. I know I can take care of it. We have a big yard and a lot of open space around the house so there is plenty of room. How can I convince them to let me get one.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't. It's their house and their rules. If they say no then it's no. Respect your parents kiddo. Save your money and buy a dog when you move out.

  47. QUESTION:
    What would be the best collar and leash to get for a Golden retriever?
    I am getting A golden retriever and I was just wondering what would be the best Collar and leash to get for her. Also is there any good websites to go on to find a cute one for a golden retriever? what about Any cute Bandannas to use as collars? I would like something with maybe like a floral pattern.

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't mention age, so I'll assume she's a pup.

      The key - and I do mean key - is to learn how to leash walk your dog. Whatever you get must focus on function first and fashion second. Goldens are powerful, energetic and exuberant. The chances of her pulling are about 100% - so you need to work on this from a very early age. It's much easier working on it early when they're 15 lbs then when they're 70lbs+ and can pull you over.

      *collar: needs a ring for a license and dog ID (don't skimp on this - if your dog ever takes off, people need to know how to contact you quickly) so you can use a bandana, but not in place of a collar. suggest you find collars that are easy to throw in the wash, but do not have uncomfortable seams or stitching. You should wash and switch every couple of weeks. Start with a couple of puppy collars, but in a few months, you'll be going to 1/2 inch collars, and then 1 inch collars - you could go to 1/2 right away if they fit. Also get quick release collars - I've heard stories where dogs playing can do considerable damage with buckle collars if one dog's teeth get caught in the other dogs collar. The dog panics and ends up choking the other dog - with quick release you can get in there and release the collar quickly.

      You may want to try a martingale collar for leash walking. They tighten around a dog's neck if the dog is pulling and then release when the dog stops pulling. No prongs, which can hurt the dog. Theoretically a martingale can too, but really no more than a dog pulling on a standard flat collar - I consulted with two vets on this. I use a martingale with a quick release - much, much easier to get on and off than a std. martingale - jac trac makes some (you can order online). The also make cool flat collars and leashes - they're hemp so much softer than nylon - your hands will notice the difference when your dog is fully grown! Downside is they take longer to dry. BTW, martingale is for training - not an everyday collar.

      finally, make sure that whatever you use is safe in crate. E.g. don't put a bandana on and leave it on when the dog is in the crate. The dog could choke herself.

      *get a couple of six foot leashes - 4 is too small for a dog like this, even as a pup. Again, make sure they're easily washed. I'd suggest getting 1 inch leashes - a leash is a leash for the most part, and your dog will quickly outgrow 1/2 inch leashes.

      * a harness is good, but make sure you get one that where the leash hooks in front of the chest (prevents pulling) not on the back (encourages pulling). Remember though, a harness will not teach your dog to leash walk. Use the harness as a supplement only, but teach your dog how to leash walk with a standard flat collar. Be aware that a dog can still get out of a harness - most hook under the shoulders, so if the dog is on her back e.g. playing with another dog, they can slip over the paws and come off.

      *do NOT get a halti. You simply shouldn't need one with a golden because a well bred and trained golden is not aggressive with people or dogs. Haltis are for people who are too lazy to teach their dog to leash walk and they can be dangerous to a dog's neck.

      Here's why proper leash-walking is important: harnesses can aggravate a dog's armpits and shoulders (my golden would back away every time she saw her harness) and should not be used when a dog is running - meaning you need to take if off for off leash activities; a flat collar gives your dog more freedom to sniff and be a dog; you may want to walk with your dog off-leash with your dog under control and that requires your dog to first learn good leash-walking skills. Take puppy classes to learn proper leash walking, but really you should start before that in your house and backyard. Go to dogstardaily or some such site and learn how to teach leash walking to a puppy.

      Good luck with your dog - I guarantee you'll LOVE her, especially if she's well-trained.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to teach your dog to stay around the house and not run away?
    I am buying a puppy..possibly a golden retriever or a lab. He will be staying outside on our huge veranda where he can play and have lotsof shelter as it is covered in..he can come and go as he pleases but how do you teach a dog not to run away because im against tieing dogs up..do you basically just keep an eye on them the first few months and they should be fine after that? Lots of my friends have dogs that they can let out and they never run away..how can I train mine to stay around the house and not run away?
    he will be coming indoors the first few months, but after that he's going to mostly be on our covered in veranda or playingoutside with me or other family members..

    • ANSWER:
      The safest method is a fence, because Retreivers are friendly and will want to follow people, if they are sitting on the porch, alone. However, some steps to take:

      1. Get the dog fixed to discourage roaming.
      2. Take the dog on 30 - 60 min walks everyday, so that he gets plenty of exercise and so that he gets to learn the area... if he does walk off.
      3. Teach him to have a perfect "Come !"
      4. Try not to leave him alone for the first 9 months.

      I have a 7 year old Golden. For the first year (even after getting him fixed), he wanted to dig out of the back yard, just to go roaming. He wouldn't go far, and he would come back
      but it was scary.

      After he was 2.5 years old he calmed down a little. I currently walk him off-leash everyday. But if he sees someone, he wants to go say hello. And if he sees a squirrel, he will chase it and bark at it, until I drag him away.

      But when he runs away... he will always try to find me and to come back...


house training golden retriever puppies

Training Dog Blog

You might take this for granted, but it's important to give your dog a good place to sleep. You might think that your dog will do fine sleeping anywhere on the floor, under the bed or in some small space that they love to hide in, but is it really a good place for them to have a good night's sleep?

Below are a few tips on how you can prepare a good sleeping area for your dog.

Consider their size

A big dog is going to need a big space to sleep in. Consider one side of the living room, somewhere they can stretch their legs and lie down properly. Small to medium sides dogs don't really have to deal with space problems. They can lounge around comfortably in homes with limited or small spaces like city apartments or even condos.

Pads and mats

You can make it more comfortable for your dog by laying down a few pads and mats on the area where they sleep. There are special sleeping mats, and even beds, for dogs that you can buy at pet shops, but a regular floor mat, a small rug, even those padded puzzle pieces that you usually see in children's rooms will work well. If your dog has degenerative myelopathy, then it's important to place mats in their resting area to avoid sores.

Train it

If your dog has a habit of cramming into a small space, like under the cabinet or in a corner, train it to sleep somewhere it can actually sleep well. Some dogs insist on sleeping in these areas for a reason, maybe because it's warmer or cooler, or they like to sleep in dark area. Try to analyze what these areas have and mimic it to where you want your dog to sleep.

Clean it

Makes sure you make it a habit to clean the area where your dog sleeps every day. This might sound like a lot of work, but dogs can't really make their own beds now can they. Cleaning the area will help avoid dust bunnies, which are small balls of dust, fur and dirt clumped together, from forming. It's also easier to clean their sleeping area if you do it regularly, compared to letting the dust and dirt pile up and then cleaning them out. Sleeping areas where the dog spends more time lying down, such as in cases of degenerative myelopathy, will need regular cleaning to avoid health issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the most expensive dog training ever?
    i need to know what is most expensive dog training a dog has been trained.

    quick 10 points!!!
    and ceser millan is coming to perth, shall i go to his session.

    • ANSWER:
      The 0,000 TITAN Protector Ultra - A dog that has had the "ultimate" training.

      You do not send your dog there for training. They sell you a dog that has been trianed by them.

      http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/features/mutts/blog/2008/04/the_120000_titan_protector_ult.html

  2. QUESTION:
    Do you train your dog to both a hand signal and a verbal command?
    I train my dogs to both a hand sign and a verbal command, but they are MUCH more reliable with the hand signal. Maybe because they are just more keen to watch than to listen?

    I realise now that my hand signals aren't the typical ones used, I don't know where I learned them, they aren't ASL, but oh well. At least my dogs know what they mean!

    Do you train to both? Is your dog more reliable with one method? Just curious.

    -Alika613

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what I'm teaching. Dogs don't have the equivalent of Broca's area (verbal language center) in their brains, and naturally pay huge amounts of attention to body language, some of which is vey subtle, and the vast majority of which we are unaware. For most people who think their dogs are responding to a verbal, in many cases it is either a mixed signal, or they do something unconsciously which is what the dog is actually paying attention to. Try sitting down with your back to your dog and issuing what you think is a well recognized verbal cue, and see if your dog is confused or not.

      The one cue I think it is absolutely essential to be on a "pure" verbal or other audible signal is the recall, as I want that to be completely independent of my body language so that distance is not an issue.

      It is amazing how a good understanding of body language can help you train different things. Patricia McConnell has a good post on her blog right now about using body blocks to help dogs understand Stay.

      http://www.theotherendoftheleash.com/

  3. QUESTION:
    What kind of website will get traffic to my site?
    I currently have this website its kind of in progress but i want to create a website that will get more traffic to my site and ave a better chance at selling something cause ive had tons of visitors and no sales yet :( I need some ideas for a good website. I thought about writting about like training dogs or something usefull to people where they dont necesarilly need to buy something.

    • ANSWER:
      There's a good guide to increase your traffic here: http://traffic-tips-and-tricks.blogspot.com The tips described there are quite simple but very effective.

      And if you're willing to invest some time into it you should also consider reading the book "Guerrilla Marketing" by Jay Conrad Levinson, it tells you a lot of practical and effective ways to market your business for very little or no money at all.

      Hope this is useful.

      ---

      Read my blogs
      http://thedencorp.blogspot.com/
      http://creativelymarketing.blogspot.com/

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you train a dog to accept a pack position below a new baby?
    I have an 8.5 month old son that is crawling everywhere. It has become clear that our dog sees herself above him in pack order. How do I switch this around?

    • ANSWER:
      Please keep your child safe, and simply train the dog to do the behaviors you want around him. If that is redirecting to you whenever the baby crawls towards the dog, or sitting, etc., just teach it, practice it, and reinforce it.

      I don't know what you are seeing that makes you think the dog sees herself as above your child in pack order. But I think these articles will help:

      http://www.kathysdao.com/articles/Forget_About_Being_Alpha_in_Your_Pack.html

      http://www.apdt.com.au/files/dominancestatement.pdf

      http://www.jeandonaldson.com/jeans-blog-mainmenu-51/64-are-dogs-pack-animals

      http://www.nonlineardogs.com/100MostSillyIntro.html

      http://www.wolf.org/wolves/news/iwmag/2008/winter/alphawolf.pdf

  5. QUESTION:
    Where can i download a dog related themes for my blogspot?
    I want to download a dog training(puppy training) related templates for my blogspot blog for free. Can you give some free websites to download the templates.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Yahoo search engine and type in "templates for puppy or dog training". I am sure that you wwill get some results.

  6. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between these breeds?
    I'm in the process of buying a dog to train as a mental health service dog for myself. I am wondering what is the difference between the poodle and the Portuguese Water Dog? A friend who trains dogs says she'd much rather train a portie over a poodle... but besides the physical difference, what are their differences? and what are their similarities?

    I've joked with people saying that a Portie is kinda like a poodle on steroids, in the fact that they aren't seen as Prissy dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      Different point of origin

      Standard Poodles tend to be easier to train
      Porties are smaller/shorter than a standard poodle but broader
      Both are active
      Porties are more rare - a well bred Poodle will be easier to find
      Porties come with two coat types and different trimming needs

      If you haven't seen this site I highly recommend it: http://www.dragonflyllama.com/%20DOGS/%20Dog1/levels.html
      Stitch's weBlog (the training of a Portie Service Dog) is a must read: http://www.dragonflyllama.com/%20DOGS/%20Dog1/Blog.html

  7. QUESTION:
    how can i train my doberman puppy to grow up to not have a bad temper?
    i feel like alot of people are saying dobermans are crazy and that one day its gonna eat me and my family and its pissing me off lol which i dont believe, but i want to train my dog right, its a puppy and nibbles and bites alot is that normal? and how can i train him not to bite and to be good or will he grow out of it?

    • ANSWER:
      socialising and training

      i covered several of the basic training questions people have on here in my blog

      http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-xPA9.4wleqiH47AQzB9k11cuypoayJ8-?cq=1&list=1

      basicaly you need to train the puppy to the difference of acceptable chewing toy and non acceptable theether, tell him "No!" in firm low voice next time and look him into the eyes, then give him an apropriate toy to chew on

      if he dont relent and wont let go, put him on his back between your thighs till he submits (stops strugeling), and if he still goes on to try to bite when you let him up, then simply let him down on the floor and completely ignore him (by this your telling him your freezing him out of the pack due to his behaviour), its important to not give him any attention or let him meet your eyes, same with other people

      normaly though puppies are quick to respond to the no comand, or if not then take the clue of the submision and descides they are better off sucking up to you

  8. QUESTION:
    What should I do with a little english setter which has behavior problems?
    Hi everybody,

    I got this 4,5 months old english setter from my friend, but he doesn't know how to train a dog, neither do I , that's why I started to search for dog training tips on the net. If possible tell me proven methods, and if you want, I put them on my blog -which I started to help to people with the same problem-. Don't worry, if you don't want to share your tip on my blog with other people just put a 'y-o' (yahoo-only) at the beginning of your answer. :) Thank you for your help.

    http://the-dog-behavior-problem.blogspot.com/

    • ANSWER:
      You can train your dog yourself. It's not hard, if you take the time to study the methods of Dog Training.

      See if you can find the book..Good Dog, Bad Dog, by Mathew Margolis and Eric Seigel..It is an older book, but it has everything you need to teach your dog basic obedience.
      I recommend you learn basic dog training yourself, because you will understand your dog better and be able to reinforce the training as necessary.

  9. QUESTION:
    How much should one sled dog pull?
    I'm starting to train my male Siberian Husky to pull a sled, been working on basic commands for now. Next I will be hooking him up to some weight to further the training. However I've been researching and can't seem to find how much weight a one dog sled can pull. He weights about 60lbs, very athletic, but still I don't want to over work him. Anyone train sled dogs and could help me out with this? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Siberians are bred to pull 'small loads' fast and for long distances. Each husky pulls about 35-60lbs.
      They are more about endurance and relative speed than sheer strength.Malamutes are much more developed for the task of pulling heavy weight.

