to dog owners; housetraining help?
for those of you who remember how you did it.....a little help?
we have a 6 month old male cairn terrier who has been neutered. he's a great playful guy but this potty training is killing me. i crate trained the first one, and she is now 2.5 years old. she is great and asks me to go out by head butting my leg or scratching my back or pulling the covers off me in the morning! she is great and she just got it one day.
we have this other guy in the kitchen with the wee wee pads and he hits them most of the time and has been waiting till the morning to go outside (coincidence?) when we wake up to take the both of them out. we're on the 3rd story apartment.
i tried a few things with the other dog and one of them was taking her out every hour every day! that was 12 times a day easily. right now my job doesn't warrant that.
anyway, what we are doing now is taking him out to go and when not doing that, leaving him in the kitchen and he goes pee on the pads and immediately goes to the gate as if to say DADDY I DID BY BIZ NOW LET ME OUT TO PLAY! an hour later i put him in the kitchen again and he runs right to the pad, pee's and gets to the gate....hey i just went....let me out!
but if he is out of the kitchen and has to go, there is pee on the floor most of the time if we don't put him back in the kitchen.
anyway, any thoughts on this? i need to figure out how to bridge that gap. taking the pads outside does nothing. he's too busy playing or investigating. i wasn't going to post but i am at the end of my rope. he just doesn't seem to "get it." i have done many hours of researching. yes we both work 8 hours a day and he is in the kitchen during that time. i'm relying on mother nature to help out by waiting till his bladder is fully-developed....couple months more.
Last edited by shredmaster; 05-25-2005 at 05:11 PM.