Bringing Home Puppy


Potty Training
May 20, 2009, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Puppy Training | Tags: , , , ,

So we have been working on Tim Tam’s housetraining.  It is going quite well.  He has accidents in the house very infrequently…like maybe only 2 times per week.  So I think that is a great success for only 10 weeks old.  Housebreaking in an apartment does present some challenges when compared to housebreaking in a house.  In a house you can just open the door and send them outside.  If they start to go inside, its easy to just put them outside to complete their business.  In an apartment, if you see them going, you have to pick them up, get shoes on, unlock doors, head down the hall, down the stairs, and out another 2 doors.  At that point, the lesson is lost on the dog.

What we have started to do is put a training pad out on our balcony, for emergencies, and for early morning and late at night pees.  I did not want to do this at first, because I want him to learn to go ONLY outside, but this seems to be a good stop gap measure until he is old enough to figure things out. Anyway, it seems to be working quite well, and yesterday he made his first bathroom break unprompted by Mike or myself.  So thats pretty cool!

He is also getting more comfortable going outside in places other than his “spot”.  So that is great!  I feel like we’re getting there! 

…and Im sure this posting can be categorized under “TMI”!  If any of you have tips or tricks, we’d love to hear about them!

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