dasfzero wrote:Hey everyone. I picked up my new gsp puppy from Hoosier Boys Kennel a few weeks ago. He is now 10 weeks old and has been doing a great job getting house broken. I have a bell on the door he rings whenever he needs to go out. Its been almost two weeks since he has gone in the house. Dexter is very good about letting us know when he needs to go out. I couldnt be happier with his progress here. On the flip side he cant make it thru one night with out peeing in his crate.
What can I do to help him learn not to do this?
I do my best to not keep him in the crate for to long. On the weekends I get up at my usual time to let him out and during the week I am able to come home at lunch and let him out of the crate for 45 min before I have to go back to work (its really nice only working 5 miles away!)
Any other tips you want to offer for training would be very helpful. This is my first puppy!
I ordered the book "How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves". It should be here any day.
A few things:
Ten weeks is too young for a dog to be able to hold it through the night. You need to take him out every few hours. How long is his longest time during the day without incident? You may find it useful to keep a log of when he needs to go out, how often, and when accidents occur. This helps you determine when he may need to go out more often and other factors affecting his elimination habits.
Where is the crate located? If at night you are crating him away from where you can hear him asking to go out (whining, barking, whatever) then you are setting him up to fail. Because he may be telling you when he needs to go out, but you can't hear him.
How large is the crate? It should be large enough for him to turn around in, but not much more. Otherwise there is space for him to go in the crate then retreat into a dry area.
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