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Old 01-16-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default Potty Training Problems solved.

It seems that most of the posts in this area are in regards to potty training. Instead of answering every single one, I'm just going to start a new thread. Hopefully it'll help someone.

The key is confinement when you can't watch them & consistency. Like, clockwork consistency. Setting yourself an alarm if you need to. Buy the book "How to housebreak your dog in 7 days by Shirlee..."How to housebreak your dog in 7 days by Shirlee... This book worked miracles for us.

If you can't afford to buy the book, a Vet has made a .pdf file of the schedule from this book that you should follow. The key is to tweak it to fit your dog's schedule once you figure out their body's natural rhythm. Then, STICK to it. This has worked wonders for us. Please look this over if you're having potty training issues. It's very highly rated & even recommended by trainers. If you can, definitely buy the book. It's only a couple of bucks and it's packed with good information. It's also a very quick read.

Hope this helps & good luck!!
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:30 PM   #2
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That was a really helpful article on house-training. Thank you for posting it.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:33 PM   #4
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Hmmm.. I can't seem to get the .PDF file to work! I'm really curious to read this!
Can you repost or check the link? Thankee!


I DID find a link I wonder if it's similar...? How to Housebreak a Dog in Seven Days | eHow.com
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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thank you! I am going to print this out and put this in my puppy packs that i send home with all my puppy buyers...
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:42 AM   #6
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So glad it helped!

AvyQuinn - Yes, this is very similar. It uses the same philosophy. However, there are actually 6 different schedules on the .pdf, depending on how old your pup is & whether or not you work.

The .pdf is a large file, are you allowing enough time for it to load? Here is the .html version - though not as pretty. Should be easier to open. If for some reason that doesn't open, google "How to housebreak your dog in 7 days." The link will be one of the first to pop up. It will be under ltah.net. Be sure to click "html version."

Another thing I forgot to mention earlier (sorry, tired!) is that the book actually has a section on pee pad/litter box training, as well. So, it has something for everyone!
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:15 PM   #7
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Awesome! Thanks for the link!! =D
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[quote=AmeliaBadelia;2423226]So glad it helped!

AvyQuinn - Yes, this is very similar. It uses the same philosophy. However, there are actually 6 different schedules on the .pdf, depending on how old your pup is & whether or not you work.

The .pdf is a large file, are you allowing enough time for it to load? Here is the .html version - though not as pretty. Should be easier to open. If for some reason that doesn't open, google "How to housebreak your dog in 7 days." The link will be one of the first to pop up. It will be under ltah.net. Be sure to click "html version."

Another thing I forgot to mention earlier (sorry, tired!) is that the book actually has a section on pee pad/litter box training, as well. So, it has something for everyone! [/quote

Thank you! I am getting the book! I just hope it gets here QUICK! I am already starting the pdf. schedule though. Did you see my post on how to get my dog to go on her pee pads without taking her there? Any ideas on that?
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i started on the schedule today. I am currently unemployed but wanted to get charlie started on the work schedule. I changed it a little. Here is my own schedule for charlie. Please give me your input..Thanks.

5:30am--potty
5:40am--feeding/play time
6am--crate
11:30am--potty time (mom-in-law will take him out)
11:40--play time
12--crate
6pm--potty
6:10pm--feeding/play time
7pm--crate
11pm--potty

Charlie won't go potty after play time so i didn't include potty after playtime. We started the schedule today. Charlie has been doing ok. He did bark for a little while this afternoon but is ok now. I feel so bad for crating him. I am so tempted to take him out so many times but his daddy won't let me. I can't wait until this whole potty training thing is over and he can have his freedom around the house. I will be one very happy mom when this day come
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I got the book Housetraining for Dummies - it had the same crate concept. I loved the book - but adopted my own procedure.

We crated Bailey everytime we couldn't watch her - that is a must!! But we opted for more free time in the room with us (more than the 15/20 minutes per the schedule) so that we could catch her in the act, scoop her up and tap the bell. This allowed more time for training as opposed to just a potty schedule. We did this for the following reasons:

1. I want her to tell us when she needs to go out
2. I didn't want her to spend her puppy days in the crate

Of course we didn't accomplish this in 7 days (lol) - but she was trained at 4 mos and reliable at 6 mos. It was a lot of work - but well worth it!!
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5:30am
Is this an actual time of day?!
People are UP at this time of day?!
TOO early for this girl! lol

I don't really have anything constructive to contribute to your thread.

Looks like a decent schedule though!
I made a thread myself a little while back with my schedule and stuff in it. It's changed obviously since Hiro is acquiring more freedom!

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/tra...ing-wrong.html
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Charlie won't go potty after play time so i didn't include potty after playtime.
Oh, by the way, I was thinking about Hiro and his playtime -- I always give him an opportunity to go piddle after playtime... if the playtime was especially exciting he would usually have to go outside before I crated him. Always good to make sure he has a chance to go before you crate him. Less chance for accidents.
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yes 5:30am in the morning..i know it is too early for me too but i have to start getting use it to just in case i get a job...charlie did really well today. He was able to hold for 6 hrs without any accident. I am proud of him. He was well behave today inside his crate too.
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abock - Oh gosh -- We do outdoor potty, so to be completely frank: I have no experience, whatsoever, in that area. However, I can tell you that the book says you're supposed to take them there yourself, according to the schedule. As well as when they're sniffing around as if they want to go potty. I think you would have to take them there yourself until they learn that this is where they go potty.

NewProudmom- I think this looks ok, but I wonder - is it possible to allow your dog more time out during the feeding/play periods? I think the point of allowing them that hour - 2 hours of out time is to allow them to explore their home & know that it is theirs (dogs naturally will not soil their "den" - they just have to learn what exactly their den is). They will be empty, so they will not have the urge to go. They will simply be exploring. I will say that after feeding, be sure to keep an eye on your dog until you learn how quickly they have to go afterwards. Amelia could hold hers for forever -- Rosie? Not so much. She had to go out within 10 minutes of eating/drinking. I learned that quickly.

Karrie - I have that book, as well. I read a lot. I am glad to hear that it worked for you. That's great! Housebreaking for Dummies is a good book, filled with a lot of great information; but it is also very long. Not that this is a bad thing - but for someone who is looking for a quick read, or who doesn't have a lot of time to read, or is just looking for quick answers - I highly recommend the Kalstone book. It's no thicker than an Archie comic, at 79 pages a VERY quick read (I finished it in an afternoon) and it's packed full of great information: no fluff whatsoever. Very much to the point. It has also been around for 20 years, so it's a tried and proven method.
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Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it will help a lot of people.
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