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Date Posted: 00:17:49 01/18/05 Tue
Author Host/IP: 126.96.36.199
Subject: Re: Housebreaking a Deaf Boxer Puppy
In reply to:
's message, "Housebreaking a Deaf Boxer Puppy" on 20:05:21 01/17/05 Mon
My first bit of advice would be to see your vet. Sometimes, inability to housebreak can be caused by a medical problem. It's best to rule that out first.
Second, is your dog neutered? At 8.5 months, puppies are already sexually mature. Unneutered dogs will begin marking at about six months of age. Marking is where a dog will pee small amounts of urnine often, marking his territory. Neutering should greatly help this problem.
Also, you didn't mention how you are correcting the problem. Give us an idea of what you're doing to stop the behavior.
There's a great book at Petsmart that costs only $5 on potty training. You can find it near the Petsmart training area, and it's really good. It's a small book called something like, "Potty Training is Possible." I used the philosophy behind that book to potty train my last two shelties, including my deaf one. I really like it. It's a very easy read, and won't take you long at all to go through the whole book. Go out and get it.
Most potty training problems occur because we aren't consistant in our training efforts with our puppy. It's hard to potty train a dog and takes a lot of work on our part.
Let me know how you're currently correcting your dog when he goes. Also, when are you correcting the bad behavior? Are you correcting after the fact or during the event? Also, where does the dog live when you're not home? Where do you want to puppy to go to the bathroom? Outdoors? Are you paper training? (I hope not with a big boxer!) How long are you gone during the days? Where does he sleep at night?
Lack of potty training is the number one reason dogs wind up in the shelter, so it is a very serious issue. However, it's also fixable with proper training.
I think you may be the Rick that wrote earlier about the hyperactive boxer. How is is doing? Have you found a good trainer? A good trainer will also help you with potty training issues.
One more thing, I'm not a fan of limiting water supply to dogs because of the potential for dehydration. The "Potty Training is Possible" book lists this as something to do, but I really am concerned about doing that to dogs. My dogs have access to water 24/7, and during potty training, I just keep my eye and ear on them for when they drink. Shortly after drinking, un-potty trained dogs will need to go outside.
Let us know how he's doing.
>We have a sweet 8.5 month old deaf boxer puppy.
>He is taking hand commands and is doing well in all of
>his traing and learning. EXCEPT he pees constantly,
>I'm talking 2 or 3 times an hour.We tried cutting back
>on his fluid intake but that did'nt work. That's bad
>enough but now he is starting to look us in the eye
>and pee on the carpet,bed or furniture. Where ever he
>is --- It's like he is upset with us and acting out--
>but this behavior has been going on since we got him
>at 5.5 mths. .Can someone please help me with this
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