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03-16-2014 01:35 AM
Diesel7602
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Originally Posted by Strypher View Post
Well my puppy is only 6 weeks about to be 6 she is probably too young to even learn but if she isn't My first question is how do I teach my little girl to use pee pee pads. I've read about putting her face down to the pee and saying no but I really don't wanna do that . Another way is spray bottle filled with lemon juice I think it was ? Spray her when u catch her in the act . It doesn't sound too bad but how much would the lemon juice Affect her I don't want her to be hurt it to learn . Sorry If this is a noob question. And what do I do if I'm trying to crate train her and she starts crying after 2 mins ? People told me don't let her out cause u the boss not her and if I let her out shell always cry to get out . But she also cries if she gotta use the bathroom so how do I know if she crying to get out and or or crying just to get out ?! Thanks again


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My puppy will be 6 weeks Sunday and I use pee pads because I won't take him out side tell he gets his shots. What I did was, as soon as I take him out of his kennel, I put him on the pad. Every time after he ate, or after play I put him there. If I saw him trying to pee some where else, I would pick him up and put him there . Repeat and repeat. He is now going to the pad his self. But some times there is a accident. I have to remind my self he is just a baby, and it takes time. Good luck. I know I have to retrain him after his shots to go out side and not where his pad is . =/ the crying in the kennel, was a hard one to call. What I did was go to the door and try to calm him down. When he stoped crying I let him out. He now knows he has to stop or I won't let him out.

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02-07-2014 06:12 AM
OriginalWacky
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I'm willing
I'm pretty firmly anti-peepad, but, since you have a unique situation, I'll try to help out a bit. First, do you have a small balcony or porch that is yours? Or roof access (as mentioned before)? If so, then use those to start your potty training. You can place pee pads on the balcony so that it's not dripping down the side of the building etc at this age.

Each and every time the puppy starts to pee, then if she isn't on the peepad, just calmly say Oops and put her on the peepad to finish. When she does pee on it, then make a huge deal, using a high pitched super happy voice to praise her immensely and give her several treats in a row. Whenever she starts to pee, use the same word to describe it (I used to tell my dog "water the lawn"), so that she will eventually associate that word with peeing. There will come a day when you set her on the peepad and she will automatically pee when you say your word. EUREKA! Now you are teaching her to pee on cue. Same thing for pooping (I used "do your business"), and get that on the cue as well.

At this age, I'd be putting her on the peepad every half or or so, immediately after eating, drinking, and waking up, and anytime she seems to be showing signs of needing to go. Again, as soon as she starts to pee or poop, use your special cue words so she will associate them, and eventually know those words mean she should go. And praise, praise, praise, make it a puppy party so she knows it makes you really really happy when she eliminates in the correct place. When you can't watch your puppy, she should be crated (you can google crate training) so that she doesn't have the chance to make potty mistakes in the home.

The reason I stress trying to put her elimination on cue is that it will help when it comes to the time to transfer that training outside. If you always always use the cue words, then hopefully not using them in the house once she's trained will make the transition easier. I will say that it's a lot harder to move from indoors on the peepad to the outdoors than it is to train her to go outside in the beginning (I know from experience).

Now, as to not taking her out until 4-5 months, you're really missing out on a some major chances to socialize, so you might want to consider checking with another vet on this, as yours seems to be forgetting that. Yes, there is risk associated with taking your pup out before her vaccinations are complete, but there are ways to minimize that, and socializing is pretty important too. If nothing else, she is still small enough that you can carry her, and keep her away from other dogs or areas where dogs are commonly found so that she can at least meet other people and experience new sights and sounds.
02-06-2014 08:48 PM
Strypher
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Personally, I would avoid training my dog to pee inside, even if it's on a pee pad. Take your puppy outside A LOT (every 15 minutes for awhile) and when she pees, praise her! If she pees inside, say "NO", and immediately take her outside. If she pees, praise her! It takes time, your pup was taken away from her mom too early to boot, so you have your work cut out for you. Puppy-proof your house and understand that at this young age, you should keep an eye on her at all times. For the times you are unable to supervise her, crate train your puppy properly, and that'll help a lot.



It's going to be a lot of work and its doable; if you don't live in a place that can accommodate your dog, or if you are unprepared/unwilling to do what needs to be done to raise a dog properly, then I'm curious as to why you got a dog, much less a german shepherd, to begin with.

