First things first: your new best friend must learn where to poo. This might take some work but it will be rewarding after your dog is trained. Nothing is better than a dog who obeys your every command. You’ll be thankful to have a dog that is able to sit next to you while you watch a game. It will be frustrating at the beginning, but trust me when I tell you that it’s worth it. Early training is a great way to develop a healthy relationship with your pup.
Dogs are normally clean and keep their dens clean–they learn cleanliness from the mother. So, normally, the pups will move away from the area where they sleep to pee or poo and then come back to the mother. This is good for us. This allows us to use their nature to train them. Crate training is the best way to go about this because they see the crate as a den.
How To Setup your Crate:
- It is best if an old shirt is placed in the crate so the pup can get used to your scent.
- Use a crate that has enough room for the pup to be comfortable, but not big enough for the pup to poop on one side and sleep on the other.
- Introduce your pup to the crate. Never throw a pup in and shut the door. You will only instill fear in him. Place several pieces of kibble in the crate and praise the pup when he goes in. If that doesn’t work, gently pick up the pup and place him in the crate, but don’t shut door. Make sure you pet your pup for reassurance.
- Call pup out and praise him when he comes to you. Repeat this for several minutes.
- Try closing the door for a minute. Finish up by opening the door and praising him.
- The next time you feed your pup, feed him inside of the crate and close the door. When the pup is done he might whine and bark. Firmly strike the front of the cage door with your hand and say “NO” in a deep voice.
- Repeat this until the pup is quiet for five minutes, then open the door and take him where you want the pup to poo from now on.
- Create a schedule for your pup to sleep, eat, drink, play, and poo. Remember: the pup will sleep most of the day, so keep play simple and fun without over doing it.
- Feed the pup three times each day at the same time so he knows when to poo. This will ensure the pup eliminates before going to sleep so no accidents happen at night. Do this until your pup moves to eating twice a day at about fourteen to eighteen weeks of age.
7:00am Walk pup for a very short period around area where you want pup to eliminate.
7:15am Give pup food and water in crate, play with pup, place pup back in crate.
9:00am Walk pup and take him to his elimination area. Keep pup around you for 15 minutes while you do chores, then return pup back to crate.
12:oopm Feed pup and give him water. Walk pup to his elimination area. Playwith pup for a few minutes, then place him back in crate.
2:00pm Give pup water, walk pup, then return to crate.
5:00pm Feed pup last meal and offer him water. Walk pup and allow him to play while you watch a game or do some yard work.
7:00pm Walk pup to his place of elimination. Keep pup with you while you read a book or check your e-mail. Let the pup enjoy your company and you his.
9:00pm Place pup in crate by your bedside so he will not feel alone when he hears you sleeping. If pup whines or cries, simply make noise to assure him you are there. A firm “NO” also lets them know you don’t care for whining or crying.
If you keep to a schedule the pup will soon be able to hold himself for longer periods–this is why the best time to bring your pup home is during a vacation period. Remember, accidents will happen, so act accordingly.
Tip: If your dog is pooing or peeing where he is not supposed to, startle them with a “NO” or “AHH” and take them to their elimination area and allow them to finish. Never clean this area in front of a puppy or they will see you as their maid. Also, be sure to look for tsigns that they want to pee or poo (smelling floor, whining, scratching on floor, etc.) If an accident happens, remember its your fault and not his. Keep an eye on your pup!