      This site says they are only able to pull their own weight. So your dog could pull 60lbs
      "It is said that the average weight a Husky can pull on its own would be equivalent to its own weight. So if the dog weighed 60 pounds it should have the strength to pull approximately 60 pounds."
      http://siberianhuskypuppiesblog.com/blog/category/interesting/

  10. QUESTION:
    How to get a 9wk puppy used to the outdoors?
    I got a 9 wk. old maltese puppy and he's absolutely terrified of going outside unless you're holding him. I don't wanna scare the poo outta him, but I want him to realize that nothing bad's going to happen.
    And also, how do you leash train a dog? Thank you.
    He starts shaking and everything. It's not from the cold, it's pretty warm here in Florida actually.

    • ANSWER:
      Take it very gradually. If you terrify him too much he will just get worse. Let him stand at the door and watch what's going on outside, and give him little treats, so he associates outside with good things. Then after a few days try a little bit outside the door, and give him treats. Dont do too much too fast, he's just a baby.

      This is an excellent forum for everything dog and puppy training related -

      http://positively.com/forum/index.php

      You could also get this book -

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-Me-Dog-Have-Perfect/dp/0007219075

      Ten tips for puppy training -

      http://animal.discovery.com/tv/its-me-or-dog/victoria-secrets/

      You can try this blog -

      http://puppypal.org/blog/

      Also you can go to youtube and search for "It's Me Or The Dog" for excellent dog training videos which will help you understand what's going on with your puppy.

      Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is most effective way to train a dog to only listen to its master?
    my friends dog had puppies(rottweilers) and i'm planning on getting 1 so i was wondering if there's a way to make sure it only listens to me (would teaching it commands in a language other than english such as german help)

    • ANSWER:
      http://junius.blogspot.com/
      http://besphere.blogspot.com/

      Find some funny dog picture in this blog,konw dog behavior and learn how to draining a dog.
      Dog Obedience Training Secrets to STOP Your Dog’s Behavior Problems! Some Secrets about Dog Behavior Training. Problem with Dog Obedience Training?You should read this dog behavior training secrets ...

  12. QUESTION:
    What breed of dog is good for living inside an apartment? Also loyal and caring?
    I need a dog that can live inside an apartment, so nothing that's big. I want a breed that is loyal and caring.

    • ANSWER:
      Unlike other toy dog breeds, the Pug dog does not make a hullabaloo about bullying children, not easily excited and don’t have other bad habits. It is a very good family companion especially good dogs for children. Although it is not easy to be trained, but still suitable for the family which is the first time to adopt dogs for kids.And if you wanna more information,you can visit this web:http://blog.petsyours.com/what-is-the-best-dog-for-children/

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the best service dog breed for a person with fibromialga?
    a service dog that can calm me with my anxiousness out in public amongst larger groups of people, pick up dropped items, and will have a calming affect to help me sleep at night with my insomnia. i've been highly considering a black lab.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your personal preferences for a dog, your lifestyle, energy levels as well as what tasks you need your dog to do for you. Here is a list of tasks from the IAADP to give you some ideas.
      http://www.iaadp.org/tasks.html
      http://www.iaadp.org/psd_tasks.html

      Medium sized dogs like labs are the most adaptable as they can do just about everything except bracing tasks. Small breeds are cheaper to feed. Breeds that don't require clipping every 6-8 weeks with save you hassles and money. Using the clicker you can train any dog to do anything for you. The great thing is you don't have to have physical stength to do it as the dog uses his brain.

      Look very closely at the parents, make sure they have been screened for genetic problems, calm solid temperaments, really want to work with you and join one of the many positive assistance dogs lists like this one on yahoo so you have a support group.
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OC-Assist-Dogs/

      I'd also search from some general service dog training blogs and discussion groups to see what they recommend as far as selection.
      Here is a page from our blog. Look for post number 3
      What Makes a Good Service Dog?
      http://viassistancedogs.blogspot.com/2008/12/training-your-dog-to-shut-door.html

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you start a blog?
    I want to start a blog following my adventures with dog training and maybe some product reviews or something like that. How do I go about doing it? Is there a host website or something that is popular for blogging? Probably a dumb question, but it's something I'm super interested in doing. Mostly as something to look back on my experiences with my dogs and channel my creative writing streak. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are actually quite a few options!

      If you'd like to do a blog which is more professional, I would suggest a host site such as Blogger. I, personally, have had fun with their formats and being able to express myself. It is free and allows you to personalize it as you like.

      There's also the option of opening an account on something like Tumblr. It can be less professional, of course, but it also works as a blog and it allows you to post photos or text posts just as another blog site would. Plus, that way, if photos you post become popular people will be curious and check out your blog more frequently.

      I wish you the best of luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to stop chewing on things?
    I usually wake up around 11am, and when I come out of my room, my dog has usually chewed something up. I've tried to buy her lots of chew toys so that she has something to do while I'm sleeping. But, lately she's been going to town on my husband's Nike's. She has REALLY done a number on them. I'm going to have him put them in the closet every night, but how can we stop this? Someone told me she has "issues" since she does this. What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Prevention is the best way to solve this. Get a small fence for your home that you can move around and keep your dogs in certain rooms. Don't let your dog wander freely.
      We keep our dog in the kitchen when we are gone or not constantly watching him. There is nothing easily reachable on the counters and nothing on the floor. Make sure you exercise him before you expect him to sit quietly for long periods of time in a confined area. Exercise will also cure boredom which is sounds like your dog has a case of. If you see him chewing something he is not supposed to, say a firm "NO" and then take it away and give him something he can chew on.

      Maybe try those dog toys that you can put treats in so that the dog has to find a way to get the treats out. A kong is a good toy and you can put peanut butter inside it and then freeze it before giving it to your dog. How could he refuse that!

      remember - keep your dog where you can see him or put him somewhere where he can't get into trouble - this is setting him up to succeed
      -exercise will cure his boredom and he will be less inclined to chew
      -find a chew toy he likes - one with a treat inside is more fun for the dog.

      Check out my blog for more information on dog food, training, and helpful information.
      http://thewaterdogblog.blogspot.com/
      send me any questions or blog post ideas at waterdogblog@gmail.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy a dog for a reasonable price? How much would it cost?
    What stores, will sell me a dog? I just want a small, dog that doesn't jump on people.

    And I don't want to spend TOO much money.

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT BUY A DOG FROM A STORE. Please they are mass bread and not well taken care of. They are only born to be sold. There are millions of great dogs out there looking for a home. go to the local SPCA of check petfinder.com It is much cheaper to adopt and 9-10 times have all their shots, are already spay/neutered and some even micro-chipped already. As far as not jumping just like every other dog you will have to train your dog not to jump. I recommend a great book I found that will give you all the training help you need to keep her from jumping as well as all other training methods. Just Check out my blog.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to house train a new puppy?
    I had a new puppy that i just cant seem to house train. i take her out side about every 20- 30 min. and she still goes in the house.
    Do u have anything that can help me or let me no if doing something wrong or forgetting something!
    thanxx.

    • ANSWER:

      housebreaking general
      I have a couple of blogs on

      housebreaking... here are the

      links... Also try the book MY

      SMART PUPPY which should be at

      barnes and noble.

      http://golden-joy.blogspot.com/200

      8/07/housebreaking-or-potty-traini

      ng-or-oops.html

      http://golden-joy.blogspot.com/
      Training dog to ring a bell

      http://pampered-puppy.zlio.net/

      books and cleanup aids

  18. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with a dog that's always trying to jump on you?
    I have dogs with no discipline whatsoever and I'm trying to gain my control back. How do I deal with them trying to jump on me for attention?

    • ANSWER:
      teach the dog to Sit on Command

      a dog can't Sit & jump at the same time

      If the dog positions himself to jump, give command to Sit
      otherwise, ignore the dog & don't give it any attention when it jumps on you

      you can also put it on a leash & use that leash like an umbilical cord to hold some control over the dog.... you can put the leash under your foot to keep the dog from jumping while you re-teach commands like Sit and Down

      If you are trying to get control back of a dog with no discipline then why not go to a good obedience class.... your dog will learn & you will learn how to work with your dog

      For some free info & place to start... why not read some dog trainer blogs

      Here is a trainer who I know personally & have used to help me with my pet dogs, my Service Dog, as well as many fosters..... she & other trainers under her have blogs as well as training podcasts... hope it helps

      http://www.creativedogtrainingonline.com/TrainatHome/tabid/114/Default.aspx

      http://www.creativedogtrainingonline.com/TrainatHome/TrainerBlogs/tabid/55/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/91/The-myth-of-practicing-obedience.aspx

  19. QUESTION:
    dog owners i have a questions about getting a puppy from a shelter?
    I am currently doing some research about getting a dog and yes i know its my hundred questions regarding dogs and puppies.

    Its just that my question is does the shelter get my dog or puppy neutered or do i have to go to the vets and get it done.

    Also is it best to get a boy dog or a girl dog? Some people have advised me on getting a girl dog but i would like to get a boy dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Nice to see someone with so much fore thought before getting a dog :D. I have a blog that will guide you through getting a pup and its first nights and training. See http://www.teachingpuppies.com/

      To see if you are ready for a dog and general info
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/am-i-ready-for-a-new-puppy

      Picking a pup out of a litter and breeder tips
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/picking-the-perfect-puppy

      Bringing him/her home (getting your house ready)
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/bringing-your-new-puppy-home

      To avoid the crying at night
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/my-puppies-first-night

      The ever important housetraining!
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/8-easy-steps-to-housetrain-your-puppy

  20. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to potty train my chihuahua?
    I am about to get a chihuahua, and I am wanting to know what is the easiest way to potty train him. And if your going to be rude and everything just don't answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Literally JUST finished writing a blog about this. A ton of people ask this on Y!A so I made something permanent to help you out!

      Buy a crate, it will help the process along ten times the speed.

      This is the way I potty trained my dogs:
      http://sitstayspeak.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/crating-and-housebreaking/

  21. QUESTION:
    What type of training or tricks should I began to introduce my Catahoula Leopard to for hunting?
    He is 3 months old. Very smart little guy. My boyfriend and I are big deer hunters and would love to train him to trail wounded deer. His name is Ty. He already has the commands sit, shake, and lay down. He does well with the come command in the house but when we go outside, not so much! We are working on leash walking. Any advice? Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      OK....before you start anything, Bloodtracking, (which what tracking wounded game is called), may or may not be legal in your state. Do you know whether it is or not?

      I suggest you visit United BloodTrackers http://www.unitedbloodtrackers.org or the Born To Track website/blog. Go to a seminar and learn how to introduce your dog to bloodtracking. There's quite a bit to know. Before even doing anything, find out if it's legal in your state (if your in the U.S.)

      I've done bloodtracking, they are following only little bits of blood, sometimes, barley enough for the naked eye to see. They are also tracking the footfalls of the deer, which leaves scent.

      YOU also have to learn about scent and weather conditions. It's not just about a dog following deer scent, there's so much more to it. Did you know that scent evaporates in heat? Gets blown by wind? My own dogs prefer moist conditions.

      Please visit the website and find a clinic or semianar before doing anything.

      edit: Rayven, Bloodtracking is done on leash, on a 20 foot long line, ideally with the dog on a harness. Dog is not loose.

  22. QUESTION:
    My puppy was the victim of a dog attack and is now agressive to other dogs. What can I do?
    I would like my puppy to not be afraid of other dogs or agressive, but apparently this happens when they have been attacked. Is it just better not to take him out with other dogs any more if it upsets him? The attack was recent, so maybe he will get over the fear in time?

    • ANSWER:
      The best therapy for him would be to go to obedience school, where he will meet many dogs in very controlled environment
      If he is a puppy, a puppy kindergarten would be best.
      Also, arranging play-dates with a friend and friend's dog would be helpful. On a play date, don't force him to interact with another dog, but keep him on a leash so that he can watch, and hopefully want to join in.
      There are many, many reasons why he needs to learn to get along with other dogs. .
      This site has some good tips.
      http://www.naturaldogblog.com/blog/2007/08/dog-training-what-is-dog-aggression-and-how-do-i-stop-it/

      http://www.click-l.com/Gems/SolvingDogProblems/fog0000000017.html

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I train my dog to sleep with me?
    My dog has been generally sleeping outside her whole life. I have decided to let her sleep in my room now but I can't get her to go to sleep. I have her bed right next to mine and she just keeps pacing and standing by the door. I do NOT want to crate her. How do I train her to sleep in her bed?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      That was a very good ideia to bring your dog inside your house, it's a lot better for you and your dog. Dogs are animals of habits (conditioning) so it's very normal that the dog is not used to sleep inside your house. It's quite easy for her to get used to it, give her treats when she's on her bed, praise her, put toys in her bed, and let time go by....you can't expect her to behave like an "inner dog" immediately, but she will get the picture if you're consistent and positive with her.

      You can check this blog for addicional tips on dog training, they use only positive reinforcement and they also have a set of videos you can get that will do WONDERS to your dog: http://obediencetraining-for-dogs.com

      Hope this helps,
      TWaggy

  24. QUESTION:
    Why has my dog started peeing in the house afe 7?
    Our pet Maltese-Shih Tzu is now 7 years old. He toilet trained very quickly as a puppy, yet recently has began peeing at the base of the corners of our couches and the corners of our bed, wetting both corners and carpet. Nothing has changed in the house ie no new furniture, no new pets, no house guests,etc. Any ideas what could have started this and how we can stop this behaviour. Other than this, he is a perfect, well-behaved pet!

    • ANSWER:
      Male dogs mark. It is part of their instinctual behavior. However, the earlier a dog is neutered the less likely it is that he will mark as this behavior becomes more prevalent at puberty.

      That said, even if your dog is neutered, he may still mark. Try to discourage this with negative reinforcement. When you see him do this, use a spray bottle to squirt him with cold water. Never hit him directly. Clean the area with a urine enzyme remover - found at pet stores- to discourage re-marking.

