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19 April 2004 @ 01:22 pm
do any of you have any tips for housebreaking? our puppy is 11 weeks old, and it seems like she may be starting to understand it, but then she'll have a little accident in the house. is this normal? we've had bostons for a while, but we got them after they were house-trained. how long does it typically take for them to become house-trained?
Jenn: Charlie eyeastridlynn on April 19th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
No more accidents.
Charlie was really easy to potty-train, although he did have occassional accidents up to about 6 mos. old.

The best advise I can give is to bring your puppy out constantly. I kenneled Charlie when I wasn't home and would take him out immediately before I left home and when I came home. (A good rule of thumb is that they can be kenneled for one hour every week old they are.)

Another thing is discipline. If you don't catch them in the act, then they won't understand why they're being disciplined and most likely won't make the connection. If your puppy makes a mess bring him/her outside immediately and then clean up. I usually kenneled Charlie when I cleaned up, so that he wouldn't see me doing it. (I don't remember where, but I heard that you aren't supposed to let them see you clean up their messes.)

There were also times when he would consistently pee in the same place. To fix that, I moved his kennel to that spot. Most dogs won't pee in their "home". I found this to be true, being that he would go into rooms we don't use often or under the table to do his business.

Good luck! Let us know if you find any tricks that work for you.
~*~Rachel~*~groovy2005 on April 19th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: No more accidents.
yeah, the annoying thing is, we take her out a lot, and then when we've brought her back in, 20 mins later she'll pee in the house. 'tis rather exasperating. but i guess we'll just keep trying... she's bound to get it eventually, i guess...
trexphile on April 19th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be that they can hold it an hour for every month old they are? In other words, at three months, they can usually hold it for three hours? That's been my experience, anyway :)
Jenn: Hmmm...astridlynn on April 19th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)
1 mo = 1 hr
That does make sense. Thanks for the correction. ;)