House training: at what age

(34 Posts)
magpie2 Tue 26-Feb-13 14:27:54

At what age did you get your puppy and at what age was he/she reliably housetrained?

magpie2 Wed 27-Feb-13 07:33:44

Poochie bells and buzzers! Amazing! Thanks guys for your responses, there's hope for us yet smile

broadsheetbabe Tue 26-Feb-13 20:59:51

We have Poochie Bells - and our pup took less than one week to master ringing the bells to go out to 'eliminate'.

She also very quickly cottoned on that if she rings the bells, she is let out to play!

She's a springer-poodle cross, we got her at 11 weeks and she was house trained within one month. Clever girl!

http://www.dougalsden.co.uk/dogs/poochie-bells.html

Got her at 14-ish weeks and she was pretty damned good from the off TBH... we had very little to do on that front. She had lived in a family home from 8-14 weeks, so in those 6 weeks, the previous owners had clearly cracked the toilet training, even though they couldn't cope generally with owning a dog and had to give her up.... I'll always thank them a) for the dog and b) for the fact it wasn't my house that was covered in wee and smelly newspaper!

We say "Hurry up". Works every time!

Floralnomad Tue 26-Feb-13 19:19:30

He must have been at least 6 months before he first barked and it was quite a while after his last accident , I can't actually say he was barking to go for a wee it may be that he's barking because he's seen a pigeon he wants to chase and coincidentally has a wee while he's out . He amazes me with his bladder and bowel control as even in the mornings when he's been in for 8+ hours he will still ,on most days , wait for me to take him for a walk to have a wee rather than go in the garden .

littlewhitebag Tue 26-Feb-13 19:16:06

My lab pup stands and whines at the back door. It is a very pathetic noise. She makes the same noise when she wakes in the morning and wants out her crate for a wee.

tabulahrasa Tue 26-Feb-13 19:06:56

When I say 18 weeks - that's how old he was when he had his last accident, we had a couple of weeks where he asked but not always quite in time, we had a few weeks before that where he was fine if I left the back door open but wouldn't ask.

I wish mine would bark, he jumps up and scratches at the door...it's a glass door...he weighs 35kg and is still growing hmm

SilverSky Tue 26-Feb-13 18:35:12

I wouldn't personally go with a buzzer as having a barker she drives me INSANE with barking. In and out. It's our fault as we inadvertently caused this to happen

Over time, like kids, their bladders get stronger and they can hold for longer.

magpie2 Tue 26-Feb-13 18:31:42

Floral, when did he first bark to go out? How did it happen?

Floralnomad Tue 26-Feb-13 18:16:23

Mine will occasionally stand at the door and bark but usually he just waits till he goes for a walk

youfhearted Tue 26-Feb-13 18:14:14

can anyone tell me apart from the buzzer, is there any waythey can tell you, or do they just learn to hold it longer

SpicyPear Tue 26-Feb-13 17:46:02
SpicyPear Tue 26-Feb-13 17:43:09

I got [[ http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B004DJ51HQ these]] and put the blue one by the back door. When he needs to go he pushes it with his paw and it goes "boing boing" loud enough that I can hear it around the house. I basically taught him to push it on command ("touch") then gave him the command, he pushed buzzer and I opened the door. It's a great party trick for visitors! My older girl is nervous of the buzzer but he will ring it for her if she goes to the door.

magpie2 Tue 26-Feb-13 17:36:36

dont shit on the snowdrops grin
Wow spicypear, tell us about your buzzer!

Pandemoniaa Tue 26-Feb-13 17:26:06

My command is "go wee" - it covers all forms of evacuation.

It is also more more effective than DP's version - "Don't shit on the snowdrops!"

I'm no superior owner but mine was pretty good!

We got him at 8 and a bit weeks and he was reliably crying to go out with no further accidents by 12 weeks.

