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|08-24-2010, 06:11 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Roseland, NJ
Calvin will be seven months old next week and Bella will be four months old on Friday. I know Bella is still kind of young to get it but I would have thought that by now Calvin would have some inkling. I have been crate training them and in the beginning they were really good. Not going in their crate, etc. I also have the poochie bells and Bella would ring the bells when she was out of the crate to go outside. Now, it seems that they have both regressed to the point that they are even going in their crate. When they have free time out of the crate I have the pee pads down but all they do with them is tear them up. We have the xpen and I have the pee pads in there but I only use that when we are gone for long hours. Its so frustrating. I have read the posts on here about training and I have books on house training. I dont know what I am doing wrong or what else I can do. Any help would be appreciated.
|08-24-2010, 07:19 AM||#2|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: North Carolina
One of the main reasons that trainers do not recommend getting two puppies at the same time is that housebreaking can be very difficult. Puppies pick up bad behavior from one another just like children. When one regresses, the other one regresses, too.
Are you training them separately? That is the key to success with two puppies. They need separate crates, separate training, separate socialization, etc. You have to go back to Potty training 101 with both of them. Take them to their pads separately at regular times, after meals, after a nap, etc. Praise and treat if they potty. If not, back in the crate and try again in about a half an hour.
At seven months, Calvin is officially a puppy teenager. Potty training regression, not listening, challenging your authority are part of this stage. You will have to work extra hard with him during this stage. Bella is just a few months behind him so you will face teenage challenges with her, too. Work really hard with her or Calvin will pick up her bad habits and you'll be back to square one again.
Great tips in this article:
Two Puppies or One? - VeterinaryPartner.com - a VIN company!