Our New Puppy!!!

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Old 09-19-04, 03:23 PM
Dave_Roberts
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Our New Puppy!!!

Hello Everyone,

It has been a while since I have visited this site and I wonder why! Everytime I come here I learn so much and this is the "First" time that I have visited the pet section. Anyway, We (My wife & I) just bought a puppy for my daughter for her birthday. He is a "Border Collie & Australian Sheperd" mix. He is six and a half weeks old! What I would like to know is "How" do you pottie train a puppy? I know that it is a lame question, but believe it or not, I (At the age of 42) have never owned a dog, which I believe every child should have one!!! We have had him for only about 4 days, And I have to say that I am "Almost" as nervous now as when I had one of my 3 children!!! Is that funny!!!

Thank-You For your Help,
Dave
 
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Old 09-19-04, 06:04 PM
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I hope you are ready for the time of your life. Having a mix of two extremely active and intelligent dogs will be a challenge.

Dogs can usually remain continent for one hour for each month of age. You really should get a book on how to train your dog as well a book on each of these wonderful breeds. Knowledge is your friend.

http://www.australianshepherds.org/

http://www.bordercollie.org/core.html

http://www.abcollie.com/

Feed the pup, then take him out to the place and tell him to go potty. Stand there for ten minutes. Once he goes, praise him and play a bit. If he has not gone for ten minutes, immediately return to the house and wait ten minutes, then go back out. Repeat. Do not allow him to play until he has gone, but be sure to play afterwards. You want to avoid his delaying potty until he has had a chance to play. You want to have him go on command, then be praised, then have some play.

Of course, this means that you will have to take him out every couple of hours around the clock. I strongly feel that allowing them to eliminate indoors on the paper, pad, or anything else works against proper housebreaking.

If the puppy has an accident in the house, this is your fault. Never punish the dog for this. The objective in training is for the dog to be successful in the task. This will require repetition and persistence. I can take my Aussie out and tell her to go potty and she will almost right away.

He should have a crate to sleep and relax in. Crate training is a wonderful adjunct to a well-behaved dog. It takes a while, but is enormously valuable.

http://www.perfectpaws.com/crt.html

http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/cratetraining.htm

http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html

Buy a crate large enough for the adult size. I like folding crates because they are easy to transport when traveling. Place an empty cardboard box in the crate to allow only enough room for him to turn around and lie down. An animal will not normally soil its sleeping space. Too much room will allow him to use part of the crate as a bathroom. This is a bad thing.

He is old enough to learn to sit and will learn this quickly. Hold a piece of his kibble in your fingers just in front of his nose while he is standing. Tell him to sit as you move the treat over his nose and back over his head. He will attempt to follow it with his nose and in so doing sit. Dogs don't back up well and will sit. When he sits, tell him "good sit" and give him the treat. It won't take more than a few days for him to have this down pat. Also tell him to sit, then place his food on the floor for him to eat once he does this. This will give him something to do when he anticipates being fed and prevent jumping as an alternative.

He will need some chew toys. A Kong (the actual name of the toy) is the only thing that my Australian Shepards were unable to chew up in a few minutes. A thick cotton rope is another good toy for chewing and play. He needs to have something of his own to chew. Puppies will chew and cannot tell the difference between the old shoe you provide and the new ones in the closet. A ball for entertainment called a treat ball is nice for your inquisitive pup. It is a plastic orb with a doorway in it for placing small pieces of kibble. The doorway is closed, and the ball placed on the floor. Move it so your dog can hear the rattle of the kibble as it makes its way through the maze inside. As it rolls around, a piece of kibble will periodically fall out. You will find that the dog will push this all over the house until he is satisfied that no more food is forthcoming for him to eat.

I trust that your children are old enough to understand that it is easy to injure a puppy. Puppies are not good choices for small children.

Maintain control over your dog, because this combination of dog requires a dominant master or it will run and ruin your life. Aussies are extremely strong-willed and need someting to do. They are intense about their devotion to their people and will follow you all around the house all the time. Be sure your dog has plenty of exercise daily. A tired dog is a good dog. Puppy obedience is excellent training for you and your dog. Then regular obedience to follow as he ages.

Now that I have pontificated enough, enjoy your new addition to the family. It won't be long before you will feel inseparable.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 09-29-04, 04:02 AM
Bob Haller
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I LOVE my doggie door. That and our fenced in yard make doggie potty automatic. they can come and go as they wish. with 4 dogs, 2 rescue this helps a lot.

our dogs are spoiled.
 
 

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