Housebreaking is no fun...

Reply Sat 22 Jan, 2005 08:35 pm
it was a lot easier with my small dog. this one can literally hold it for ...all of 50 minutes. Every hour to 1 and a half... it's tinkle, tinkle. goodness gracious. no break at night too.

crate: check

letting her out every hour even in the wee morning hours?: check

lots of praise when going outside?: check (i have plenty of pics of her tooting ...i'm sick)

what happens if you leave her in there for 1 hr and a half? she tinkles in her crate ...and with lots of fur, that's a lot of soaked tinkle on her.

what happens if I hurry and let her out at an 1hr and a half? most of the time i make it ...but she likes to tinkle on mommy too.

is the crate the right size?: check, check... enough for her to only turn around in. the one featured below is just one I leave in the living room. my dear pup spends her life in the kitchen in her other crate.

time. patience... must remember... time and patience. ....it's only been 2 days. the worse has yet to begin... lol


She is such a baby!!


So this is where I should go potty? ...but it's so much more convenient to go on you while you're carrying me to the backyard door.


herd my fur-sister, herd my fur-sis. one track mind. herd my fursis.


follow the leader, follow the leader... <singing: ...a chasing we will go, a chasing we will go... hi-ho a merry-o ...a chasing we will go>


so you like chasing me, eh? well you listen here sheepie... as long as this gate stands between you and I ...I will taunt and tease you until mommy sees.


look lady... if you're going to give me 3 different size crates, I am going to lay in all of them ...understand? so take that *tongue thrown at mom*


that's all folks. nighty-night!
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Reply Sat 22 Jan, 2005 08:41 pm
Ahhhhhhhhhhh, she's BEAUTIFUL!!!
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Reply Sat 22 Jan, 2005 10:08 pm
Great pix! If you're like me, you'll forget everything you're now learning about housebreaking by the time the next dog needs to learn it.

We have friends who have a small bell on a hook at dachshund height. They hit it once every time the dog (Frank) went out during his training period. Frank now goes to the door and rings the bell when he needs to go out. It's too cool. Worth a try?
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Reply Sat 22 Jan, 2005 10:10 pm

Great pics, Joah, thanks for sharing 'em. Love that speckled nose!
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Reply Sat 22 Jan, 2005 10:12 pm
WhoodaThunk: definitely. i think she may need some sort of way to tell me.

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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 08:49 am
I shouldn't be laughing, but remember what I said about falling down on the way to work? That 24 hours of constant attention is rough initially. Human babies are easier in some ways. They've got diapers, and they're not covered in fur.
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 10:18 am
A baby would be nice. Very Happy

...or a smart dog. On the intelligence rating, these don't rank anywhere near the top, but usually stupid = lots of love to give??? Wink

My mother-in-law friend's sheepie was the same way, but she said it took them several years to figure out she was actually very smart ...just very very stubborn.

Any more suggestions folks? Life will be easier the faster they go? I'm a perfectionist ...so anything longer than a few days, and I'm not happy.

Last night I moved the crate into my room. My thinking behind that was if she sees us...she may not have anxiety pees. Assuming of course. And if I heard her the second she got up, she would quit peeing everywhere!!! Well, there was progress!!! She held it in for 4 hrs last night, then 50 min, then 1 hr, and then 2 hrs. (better than last night at least)

It's all coming back to me... my "disappointment" in my other animals the first ...okay, the entire year I had them. Then once I made it past that, you couldn't separate us.
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 10:35 am
I can recall layin' down on the floor and crying a couple times when Bailey first got here. I was worn out and frustrated, and did I mention worn out?

You've got the 'puppy' issue, as well as the recent travel/move. Things will settle down in a little bit. Really.

Stubborn or stupid? Ha! When I first got Bailey I told my parents (hamburger and mrs. hamburger) that I'd love him no matter how stupid he was - and I was convinced he was the stupidest dog ever the first couple of weeks. Now I know the truth. He completed his AKC CGC. He was the only dog in the history of the Zippity Do Dog Club to graduate from basic agility after one set of classes. He's smart, and stubborn.
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 11:39 am
aweeeeeeeeee... that's awesome to hear about your dog's accomplishments. Care to switch dogs just until she's potty trained? I can handle the rest of the chaos (chewing on everything known to man).

my fiance is just laughing and laughing from iraq (talked over instant messenger). he keeps telling me he's so glad he's not there. all he talks about is "can't wait to cuddle with her." i am positive that there will be "mostly" one person doing the yelling every few minutes. hehe

i won't complain about the grooming and bathing because i enjoy that very much.
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 11:57 am
Whenever you feel overwhelmed by the puppyness, Joahaeyo, smell that wonderful puppy breath and rejoice in it.

