House training & learning "No"
(Pembroke Pines, FL)
Ok I think I am doing a pretty good job house breaking. My puppies are going to be 10 weeks old this week and they already know when to go out, but here is the problem they have a lot of accidents!
They can be outside for an hour and have done their business at least 5 times but yet still pee on my carpet!! I brought them to the vet the other day and found out that they have had a hard time in their 9 weeks of life they are rescues and that I should be happy that they already know where to go, but the constant peeing is making me crazy (but I still do love them) and they know that it is bad because I tell them and they lay right at my feet. Please help me.
Also I am constantly saying no to them and I feel bad, every time I am around it is constantly no, no, no because they are puppies and they are bad, but will this hurt me because I am the one who does everything for them but yet they LOVE my husband! Am I being to hard on them? What is a good age to start training? I want to do it all on my own....
Firstly, give yourself a pat on the back because you're doing wonderfully with these puppies, they're extremely lucky little pups. I'm guessing you got the worming problem sorted out now too, so you're really doing well.
What you describe in terms of accidents, and the constant corrections, is perfectly and absolutely normal. Raising puppies is just like raising children, and they will make mistakes and need to be shown over and over again what you expect, and the limits to their behavior.
The potty 'accidents' are exactly why I so strongly recommend crate training. It almost totally eliminates the opportunity for a puppy to 'go' in the house. I know that you were reluctant to go with crates because of you're puppies shaky start in life, but really a crate is not cruel, and often becomes a haven and safe place for that puppy to retreat to, even when he's grown into an adult dog. You may find it interesting to read through this article on crate training a puppy, it explains exactly how and why it works so well.
Puppies need to potty A LOT, there's just no getting away from that fact! If you don't crate your puppies you're going to need to be constantly (and I mean constantly) supervising them and be a whiz at reading their body language, so that you can recognize when they need to 'go' and whip them outside quickly.
Puppies are creatures of habit and they learn through association. Once they've done something half a dozen times, it starts to become a habit and is burned into their little brains. That's why , when potty training, that you need to concentrate on preventing them getting into the 'habit' of pottying in forbidden places.
As for constantly having to tell them "No", don't feel bad! You're providing them with a frame of reference in terms of what behavior is safe/acceptable and so on. Loving discipline is vital if you are to raise a friendly, well behaved and temperamentally sound dog. It may seem as if this stage lasts forever, but believe me it doesn't, and puppies are very, very smart. They will understand what you're telling them fairly quickly, but this doesn't mean they won't test their limits on a regular basis.
The best thing you can do for them, is to be consistent, fair and loving. They will benefit greatly from that. Puppies have very short attention spans, but basic obedience such as 'sit', 'down' and 'come' can be taught from an early age. If you take a look at my puppy training page will help you get started.
If you don't intend to take your puppies to formal obedience classes, be sure to give them lots of opportunity for socialization. It's very important that they get used to being around lots of different dogs, people, places and things. My socialize your puppy page will give you tips and links to other articles that will show you how to do this.
Of course, you can't take your puppies out and about until they've finished their 3 sets of shots!
Best of luck with them, keep up the great work!