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Old 01-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you all so much. Castlemaid, a great big thanks as that is the reassurance/reasoning I desperately needed to stay on this track. We've had a great day today. Lots of firsts! I'll post something much more fun next. Still learning the ropes on these forums, but I'll try to post a link to a video of my sweet lil love listening to me sip tea for the first time with her huge satellite dishes. Ha!
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm still struggling with potty training. When is a realistic expectation for when a pup should be potty trained? A trainer says that it's no good to be near her in her crate as "reuniting after seperation" and wants $400 + travel expenses to explain (one time payment = 3-4 hours one time + access to her via email for life). Mary Lynne Doleys is her name. She seems knowledgeable and of course I would expect to pay when receiving pro advice.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:00 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've always found kennel training to be the easiest thing in the world. All these "rules", ignoring, can't be by the crate, blah blah blah... where did this all come from? I think some people make training too complicated

I've also always found potty training to be the easiest thing possible. A dog will only go in the house if you let it. Others are right, the second she is out of her crate you need to take her out. That is the whole purpose of crate training. I find that puppies adjust to the crate very easy, no need to ignore them for 2 minutes here and 5 minutes there and you can't be within 17.5 feet of the crate...

As far as calming down and ignoring... I don't let my puppies out if they are whining or acting very anxious, but the SECOND they calm down I let them out of the crate and we go straight outside. Of course as the dog ages, I make them wait a bit longer. But not a 9-10 week old puppy.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm still struggling with potty training. When is a realistic expectation for when a pup should be potty trained?

Our Amichien "associate" was $500. I like a lot of the Amichien principles. When put into practice especially if the objective is getting the dog to focus on the owner, they work. So in a nutshell, I'm not knocking their methods, but I do believe potty training comes under a whole different catagory of training and I don't think you need to pay someone $400 to get your dog trained in that area.


Castlemaid gave you great information but it's not going to work overnight. When you try to get a dog to do it's business outside try to remember that the first step is all about you learning to spot the signs of when it's time to take the dog outside. You have to watch for the signs and act fast. If you take the dog out after it drinks, after it eats, after it runs around the family room for 10 minutes, when he/she starts sniffing the ground or walking in circles and definitely when he/she walks over to the door he will be trained a lot quicker than if you try to do it based on the clock.

Anibus and Castlemaid both gave you great advice and it was free. I'd try their suggestions for a week and then decide whether or not you still need to hire the trainer. (you might need a trainer for other things, I just don't think this is one of them)
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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This is my take on this, if you leave her in her crate during the day and go home at coffee breaks and lunch I would immediately take her out the moment you get home and not ignore for five minutes. Maybe she is trying to tell you she has to go in Those five minutes when she's getting excited before she poops and pees! This may be her way of signaling she has to go. She's a baby .


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Old 01-17-2013, 01:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I appreciate the time you took to respond. Thanks.
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