SpicyPear Tue 26-Feb-13 17:20:59

I have a bell ringing pup! Well, buzzer to be more precise. We got him at 9 weeks and by about 14 weeks I realised he knewto go out but hadn't worked out how to tell me. He peed a lot and quite erratically so getting a routine was hard. He got the idea of the buzzer in two sessions and was almost totally reliable within another week.

Agree that the more you take them out initially, the quicker it will be.

Our puppy was 8 weeks when we got him (Springer), he was going through the night almost immediately, certainly within a week (crate training helps here) and reliable in the house during the day within about 2/3 weeks, it wasn't long at all.

However, we were all around (four of us, kids are pre-teens) as it was the Christmas break and we all pounced on him a lot, poor sod. Lots of treats and praise for outdoor wees and poos etc.

I think the frequency at the stage can pay dividends long term.

magpie2 Tue 26-Feb-13 17:03:40

If he was human, he would probably take the newspaper out with him grin. I did read about the bell method here, so there might just be bell ringing pups out there!
What's your command, Pandemoniaa?

hippermiddleton Tue 26-Feb-13 16:36:22

This will make me sound a bit, um, deranged, but one thing that helped was to time how long the puppy was going between pees over the course of a day or two, so I got a sense of when I should be on the alert for imminent puddle warning, and could usher him outside before any accidents happened. That was on top of the usual before meals/after meals/after sleeping/after playing, etc. At first, I took him out on the hour, and as he got older he could go longer, but after that any 'mistake' was mine, not his, because I hadn't given him the chance to get it right by going outside.

It's funny how quickly they get into a rhythm. Now my puppy is a strapping 4 year old, he still goes out for a pee before breakfast, eats his breakfast, and immediately wants to go out again for a more leisurely loo break. If he was human, he would probably take the newspaper out with him and really settle into it.

Pandemoniaa Tue 26-Feb-13 16:32:00

I'm inclined to think that anyone with a miracle bell-ringing pup has, in fact, witnessed a miracle!

I'd never say I was much of a dog trainer but I do seem to be able to house train pups. The method is a simple one. Learn the obvious signs that a pup is about to wee or poo. Also take them out (and stay out with them) very, very, often indeed because pups have tiny little bladders. Most of which are connected to excitement levels too! Give huge amounts of praise. If possible get them to link performing with a command. It can save a lot of time spent in gardens on dark, cold, wet nights. Although I did have to change the impossibly twee "spend pennies" instruction one of my dogs came trained too.

I also avoid using newspaper. It can encourage unfortunate associations long after a pup is theoretically trained.

Never rub noses in accidents. It's confusing, unkind and counter-productive. Anyone who recommends it as a method of training needs to be retrained themself!

magpie2 Tue 26-Feb-13 16:23:14

Youfhearted, your dh sounds just like mine! Be strong and don't let him do it to the puppy! I take puppy out vv often, it seems to work, just wanted to know how long before I can relax grin.

Thanks hipper, if my pup now stops piddling in the house before 22 weeks, I will feel very superior grin.

Any superior owners out there with miracle bell-ringing pups?

youfhearted Tue 26-Feb-13 15:49:39

thanks hippermiddleton, thats sort of what i told him . grr. but he said he has trained dogs before,
i hope he doesnt do this sad

hippermiddleton Tue 26-Feb-13 15:46:00

Sorry, lots of No!s there. Clearly, am In The Training Zone... blush

hippermiddleton Tue 26-Feb-13 15:45:11

No! Please don't put the poor puppy's nose in her wee - if it happened more than 10 seconds ago, she'll have no idea why you're hurting her like that, and if you do it immediately, she'll just assume she's made a mistake weeing where you can see it, and then go and wee somewhere you can't. And then when it's discovered and everyone goes nuts, she'll be baffled again.

Ignore all mistakes inside, watch her like a hawk for signs she's about to go (circling/sniffing/starting to squat), rush her outside asap and make a huge happy fuss when she wees, even if she's only got a dribble left, and most of it's in a trail along your carpet.

youfhearted Tue 26-Feb-13 15:41:51

dh is askgin whether we should put puppy's nose in her wee .. i said no,

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