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debbie

House training

Well, our new baby arrives next week but its been over 10 years since I have a young puppy in the house so any tips and advice on house training would be appreciated.  Unfortunately just opening the door and letting him out isn't an option at this time of year as the yard is full of bullocks
goodlife

what breed is he/she
debbie

He's a great dane and he will be 12 weeks and over 2 stone tomorrow when we collect him.  lived in kenels with his siblings (one of 18!) since he was 4 weeks old and apparently is very good at shredding news paper. As I said, 10 years since we had a young puppy in the house so hints and tips appreciated although we have only been dane less for 2 weeks.
kaz

My plan with puppies is that everytime they get up to move - get them outside (or onto newspaper/pads by the door) - praise +++ when they perform. Within a few days you get to read their body language and realise when they are looking to wee or poo.
You will have to be quick with your little Dane as the puddles will be HUGE

PS edited to say that you will be having a very busy Christmas (and will love it)
conundrum

Kaz is right Debbie. Everytime he wakes up, out of the door, he does not come in until he has performed and you have praised him. About 5 to 10 mins after every meal, and roughly every half hour throughout the day, before long he will expect to go outside and if you are lucky, he will take himself toward the nearest door. Housetraining pups takes as long as it takes, some are seriously fast at picking up that they only "go" outside, others take quite some time.....it is down to you, to be on watch all the time the pup is awake, and catch him before he neeeeeeds to go.

And what joy, housetraining a puppy in midwinter!!!!  I have stood outside in the snow and ice many a time, shivering in my jim jams, waiting while the joyous pupster gambles around, having a whale of a time before deciding to go....fun fun fun!!
debbie

Thanks everyone.  we will see how he takes to being inside I suppose - Brodie was no problem at all when she came to us at 9 months having been in a kennel her whole life but Darcy was 6 months before he was reliable.

Your right about the winter though - apparently this little boy won't even walk round the garden if its frosty he jut stands there and stares at his feet and he doesn't do rain at all (typical dane) not too sure what he's going to make of exmoor then!

Right morning rounds then off to get the puncture in the truck tyre repaired on root to Bristol to pick him up...still can't agree on a name - we have a short list of six
lizzie44

Can you get a huge crate for him? We always use a crate as bed/safe place. Winston was soon dry overnight as he hated wetting his bed and then it was just a matter of turfing him out every half an hour and whenever he woke up from a nap. He was housetrained by 12 weeks although we did get him at 7 weeks. Still havnt stopped him chewing however but that is a different problem! Good Luck Debbie and dont forget we all want photos!!! Love Lizzie
fleurie

Hope the housetraining is going well, Debbie! We haven't had puppies indoors, but our rescue dogs which have lived on the streets learned remarkably quickly. As others have said - you just need to watch, more than anything else. Some give better clues than others!

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darkbrowneggs

debbie wrote:
Thanks everyone.  we will see how he takes to being inside I suppose - Brodie was no problem at all when she came to us at 9 months having been in a kennel her whole life but Darcy was 6 months before he was reliable.

Your right about the winter though - apparently this little boy won't even walk round the garden if its frosty he jut stands there and stares at his feet and he doesn't do rain at all (typical dane) not too sure what he's going to make of exmoor then!

Right morning rounds then off to get the puncture in the truck tyre repaired on root to Bristol to pick him up...still can't agree on a name - we have a short list of six


Sorry with late reply to this.  With mine -straight outside as soon as they wake up - stay with them till they have performed, saying "Be a good dog" or whatever suits you.  Be especially vocal when they are doing the deed, plus lots of "Good girl/boy"  Eventually they will perform on command even when they haven't got much to give!!!

If you have grown dog them let them out at the same time so the youngster gets the idea.

Its amazing how much you learn about the night sky when you are housetraining a puppy.

Girls are always easier than boys to train.  

I try to get them to bark at the door when they want to go in or out.  My current Dane is good at barking to come in, but only after dark.  And if its wet she takes one look at the weather when the door is opened and does a quick reverse action with a "if you think I am going out in THAT you can think again!!!"
fleurie

...... if its wet she takes one look at the weather when the door is opened and does a quick reverse action with a "if you think I am going out in THAT you can think again!!!

Alex (GSD) will just sit by the door and wait until we notice him! Tessa (GSD cross) runs backwards & forwards to the door - fairly explicit, but puts the brakes on when she sees it is wet, like yours! When she first came to us we had a few accidents, and a couple of occasions when she used the balcony - on the assumption, I suppose, that it was "outside" - clever dog. It didn't take long, though. Alex was very quick to learn and the only disaster was when we wormed him a couple of days after arrival. He'd been in a shelter for about 6 months, but had access to open country for exercise and may have eaten all sorts. He'd vomited worms, which was horrible, so I dosed him and he "exploded" all over the bed - delightful! That was the only occasion when he made any kind of mess indoors other than a couple of puddles.

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debbie

Well, Solly has been here two weeks now and is 14 weeks old.  We decided against the paper training and instead went down the root of taking him out on his lead as soon as he woke up, finished playing and 10 minutes after eating.  I take him out at 12.30am for his last walk and Simon takes him out at 6am. had a few accidents including a very long pee right in the middle of our bed and feather duvet day before christmas eve!  However, two weeks down the line, today he actually went to the door and asked to go out by sitting on the mat and staring at the door whimpering.  I have got very good at spotting his signs though but this is the first time he has actually asked which I think is brilliant .  like yours though DBE, going out in bad weather is not an option as far as he is concerned and he needs to be encouranged!
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