      Also, try feeding him in that area. They will not mark where they are fed. It may be inconvenient, but once he knows he may get fed in that area, he will not want to mark there.

      Thanks for posting such a great question. It gives me an idea for a posting on my blog! Check it out for other great dog behavior information. www.peekaboodogbeds.com

  25. QUESTION:
    How can i potty train my chihuahua?
    I have a 4 month old chihuahua, i had him for 1 1/2 months now, ive been trying to train him to do it in a newspaper but he eats it. Thats why putting newspaper on the floor dont work for me.

    • ANSWER:
      Remember: dogs are not born knowing they go potty outside, not on your rug.
      Crate train and when she is not in her crate watch her every second. Dogs go through a routine before they eliminate, some sniff, some circle... when you see that pick her up and run outside and say hurry up (whatever you want the cue to be). If she goes outside, praise her ton. Not just a "good dog", throw a party, run around in circles, give her a piece of cooked hotdog.
      Obviously you must take her outside often, I would say every hour, but dogs must go after they eat sleep and exercise. Take her out, say hurry up, when she goes praise and go inside.
      If you take your eyes off of her and she goes and you don't see her doing it, that is your fault, do not punish her because she will not know why she is in trouble. If you catch her in the act, make a loud noise to stop her and rush her outside. Praise her after she goes. Don’t smack her if she pees in the house, she may just try to hold it forever and develop bladder problems, something you really don’t want. Don’t correct after the fact. If the dog is corrected after the fact, it will not connect the correction with the behavior, and will begin to think that corrections are random, and that the owner cannot be trusted. This results in a bad relationship and a dog that does not connect corrections, which are believed random, with bad behaviors even when they are applied in time. When she does have an accident, be sure to clean it up with natures miracle or something made specifically for urine stains or she will go back to that spot to eliminate again.
      I cannot tell you how helpful a crate has been in housebreaking my puppy. He has never had an accident in his crate and when I get him out of his crate we go directly outside (I carry him) and he pees.
      I do not recommend pee pads or paper training. When you use pee pads, you are teaching your dog to go potty in your house. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my dog peeing anywhere in my house, pee pad or no pee pad.
      http://www.leerburg.com/housebrk.htm...
      http://www.perfectpaws.com/crt.html...
      http://www.cuhumane.org/topics/crate.htm... http://www.clickersolutions.com/blog/blog07.htm

  26. QUESTION:
    Tips on starting my own dog training business ?
    I've had 4 years hands on experience in dog training I've also had experience in shelters grooming and walking ... I own 5 dogs myself and have a lot of knowledge about dog training I spoke to someone called lynne Davies from the tv dog show dog boarstal she's never been on a course read very few books all her knowledge has come from hands on experience I know this is gonna be hard work ! But I'm ready to start my own dog training business ... If you could give me some tips that will help me that would be great ! Xxx

    • ANSWER:
      Well, Lizzie said it - there have been trainers who made money - like Woodhouse and Milan - and they know next to nothing about dogs. Woodhouse was a crackpot but she , like Milan had some kind of appeal. They are the exceptions.

      My tip is: Its not years in training as much as WHAT you have done and where.

      Owning 5 dogs doesn't make you an expert, many owners of multiple dogs are completely useless. If you tried to sell me training based on your posted credentials, I would pass you by.

      Anyway, some constructive advice :
      - focus on what training you can provide and to what kind of people. Are you trying to attract the average puppy buyer with the friendly, goofy golden, or do you want to train for competitive obedience trails?

      - can you handle aggressive dogs? Be honest.

      - can you train working dogs for utility functions like hunting, herding, tracking, SAR, etc?

      - what is your "style" or method? Are you "strictly positive" - or something else in between.

      - can you speak intelligently about the 4 quadrants of training?

      - do you know the difference between classical and operant conditioning and can you advise a class when you use each one?

      - have you attended any behavioural training classes or seminars

      You must be able to identify your "target market" and then be able to demonstrate you can provide the skills to train that type of dog. You need a resume that includes experience and education - knowledge that is strictly anecdotal (this is how I trained my own dog Lassie) will only get you so far.

      Trials or titles earned prove you can do it - and people that want a hunting or obedience title on their dog will not pay unless you can prove with titles on your own dogs you have done it many times.

      Most "general" trainers of family dogs in my opinion will have a hard time starting out because these days you can take your dog to some idiot at Pet Smart for next to nothing and get about the same quality of training or buy a book, or watch any number of on-line videos. People have access to the internet and mass media and those that will pay money for training can easily shop around.

      A person with only one method of training, or only one breed trained, will also be challenged. You are competing with every other trainer in your area - and while no competition may sound great, it usually means there is also no demand.

      So, the most successful business people operate in highly competitive markets and that means, you should check out your competition. Attend there classes, read their blogs, be the ultimate snoop - and yes you are doing this to steal their ideas and learn their secrets so that ultimately you can steal their customers. Nice eh :-0.

      My last word is a wisdom: Realize you cannot please everyone, and don't strive to - because you will end up mediocre. Be honest about what you can do, and passionate about doing it - and then strive to be the best.

      And learn to accept rejection and take crap from the people who pay you - its part of self-employment.

  27. QUESTION:
    how can i controll my dog when he sees others and stop pulling?
    my dog keeps pulling when we take him walkies, if he was to see another dog he will cry and pull and sometimes growl at me when i am pulling him away. He is a pitbull-staf which makes him seem ratchet and wild to other people but he is so kind.
    If he was to get close enough to a dog he wouldn't even sniff them, he would hop on them male or female and start humping. this usually makes the receiving dog lash out attack him and he doesn't do nothing, he just ducks down like hes sorry or carry on even though he is being seriously bitten .

    I just took him too the Chinese shop and on my way out of the shop a dog came from nowhere and he tugged me unexpectedly, all the food dropped and i fell and broke my dads car key which was half way in the door i was so embarrassed
    its so frustrating i cant always take him for a walk all the time coz me and my family are buissy with school and work.
    i know i will have to make time for my dog because he is my responsibility now but i just want to know if there is anyway i can train him.
    if you know of any videos, blogs, websites or professional help please answer.or if you have any useful information on training/ controlling dogs or any personal experiences please help me out guys.....
    thanks for your answers!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are different things you can do to train your dog. The first thing is that you have to know how to command the dog. Believe it or not Cesar the dog whisperer has really good training tips. http://www.cesarsway.com/training/thewalk/6-Tips-for-Mastering-the-Dog-Walk
      I used a harness to try to keep my Staffy from pulling, and it didn't work. What worked the best on her was a choke chain. If used properly they work, not allowing the dog to pull and choke it's self out but doing a good snap of the chain.
      My 8 month old Pit Bull on the other hand is some work, once again I tried other things to get him to learn how to walk on a leash, I did use my other Pit Bulls choke collar on him a couple of times and now he walks great when I put the collar and leash on. But when I put his harness on him, he knows he can pull me anywhere, I am training him to learn how to pull.
      Look into Cesar's' tips on training, before I used to not like him because anyone who thinks he is a dog whisper is a joke, but once I watched a show of his I noticed he just has really great training skills, most of them I as a dog owner all my life knew.

  28. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about an agility trainer's life?
    Salary? do you work every day? do you need certification? do you need any certain courses in college? do you need to go to college?

    i know it's not just a job, it's a lifetime commitment, and i LOVE training with my dog, Casey, now in agility with my instructor, and i would love to do this as a job. once i get through classes with my dog, i plan to competitively do agility and compete when possible.

    if anyone can help, any answers are welcomed, as i can't seem to find statistics and stuff on line!

    • ANSWER:
      The majority of agility instructors teach in return for ring time and access to equipment, free entries into trials. Many are club members teaching other club members.

      There isn't any particular requirement to teach agility, no college courses required, etc. I have even seen classes by taught by people who have never even competed in agility!

      I also would love to do this as a job, and do teach some classes part time, with the goal of eventually teaching full time. Being able to do it full time, with no other job supporting, is a big jump. In order for people to want to train with you, and for people to be willing to pay you big bucks for private lessons and seminars, you need to be competing and doing well- the people I know who make a good living teaching agility are those who win nationally and at least make the teams that represent the US internationally (AKC world team and/or USDAA IFCS).

      Start out by volunteering to help teach a basics class, and working on your own skills. If you aren't already getting Clean Run magazine, that would be a good place to start learning just how much there is involved in agility and teaching agility. And join the Clean Run yahoo listgroup, and the agiledogs list, perhaps a list that is local to you. Read Susan Garrett's blog, join Linda Mecklenberg's forum. Attend some seminars, read, watch videos of different competitors doing high level competitions- there are some on youtube, on SG's and LM's websites, on various websites such as agilityvision.com

  29. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to raise a cat with dogs?
    I have two small friendly playful dogs and I found a kitten. What's the best way to raise them without the kitten being fearful and scared. I want everyone in my home to be comfortable and happy.

    • ANSWER:
      The dogs hopefully are obedience trained and will not get in the kittens face and will back off if told to leave it. They need to be not in your face which will appear as aggression to a kitten who has been on the street and it will respond in kind to defend itself. All normal behaviors. I'll paste in some links that might help.

      http://www.dogchatforum.com/introducing_dogs_to_cats.htm

      http://blog.cleveland.com/pet_tips/2008/06/how_to_introduce_a_new_cat_to.html

      http://www.petfinder.com/cats/bringing-a-cat-home/tips-for-first-30-days-cat/

      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to train a German Shepherd puppy?
    My brother and his roommate have 2 German Shepherd puppies. They are very ornery and like to wrestle. They are some what getting the constept of sitting, but I want them to be very well behaved. Also they are slowly becoming house trained... They make mess every once in a while. What is the best way to punish, reward, and train a puppy to heel, sit, stay, etc..... Thanks please give me a full complete answer... Thanks again....

    • ANSWER:
      If your looking for a great way to train your dog without spending a ton of money on a professional trainer I would recommend you check out my blog. It worked great for My dog Linus, my wife, and I.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you train a cat?
    I saw the Pets Rule show at sea world and would like to train my cat to do stuff, too. How do you do that?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, just let me say that I love that show at Sea World :)

      http://takethu.com/blog/2006/02/18/train-a-cat-to-do-tricks/

      Take a look at that article. It's really a great guide for cat-training!!

      You can train a cat pretty much the same way as a dog. Use treats as rewards, personally I liked to use the Pounce Cat Treats... my cats love them! They're available at any pet store or online at www.petsmart.com.

      Just remember one thing: "Dogs do tricks to please their master/owner. Cats do tricks if they get something out of it." Also, I wouldn't recommend sitting for hours on end trying to learn a bunch of new tricks. Chances are, the cat will get bored and just give it up. Learn a little bit at a time.

      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any chance to train a 3 yr old dachshund within 2 months?
    My dach has never been house-trained so hes kind of hard to manage.I need to train him in 2 months.Can you give some advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, very easy. But you will initially lose 24 - 48hrs sleep. My dog Benson:

      http://thebense.blogspot.com/

      was house trained using a method I had seen in a book at the vets, I had owned dogs before and had never used this technique, and was dismissive until I saw the results.

      Every hour, on the hour, take your dog outside to go to the toilet, even if it does not want to go. Use a command word (we use WEE WEE ..... do not laugh!), when he does go to the toilet use the command word followed by loads of praise. You lose a couple of nights sleep, but by seven weeks old my dog was fully trained after less than 72hrs of this training, and he even used the cat flap by himself in the end!! I was utterly amazed. My friends have used it on older dogs. If you need more info, contact me through the blog.

      Good Luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    How to best introduce my puppy to water?
    I have a nine week old beagle/Miniature walker mix. We are going to introduce her to water, and hopefully get her to like swimming, especially since she is showing a lot of promise for being an agility dog, even at such a young age. We are planning to put her in an empty bathtub, the let the water trickle in slowly, allowing to slowly fill up, and let her adjust to it. I would like to know if you have any other ideas, or if you think mine is good. Thanks! All answers are appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Nice to see someone with so much fore thought before getting a dog :D. I have a blog that will guide you through getting a pup and its first nights and training. See http://www.teachingpuppies.com/

      To see if you are ready for a dog and general info
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/am-i-ready-for-a-new-puppy

      Picking a pup out of a litter and breeder tips
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/picking-the-perfect-puppy

      Bringing him/her home (getting your house ready)
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/bringing-your-new-puppy-home

      To avoid the crying at night
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/my-puppies-first-night

      The ever important housetraining!
      http://www.teachingpuppies.com/8-easy-steps-to-housetrain-your-puppy

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you introduce two male dogs????
    Me & my family are planning to add another member to the family - a spaniel/labordor mix who is a baby. We already have a dog - a collie/akita mix who is five years old. The dog we already have is a male and the dog we are planning to get is also a male. When walking the collie/akita mix he tends to snap at males who come too close. When I do get the new dog I was wondering if I should introduce him in a crate or by leash to my collie/akita mix. Is there any other way or technique to introduce two male dogs without any conflict?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.naturaldogblog.com/blog/2007/09/dog-training-how-to-introduce-your-dog-to-another-dog-in-ten-easy-steps/
      That article may help you.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I become a dog groomer?
    Hi i wonder if anyone has any experience of being a dog groomer and what learning entails? There are no dog grooming training centres near where i live and i was wondering whether ICS Home Learning or something like that is any good? They say that you must go and get practice on other peoples dogs and also at animal sanctuarys but if no one is there to guide you is this good enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure but my mother has been a dog groomer for 30 years + and it is NOT worth it. Her body is so screwed up from lifting heavy dogs for so many years and being on her feet. Look for her blog Wet Dog Millionaire and you can get her contact info from there and ask her questions. http://wetdogmillionaire.blogspot.com/

  36. QUESTION:
    What is a creative name for the blog about my new puppy?
    I am getting a puppy in the next month or two and I want to write a blog about the joys, trials, training, love, silliness, etc.

