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Date Posted: 16:56:05 01/18/05 Tue
Author: Rick
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Subject: Re: Housebreaking a Deaf Boxer Puppy
In reply to: Kristin 's message, "Re: Housebreaking a Deaf Boxer Puppy" on 00:17:49 01/18/05 Tue

Thanks for helping me! I am the same Rick. I need to let you know that I have had a boxer in the past and I love animals in general. I can't afford a trainer , but will not let my puppy go either. I love him very much and want him to be happy and healthy.
Now to answer your questions - 1-We correct only when we catch him in the act / We show him our NO face and take him outside right away 2- He stays in a large crate when we are gone and seems to like it - He uses it when we are home and he is free to come and go in it.3-We are gone during the day 3 to 5 Hrs. at a time4- He sleeps in the bed with my daughter.>Hi Rick,
>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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