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I'm having potty training problems... HELP!!!

Asked by Sloane2024 (1879points) March 7th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m buying a bichon and I work… Alot! I won’t be able to take him out until I get home and that’s usually around 4. What cn I do to ensure accurate potty training?

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carterooney's avatar

There are plenty of businesses out there that will happily walk your dog during the day. If the dog needs to take a leak but you train it that in its current environment (In which it is forced to stay) leaking is not allowed – isn’t that cruel?!!

bottlerocket's avatar

Make a routine of when you take him out and prepare to use quite a bit of time initially before he goes. I take my dog out every morning and when I get home from work. But it started by just saying, “Go Potty, (name)” repeatedly and when he did it congratulated him. Positive reinforcement is key as soon as they go. Give it a few weeks. It’ll work out great! And congratulations on the new dog.

toolaura4ya's avatar

I bought a puppy in December n when I was home I made sure I kept my eye on him at all times and I used the puppy pads (I found the cheapest but best quality at walmart). When the pup starts to go say no and pick him up and put him directly on the pad. During the day I kept him in the bathroom with a puppy pad and his food and water and toys of course. Keep the food and puppy pad on separate sides of the room as this aides in the understanding of food area and then bathroom area. It has worked great and my pup was potty trained after about a month. I was kinds lucky though because he caught on super quick. Good luck!!

ladytmerie's avatar

A kennel is an easy way to ensure your dog dosen’t potty while your gone. He will feel secure and not want to potty in his “space”. As soon as you get home take him outside and he will potty almost immediately. Be sure to use reinforcement as above statements suggest. A kennel is also a good and safe place for your puppy to sleep at night and get used to your sleep patterns. Just be sure it is large enough to move around and small enough to feel secure.

sinister209's avatar

ur to old to have potty problems

YahooSTi's avatar

I raise Guide Dogs for the Blind and the term we associate with going to the bathroom is “Do your business” As far as keeping it potty trained, pads are great. As someone mentioned above about the pads in the bathroom, that’s a great way. The pads (most) contain a grass like smell so the transistion to outside is fairly simple, and it also helps them understand what is and is not appropriate “business” grounds har har.

mcbealer's avatar

I agree with bottlerocket, that’s how I trained my dog. Just remember that housebreaking a dog is a process, and your consistency will pay off in terms of your dog’s understanding and confidence. I would recommend you read Barbara Woodhouse, and her “Whhat a good dog” approach to positive reenforcement. It’s also important that you not react with anger when your puppy makes mistakes along the way. I believe in crate training personally, especially if your dog will be alone for long periods. Most experts say any more than 4 hours alone for a pup is too much, biologically speaking and for social reasons. Maybe a neighbor could help with a couple of outings? When your pup does make mistakes have a neutralizer solution on hand to prevent future mistakes. Otherwise she will mark that spot again. Nature’s Miracle makes a good product, you can find it at any major pet store. I think they also make a black light lamp you can use to locate any problem spots. Good luck and congratulations!

stigmata's avatar

why are you getting a puppy if you work so much? its not fair to the dog to leave him alone for that long. you should only get a puppy if your schedule lends itself to having one.

DarknessWithin's avatar

With a small dog such as a Bichon, it’s common to start with training pads which are used indoors.
They look like this:
My aunt’s Yorkie was started on them, then at a point, I believe begun to request to go outside on her own terms and although she now goes outside regularly, she still understands to use the pads when left alone in the house.

Though I must point out that if you won’t have adequate time for this dog you should NOT be getting it. That would be essentially subjecting it to neglect which is irresponsible and abusive.

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