    She will be a golden doodle,I think she will be a girl, not positive yet. Her name is undecided - I will decide once I see her :o)

    Can you help me think of a creative name for the blog? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      DOG BLOG

  37. QUESTION:
    Adopting a cat when I already have a dog?
    Ive been planning on adopting a cat from peninsulahumanesociety.org problem is I have a dog. He gets along perfectly fine with cats. But the cat that I want (the cat named Spooky) may get along with dogs with proper introduction. How do i properly introduce them?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, to properly introduce a cat to a dog...

      Try bringing just the cats scent first. Pet and rub the cat and hold him to try to get the scent all over yourself while the dog is in another room. Leave the cat in that room and shut the door, go to the room the dog is in and let him sniff you. Do the same with the dog to the cat. Once that is done take the cat, slowly, into the room with the dog. this probably wont work. chances are slim.

      this is garenteed to work: REMEMBER
      Even in play, a dog can accidentally injure or kill a cat!

      Dogs that show signs of high prey drive should never be left alone with a cat. Most dogs are happy to chase and play with cats, but cats don't always share their glee. If you're introducing a kitten to an energetic dog, you'll want to go EXTREMELY slow and never leave them unsupervised until the kitten is full grown. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: http://blog.cleveland.com/pet_tips/2008/06/how_to_introduce_a_new_cat_to.html

      ----------------------------------------------------------------------

      Obedience Training
      Make sure your dog responds to "sit," "down," "come," and "stay" commands even when distracted.

      Bringing the Cat Home
      Set your new cat up in a room with a litter box, food, water and bed. Keep the door closed and allow the dog and cat to sniff each other under the door. Feed them on opposite sides of the door. When supervised, allow them to interact through a crack in the door. Swap their bedding and other items to get them accustomed to each other's scent. Do this for several days until they seem to be used to each other's presence.

      The First Meeting
      In a large secure room, put your dog on leash and have him lie down and stay for treats. Have a partner "supervise" your new cat on the other side of the room. They can offer your cat some special treats as well. Reinforce both of them for good behavior, but especially your dog for being calm and holding his "stay" in the presence of the cat. Keep the initial meetings short and frequent until they're tolerating each other's presence without fear or aggression. Gradually increase the length of their "visits."

      Let Your Cat Go
      Put your dog on the leash and demand "down stay," allow your cat to interact with your dog. Give your dog LOTS of praise and treats for calm behavior. Always reward his good behavior around the cat. If either animal gets too stimulated or becomes aggressive, slow down. Once they're doing well with this, allow them both to have more together by "umbilical cording" your dog to you (tie his leash around your waist to keep him with you) while your cat wanders. Continue to reinforce your dog for good, calm behavior.

      All interactions between your dog and cat should be supervised until you're CERTAIN they're safe together. Depending on your dog's reaction to the cat, you may never want to leave them together when you're not there. Either way, ALWAYS make sure that your cat has an escape route and a safe place to hide.

  38. QUESTION:
    Where can I get Dog training Clicker in India?
    I couldn't able to get dog training clicker in my place. I tried to buy the indian tin toy clicker. Now it is not available. I tried to use pen. It is also not good.

    1) Where can I get the clicker in Chennai / India?
    2) How to make home made clicker?
    3) Any alternative idea?

    • ANSWER:
      It's really not the clicker that provides the magic, but the training principles and method.

      Any short, distinct sound should work the same as the clicker.
      Dog trainers usually use clickers, whale / dolphin trainers use a whistle and goldfish trainers often use a flashing pen light or a training wand.
      (yes goldfish can be trained! see a video here: http://stalecheerios.com/blog/2009/02/fish-training-progress/)

      Studies have shown that a real clicker works better than using your voice. However, if you can't find a clicker, pick a sharp, distinct sounding word and say it in a tone different from how you usually talk to the dog. ("yes!" is commonly used).
      Here's a good article on why using a clicker can be better than using your voice:
      http://www.clickertraining.com/node/275

      You can also make a clicking sound by pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth -- this is what I usually do with my horses.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to increase traffic to my blog?
    Well uh,I use blogger to blog and I make use of the things in my life that I felt a curiosity as my blog posts.I'm not into blogging about a particular topic.Is that the reason why only a few visit my blog everyday?I tried SEO using a program but it didn't gave me the result I wanted although I noticed a quick increase in the number of visitors.Now I'm into youtube-ing instead of blogging as I get more views.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      To start SEO is one of these things it isn't a quick task, if done correctly you will do well over time and the traffic you get will be relevant and high as well.

      The fact you aren't picking a topic is another reason why traffic could be slow as there is lots of blogs on lots of different topics who are updated by experts in their niche. If you are an expert you will find it easier to crack out content and people will be more likely to share and help. Be an authority in an industry.

      Now the fact you are using you tube is great, yes it will get you more views and linking it to your blog will improve traffic. If you do a post on say "dog training" for example then post a video on you tube and embed it on your post.

      One other tool I would definitely suggest is Twitter it is my favourite by far, create a profile their and link it to your blog. Now if you stick to the one industry, look around twitter for authority figures in that niche and follow them and interact with them, this will get you seen and they might share your content which can increase traffic a lot.

      I wish you loads of success but try and find a topic you can be an authority in, it will do you better :)

      Thanks
      Joe Elliott

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog focus on me when walk?
    I have a 1 year old GSD male, he's kind of very high energy dog, when I walk him, he likes to pull the leash, not focus on me. when he sees other dogs on the street close by him, he will lung, bark, and pulling to other dog, he is almost bigger than me and I can't pull him back. Please advice me how I can get his attention once the other dogs pass by, and how to get him to ignore them, I don't want him to hurt other dogs and get into a fight.

    • ANSWER:
      DONT get a HARNESS.. they are designed to encourage and make it easier for dogs to pull.. it just feels like less pulling because the weight is distributed more evenly (which is why it is easier for them to pull) .. think of sled dogs... they wear harnesses.

      Teach the "watch" command which can be found here if you don't know how to do it:

      http://www.about-cocker-spaniels.com/training-a-puppy-watch.html

      also, use a martingale collar, if you don't know what it is, here is a picture:

      http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/martingale-collar.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/blog/tag/martingale-collar/&usg=__b4rnPAoQkzQwvIPCvjHb6s2lM48=&h=280&w=280&sz=10&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=EgCXprQ7gDGwrM:&tbnh=162&tbnw=161&ei=uNDfTbDrFIW5tgfekpzwCQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmartingale%2Bcollar%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D653%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=756&vpy=92&dur=1133&hovh=162&hovw=161&tx=156&ty=121&page=1&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0&biw=1366&bih=653

      and a 6 foot leash.

      When your dog starts to focus on the dog or person, give the "watch me" command, reward if he does it right away.. you want to break the focus from the distraction. If he ignores it, give him a correction with the leash and collar.

      repeat as necessary, and dont be afraid to practice.. using family and friends with their dogs.. training in a controlled situation often helps, before training 'in the real world"

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else tried the sitsitsit.com training video designed for dogs to watch?
    I've only had this video for a week, but I can't tell if my dog is getting anything out of it training wise. I know he watches it and jumps up and down periodically and wags.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I've been talking about it on a blog with several users. It makes so much sense. There are over 200 hours a month that are wasted when our pet is home alone. This dvd really reinforces the training. And it uses special visual enhancements and attention getting techniques.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why is it necessary to ban certain pets from apartments/military bases?
    I have a rottweiler, who is the sweetest dog in the world, and I'm going to be super upset if I have to give him up just because I'm moving into a military community. Why are there such crappy pet owners that spoil a breed for everyone?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with you it's not the breed of the dog, but bad owners that ruin a dog. Many owners don't train their dogs or even do basic care (brushing teeth, clipping nails).

      Here's what I could find on the ban for you.
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/13354407/US-Army-Signed-Pet-Policy-for-Privatized-Housing-Jan-09
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/13296614/US-Army-Bans-Pit-Bulls-and-Other-Breeds-from-Worldwide-Housting-Installations
      http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2009/03/us-army-bans-pit-bulls-and-other-breeds.html
      http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/2009/02/27/united-states-army-revises-pet-policy.aspx

      In Germany, rottweilers are considered a “Class 2 dangerous dogs.” and have to have a temperament test. As far as I know you can have them as a pet over here, and I have see a couple pet rottweilers at the clinic (the one I remember was very sweet).
      http://www.cmtc.7atc.army.mil/incoming/pet3.htm
      http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/htmlinks/Press_Releases/2003/May2003/22May2003-02.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    Looking for a good dog trainer in or around Sioux Falls SD?
    Our dog Kaycee is just under a year old and CHEWS everything! Stuffed animals are ripped to shreds in Min's, we woke up choking on feathers after she attacked our down blanket in the middle of the night, and she LOVES to eat clothes, jeans, shoes shirts anything! We need help or will have to get rid of her since it is to expensive to try and replace things she gets into..... We would love to know of a good way to train or change her behaviors.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out www.apdt.com for a listing of trainers
      or call up your local/regional kennel club and ask around.
      Ask your vet for recommendations and check out the local pet shop for business cards. Watch a class ot two and ask them what their philosophy is. Avoid ones that don't fit with the way you want to handle your dog.

      Off the bat, I'd say you have a teething dog with boredom issues. More mental and physical exercise and access to appropriate toys is in order (check out my blog for ideas).
      Also limiting access to parts of your house until you have it under control. Management is key. Keep everything you don't want her to have access to out of reach. Use baby gates, closed doors etc. With these changes, it will pass.

      You also didn't metnion if this was done when you are at home or away. If away, consider it might be separation anxiety. In this case, you need to train your dog to be alone in small increments.
      http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology/behaviourproblems/anxiety.html

  44. QUESTION:
    Any cultural topics I should address in my project on China?
    I'm supposed to make a magazine for an upcoming project, and I've decided to do one on Chinese culture.I was thinking about doing an article about this year's celebration of the New Year, and I was also considering writing one that addresses the dog-eating festival, and laws recently passsed against it. But that's all I can really come up with....

    Anyone have any good topics about Chinese culture, art, or music I could write an article about? Serious answers only please!

    • ANSWER:
      You could do an article about Chinese New Year and other festivals throughout China. It could be one article with boxes images from, and boxes with additional details about, various celebrations (including the "dog eating festival" (I am interested in any links you have to share about that, because I study China and have never heard of that).

      You could do an article about technology in China- both the manufacturing and the growing use of technology among the Chinese. There are several recent news stories concerning Apple and FoxxConn (the plant in China that produces Apple products) that you could resource. There are also news reports about riots breaking out when an Apple product was recently released for sale there. AND if you search for a blog called "Bird Abroad" you can find information about entire Apple Stores being copied- not just their products- in China last summer. That blog post went viral and made national and international news. Bootlegged products is a big issue in China.

      For entertainment, you might write an article about music that has been banned by the Chinese government, about some popular Chinese entertainers as well as American entertainers who are popular in China.

      How about one about food? Dog is eaten in a very small part of China, and not regularly, so that is a myth. However Chinese food is not the same in China as what we are served in Chinese restaurants here. AND for the record- fortune cookies are not of Chinese origin, nor are the cute little takeout boxes.

      You could do an article about the flora and fauna of China and other aspects of nature. China is very diverse and has everything from desserts to mountains and some very unique things. There is the Giant Panda, of course, and the Red Panda. There are Asian Elephants and there are tigers. There is a species of pink dolphin. Bamboo (which the giant pandas eat). Beta fish live in rice paddies (and they breathe air- I learned this when one of my toddlers knocked over an older brother's fish tank and the fish was "lost" for a while before we found it. It was still alive).

      Architecture- you could include everything from the Great Wall to the pagodas to the mysterious hanging coffins to cave homes. You could include the so-called Birds Nest built for the Beijing Olympic Games and the bridge currently under construction.

      Transportation- rickshaws and bicycles are common in China, but more and more people are driving vehicles each day. China also has the fastest bullet trains in the world.

      Religion?

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there a good site for bringing up puppies?
    Training, 1st shots etc. Not sure what kinda doggie, yet.

    • ANSWER:
      It's good that you're thinking ahead. Try here:
      http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/index.cfm?nav_area=future_dog_owners
      That's the AKC's official guidelines for prospective dog owners, on health, training, buying a puppy and caring for a dog. Or, go to a good petstore and buy a back-to-basics book about dogs or puppies, as a very first step. Once you do decide on the breed or type of dog you'd like, then there are plenty of good books and manuals written by trainers and breeders out there specifically on that breed. There's no one-size-fits-all programme for theoretically training a puppy you haven't got yet - a lot of vets and behaviour specialists advocate that different groups of dog are better trained by different methods, and of course, different owners have different needs and different lifestyles to which they'd need to interact with their animals. The basics of training that every dog owner needs to consider, such as vital commands and sit-and-stay techniques are usually covered in good puppycare books.

      Websites are good only if you know the exact origin of the information and the level of competancy of the person who made the website - whilst the internet is a fabulous thing, this is the day and age where every man on the street can have his own web-page or web-blog if he has an axe to grind, and you wouldn't want to take the advice of someone who was clueless or giving out the wrong information. A classic example would be an American looking at a UK puppy website for vaccination information - you'd be led to believe that your puppy wouldn't need a rabies shot, because dogs in the UK aren't routinely vaccinated for it - rabies doesn't occur here, it was eradicated some years ago - but you'd still need that shot if you live in the US. So, if you do use the net for research, make sure you know who's behind the web-pages and how they are qualified, either formally or through experience, to tell you about dogs.

  46. QUESTION:
    I saw a post about waggin train chicken biscuits being deadly yesterday?
    I have a whole bag left in the pantry. Is this a real warning or fake? I don't want to give my dogs anymore of them if it is real. But, I don't want to throw them out if it's just a hoax.

    If it is real, are the ones from petsmart safer? Or do all treats like this carry a "poison/toxic" risk?

