Please help me out here. All my dog books say that puppies aren't ready for housetraining until 12 weeks or so, but our puppy will only be 8 weeks when he arrives. So what do we do in the meantime? Should we just set up a "playpen" area with an open crate and a lot of pee pads until he's a little older? Or should we start crate training right away, knowing he'll have a lot of accidents (especially since sometimes we're away for up to 4 hours)? Or is there some other solution? Many of you must have faced this issue before; please share your experience. Thanks!
Smerglia kept Pearl for her 2 weeks Puppy Prep School - it was worth every penny to us . When she came home, we put her little crate near the door with her bell. We followed our instructions they... more
I have trained schnoodle, poodle s, and schnauzer. All with great results. At first they must all go out on schedule about every 2 hours. Reward verbally and perhaps with a very small bit of training ... more
Hi, We got our goldendoodle at 9 weeks old and we started taking him outside as soon as we got him. He was housebroken within a month. (These dogs are smart!) Some tips: (1) if he drinks water, take... more
Hi, from another fellow psychlgst! We got Captain 2 days ago, He has not had an accident in the house yet! We are doing bell training also. Have it on doorknob. First got him to ring it by rubbing... more
Robin's note was right---Start right away. I would use the crate if you are away for long periods.I made the mistake of giving in to crying one night and I could not get her back in. our "noodles" is ... more
I thought it was best for many reasons to crate train, especially bc our puppy came to us at 9 weeks already having begun to transition to a crate. We understood that puppies seldom pottied where... more
All the books I have read say otherwise. Two great books, "b4 and after getting your puppy" Ian Dunbar "The Power of Positive Dog Training" Pat Miller Trust w me when I say the dog will ruined if you ... more