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04-01-2014 10:08 PM
Originally Posted by selzer View Post

A rolled newspaper can be very helpful in house-training a puppy. This is how you do this: If you see that your puppy pottied in the house,
1. put your puppy in its crate in the other room and shut the door;
2. clean up the accident;
3. take the rolled newspaper and smack yourself with it several times in the head repeating, "I will watch my puppy."

The rolled newspaper technique can be used effectively for other things that pottying.
haha printing this out and sticking on my fridge. Puppy is potty trained but he is heading into the chewing phase.....
04-01-2014 08:30 PM
selzer Change your attitude about your puppy. Your puppy is a baby. He is not defiant. He is not purposefully lying in his pee. It is happening, no doubt, but it isn't so that you can bathe him again or to put his pee stink everywhere.

It sounds like he is having some problems when it comes to his toilet behavior. He may be feeling nervous the moment he piddles and quickly lies down in submission. Exactly what you do not want him to do.

So we have to outwit the dog. The way to do this is to forget about the dog doing this on purpose. Because then you approach it angrily. That is unhelpful. If you can keep him on lead, then the puppy starts to piddle, pick him up or get him outside quick. Then crate him to give you time to clean the spot with an enzyme type cleaner, and then back to keeping him on lead.

A rolled newspaper can be very helpful in house-training a puppy. This is how you do this: If you see that your puppy pottied in the house,
1. put your puppy in its crate in the other room and shut the door;
2. clean up the accident;
3. take the rolled newspaper and smack yourself with it several times in the head repeating, "I will watch my puppy."

The rolled newspaper technique can be used effectively for other things that pottying.
04-01-2014 07:58 PM
nktigger99 I would start back at the basics....go back like your pup is a 8 week old pup.

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04-01-2014 07:42 PM
JonFromNJ Thanks for the additional feedback. I know it seems like it's only pee, but when the dog lays in it - and then is soaked - and then runs and lays on floors and carpet. That kind of thing was fine when I was in college and my early 20's raising dogs, but cannot fly in my home now. So I bathe him. It's hard not to be frustrated...the time I set aside to interact with my puppy is consumed with bathing and cleaning. It'd be a little different if he urinated on the floor and walked away - but he purposefully lays in it. Which is much different from when he has a legitimate accident, which is more like outside - do your business, move on.

The crate isn't working because he urinates in there too now. I've made sure his space in the crate is confined to what he needs but that he also has enough room to stretch out a bit. I'm taking him on long walks, playing fetch, and will be incorporating the obedience lessons in my daily routine to continue to build the bond. I've started to not negatively reprimand him for unwanted behavior; I try to ignore unwanted behavior and praise wanted/good behaviors

My intention is to NOT give up on him, but if it came to that, I would never expect the breeder to buy him back. That's why I'm here, seeking advise as a first step. I'm willing to change MY behavior to get the desired behavior from my pup. If I need to go as far as getting a certified behavioral therapist to come to my house, to work with my dog in my environment, I will.

I have tried having him eat at the same time; he finishes his meal in about 30 seconds and then starts the attention seeking routine.

Yes, I'm having him trained by the breeder I got him from (Carlos Rojas). Carlos is well known and great as what he does. I've watched work him work with his dogs and others, spoken to past clients, he is truly amazing. I found out my vet even does work with him with her own dogs (I found this out during my first visit). Yes it's board and train, but I will be spending 2 or 3 weekend working directly with Carlos and my pup. With my job, I can literally be called any time 24 hours a day and have to work at that moment. It's difficult to schedule things like obedience class every Wednesday night - I will probably miss half of the classes. But because I work from home, I do have the flexibility to get away during the day multiple times for 15, 20, or 30 minutes, just at what points during the day may vary.
04-01-2014 05:50 PM
wolfstraum You are going to do a board and train with this puppy? Is this where you bought the puppy?

Training by someone else in their home may not solve any problems you have in YOUR home....

04-01-2014 05:38 PM
shepherdmom Have you tried feeding him at the same time you eat dinner? Put him in crate stick his bowl in there with him, then go sit down with your family. I really wouldn't worry about a little puppy pee. My kids grew up with dogs. I caught them more than once sharing lollipops and other goodies with the dog, one lick for them, one for the dog. (shudder). It didn't kill them.
04-01-2014 05:23 PM
selzer Gosh, it's a little pee.

You are going to let a little pee take a toll on your marriage?

In the civil war, urine was used to sterilize and wash things, hands, etc. Urine, in and of itself is not terrible. Of course we do not want it in the house, it smells. But it is not going to give your kids cooties.

You need to back up. Number 1, you need to not be frustrated with pee. You need to supervise the puppy 100% Or crate the puppy in a small crate when you cannot supervise. If the dog is peeing in response to your displeasure -- if you yell about something and the puppy pees and lays down, that is called submissive urination. You need to adjust your tone of voice and start training the dog with very positive voice and lots of praise, lots of fun. Build a bond with your puppy and drop the irritated, frustrated, angry voices.

If the puppy is taking a toll on your marriage, contact your breeder and GIVE the dog back to the breeder. Do not expect them to buy the dog back. Give it back to your breeder because that is not the breeder's fault. Marital problems is something she has no control over, and the puppy is not defective, it is simply displaying normal puppy behavior, and perhaps some symptoms of what is going on in the home.
04-01-2014 05:15 PM
my boy diesel a towel to absorb the pee
then u r not obsessing about the pee??
04-01-2014 05:11 PM
JonFromNJ Thanks again to ALL to who responded. Although obviously the problem hasn't gone away in a few hours, I do feel a lot better. My boy woke up just before 4:00, took him out, played with him until 4:50, then took him out again. He's currently resting on the floor.

I would appreciate any advice for one particular time of the day - eating. My GSD is always looking for the most attention when we try to eat. He will jump on counter, my children's high chairs, stoves, couches, whine at the door as if he has to go out (even if I literally just came back in) - anything to get the attention on him. I started putting him in the crate while we ate (after taking him out before he went in), but he urinates in the crate before the meal is over 20-30 minutes. Then the family and I stopped eating in our kitchen and moved to our dining room. Again, I would take him out before we sat down, and he'll be laying in pee by the time we're done. Mind you the the dining room is clearly visible from the kitchen, and he can still be 4 feet away in the kitchen only separated by a baby gate. So we've resorted to the family eating in the dining room and me eating in the kitchen alone. I know that's not healthy and it's not the right solution, I just don't know what else to do and I can't be bathing the dog every day after dinner. At the same time, I can't let him stay with urine on him, as I mentioned I have small children who play all over the floor of the house and cannot have my GSD running around and laying on floors, contaminating them. So to prevent the urine, prevent the bath, and to allow my family to eat in peace, I am where I am. Does anyone have any ideas on other approaches I could take? As I mentioned in a previous post, he's starting obedience training in a few weeks (specifically the first entry on this page - German Shepherd Breeder in New Jersey. AKC Registered Puppies and trained German Shepherd Dogs for sale.), so I'm hoping as he learns stay, lay down, etc, it will help.
04-01-2014 02:46 PM
my boy diesel put a thick towel in the crate and don't bathe him
ignore the pee for a few days and exercise as usual
see if that helps
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