    Thanks.
    so sad!!! i threw them out ty everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, it is VERY true. And many dogs have died because of this. I have added the link where you can read about this. For future reference, buy only treats make in the USA. We have higher standards that have to be met in our dog foods.

      http://www.thomhartmann.com/users/tsafranek/blog/2012/04/chicken-jerky-treats-china-are-killing-our-pets

      There are many other links. Do a general Google search and you will get a list of them.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I potty train my 3 month old Maltichon Puppy?
    I recently purchased a maltichon from a local breeder when he was only seven weeks old. I need help on potty training him. He often goes on his pupoy pads, but he also used the carpet and near the fireplace. What sould I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Remember: dogs are not born knowing they go potty outside, not on your rug.
      Crate train and when she is not in her crate watch her every second. Dogs go through a routine before they eliminate, some sniff, some circle... when you see that pick her up and run outside and say hurry up (whatever you want the cue to be). If she goes outside, praise her ton. Not just a "good dog", throw a party, run around in circles, give her a piece of cooked hotdog.
      Obviously you must take her outside often, I would say every hour, but dogs must go after they eat, sleep, and exercise. Take her out, say hurry up, when she goes praise and go inside.
      If you take your eyes off of her and she goes and you don't see her doing it, that is your fault, do not punish her because she will not know why she is in trouble. If you catch her in the act, make a loud noise to stop her and rush her outside. Praise her after she goes. Don’t smack her if she pees in the house, she may just try to hold it forever and develop bladder problems, something you really don’t want, or she’ll just hide to go next time. Don’t correct after the fact. If the dog is corrected after the fact, it will not connect the correction with the behavior, and will begin to think that corrections are random, and that the owner cannot be trusted. This results in a bad relationship and a dog that does not connect corrections, which are believed random, with bad behaviors even when they are applied in time. When she does have an accident, be sure to clean it up with nature’s miracle or something made specifically for urine stains or she will go back to that spot to eliminate again.
      I cannot tell you how helpful a crate has been in housebreaking my puppy. He has never had an accident in his crate and when I get him out of his crate we go directly outside (I carry him) and he pees.
      I do not recommend pee pads or paper training. When you use pee pads, you are teaching your dog to go potty in your house. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my dog peeing anywhere in my house, pee pad or no pee pad.
      http://www.leerburg.com/housebrk.htm......
      http://www.perfectpaws.com/crt.html......
      http://www.cuhumane.org/topics/crate.htm...
      http://www.clickersolutions.com/blog/blo...

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I find a good dog trainer?
    Hi my friend lives in S.E Virginia and is looking for a good dog trainer to come help her with her puppy (teach her to walk on a leash, potty train etc. ) She has some orthopedic issues and thus wanted to work with a trainer. How do you find a reputable trainer. Is there a national association? Do they need some sort of qualification or can anyone say they work with dogs. She wants to use positive methods only - no choke chains or shock collars.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.trulydogfriendly.com/blog/?page_id=4

      This list is of trainers who are dedicated to using positive reinforcement , dog friendly methods.


training dog blog

House Training A Border Collie

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Advice on House training an 18 month old Border Collie?
    We've just had a Border Collie, she's between 12-18 months and she isn't house trained yet. We think this is because she is an ex-farm dog (she's been neglected as she failed as a sheep dog). Aside from taking her outside as soon as she messes and taking her outside regularly throughout the day, what else can we do to help?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Could a border collie stay home for 8 hours while I am at school?
    Hello I'm thinking about getting a border collie. I'm am very aware of the kind of breed this dog is and that it needs its exercise. I will be able to give him the exercise he needs BUT I will need somewhere to keep him for 8 hours at home. If this Isnt a problem, where should I keep him? Backyard, crate , etc. Also house training will not be a problem because summer is coming up, but I just want to have an idea what I will do with one once August rolls in and school starts. Will he tear down the house if I teach him right and wrong during the summer?

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't have brothers/sisters or your parents do not wish to help in raising the pup and exercising with it whilst you are still at school, the border collie isn't the right dog for you.

      A border collie needs at least 2 hours of exercise per day + preferably a dogsport (flyball, agility, ...)
      Border collies can be trained in a short period of time with an experienced owner but no matter how well you train your dog or how smart he is: a puppy can't hold his bladder for 8 hours. Forget it, not going to happen. If you have a good fence (not some poles with wire but a real fence), a shelter (raised above ground, wood, roof, isolated against wind, fresh water, ...) you can keep a dog there (outside) but leaving a puppy there for 8 hours is NOT a good idea. Not for any breed to be honest. They'll find a way to entertain themselves (as they'll be bored and lonely) and believe me: you will not agree with what they come up with as fun.

      How long does your summer break last? In Belgium it's 2 months (almost 3 at university) and I think I can housebreak a dog in that time.

      However, I wouldn't be able to keep a BC without my 2 brothers, sister and parents working with him as well. How will you manage exams? I remember the first time I had exams and a border collie. He was perfectly trained, passed obedience with flying colours and never did something wrong. After me studying for a week and not doing anything with him he destroyed the following:

      - 3 pair of shoes
      - My cellphone
      - A wooden basket
      - The legs on our chairs
      - 5 plants

      Ever since we always make a schedule during exams to make sure he gets all the exercise he needs (and deserves) and ever since the only things he rips apart are the toys he and I play with. (Tugging games)

      Border collies may be the most intelligent breed on the planet but don't believe that also makes them easy to train. They can make great dogs but they make great monsters as well. Never forget that.

      Think twice before getting a border collie. If you are on your own, I doubt you'll be able to handle one.

  3. QUESTION:
    Planning to get a border collie pup does any 1 have any tips or tricks from experience?
    I'm planning to get a female border collie puppy. (i don't know when. probably after our german shepard dies which unfortunately shouldn't be overly that long) I know that they are very Intelligent and I wanted to know if anyone had any tips or tricks they found along the way to make it easier to house train, find good toys and entertainment...etc... thanks

    • ANSWER:
      How much research have you done on a border collie? This is not for first time dog owners. I walk my border collie AT LEAST 3 hours a day. This does not include training time and games like fetch. Please read all you can about them before you get one. This is a very difficult dog to own.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to house-train a border collie dog?
    I have a border collie and they say collies are intelligent and it's easy to train them. Do you have any ideas on what I can do at home to train my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I see that you need some sort of guide that will give you tips and tricks to help your dog become fully trained and more healthy. Recently one of my friends really needed some advice on how to train his dog. he followed the dog training academy course to successfully have a fully trained dog in weeks.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to house train a puppy?
    My dad got a dog a couple months back, and now he's given her to me. Unfortunately, she's 7 months and not yet house trained. I had no problem training my Border Collie. Though I'm having trouble getting this one to go outside. She's a cocker spaniel puppy. Any advice on how I can house trained her?

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  6. QUESTION:
    How can i house train my puppy?
    I have a German shep./border collie mix who is 3.5 months old. ive had him since he was 8 weeks, but i just cant seem to house train him. any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      try crate training him.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is training enough for my border collie?
    I'm planning to train my border collie like outside to train them tricks and just take walks and just regular dog fun like runing around the backyard and stuff like that. Would that be enough excercize to fill up half of every week? But if course in the rest of the week, i would keep practicing his tricks inside the house. now would that be alright for her?

    • ANSWER:
      Border Collies aren't "regular fun dogs". They are working dogs that sometimes need 3-4 hours a day of work. If these "tricks" are difficult obedience tricks done in such a way that her mind AND body gets worked, then yes, several hours a day 4-5 days a week of this will be a good start. If we are talking about shake & roll over for 10 minutes and then a quick walk, then no. Your house & yard will be destroyed when the dog tries to entertain *herself.*

      Frisbee, herding, sequenced obedience, flyball, fetch, agility, tag - all can be done for a few hours on the other days of the week.

      If you want a "regular fun dog" that can make do with an hour or two of walks & tricks a day, and you like herding dogs, look at rescuing an adult Sheltie or Corgi. http://www.petfinder.com

  8. QUESTION:
    How to crate/house train my dog?
    Help! I have had my dog(lab-border collie mix) since she was only a little more than 2 months old, and now, she is 11 months old and STILL not house trained. I have a crate, but I'm not sure if I'm crate training her wrong, or if it just isn't gonna work, because she still pees and poops in the house.
    I am absolutely clueless as of what to do about it now. Please can someone tell me the most effective way (based off of personal experience) to house train a dog.

    Thanks to all answers.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not wrong, but she may not like it, but she'll get used to it. And house training is simple...

      for crating:
      Take her outside when she needs to go,
      than put her in her crate
      if she whines put a blanket on top of it, and give her a treat.

      or house training:
      when ever she circles,
      it means she has to go outside
      feed her at certain times of the day,
      and take her out at certain times of the day, (at least 3-4 times a day)
      soon you'll start a timing and she'll be able to wait and tell her it's bad to go pee inside
      (no yelling, it doesn't help, and doesn't get through to them)
      once you've started that you've usually poddy-trained your dog

      good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How do i train A Border Collie that is a year old?
    I have a year old Border Collie, Had him since he was about 4 months old...I have slacked on a little training. I was wondering if there were any tips anyone can give me, on how to make him listen. He will listen when its just me, but when there are other people around he doesnt listen very well. Also I donno if its cause hes testing me or what, but i would just take him out & he would go to the bathroom, & hes out there for like 10 min, & like after hes back in the house for like 5min he would go to the bathroom on the floor...I just donno how to get him not to do that. Also i cant let him outside with out a leash or him being on his zip line b/c he run all over the place & down the road. If anyone has any good advice please let me know...Thanks your for you time.

    • ANSWER:
      Border Collies are very intelligent dogs. They need a "job" to be happy, and if you don't give them one they will find their own, often unapproved of by us, as you are finding.

      I recommend taking him to obedience classes for starters. You say he will listen when it is just you, but does not do well around distractions. Obedience classes can help with this. Also when you are training a dog you need to practice in all sorts of conditions, this will teach the dog that Hey I need to this anytime. Believe me dogs will pick up subtle differences in things. Such as the ground your working on, a difference in collar, they will also pick up if your nervous. You need to be the leader, a leader doesn't get nervous, or dog may become nervous as well, or may try to pick up leader position.

      I would also bet with some training your dog would excel at agility. Even if you don't compete, just run the course a few times a week. This will give him a "job" as well much needed exercise. A tired dog is a good dog.

      Border Collies need lots of physical and mental stimulation. In addition to the classes and more exercise, I also recommend a Buster Cube. It looks like a dice and you can put treats inside. Your dog needs to roll it around in order to get treats. As your dog gets good at it you are able to increase the difficulty.

      As for the housetraining issue, he's still not housetrained. You need to be going out with him and praise him lavishly when he goes outside. Inside you need to supervise him. Full housetraining details can be found here http://www.tiaspetplace.com/housetraining.html

      If he was previously doing well with housetraining, and has just "relasped" before you start with housetraining again, you will want to have him checked out by the vet to rule out any possible medical conditions. Illness such as a urinary tract infection can cause inappropriate elimination. If that all checks out well, then proceed with housetraining as though he were a brand new pup.

      Good Luck

  10. QUESTION:
    What all is important to teach a puppy?
    I just got a three month old border collie mix. I'm working with her on obedience, house-training, food aggression, walking on a leash, and socialization. Is there anything else that's important to teach a puppy?

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  11. QUESTION:
    I just got a puppy. Anyone have any ideas on how to leash-train him?
    He is an 8-week old Border/Collie/Lab/Pit Bull mix. He is very playful, loves to bit things (especially my carpet and bathroom cabinet) and he is nearly house-trained, with the exception of a couple of accidents. I just can't seem to get him to walk next to me with the leash on without him running between my legs and biting on the leash.
    I may sound a little dumbfounded by asking this question, but what are the differences in collar types? The collar that he has now almost has a seatbelt-type clasp on it.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep your leash short so he can't get anywhere other than your right side. Do not let him walk in front of you. This is making him the alpha. Play with him for a little while before working on the leash so some of the energy is out of the system. When he tries to go where you don't want him to be give the leash a little tug at the first sign that he is going to try to go anywhere other than at your side. Do not use a choker collar as these can crush the trachea and cause serious damage. Try a pinch collar. They look mean but if you put it on your arm and pull it only pinches and is uncomfortable. They work great!!! Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why does my fully house trained dog poop in the house?
    I have a three year old border collie. She is fully house trained and never went to the bathroom in the house until a month ago. I did some research and i found that if you put the dog in a kennel and only let them out for potty breaks and to eat/drink it eliminates the chance for them to go anywhere but outside. Well, I have been "kennel training" her for two weeks now and she still goes in the house! Should I kennel train her longer? Could it be a medical condition? Or does she just like to tick me off? Any help would be much appreciated!
    We have been remodeling our unfinished basement. It started shortly after remodeling began. She is outside often and my kids are home most of the day.
    She usually goes inside when we are home. When we leave she is outside in our fenced in backyard. And usually within 30 minutes of coming inside the house she goes.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs are sometimes complicated..you have to think...do I spend enough timre with her??....Do I need to give her a better environment??....Well all I can say is that maybe the w your training her is not right ...do you reward her enough??....Spend alot of time withher and when you go and take her out to poo make sure you have some fun with ehr a little because maybe she will enjoy being outside and get used to the fact that when you go outside with her she'll have some play time and get rewarded!...I know alot about dogs and puppies so if you need help just e-mail me =]

  13. QUESTION:
    What is a Border Collie / German shepherd mix temperament?
    We have a 7m0 old German shepherd Border collie mix . Does great with us, however very territorial.He has already nipped a child. The problem is I 'am concerned because no one can come on our property or in our house. I wanted to get training, was told he is not trainable and should put him down . Please help me decide if i should attempt to get training or find a new home?

