So our house has a dog door, it was here when we bought the house. We have used it with our foster dogs in the past but they were always mostly house broken an over 3 years old. We will be bringing our pup home at 8 weeks. Am I right in saying that we should not use the dog door until she is house broke completely? We need to upgrade it since it an older door and it is not efficient at all. I have to be very careful when it is open because my twins(they are two) like to sneak outside while it is open. Also I will not leave it open when we are gone for a by long time.....I will crate her until she is beyond trustworthy.
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I have rather a complicated doggie door system a thick double door to the spa room and then a second door to the outside... so I use a two pronged approach.
When I got my boy at 12 weeks, I took him outside the side door to potty. When he was done I took him around to the doggie pen and put him inside it. Then I went inside and called him into the spa room. It was a game.
After he had that perfected, I went all the way inside the house. This was harder because he didn't like the double flapps but he soon had that as well. Because he wanted to be with me.
Then I had to reverse it to get him to go the other way. We made it a game. Find me. I would go into the spa room and call him or I would go all the way outside and call him. When he found me he would get praise and attention.
Now he had the doggie doors down but connecting it with potty was another matter. I had him pretty much on a schedule of taking him outside to potty had to convince him he wanted to go outside on his own. I have other dogs so this is where having other dogs helps tremendously. Instead of taking him outside first thing in the morning after being crated at night I encouraged him out the doggie door with the other dogs. Great worked awesome in the daytime...
After a couple of accidents in the house I realized he was scared to go outside in the dark. So it was doggie door in the day, me taking him out in the evening. To get him used to the pen in the dark, after taking him out to go potty I would walk around and put him in the pen...where he promptly ran in the house.
So we just started to wonder around outside at night in the dark. Tasha one of my older dogs loves basketball so we would go around the outside of the house with me kicking the basketball. Finding the basketball in the dark was fun. I guess. Because pretty soon it wasn't so scary.
Now at 14 weeks he is pretty much potty trained. I haven't had an accident in the house in about 4 or 5 days now. (knock on wood) LOL
We still do a combo of me taking him outside for exercise and play and potty breaks but if he needs to go between potty breaks he is using the doggie door both day and evening.