Hey this is my second thread i need some help i just got a 2 month old GSD named Kayla I need some help on showing here where to use the restroom right now she is going all over the place please help thanks
Do you have a crate for her? If not, get one now! Also, get a long, light leash for her that you can have attached to you and also tied to your waist so when she is out and about she cannot go far. ALWAYS go outside with your puppy for potty breaks, NEVER let her outside alone during housebreaking.
Typical puppy schedule:
-Wake up in crate, go straight outside. Go to specific Potty Spot, give the potty command (hurry up, go potty, whatever), praise quietly while puppy goes, praise profusely when puppy is done. Give puppy a chance to go twice because some will pee a little, sniff around, and pee again.
-After first meal, straight back outside. Repeat above, praising a ton for good response.
-Naptime? Playtime? Whichever comes now, make sure puppy goes outside. Repeat above.
-Puppy can be loose SUPERVISED. Do not allow her to turn a corner or go into another room. Your eyeballs stay on her at all times. All it takes is a glance away for things to go wrong! If you have stuff to do, tie her to your waist so she can be out but cannot stray. If you cannot watch her, crate her. Listen for any whining or pay attention if she starts sniffing, because then it's time to go out.
-Lunch time. Post-lunch, take her out again.
-The above pretty much repeats itself throughout the day.
-Very last out- make sure she has plenty of time to empty herself.
-Middle of the night- I'd suggest waking up twice during the night at first, then once in the middle of the night until she's clean through the night.
-Another new day! Rush her out immediately.
Basically, after every sleep, nap, meal, and playtime, puppy should go out. Puppy should be crated when she cannot be directly watched or if it's been a long time between potties. When she can be half-watched, she should be tethered to your waist where she will always be by you. Immediately after good potty breaks should be the only time she's allowed to play loose in the house but only with DIRECT supervision and NEVER should be allowed to go into other rooms without your presence. In addition to crates, get some baby gates as well.
Buy a TINY crate (or a large one that comes with a divider to make it tiny). Diana gave great advice.
Never, ever allow your puppy to be free in the house without supervision. If she pees or poops on the floor, it was because you were not watching her. Use a teaching lead or have a dragline on her-- this means attach a very lightweight 4 - 6 ft lead to her collar when she is out of her crate.
She will need to potty in the yard after each time she eats, drinks, play (really..playtime and bouncing about makes them potty), after chewing anything, (stimulates need to go potty).. and basicly, every 2 hours is as long as she can hold it.
At night-- expect to go OUTSIDE with her at least once if not twice at this age.
Never put her outside alone. Let her potty on lead, praise her gently but warmly so she knows that is what you want her to do.
I agree with everything. I wanted to add that if you DO catch her in the act what worked exceptionally well for me was a quick "NO" as I was scooping her up and carrying her outside. Since I caught it early in the process, we stayed outside until she finished her business, and when she did I praised her and told her she was the smartest puppy in the world. No corrections- just make sure it's very clear what you WANT her to do.
And please never correct after the fact. It's pointless and confusing. There should not be an "after the fact" anyway, because she should be under constant supervision. But sometimes they do squat before you can prevent it, and that is a GREAT teaching opportunity.
My Bogart is 8 weeks old and has been with us one week.. He is very good at letting us know he has to go potty ( starts to whine) plus we watch him like a hawk. He has had a few accidents, but we caught him in time and scooped him up. He goes potty twice in the night while we sleep. Goes to bed at 9 am gets up around 12 then back around 4am. When he gets up at 6:30 he goes out before breakfast and after.. Anywho, my concern is, this morning after his morning nap, I noticed his blanket in his crate was wet. He is very quiet puppy at night. Any suggestions on how to stop him from wetting his crate. I know he is still young. Not sure if he has done this many time, so i might be over reacting. New dad and all.
What age do they start sleeping most of the nights and not getting up every few hours?
Thanks in advance.
With Ava, I washed a lot of blankets and towels for the first couple of months, I dont even know if that was normal or not, but if her blankets were wet, they went into the wash...I had 3 sets of bedding for her so she would always have dry bedding.
Bogart slept through the night and his blanket was dry. Yesterday was the first time we left him alone in the morning. I left for 3 hours to simulate going to work. When i came back that is when i noticed his blanket was wet. Up to now, Bogart has had someone home every day. Next week we both go to work, and he will be alone for 3.5 hours at a time. I will come home for lunch and let him out. Hopefully he wont wet his bed everyday. lol!
u've probably already read this but ill say it just in case.
my biggest que was when he woke up, as soon as she wakes up, its time to go outside!! after she drinks, eats, time to go outside. everything in a puppy is small and things that go in, come out real soon!
I bring him out everytime he wakes up from a nap, after he eats, etc... We leave his water out for him to have access too, I cant take him out everytime he takes a drink, we would be out every 5 minutes. haha! Its 10 F here in Canada.BRRRRR!
We are starting to figure out when he really has to go pee. Sometimes he will sit in front of us and put his paw on our leg. Most of the time that mean he has to go out. There have been a few accidents, but that is expected with a pup.
It is very normal! Puppies explore their world with their mouths and hands are especially attractive to them for some reason! The thing to do is redirect her attention to something that she is supposed to chew on - puppy Kongs filled with peanut butter, puppy chew bones, pressed rawhides, etc. She's a little young to be teething, but when that happens she'll be wanting to chew everything in sight!
Ice cubes are good; some people use frozen towels or baby carrots; we used regular Popsicles for Kaiser. You'll just have to keep redirecting her attention to more desirable chew toys - and keep at it as they really seem to prefer the hands!
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