    • ANSWER:
      this is pretty normal behavior for dogs and how they protect their home and family. Sorry, but the person who told you the dog is not trainable just meant that they do not have the ability to train the dog. With mixed breeds, you never know what you will get relative to temperament as the dog can inherit traits from both parents. Both of these breeds are working/herding dogs so the herding/nipping instinct will be strong, as you have seen. Other things are that this dog is very intelligent and high energy that requires at least two hours of strenuous exercise every day. This dogs needs a lot of space to be happy and well behaved. You should have already started the basics of house training, sit, down, wait, etc. It is of the utmost importance that you socialize this dog with lots of other animals and humans so you will not have a serious problem in the future. You need to work on the nipping immediately. These dogs would nip at the heels of livestock in their work, so this is a strong instinct in this dog. He is still very young to be a serious threat but if he is, you should have him leashed when people approach your home. You have to teach him that visitors are a good thing. Prepare a plastic bag with some treats and have your friends and family members work with you on training the dog to welcome people. When visitors come, they bring good things to eat so the dog will associate company with a good experience. There are lots of things you can do to train this dog relatively easily but you should begin today. The older he gets without knowing what is proper behavior, the more difficult it will be to control him. If you are unable or unwilling to train and socialize, you should re-home him as soon as possible so his new owner can begin with the training. It is important so that he will not wind up abandoned as a throw away dog or dropped off at a shelter. With the traits of this dog, training could be quite challenging, but it can be done. I have a german shepherd and a pit bull and they are very well behaved. It is just a matter of putting in the time and effort and doing so in a proper manner. Training should be a positive reinforcement approach - no punishment or shock collars. Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    House training puppy who was trained to use puppy pads?
    I got a 14 week old border collie mix puppy today. It seems like she has been trained to use puppy pads. I have a puppy pad in the garage for her (I had to leave the house for a few hours) and she peed on it. I let her run around the house and she peed on the carpet, but as soon as I let her into the garage she goes straight to the puppy pad and pees. I have been taking her outside every couple hours, but she just sniffs the grass and wants to play. Any ideas or advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a very easy idea. Schedule-Confine-Supervise

      Schedule- the feeding and potty times. An adult is fed twice a day. A puppy is fed four times a day up to 10 or 12 weeks, then three times a day through adolescence. They need to potty first thing in the morning, last thing at night, within a few minutes of every meal, and every few hours in between. The “in between” hours are calculated by their age in months: 1 month = 1 hour, up to 6 months/hours. So, a three month old puppy should be taken to potty every three hours in between the other scheduled times. When the dog/puppy is taken to potty, wait with him as he ‘does his business’ and then praise like crazy. The neighbors should be able to hear you.

      Confine- the puppy or dog whenever it is not being watched. Confinement can be in a crate (especially at night), an exercise pen, or behind a baby gate in a very small and puppy-proofed room.

      Supervise- the puppy or dog whenever it is loose in the home. This means having eyes on it, not on the TV. Play with the puppy, do a five minute training session, groom it, or just let it lie at your feet with a safe chew, but have it within sight at all times. If it squats then give a loud “NO” or “ACK” as you scoop and run to the appropriate potty spot.

      Do not let the dog return to the accident spot until it has been thoroughly cleaned and then wiped with vinegar or a commercial enzyme product to remove all urine odor.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I train my Miniature Border Collie?
    I just got a Miniature Border Collie. She is SO smart, and she always is chewing or doing something. Are there any breed-specific quirks I should know about? Also, are there any really good, hopefully free puppy training sites I could go to? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      first there is no such breed as a miniture border collie
      more htan likely it is a border collie shetland shhep dog mix
      both are dogs that need a LOT of excercise and mental stimulation
      they become very bored when not kept busy ( bothare a hearding background and usually running most of the day and haveing a job. the more bored they become the more they try to make up for it in there own ways often including chewing, tearing the house apart, tryign to heard whatever they can often cars that are driving by
      however with car chasing often they will be hit
      you should consider doing agility or flyball with the dog this help and if you are in the country try to find someone who will aloow her to use her instinct of "herding"
      do to herding instinct they often will nip at the heals of peole and often mistaken for being aggressive to children as htey will chase thm and try to herd them

  16. QUESTION:
    When buying a border collie puppy how can you tell if it will be rough or smooth coated?
    I'm getting a border collie and I want a rough coated dog. How can I tell if the puppy is going to be rough or smooth coated?
    I have a friend who has a border collie that is smooth coated, so how can they only be rough coated?

    • ANSWER:
      MARCI KNOWS BEST, does NOT know best. Border Collies come in Rough and Smooth coats. The reputable breeder that you get your pup from can tell which coat the pup will have. It's pretty obvious at 8 weeks of age, so do some homework before purchasing this breed. Please do NOT purchase an AKC Border Collie, as many AKC breeders are ruining this breed by breeding for looks rather than brains. You do know, of course, how much money a Border Collie will run you? When the dog turns a year old, you will need to turn the dog over to a professional sheepdog trainer. In house training is around 0.00 a month, and your pup will need to be left with this trainer for 3-4 months. After that, you'll need to take lessons at least twice a week at .00 an hour. You may want to rethink getting this breed.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I housebreak my border collie puppy if she won't pee/poop outside?
    My border collie puppy won't pee/poop outside when we take her for walks. At first she would hold her urine until she couldn't anymore. Now, she's advanced to simply urinating and defecating on the carpet whenever she feels the urge. Its difficult to train her because we can never catch her doing it in the house and we can't praise her for peeing outside because she won't.

    • ANSWER:
      It must be a border collie trait. My border wont wee or poo on walks or if anyone is watching. I took him camping and he held on for 24 hours before he eventually let something out. Do you have a yard that you can leave her in for a while (maybe with no one watching, or least that she can see) to do her business?

      How old is she? How long have you had her for?

      She might just be nervous and unsure about where to go and when. Make sure you let her outside after every meal and every 2 hours in between. If you can don't let her come in until she goes that way she will want to go as quickly as possible to get back inside. And when she finally does go plenty of praise will let her know she's done something good.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why has my Puppy has started peeing on my bed?
    She is a 5 month old Border Collie, and she is quite well house trained, and has only recently started peeing on my bed.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dog too and it pooed at my brother's room. the only reason why she does that is because she is scared of something. or if she is feeling lonely

  19. QUESTION:
    How active would a Border Collie x Spaniel be?
    I found a Border Collie x Spaniel and he is 2 years old and he is desperate for a home. How many hours would i need to excersise him. If i do get him i would plan on giving him a daily walk. How many hours would be enough excersise for him?) and i was planning on playing fetch etc in the backyard.
    Oh sorry i didnt put this is.. Its from a shelter.

    • ANSWER:
      Border Collie-2 hours to keep them calm and satisfied.
      Spaniels-Generally 1-2 hours.

      So, I would say a 45 minute walk in the morning, half an hour play time in the afternoon, and an hour run at night. Yep, that outta do it!

      You also need to provide heaps of mental stimulation. Obedience training, interactive toys, hiding food around the house, etc. BCs are incredibly smart and need something to do or else they become destructive.

      I would bet money this dog is need of a desperate home because of his exercise levels. Most likely he doesn't have much training and is destructive because of lack of mental stimulation.

      Just realize he may be some work the first few weeks you have him. And also remember that this dog will be a huge commitment.

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    How much attention does the average Border Collie require?
    We may be getting a dog soon and I am trying to find the dog that is right for me and my family.

    A lot of people at dog parks say that border collies require constant activities and jobs or else they will be destructive.

    My question is, do they literally need CONSTANT care? Or can you leave them alone for two or three hours with a lot of toys and maybe fish swimming on the TV and they will be fine?

    We want a dog that is active, loves to play soccer or fetch, and can be trained nicely, (with effort of course, no such thing as a dog who knows 'sit' from birth.) =)

    Everyone in the house is 12 or older.
    How much does a puppy border collie cost about?
    "And actually, dogs do know how to "sit" from birth----it's to do it on command when you want, that needs training!!! "

    Haahaa!! Sorries, I forgot to mention that they don't know the sit command. Mistake on me.. :)

    Thankyou to all and future answers.
    You are all helping me so much. :)

    • ANSWER:
      They do not need 24/7 care, but they need hours of heavy exercise per day. They need long walks/runs, games that intrigue them mentally, training, etc. A bored, energetic border collie can destroy your house in an hour.

      My suggestion is you look into doggie daycare. If you're going out to dinner, that's one thing, but for all-day trips, work days, times when it will be more than a few hours without some interaction, putting him in daycare is a great option. He can run, play, interact with dogs and humans, and keep his mind busy.

      It's also best to enroll them in some sort of sport or trial. Agility, herding, flyball, etc. Something structured, consistent, requiring him to learn a job and focus on it. It's what they've been bred for, and it's impossible to train them out of it or ignore it.

      I would suggest a lab or golden if you are concerned about energy level. They are both happy, friendly dogs who love interaction, but are calm enough to relax if left alone and are not likely to ruin your home while you're gone.

      I strongly urge you to look into shelters and breed rescues. Hundreds of purebred border collies are sent to shelters because families cannot handle their energy, so if this is the breed you choose, there are so many homeless ones who need a second chance. Save one of them instead. You can find labs and goldens in most rescues too. Puppies always have a home, help someone who might not ever get one!

  21. QUESTION:
    What is so good about clicker training?
    What are the benefits of clicker training your dog? Why not just say good boy, or yes! What is special about the clicker?
    I am think of clicker training my Border Collie but just wanted a little more information on the benefits of the clicker and how to use the clicker.
    Any advice or helpful websites would be great! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      www.clickertraining.com

      Can't get any better than Karen Pryor's website.

      The best thing about clicker training is the precise marking of the exact behavior you want. The dog learns three times as fast. You can use a word, but will you be able to say that word exactly the same wa, with the same volume and tone, at exactly the right time every time. Most likely not.

      I have had some great success with a clicker. Taught a dog to go to bed in 10 minutes one day. Taught another dog to scratch my back in 20 minutes with the clicker and a target another day.

      See the cool thing about using a clicker, is you can free shape anything you want, from drinking out of a glass to finding your keys in the house when you lose them ( my trainers dog does this).

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you house train a new pup?
    My brother is thinking of getting a border collie pup. (He is buying it himself and will pay for vet treatments so don't worry!!)

    Anyway, we want to know in advance how to properly and efficiently train a pup to go to the bathroom outside as opposed to in the house.

    Thanks for any advice!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try these 3 things:
      This only works on pups. Place wee wee pads on the place where u want ur dog to pee. Then, place newspapers under it after 3 days. Gradually increase the number of newspapers. Finally, depending on how smart ur dog is, take out the wee wee pads. Ur dog will be trained to pee on the newspapers. U'll have to walk ur dog if u want them to go poo. U should use newspapers because then u don't have to keep buying wee wee pads.

      Install a pen near ur porch dog. Keep the dog there, letting it out to play or go for its daily walk. Every 2 hours open the door and keep the net screen open. Ur dog will go pee and poo (if they have to), and when it wants to come back in it will. I don't recommend u use this because u'll have to do this forever (open door every 2 hours.) So, they won't exactly be trained.

      I use this method, though it takes a while. Fix a place for ur dog to pee(mine is the lawn). As soon as the dog pees, say, GO POTTY. Give it a treat and praise. Then immediately go back home. Once ur dog starts to get the message, show it the treat and say GO POTTY. It will go, give it the treat. Finally, after like 2 weeks - 2 months, depending on how smart ur dog is, it will get the message that u want it to pee /poo, when u say GO POTTY.

      Note: If ur dog pees, smack it on the butt with a newspaper, make sure not ur bare hands, and then say BAD GIRL and stick it in the crate for 15 min.

      Hope I Helped!

  23. QUESTION:
    I need advice for getting a Border Collie?
    My family and I are planning to get a Border Collie from the shelter, but they are very hyper and I know it wont be easy. I have a pretty big backyard but I dont live in a farm. How many hours would I need to give it excercise i'm on summer vacation and am starting school in 2 months. So please give advice and training tips.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a Border Collie puppy about 3 months ago he's now almost 6 months old, and let me tell you.. He has been the most HARDEST work!

      He constantly needs toys thrown for him, he's been pretty hard to house train (But he's getting there) he NEVER sleeps during the day, he wakes up early in the morning, he LOVES his job (Herding a football being kicked) so I have to do this so many times a day.

      He just has SO much energy it's unbelievable. I don't think any amount of walks would satisfy a Border Collie as they NEVER run out of energy.

      He's totally clever though, do some training STRAIGHT AWAY and take him to a dog training class once a week, he will benefit greatly.

      Just because Border Collies are normally used for herding sheep etc, doesn't mean they HAVE to live on a farm, but it is true that they NEED a job, but this job could be anything from chasing a ball, playing fetch, carrying items etc.. Just like my puppy thinks herding a football is his.

      Hope this helped.

  24. QUESTION:
    how do i toilet train my puppy?
    i have a 10 week old border collie...hes lovely and has been easy to train simple commands like sit and lie down.Trouble is i cant get him to house train has any one got any advice to help me?
    i dont ever tell him off... but he seems to go and do it where he's supposed to half the time and i shower him in praise but 5 mins later he will wander off and do it in the house. I have been consistent with it for 4 weeks and he still doesn't get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Toilet training for your puppy should start as soon as the puppy is home with you. You must be prepared to be patient and observant!

      There are six times a puppy should be left outside for about 30 minutes to toilet:

      before going to bed for the night
      as soon as he wakes up
      after a nap during the day
      after eating
      after exuberant play
      after you return home from an outing.
      Many people take their puppies out for a walk only to see the puppies relieve themselves as soon as they get back indoors. To avoid this, walk the puppy to his toilet area. Stand still with him, allowing the puppy to lose interest in you. Do not sit down as this will only encourage the pup to jump on you and forget what he is out there for.

      Praise him if he performs. NEVER rub his nose in any mistakes! Positive reinforcement when he does the right thing in the right place is the best and quickest training method.

      Outside Training:

      When training the puppy to go outside to relieve himself, LEAD him to where you want him to go, stay with him, praise him when he performs. Note that a male puppy sometimes takes longer to perform than a female.