I'm willing


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02-06-2014 08:47 PM
Strypher
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Is there a reason why you got the puppy at the improper/too young age?

Since she was taken so early, there's a good chance you'll run into bigger problems then just house breaking.

Yes the owner didn't mean to breed her dogs so when it happen she was not financially ready and was going to take them to a shelter. I had told her also I felt she was to young to be away from the mom but ah said she couldn't wait longer so I toke one . That's jt


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02-06-2014 08:44 PM
Strypher
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Couple of things, first, I'd like to ask, what do you plan on doing when the puppy turns into a dog? Where will she potty???

2nd, while I am not for pee pads at all, this is my suggestion, Get an xpen, throw a tarp on the floor, pee pads/newspaper on top..it will save your wood floors.

Or LaRen posted an idea that some have used mostly with small dogs..

I just think if a puppy starts learning it's ok to go in the house, no matter the spot, it will be very hard if not impossible to train to go outside when the time comes.

I still think your vet is nuts about the 4/5 month thing..Granted right now, 6 weeks, is to young to be taking on surfaces that she may 'catch' something, get a back pack and carry her outside..

Do you have a roof in your building? Can you use the roof to potty your dog? I'm not sure of the set up you have other than you have no yard and are in the city.

And I'm not getting where the dog will potty when it becomes an adult??
She will potty outside


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02-06-2014 08:43 PM
Strypher
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I know it might sound odd, but when I brought my girl home (5weeks) I started right away. When she made an accident... I took a small amount of the pee and put it on the pad. I didn't use the pads long because I didn't want her to get the habit of using the floor. My childhood dog was trained that way by my parents... And he NEVER stopped peeing on any paper that was left on the ground. I took her out every 45 min or so.... I never disciplined her... Only said a firm "no" and took her outside. After a few days of that, she would sit by the door waiting.... Silently until she peed herself.... So I had to teach her to let me know. I would say "show me" and wait for her to make a sound, or jump on the door.... Then I would immediately open it and let her do her business. http://youtu.be/FciFNeUKqjA


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That is very cool


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02-06-2014 08:40 PM
Strypher
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I don't understand why a Vet would tell you not to take your puppy outside until it is 4-5 months old, that is absolutely ridiculous! You'll be missing out on getting an early start on socialization.

Find a new Vet, this one is a whack job!

I wouldn't use pee pads, I had a family member that used pee pads and then took them away when the puppy was a little older and the puppy ended up peeing on newspaper on the ground along with sheets and towels on the ground.

Why don't you try something like this?

That is a good idea thank you


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02-06-2014 08:09 PM
JakodaCD OA Couple of things, first, I'd like to ask, what do you plan on doing when the puppy turns into a dog? Where will she potty???

2nd, while I am not for pee pads at all, this is my suggestion, Get an xpen, throw a tarp on the floor, pee pads/newspaper on top..it will save your wood floors.

Or LaRen posted an idea that some have used mostly with small dogs..

I just think if a puppy starts learning it's ok to go in the house, no matter the spot, it will be very hard if not impossible to train to go outside when the time comes.

I still think your vet is nuts about the 4/5 month thing..Granted right now, 6 weeks, is to young to be taking on surfaces that she may 'catch' something, get a back pack and carry her outside..

Do you have a roof in your building? Can you use the roof to potty your dog? I'm not sure of the set up you have other than you have no yard and are in the city.

And I'm not getting where the dog will potty when it becomes an adult??
02-06-2014 02:49 PM
Mocha
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BecAuse that is the puppy age


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Is there a reason why you got the puppy at the improper/too young age?

Since she was taken so early, there's a good chance you'll run into bigger problems then just house breaking.
02-06-2014 01:25 PM
Eiros Personally, I would avoid training my dog to pee inside, even if it's on a pee pad. Take your puppy outside A LOT (every 15 minutes for awhile) and when she pees, praise her! If she pees inside, say "NO", and immediately take her outside. If she pees, praise her! It takes time, your pup was taken away from her mom too early to boot, so you have your work cut out for you. Puppy-proof your house and understand that at this young age, you should keep an eye on her at all times. For the times you are unable to supervise her, crate train your puppy properly, and that'll help a lot.

It's going to be a lot of work and its doable; if you don't live in a place that can accommodate your dog, or if you are unprepared/unwilling to do what needs to be done to raise a dog properly, then I'm curious as to why you got a dog, much less a german shepherd, to begin with.
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