Can someone reassure me that if I don’t have a perfectly behaved dog by the time it’s 12 weeks old that’s ok? Read somewhere that implies they’re ruiend for life and I’m like SHIT I ONLY HAVE TWO WEEKS TO TRAIN MISTY I’M DOING SO BADLY
Lol no. Of course it’s best to get them trained as early as possible, but 12 weeks is very very young. Mine was pretty much house trained at that point, but chewed everything and wouldn’t walk more then 10 metres without latching onto my clothes. Just work on one command at a time.
The one thing I really recommend with training is the ‘drop it’ / ‘leave it’ commands. Not teaching him those as a puppy really has made things difficult.
Are you doing training classes?
And probably stop/stay for road safety etc
Oh for sure, just focused on the drop it / leave it type ones as they’re often not covered in training courses.
Yeah I’m trying those although with minimal success really. We have a potty pad which is raised up slightly with a training pad on it, I’d say she has a 25% success rate at the moment (lol). She tends to wee and poo next to it instead of on it, and she has now advanced to trying to eat the training pad.
Her separation axiety is really bad, she only has to see one of us look away to start crying we’re doing our best to ignore her until she calms down but it is really difficult.
Edit: and yeah I’m hoping to book her into puppy classes, although she won’t be able to go out until about a week after her 2nd vaccination (14th Jan) which is after the dreaded 12 week mark. Hence my panic!
Ah right yeah, I think you probably don’t need any more than that though high five or handshakes are pretty cute
I can’t wait to teach her high fives
I don’t know if it’s possible in your situation, but I would really recommend bypassing pads if possible - it just delays getting it in the right place (outside). I got house training near enough completely sorted in two or three weeks by taking him out every half hour and doing crazy celebrations whenever he did anything.
Realise this requires having someone around throughout the day though.
We got a couple of super cheap rugs and used a carpet off-cut to cover the living room for the first couple of weeks.
We do take her outside but she doesn’t go, and waits to go inside in the warm. We even try taking her pad outside with us, haha.
Interesting - we have a water resistant playpen where she spends most of the day, and the taining pad is inside that. Maybe we’ll get rid and start just taking her out.
She’s currently sleeping like a little angel tho!
Yeah, I would sometimes spend a good half hour waiting for him to do something at times, but he seemed to get the message after a while that the quicker he did something the quicker we’d go back inside. Even now when I take him for a wee and he doesn’t need to go he’ll cock his leg and pretend so I’ll let him back inside.
The early house training stage is so frustrating, but once it’s sorted it usually stays sorted
I got mine at the end of April/ start of May though - much more pleasant time to be outside!
Please can I have your dog?
Help yourself, she is a pain in my balls.
I refuse to believe that
almost involuntarily waved at someone’s dog earlier as i was walking past.
didn’t make eye contact with the owner
- bit weird