  25. QUESTION:
    how much does it cost for a border collie?
    I would like to get a puppy border collie. I saw a border collie today at a customer's place of business.She seemed adorable. I have two adult cats in the house so I figure I should
    get a puppy so they won't be intimidated by him. Thanks.
    Fetch, if you don't know the answer to the question, I suggest you SHUT IT.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting a puppy of any breed is not a good idea, unless you stay home to raise it & to train it. Puppies require lots of attention, they get bored easily & tend to chew on everything while they are teething.
      If you rescued a young Border Collie under a year old, would be better, in California I paid 0.00 adoption fee, they learn everything extremely fast! & they have a strong instinct of what belongs to them.
      It would learn that the cats are it's family & would soon protect them. I adopted a Border Collie from Border Collie rescue who was 2 years old I had a cat at the time, my dog wanted to chase him at first & got in trouble, she learned that the cat was a part of the family & they play together now, my dog is very protective of him.
      Border Collies are great dogs & require about the same attention as any other dog, my grand partents raised them, I raised 2 BC in a Condo, then I moved to a small ranch here in Calif. They continue to be great dogs, I have horses now, & again my dogs, wanted to herd the horses and had to learn not to. Remember, Border Collies are not the fluffy foofoo dogs that you can baby they need a stern hand or they will take over, (they are bred to think for themselfs) you have to teach them, your the boss. You only have to be stern once, (& maybe remind them, now & again) they learn fast! don't be swayed against the breed, as they are great dogs, they are smart! and happiest when they have something to do, or someone to be with. Thats probably why the woman had such a great dog, she kept it with her at work.
      Good Luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help calm an anxious red border collie?
    My boyfriend and I adopted a red bordie collie from a rescue place four months ago. I had a border collie before, so I knew what to expect as for level of exercise and stimulation. But what surprises me is his inability to be left alone in the house. He tears things up when we leave, and as a consequence, someone always has to be home with him. We love him to death and will not give him away, but sometimes, he drives us crazy.

    • ANSWER:
      Rescued dogs seem to have a higher than average incidence of separation anxiety - which is what your dog has. Your best bet would be to crate train him, for his own safety and the safety of your belongings.

      If you want to take the time, you can get Clomicalm from the vet - it's meant to help dogs with separation anxiety and is meant for use in conjunction with behaviour modification training - not a drug to keep them on forever.

      What you'd need to do is pretend you're leaving, then come back in after a minute or two. It's important with these dogs to never make a fuss over them when you're leaving, don't even say good-bye, just walk out. When you come back, ignore him for the first couple of minutes, then a calm, quiet greeting. Try leaving him with something to occupy him like a kong stuffed with treats that he has to work at. Some people say leaving a radio on helps, I don't think so. Dogs know the difference between radio noise and a person.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to potty train an eight month old border collie?
    I've just looked into buying a border collie it's eight months old and has been living outside, in a barn, with its' mother for the past 8 months, will it still be possible to potty train and obedience train the pup? And will he be comfortable living an inside life with a family?

    • ANSWER:
      Since he's a border collie it'll be a lot easier than potty training any other breed..

      Inside life for a Border Collie is not a good idea.
      I have a border collie pup (2months old) and she hardly ever sleeps.
      And would much rather be outside any day. ;)
      He'll wreck your house otherwise.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long will my border collie need to be crated?
    I have a wonderful 1-year old border collie / australian cattle dog mix. He is fun, loving and quite protective. We got him from the shelter at about 5 months old. He is crated at night and when we leave the house (sometimes when he needs a time out). To complicate things, we have two cats. Does anyone have experience with how long we can expect we will have to crate him? Experience on weaning from the crate? He does get good exercise on a daily basis. Thank you! Marla

    • ANSWER:
      Crate training is the easiest way to housetrain dogs, and it also teaches them how to settle down and entertain themselves when you're gone. However, crates won't work if they're used to punish a dog or keep him "out of sight, out of mind." Use the crate only when necessary, give your dog plenty of breaks to stretch his legs and to play and bond with you, and make crate time more pleasant by stocking it with toys.

      http://dogtime.com/housetraining-crate-training.html

  29. QUESTION:
    House training a 8wk old border collie puppy?
    I have had her for 3 days and for 2 days she was automatically going to the back door and doing her poos and wees outside, she even cried at the door. Yesterday she did a wee on the floor twice and this morning she has also done it in the house. On a night she does 2 wees but that's to be expected at night. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. She has already learned the command sit and nearly got the command come.

    • ANSWER:
      At 8 weeks she hasn't yet full control of her bladder so you can expect a few accidents for a while yet. You need to watch her constantly - when she needs to go out, she'll give some sign even if it's very slight. It may only be an anxious glance at you, a quick look at the back door or a little circle. When you see that sign, whip her outside in about 1/2 a second or you'll have a puddle. Once you learn to interprete the signs, you'll have cracked it! In between, make sure you take her out at least every 1-2 hours, especially after she has just woken up, just eaten and been playing. Use the same word when you take her out. Doesn't matter what you use "Toilet", "Wee" "hurry up", so she learns to associate the word with the action. Then loads of praise when she does it.

  30. QUESTION:
    What activities to do with my border collie dog?
    Im having a thirteen week old border collie tomorrow, I know that they are highly demanding dogs and that you need to keep them busy or they will pretty much destroy all your possessions. What sort of activities could I do with her in and outside the home.
    I have a few ideas, just want to have a few of yours

    • ANSWER:
      Outside : Fetch, Flyball, Treiball, Agility, Gardening (teach him to dig on command), Herding (hard if you have no sheep, but I live in the city and she likes to herd big plastic laundry baskets or basketballs). Biking, Rollerblading, Swimming, Going to see other dogs at the park, Hide and seek, helping keeping up the house (bring gardening tools, rake,get the mail/newspaper ....

      Inside: Trick Training: Hide and Seek, Find the toy/treat, Put toys away in a box, Bring stuff: slippers, telephone when it rings... Close cabinet doors, clean up paw prints with towel, help around the house...
      Fetch up and down stairs (good to get rid of built up energy), memory games , Tug of war :-).... and my favorite: Doggy Freestyle (Dog Dancing)! :-)

  31. QUESTION:
    How do i train my dog to walk on a leash?
    I have kept my puppy Border Collie in the house for about a month already because he just got his vaccination and had a fever for while. Now, he is all healthy and is ready for walks already. But whenever is put a leash on him, he keeps biting the leash and refuse to walk with me. When i try to bring him out of the house, he gets scared and runs back int the house. Anyone knows how to solve this?
    But what if he refuses to walk with me and just lay down on the ground?

    • ANSWER:
      He may not understand that outside means fun and awesome! Get super excited about taking him outside.

      Quick question, do you mind using treats for the dog?

      If so, I would recommend getting a baggie full of treats (small mixture of dog biscuits broken up and meat treats) and associating them with the leash and walking.

      It is VERY important you only give the dog treats when he is walking on the leash or looking at you, NOT for pulling, this will send him mixed messages ):.

      If you don't want to give him treats get a hot dog or some lunch meat and rub the scent on your hands and lure him out of the house dragging the leash behind him (you can start in the backyard). This will help him get used to the leash and also learn how to follow you while on it :D

      Lastly, you can get a long line (around 10-20 ft) and attach it to him. Go to the backyard or a park and let him run around while on it to give him the false impression he is off leash but at the same time gives him some restrictions, just shorten the leash over time as he gets more used to it. (Long lines are also awesome to keep around to help with recalls later.)

  32. QUESTION:
    How will i train my puppy to toilet outside the flat?
    I have a 8 weeks old Border Collie puppy,he is very smart.He has been to my house for 4 days and he already got toilet trained.He uses one corner in the house.
    But in the future how can i train him to wait for me to take him out 3 or 4 times a day and keep the house clean?
    Any ideas?
    Cheers :)

    • ANSWER:
      Don't wait for the future, begin training him to go outside NOW. Take him out every 2 hours, and 15 or so minutes after mealtimes and after he gets up. Praise when he does the right thing outside.

      Google "crate training" for more detailed information.

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I train my puppy to stop dragging stuff around the yard?
    I have a border collie puppy named Andy. He's constantly stealing junk from my neighbors' yard and bringing over to my house and making a mess. Anything and everything that he finds, he plays with it out in the yard for a while, then leaves it there. Is there anything I can do to make him stop doing that?

    • ANSWER:
      Border Collies need lots of activity to keep themselves happy. Are you providing him with enough exercise and things to do in your yard.? Very smart dogs. start training him. Give him something else to 'WORK' at.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can border collies be trained to not chase sheep?
    My family are considering getting a border collie puppy, but we live in a house where there are sheep in the field right next to our garden.
    Can they be trained to not 'like' sheep? I'm really keen on getting one.
    Or is my only option to not get a collie?

    • ANSWER:
      any dog regardless of breed will chase sheep if not trained to do so....training and socialising from an early age should help

  35. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my new dog who has severe separation anxiety?
    The dog is a one year old border collie mix and has been living with us for two months. He is very sweet and well behaved when we are around him. Anytime we leave our house he starts whining and yelping immediately, he will scratch at the doors to try and get out of the house. We have tried to crate train, use products such as Comfort Zone with DAP, homeopet anxiety drops, bark collars, etc and nothing has worked. We exercise him regularly, practice our comings and goings for short periods of time and he has plenty of chew toys such as kongs, stuffed animals, and bones to keep him busy during the day. Our vet recommended we see an animal behaviorist and put our dog on essentially doggy-prozac. The behaviorists we have spoken with will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 0 to 0. The dog is great but I'd probably have to return him before I could drop that much money on him. He attends doggie day care 2 days a week and obedience class 1day. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the very same thing with my chihuahua, and it was ruining my life. He was the most, is, the most amazing dog, but he too suffered from this. We did everyhting you wrote about and paid for costly behaviouists. Her advice was basically to make LOVE his crate. We fed him in there, praised him when he would step in, give him treats in there. He would go in it after weeks of doing this for seconds at a time, and then the second we would make a move, he would run out of there in fear we would close the door and leave. I didn't feel right about medicating him for the rest of his life so I continued to stand my ground. I would put him in his crate, but instead of leaving I would do house work etc. to show him that his crate wasn't a bad place where we would put him before we did his worst nightmare- leave. To try to make a long story short, put soothing music on...Start off slowely by leaving for short periods of time before hours long, and if all else fails...get a second dog! We have two, so what we ended up doing was putting them together. Now he is happy because he is with his big sister. We didn't do this in the beginning because our girl liked to be in her crate alone, but we were desperate. Now all is well, and they love being together. Problem solved. Seperation anxiety, has been explained to me by various highly respected vets as a HORRIBLE many times forever long problem. You are doing everything right it seems...making sure he is mentally stimulated (walks), DAP, etc. So if he is truesly a great dog everyother time except when you leave, consider a second dog, or having a dog walker come by once or twice a day, depending on your work schedual. They usually charge, well in my area every visit. That would definitely help..PLUS...remember...you are this guys, or girls...second or third home past puppy hood. Eventhough he loves you and they know you love him...technically he has been abandoned by his previous loved ones in his eyes. Remain consistant for the next months, and you could have a completely changed dog. One that feels at ease that you wont abandon him. Because that's what seperation anxiety is ultimately....a fear or being abandoned. Hope this helped you soom. I am a true animal lover, and my dogs are my life..if you need anymore help, or have any other questions feel free to email me directly. alllanas@yahoo.com Good luck, and stay strong. :)

  36. QUESTION:
    In need of some ideas and tips for my Border Collie?
    Heyo!
    I want to teach something new to my Border Collie to keep her well motivated. The thing is that I can't ask a professional dog trainer since there is none in my area so most of what my dog knows is what I read in books but books sometimes lack certain info that could help to teach the dog to understand exactly what the owner wants.

    I want to teach her something she could do inside the house since during the winter season, I can't take her outside too often to do what we use to during the warmer seasons since I have a bad allergy to the cold and I swell up and get covered in blisters pretty badly. With my father's help, he takes for a while twice a day for me since he walks twice a day anyway so he takes her along with him to give me a hand.

    So any ideas on what I could teach her, tips, sites with great explanation etc will be a great help.
    I have a large space to work with her in the basement so space is not a problem, it was my dad's old wood workshop but he build a new workshop outside so I have the whole space to myself to work with my dog and money is not a problem if I ever need to buy certain types of equipment to help train my dog :)

    To list what my Border Collie knows are the following
    sit
    lie down
    give her paw
    stay
    speak
    She fetches a little but not a 100%, She gets annoyed with it but I think that part is a little my fault so many some tips there would be good to get :)
    She is my first dog to myself and she is now 3 years old :)
    @catz I don't know how and where to start to teach her. Do you have some more info about that. It sounds interesting? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Roll over
      Bang (a combination of roll over and stay)
      Wait (impulse control she has to wait until you say ok for her to get her toy, treat or whatever the reward is)
      Ok (the release command that let's her know its ok to eat the treat or grab her toy reward)
      Jump (hold the treat above her head)
      Back up
      Right and left paw
      High five
      Stay for long periods of time (with stay the dog needs to stay in that position or area until you tell her to come)
      Come

      To teach fetch throw the toy and allow her to go get it. When she puts it in her mouth quickly tell her to bring the toy and give her a treat. Repeat the process until she gets it. If she seems to get confused point her back to the toy and use the fetch command. Praise her if she randomly brings you toys and other items since you can use this to expand the fetch command eventually allowing her to learn how to fetch other objects like your keys, slippers, etc. I highly recommend getting the book "dog training for dummies" it helped me train my lab.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I discipline my dog when she's naughty?
    We have 3 yr old border collie/gold-retriever mix from a loving home but 'rescued' before that. She was probably verbally/and physically abused so she's EXTREMELY timid and hand shy. (Not biting or growling). She's house trained and intelligent, but almost too "pitiful". As she's warmed up to us over the couple of months, she's now showing signs of undiscipline (getting in trash, chewing on lamp cords, and harassing the Cat). She's really taken to my wife, so it must've been a male that scared her in the past.
    She's SO SWEET and we try not to yell or motion at her b/c she already cowers @ our every move. The dog whisperer says to exercise and train w/ CALM ASSERTIVENESS. What the hell is that? We take turns walking (does suprisingly well on a leash) and feeding her, and TRY to play w/ her.
    Our dilema is how to go from winning her trust w/ luv and affection, to obediance. She almost acts as if she doesn't know what discipline means.

