When to take the next step in puppy housetraining...

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Registered: 01-31-2014
When to take the next step in puppy housetraining...
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Fri, 01-31-2014 - 4:43pm

My family adopted our first family puppy about two weeks ago. He is approximately 8 weeks old at this point. Since he has been home, we have been crate training him with the assistance of an attached indoor "safe-zone" aka an enclosed area entirely covered by absorbent pads. We also take him out every 2-3 hours, and he always goes potty once taken outside. He has only pooped on his indoor pads once... It appears that he prefers to do that outside. He urinates on the pads usually only 1 or 2 times per day, and at this point it seems he is only doing so as far away from his crate and food as possible. I am so proud of him! 

Would this be a good time to transition him to only placing 1-2 absorbent pads in his safe zone? Should I leave one soiled pad to encourage him to return to that area? 

I did a large amount of research before adopting this puppy, as my husband I both work, and although our schedules have allowed us to never leave the puppy home alone for very long at this point, things will be changing in the next 4-6 weeks. I would like to do everything I can with this time to train our puppy. 

Thanks!

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Registered: 12-03-1999

You do NOT house break a puppy by allowing them to "go" in the house.  The point of crate training, is that dogs do NOT like to dirty their dens.  When they are in their den, they will hold themselves as long as they are physically able.  For a puppy, that's NOT long, so if they do mess their crate, they will get as far away from the part of it where they sleep and eat, as possible.  Your puppy is already expressing this desire.  You want to make the HOUSE their den, also.  There should be NO "safe zone" inside the house.  Scold them EVERY TIME they mess in the house, and hurry them outdoors.

And finally, a 3 month old puppy will be able to hold himself a little longer than a 2 month old puppy, but not much.  The generalized rule is that a puppy can only hold it's bladder for an hour longer than the months it is old.  Unless you and your husband can work opposite schedules, and be with him MOST of the day, hire a pet sitter to come walk him several times during the day.  

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Registered: 11-21-2001

Hi Emyc87 and Welcome to the Board.  Congratulations on your new furbaby...what is his breed?

ITA with Sabrtooth.  Having a "safe zone" outside of your puppy's crate is confusing...does he eliminate in the house; should he not eliminte in the house?  He's way too young to have any freedom at all, unless you are there with him.

You're also doing the right thing by taking him out so frequently now; he really can't "hold it" for long.  But try to start him on a somewhat normal schedule; first thing when he wakes up in the morning, about 20 minutes after he eats, after playing and last thing at night.

I would also look into a pet sitter for now; someone who can come in a couple of times a day and let your puppy out once your DH and yourself go back to work.  When my DH and myself worked full time and had puppies, we would always have pet sitters com ein to let them out a couple of times a day; even once they were grown because we commuted/worked very long hours during the week.

Good luck with your new furbaby and please let us help in any way that we can.

Laura
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Registered: 06-27-2000
Sat, 02-08-2014 - 10:10pm
I always had a pet sitter come in during the day even when my dogs were grown right up until I retired last year. They may not be easy to come by during the day, so here's a tip: Check with your local home school board and see if there are any home schooled kids in the area. I paid a neighbor girl $5 a day. It was a great relief to me (and the dogs!) and she liked the extra cash for very little work.

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001

When I was in NJ my cleaning woman was also my pet sitter...and then a friend of hers took over.  We always had someone come in for my dogs since DH and I worked such long hours, along with commuting.  It was only when DH was laid off then we stopped having her come over.

In my neighborhood now they list in our neighborhood directory the teens that do pet sitting....if I ever needed someone to come in for Cleo I would probably go that route first.

Laura