10 September 2005 @ 10:15 pm
quick update  
roman = doing awesome.

potty training roman = doing awesomely bad.

roman is situated well and all is ok. my dad is kinda coming around to him, but still reserved about the whole situation. roman is my very first puppy so now that he's here, bear with my questions that are most likely annoying and asked already.

i read that a puppy finally becomes officially house trained when he's around 6 months.

he's only 9 weeks! eep! i am trying to research ways on how to make training go better. can anyone recommend anything to me??? i've been treating and emphasizing my praise when he goes outside, which is the type of training i want to do. any other tips?

delete me: blythemekkha on September 10th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Watch him very very carefully. You should notice he walks/acts a little "odd" before he needs to go. Lola would do this wiggly butt dance thing. Also, usually around that age puppies need to go every 2 hours. Even during nightime. I would put Lola in her crate and set my alarm. I was up every 2 hours to bring her on her papers. She caught on very quick, and would even wake me up when she had to go (at that point she was allowed to sleep in my bed).

It didnt take me long to train her, less then a week actually. But I had to re inforce it all the time, she did have accidents. If she was in the middle of a "boo boo" I would simply say no, pick her up and bring her to her papers and say "pipi sur les papiers" (peepee on papers). When she would I praised her like there was no tomorow!

Also right after they drink, or when they play and get excited you can expect them to have to go potty. Hope that helped :)
hysteric glamour: crank itunquietmind on September 10th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
exactly what i was going to say. once you pick up on Roman's potty cues, it'll get easier. also, it helps to have a verbal command. when the dogs were puppies, every time they went out to potty, I'd say, "potty potty potty!" Now, when they hear "potty potty potty!" they go outside and do their business.

good luck! it takes time and patience. i'm sure Roman will do fine :))
Courtneys0yl3ntgr33n on September 10th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
chewing causes the digestive process, so take him out after chewing a toy, eating food.

leeloo wasn't accident free until she was 9 months old. small breed dogs can take longer to house train so don't worry if it doesn't happen at 6 months.

most importantly, be consistent. it will take many many many times for roman to get the idea of going pee consistently outside.
A mass of walking contradictions: bad dognickitty on September 11th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
Vinnie didn't finally have a lightbulb STAY ON (so many times we thought "He's finally got it!" and then....surprise!) until at least 6 months.

And he still doesn't ASK to go out - you have to sort of guess. We take him out at least every 2 hours though.

I'm starting the bell ringing thing that someone else suggested here.. hopefully he can get that soon enough.
Tiffanyiftherainstops on September 11th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
are you crate training? Once I started crate training little Rowan, i've seen leaps and bounds in improvement.

After he's eaten- put him in the crate (the crate should be small) and he'll let you know when he needs to go out- they don't want to use the bathroom where they sleep!!

but also try to look at his behavior, and know that it will take time.

For rowan, he was fine going outside to pee, but when it came to pooping, he really didn't like going outside, but now he's doing much much better!
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on September 11th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
Yeah 6 months for any other breed, again Bostons are notoriously difficult to potty train! Not that that's what you wanted to hear right now :P

Like kernelpanicked said, make going outside the funnest thing possible! When he pees and poos outside praise him like he just pooped gold. And give him a little treat too. Also take him out to roughly the same spot every time, so that eventually he'll see the spot and know to go.

When to take him out to potty:
-When he wakes up
-Right after his meals
-Right before he goes into the crate
-Right after he comes out of the crate
-After hard playing
-After napping
-Before he goes to bed

These are the times he will most likely always have to go. And of course all the other times in between!

I am very much AGAINST wee wee pads, all they do is teach the pup it's ok to go in the house.

Yay I'm glad he's doing well, besides his potty training issues!
Sara Rae: Life is hardsarakenobi on September 11th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
yes puppy pads=devil.

you got it exactly correct, cute_bunny I agree 110%

it takes a while to potty train, and I would def. expect accidents for the next few months, he is soooooooooooooooo teeny still. potty training doesn't happen overnight, I hope yu weren't expecting that :( it takes alot of time and effort and repetition!
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on September 11th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! I get a lot of my information from dog books, I love dog books! I get a new one every time we go to Barnes & Noble...cause I'm a nerdy birdie! :P

Oh and trial and error with Roxie...poor Roxie, it's hard being the first!
Sara Raesarakenobi on September 11th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
hahahahha! i know! we checked out at least 10 different puppy books, checked message boards and I bought a book by Brian Kilcommons that was just fanstastic. I've been raising dogs since I was little, but it doesn't hurt to read up and be infrmed!
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on September 12th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
You know who I love to watch too, but I haven't caught his show in a while, is UNCLE MATTY!!!
Sara Raesarakenobi on September 12th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
stageiistageii on September 11th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
At 9 weeks, Roman is the equivalent of an infant. He may not yet have the mental or physical ability to 'hold it'. Take him outside every half hour to 45 minutes. Continue with the treats - have small bits of treat in your pocket. The SECOND he is done making a dribble, praise, praise, praise in a happy and loud voice, and put a treat in front of his nose. Do this every time he eliminates and before you know it, the positive reinforcement will 'click' and he will be on his way.

When he has an accident in the house, do not punish. Use an odor neutralizer to clean the spots (Nature's Miracle, etc.) or he instinctually will want to re-mark them. Bleach, Resolve - those products remove the scent to our noses, but not Roman's.

As the others have said, watch for his clues - sniffing the floor, etc. Crate him when you can't give him your full attention. The crate should be very small or sectioned off so he has just enough room to turn around. Dogs do not like to make messes where they sleep.

Be patient, and give that precious pup a kiss!

Marian: I rock Misty~ heartgym17mar on September 11th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Consistency and Patience...
that's all you can have with these tiny pups and he'll be trained in no time :)