I keep telling the lad that I'm not going to do any more rescues. The next dog will be a puppy, with no other issues than being a puppy.

Puppy belly and puppy breath. Paradise.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 12:01 pm
That is an extremely cute dog, and I know it's hard to hear, but...

the best way to housetrain a new lil' guy is, whenever it pees on the floor, you stab it with a tiny razor, big enough to break skin but small enough not to damage the organs.

They learn from that.

p.s. I was thinking of starting a doggy-care center out of my house. Anyone in the Beantown area interested?
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 02:20 pm
whatever it takes to get this sheepie trained, Slappy. Wink

Today has actually been better. I only cleaned up one mess, and it was on my smaller dog's puppy pad (half of it anyhow)

It's great to see my little dog coming out of her shell due to the new pup.

See, here Yuki grabs lil joah's mouse.




Big dog or not ... lil Joah just isn't having it. The cat watches on....


the chase begins! Look at that butt shake!!! I thought it was funny that lil Joah ran the entire time with the ball in her mouth. She was afraid of letting it go and Yuki grabbing it.


white flags are raised and they each leave with their own toy.


she just looks scary here

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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 02:42 pm
Ahhhhh, they are sooo cute Jo.
Makes me want to have a pup too.

How does the little one (Maltese?) accept the pup?
Are they both girls and what are there names?
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Slappy Doo Hoo
Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 02:44 pm
They are cute.

That's at LEAST 15 servings of General Gau, right there.

But cute.
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 03:17 pm
if we served it sushi style..the 2 combined could feed a small army of a2k'ers at a gathering. i could provide the kimchi and chopsticks to go with it. we all know asians have a crap load stashed somewhere. Wink

Ms. Joah has nipped at Yuki once when she grabbed her bowl, but trust me...it did not phase big ol Yuki. Plus, once Yuki turned around ...lil Joah RAN FOR THE HILLS. She is very afraid of the big dog, BUT she also does not like the new dog stealing her food and will bark like crazy for me to come yell at her. lol

I think they'll make it as long as the big dog realizes how much bigger she is... Smile Smile

BTW, I just realized what the pics showed. PLEASE excuse the backdoor curtain ...or "cloth" I should say. lol

we've been too lazy to get some curtains for that, and we're renting the house out anyway in a few months.

it ain't cheap getting new stuff for a house as a new couple.

oh, don't look at the ugly couch either. our sweet mother-in-law gave it to us, so we didn't turn down free stuff.
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 03:20 pm
oh yes...

both girls. i got a girl because they tend to be smaller.

one will weigh between 60-75 lbs
the small one is 6lbs Smile
the cat is 11 (i know no one asked) lol
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Slappy Doo Hoo
Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 03:37 pm
Joahaeyo, I have one question:

What's up with that curtain?
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 04:41 pm
I love the pink puppy feet! Oh, they are adorable. And Slappy, shouldn't you be changing your avatar?

Sorry, got sidetracked there. Bring on more puppy photos! :-D
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 04:45 pm
you're so sweet guys. I am trying my best to hold out until next weekend. that is when 3 more dogs come to visit (babysitting).

2 are staying for 5 days.
1 for 2 wks.

I couldn't resist posting these though.
I do realize it's not the best timing for more dogs, but we all have to go gray some time. It's great socialization. We will have to get our carpet cleaned of course though. For the most part, until she is trained.. the puppies stay behind the kitchen on tile (gated).
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Reply Mon 24 Jan, 2005 04:14 am
A perfectionist, eh? Just a reminder of what's down the road. I don't remember the exact age, but just when they've proven they're completely housebroken and can be totally trusted, they seem to forget everything they ever learned. Like I said, the age escapes me, but it is when their bladders are full grown and they have the capacity to steam-inject a quart or two of urine into your favorite rug. And then they remember their manners and life goes on. Yeah, puppy breath does make it all worthwhile. (Have you bought a carpet shampooer yet?)
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