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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 02:04 PM
Me and my wife just got a new pup from the shelter. [half german sheppard, half austrailian cattle dog] she han't dumped in the house yet, but she still pisses. any tips??.







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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 02:22 PM
Patiences and consistancy. Basically take the pup out every time she wake up, after she eat, after a playtime, ect And when she does "her business" outside, make sure you give her lots and lots of praise. Also, anytime you're not at home, make sure you keep her confined in an area where if she has an accident, it's not a big deal. Many people "cage train" their pups, and it's a good way to get result. Remember "positive reinforcement" works best in training dogs Btw, seeing that your pup is half german sheppard, half austrailian cattle dog, she going to be an intelligent dog. Work with her, and let her know what you want, and she'll get the picture pretty quickly.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 03:19 PM
Some say to put the puppy in a cage and from time to time let them outside to go,because they won't go where they sleep.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 03:39 PM
Both of those two posts above worked well for us.

With our last family dog before I left home, my mom got the puppy right at the start of a few week vacation.

Watched her constantly, the minute she squatted, mom would pick her up and rush her outside, and give her lots of praise when she would finish her business outside. Took her outside frequently, whether she had to go or not, and again, great praise whenever she did her business outside. The caged worked well, too. I also heard that once they go in it, and realize they've got to sleep there, they won't do it again.

Had that dog for a long time, best anyone in our family ever had. We were told not to pick the puppy that's jumping at the cage or window, barking at you, get the quiet timid one in the back. Worked for us.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 04:59 PM
Thats a tough one my wife and I decied to get a pup two years ago since our dog is geting up in age....WOW we said weeks later what did we get ourselves into..

Well we bought a dog crate and now he Mojo a min pin is doing better he has eaten the carpet the window siles the shoes etc//// when we leave the house he knows it time for the crate...at least you can wash towels

 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 05:23 PM
Bravo for going the route of rescuing a dog from the shelter. So many need loving homes. I was just looking at the local Weimaraner rescue dogs up for adoption. I really want one (more like two), but I need to restrain myself until I am more sure about my job situation.

Good advice so far from many here. I'll just add that crate training is seen by some as cruel, but its nothing of the sort. Nothing wrong with putting them in a crate when you leave the house or at night for bedtime. Safer for them, reassuring for you, and the added benefit of re-enforcing your efforts on house breaking.

Best of luck with the new addition!

 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 05:29 PM
crate train your new dog right from the getgo by a kennel at wall mart or whereever the right size for your dog ,at night the dog sleeps in the kennel and each and every time you let her out she goes outside .. soon she will have it all down also the kennels are great when you have people over who are a bit afraid of dogs etc etc and during the day leave the door open so she can go in as she pleases soon it will be her favorite place and a safe place.. when we say bedtime the dogs head for their kennels it is a great teaching aide good luck..

PS keep your pup busy ACD's austrailian cattle dogs must have something to do or they can become bored which leads to distuctive behavior and or aggression towards others they are very loaly dogs ...

 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 09:39 PM
Thanks for the advise and well-wishes!! ya'll get first dibs on a bird-dog pup!!




 

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  posted on 9/5/2009 at 09:58 PM
We have a year old pup now and he was trained real quick. Great advice from all the posts. Crate training did not work for us. As soon as the dog wakes up take the dog out asap. That's how we trained him and got him into a routine.
 

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  posted on 9/6/2009 at 08:02 AM
Crate train, very effective and dogs feel secure inside.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2009 at 04:38 PM
All good advice here. When they first wake up "put their feet in the grass" so they get that feeling.

Crates are a great way to go, my 3 yellow labs are very comfortable in their's and are actually protective of their "home" as well as ours.

NEVER scold them and put them in the crate, always be positive Good Luck

 

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  posted on 9/7/2009 at 06:11 PM
Good advise here. I crate trained Lola and she picked up on the outdoors toilet concept fairly easily. First thing upon waking - outside for the morning constitutional. Many trips outside throughout the day as a puppy with lots of praise given when she took care of business in the yard. And a final trip outside before going to bed at night. I worked 5 minutes from home when she was a puppy so always came home on my lunch hour (and early on sometimes even during breaks) to take her out, also. Being a 'mature lady' she doesn't require as many trips outside to take care of business as she once did. She lets me know when she needs to go out - with a look or by slamming her kennel door shut with her paw. ( this is something she figured out on her own with no input from me but it's been successful) She's 11+ now and I still have her kennel sitting in my living room because she likes it ... dogs are den animals and this is her place of retreat (can't remember the last time the door was secured close though).

I have a friend who has had a lot of success with her multiple dogs using a bell (attach bell to a string and hang it from the doorknob of main door being used by animal for going in and out of house). There is a lot of information on the internet regarding how to use this training method.

Good luck! Enjoy your new friend and thanks for giving a home to a shelter animal!

 

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