    • ANSWER:
      The Dog Whisperer is an idiot who made up phrases to sound like he knows what he is doing. He doesn't.

      Trash: human problem. You have the big brain, put it where she can't get it. Dogs are scavengers and opportunists. They are hard wired to get anything that might be food, that is a survival instinct. If she gets into the trash, discipline yourselves for forgetting to keep it out of her reach.

      Cat harassment: Train her a "leave it" command. Start with two handfuls of the same treat. Hold one hand behind your back, and the other hand out to her, but closed. Let her sniff but don't let her have any of the treat. If she gets too eager and hurts you, yelp "OUCH!" at her, but continue to hold out your hand. When she gives up, drops her head away from the hand, tell her "YES!" and give her a reward from the other hand. Repeat, a lot.

      When she starts backing away at the "leave it" command, start opening the hand, but watch her and close it if she gets grabby. Always reward from the other hand. You will never give her the thing you are telling her to "leave".

      You can progress to putting it on the floor, then covering with your foot if she tries to get it. This is teaching her the phrase "Leave it" means back away from whatever 'it' is.

      Chewing lamp cords: Invest in a bottle of bitter apple. Spray on chords daily. If she doesn't seem to back away at the taste, prime the pump by spraying a little in her mouth a couple of times.

      Buy this book: Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog by Dr. Patricia McConnell.

      She has worked extensively with Border Collies and behavior issues. The book is a program for training that emphasizes building a good relationship and establishing leadership without having to scare or intimidate your dog.

      You can find it here:

      http://www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com/books-retail.php

  38. QUESTION:
    How to build toy drive in a border collie?
    My border collie only will tug if its a brand new toy or one that belongs to another dog outside of our house.....I wanted her to be a agility dog ,but she would need a toy drive for better success any help on it she has like 30 toys.
    I already contacted him he game me no helo just kept sending downloadable and links to books to buy ....now he keeps sending me vids not even relavent to the subject.

    • ANSWER:
      Tug of war is great! My dog loves it and so do I.
      Tease him with the toy as much as possible, you can even tie him up while you run around and play with the toy. Play with the toy with other dogs too. Find a toy that he would like, buy it, play with it with him and put it away when he is high in drive. This is going to be your toy, the one that you bring out and play with, then put away.

      Chase games are also really good for creating high toy drive. Run away from your dog with the toy in your hand and put it in his mouth when he is getting really excited. You can also chase your dog while he has the toy in his mouth, my dog loves this. Dont worry about ruining the recall if you are chasing him- chase only works if you are involved so he will be looking at you for fun times. Lots of fun times when the toy comes out, and boring when the toy is not there.

      Anytime your dog is excited (like when you first get home) is a great time to play with the toy.
      Building play/toy drive is all about having fun and playing when the opportunity presents itself.

      Check out a book called Schutzhund Obedience- Training in Drive by S.Booth. This is not the way I train my dogs but I have used their method to create drive in my dog.
      Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    Thinking of adopting a border collie - are they good with kids?
    I found a 7 month old border collie for adoption. I've read mixed reviews as to whether they are good with children or not. What is your experience? Only people with border collie experience please - thanks!
    Sorry for submitting this under adoption- human adoption!!! LOL I just asked the question and it automatically went under pregnancy and adoption. I don't mean to offend anyone. I have gotten great feedback - thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As with any dog good training is key. But in general yes, border collies are very good with kids.

      Our border collie, does very well with my niece and nephew. They are a very high energy dog and require alot of tasks because they are considered a "working dog." If they don't have a purpose they will get destructive around the house, i.e chewing shoes, clothes and furniture.

      Regular outings to the park and even doggie daycare would be advised.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I get my puppy to give me a sign when he needs to go out to relieve himself?
    I have a 4month old Border Collie mix (had him for a month now) and he still pees a little occasionally in the house ( he's already neutered and crate trained). I take him out every 1 and a half or so. Or when I accidently take a nap, he pees on the carpet. How do I get him to give me some kind of sign like whining when he has to go out?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure if you can train them to do that. Rather, look for signs & reward him. All my dogs told us in a different way. One scratched the door, one stared at you & the last one sat in front of the door. They did it on their own. You have to watch for what they try to tell you.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my dogs from pooping inside when its raining outside?
    I have a papillon and a mixed breed/border collie. They are trained very well to go potty outside, but everytime it rains, they go inside the house. Argggg! I hate that. How can I teach these dogs that they have to go outside, even if it means they get a little wet?

    • ANSWER:
      Housebreaking your new puppy

      If done properly, housebreaking your Dog does not have to be as much of a hassle as some owners make it to be. Your Dog is a creature of habit. If it is taught where you want it to eliminate, and you control its food and water intake to regulate when it will eliminate, you will have a happy relationship relatively free of accidents.
      The biggest mistake made by Dog owners is inconsistency. It is important that you first choose the method of housebreaking appropriate for you and your pet and secondly stick with it. We know of many Dog owners who are impatient or inconsistent when housebreaking their pets. The end result is a pet that is never fully housebroken.
      So, remember the three P's - persistence, patience and praise, and you are guaranteed success.
      Here are the 3 methods you can use to housetrain your Dog:

      The Paper Method -
      The paper method seems to work better with a puppy than with an adult Dog, although it can be used on both. To begin housetraining your pup with the paper method, first you must choose a location where your puppy will be staying until housetrained. Make sure the room is puppy proofed and that elimination on the floor in this area will not cause permanent damage to your home. A bathroom or small kitchen is usually a good place for this.
      Once you have chosen an area, cover the entire floor with newspaper. If you have a young puppy, it will eliminate much more often than when it is older. So, just be prepared for many messes in the beginning. In the beginning, it is important to replace the paper as soon as possible after the elimination has occurred. This helps your puppy establish the area as its own, and it will help you get a better idea of where it favors doing its business.
      As your puppy eliminates throughout the day, it may go in several different areas of the room. But, as it gets a little more used to its room, it will choose a certain area where it prefers to eliminate. When its preferred area for elimination is established, begin removing the paper from the rest of the room, only covering the area it uses. Make sure you leave its papered area large enough so that it does not miss the paper. If it misses the paper, the area is too small and you need to add more paper. When it uses its papered area, praise it. The more your puppy associates a reward with its choice of the paper instead of the linoleum, the quicker your puppy will be trained.
      After it has established that it will use the papered area instead of the floor, begin moving the paper towards the area (presumably somewhere outside your house) where you want it to go when fully trained. The paper should only be moved a little at a time towards this location. If moving the paper confuses your puppy, you may only be able to move about one inch per day, until the paper reaches its final destination. Once your puppy understands that it is to eliminate only on the paper, and you have been able to move towards the area where it will eventually go outside, monitoring its habits will be much easier. Once the paper is completely removed, it will go to that area automatically and sniff or turn circles, letting you know it has to go out.

  42. QUESTION:
    How much exercise does a Border Collie need, roughly?
    I cant jog with my current dog as she is a chihuahua and I have always been drawn to the Border Collie due to its intelligence ( i love training dogs, Ive trained my own little one to do a heap of tricks and have trained/ helped with training family and friends dogs ).

    I know that being a herding dog, they are high energy.

    ive also been interested in things like fly ball/ agility/obedience sports.

    the exercise is all im curious about, i do have the time to exercise a dog with jogging for 90 minutes to two hours, plus an hours worth of free running time (frisbee, ball etc) twice a day.

    How does that sound? or should I look into another breed?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have a border collie and I first usually in the mornings play with him for about an hour and then in the evening take him to the park where he plays for about 2 hours. Plus in between that I try to keep him busy by either giving him a puzzle ball with treats or just placing his toys around the house and he finds them. I also take him for a walk around my block in the morning

  43. QUESTION:
    I have a border collie x pup, he is very intellegent, what trickes should i teach him?
    He is border collie x kelpie, only 6 weeks old, in one day i have already taught him how to use our cat flap by its self, what other thing should i teach it, and how.
    PS. his name is Apache, cos he's patchy.

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to be one smart, active dog. Love the name - Very appropriate!

      I'd teach him how to fetch, of course - That'll be one of your greatest tools for making sure he's well-exercised. A well-exercised BC or Kelpie is a well-behaved dog!

      Teach him how to heel, too. Again, that's going to make him a lot more pleasant to take on walks and get his exercise.

      Teach him search the house for his toys, or to play 'shell games' with treats and cardboard boxes - That'll help stimulate his mind, which *also* needs a good workout.

      Crate training is a powerful tool for helping a dog settle in and it gives him a place to go and relax when he's over-stimulated, or simply tired. The crate should be a place of refuge for your puppy, not a punishment.

      Take him to obedience classes, and make sure he gets introduced to LOTS of new sights, sounds, dogs, and people. '100 new things in a 100 days,' as some people put it, helps make sure your dog will grow up well-adjusted and comfortable in the world. BCs can get a bit neurotic if not well-socialized, so make sure to get him out into the world.

      Best fortune - I hope you and Apache have a wonderful life together!

  44. QUESTION:
    my dog has started peeing in my house?
    i have 2 dogs, a 2 and 1/2 year old male border collie and a 21 month old female staff cross. since they were young they have both been house trained and had no problem going outside to pee, but just recently my female has started weeing in the house at bed time. they both let me know when they need to go out and i let them out before i go to bed but when i get up she has wee and sometimes even pooed in the house. i know its the bitch because i sat up one night and caught her. can anybody help?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually when a housebroken pet starts soiling inside there is a health related problem, probably a kidney or bladder infection.Take your dog to the vet for a urine analysis to see if that is the problem.Older dogs can have incontinence problems but yours is too young for it to be that.Another thing to consider is has she been upset or traumatized by anything,has her routine been interrupted or are you paying more attention to your other dog?Good luck to you.And to the idiot that said to kill them,get a grip on yourself.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are border collies good at on the farm?
    I'm stuck on border collies right now and I'm wondering what kind of work they do on a farm? And if you like another breed better for farm life and kids (12-18 years old), please let me know :)

    • ANSWER:
      Certain dogs are good at certain things, and traditionally people thought this had to do with breed. True, some breeds are better at certain tasks, but it still also depends on the individual animal. You can't take a sheep herding breed of dog that has lived inside a house its entire life, put it on a farm, and expect it to know what to do. No, it still sometimes involves training or conditioning.

      That being said, my uncle is a farmer here in Oklahoma, and all of his border collies, which have been breeding and living on the farm for like 30 years, are very good at watching over sheep, goats, and cattle. But this is also because these dogs grew up on the farm and were raised doing this job.
      There are also other breeds of dogs they have at this farm doing the same thing.

      It is just like people: you may have a family of doctors, but a son who is born in a family of doctors isn't just naturally going to be a good doctor, they still need the proper training and motivation to do such a job.. Living on a farm is similar: you cannot take a person who grew up in a city playing video games all day and put them on a farm and expect them to know what to do; but if the kid grew up on a farm, they would grow up doing that and therefore would know what to do.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I train my dog to stop barking at everything that moves?
    It's so annoying! He's a lab/border collie mix and he barks at everything that goes by our house. Our house had really large, floor to ceiling windows and our curtains are slightly see-through, so he sees everything that goes by...cars, people, other dogs, birds...if it moves, he'll bark. I've tried grabbing his muzzle everytime he barks and shouting "no", but he doesn't listen. Somebody help, this dog is driving me nuts!

    • ANSWER:
      Another popular suggestion is to try adversion. Spray him with a water bottle, use a clicker, put some beans in an aluminum can and shake it....whatever works to advert his attention to you. If you do this consistently, it can work. I know someone who actually did this with great success. I'd suggest trying something for a couple weeks. If it doesn't seem to help, then definitely take him to a trainer. Make sure you don't leave him out when you are gone, which will reinforce the behavior. You have to be very consistent.

  47. QUESTION:
    Hard to train a border collie off leash?
    I'm thinking about getting a border collie and would like to know if it is possible to train it to behave off leash. I would like to take it hiking and play with it in parks and not have to worry about it bolting like a Husky. Also, would a standard four foot fence be enough to contain it in my backyard or is it going to jump it and be gone?

    • ANSWER:
      What you put into training will determine what you get out of your training.

      The amount of exercise and work you offer your dog will determine if your dog is satisfied.

      Border Collies need TONS of your time, TONS of exercise as well as explicit training and a "job". Generally they just do not make good pets, despite their intelligence. Or because of it. You must remember the breed was developed to work at a moment's notice, all day long herding sheep.

      Herding BCs and most agility BCs are fine off leash. They get the "tons of time, tons of training and tons of exercise" and have the "job" to do for their person.

      Most "pets" I have seen will bolt off leash, try to chase cars and bicycles, jump over fences, bark continuously, are destructive in the house and end up at shelters. Trust me.

  48. QUESTION:
    I just moved from the city to the country and my dog seems to have forgotten being housebroken. Help?
    Any ideas to re-train her? She is a 10 month old lad-border collie mix and used to be totally house broken. She only plays outside now and is too excited by the new smells and the other animals on the farm. I don't know what to do and I'm scared to have to give her up.

    • ANSWER:
      Does she go to the same spots in the house to piddle? Possibly the people who were there before you had a dog that went in the house. Dogs go where other dogs went---marking their territory or what-ever.
      I had a friend who had this problem, only she had two dogs that were older and had been house broken for years. She put in new carpeting (bleached the floor under the carpet) and repainted using a sealer that was suppose to solve the problem, all kinds of sprays and cover-ups, but nothing worked. They both had to become outdoor dogs.


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