Housetraining: What’s really going on?
We tend to think of housetraining as teaching a puppy to eliminate outdoors or in a specific location in our home (or both). Our perception of housetraining tends to focus on indoors versus outdoors or living room versus bathroom.
And many people think that punishing mistakes will teach the pup to eliminate in the right place next time.
But from the puppy’s perspective, the situation is quite different.
Errorless housetraining is accomplished by using these canine perceptions to our advantage. And it can begin early!
What Can you and your Breeder do to build confidence in your puppy?
The "Rules of 7's" is a concept utilized by good breeders to help develop a confident puppy from birth to 8 weeks of age.
However, we feel that since the age of 8 weeks to 16 weeks is considered "The Sweet Spot" for encouraging the best behaviors and to continue with confidence building, we find that 'new' families will do well to continue along these lines for the first several weeks at home:
"The Rules of 7's"
Continue to be introduced to 'novel' situations, but in moderation! This will allow puppies to continue to use 'learned' coping skills to face the novel situation, cope with it, recover and remember! (end)
Cooper is now 12 weeks old. He has been fantastic at house training, sort of. I am crate training him. When I take him out of the crate and put him in the designated area, he immediately goes. I don't leave him in the crate more than two or three hours during the daytime. He's now to the point of whining only once at night to go, sometimes sleeping through the night. My problem is sometimes he will both poop and pee in his crate, even though he's only been in there less than two hours and he went before I put him in the crate. I have the divider in the crate so he only has enough room to lay. Any suggestions on what to do? I don't want this to be a long-term problem.Continue