Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: London, Ontario
I'm impressed with your puppies aim! Sitka used puppy pads for a little while and could barely keep in on the pad :P
As far as in the crate, I don't know what to suggest. How often and for how long is he in the crate? If it is while you are out of the house, there's not much you can do.
If he is in the crate while you are home, why is he in there? If he has to be in the crate because you can't watch him (ie: sleeping or busy) set a time and let him out every .5hr.
For accidents in the house the best piece of advice I've ever received is that if there's been an accident, it's yours, not your pups. While house training, don't let your dog out of your sight. A tether leash works best. Keep him attached to you at all time, in the bathroom with you while you're showering, at your feet while you're doing dishes - All.The.Time.
Not only does this build your bond, it keeps you in tune with your pups body language. As soon as he starts pacing, sniffing more pointedly, or squatting, run him outside. As soon as he pees praise him like he's turned water into wine! Give him treats and make him think he is the best and smartest pup in the whole world!!
As far as discipline, unless you catch them in the act, its too late. It's much better to prevent the behaviour, then test your dog's memory.
When I first brought Sitka home (he was 4 months and coming off 1 week crate rest) we were in a hotel and used puppy pads. He was too afraid of the balcony (very high up!), so as soon as I saw him pee I picked him up and placed him on the puppy pad. This worked a little too well.. Almost immediately he would ONLY go on the puppy pad. I spent so much time pacing outside waiting for him to go, only to have him pull me down the hallway to his puppy pad. When we got back to our real home I kept him tethered or in the crate 100% of the time until he was 5.5-6months . The only accidents he's had since were once in my parents house (probably less of an accident and more marking his place at the older dog), and once when I was very sick and slept through the morning routine.
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