Loosing my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Joslyn
Dec 19, 2008
:mad::eek::mad::eek:I just bought this e-book to help me and my dog Precious with house training. I didnt find the help I needed within your book or the additional resources you provided. She is a Jack Russell/Havernashan terrier mix. Mostly Jack though. She is almost 2 years old. I tried to paper train her as a puppy, with puppy pads. She used those, then started peeing on the carpet. Then she started peeing on my sisters bed. i thought that was because she did not like the dog, and the dog didnt like her. Then she started peeing on my bed (3 times!). I tried to start crate training her about 6 months ago, she was doing well. Still had some accidents. I let her out after she eats, i limit the water intake. Im really about to loose my mind. Im patient because it it my fault I didnt train her right in the beginning. But Im really about to take her to the pound, something I thought I would never do toany animal. She is a very sweet dog. please help me keep her. If you cannot give me better insructions, I will have to get the refund you offer and find another source of information. Thanks Joslyn & Precious
Posted by eyeluvdogs
Jan 25, 2009
Hi there,
I can understand how frustrating that is.
In order to help you could you please give me some more information?
How old was your dog when you got her?
When did you start to paper train her?
How did you paper train her?
What do you do when she has an accident in the house?
Do you still try to train her now or did you give up?
Posted by Menevis
Jan 29, 2009
ı have a labrador puppy and trying to train her in the house. I am trying to teach her the most essent,al commands but it seems that she is still too young to learn these. What do you suggest? do you think she is still too yonung?
Posted by LetsPlay
Jan 29, 2009
Hi there,
how old is your Labrador puppy?
Posted by KOPsarah
Apr 16, 2009
Hi andrea, thanks for your question. I think you have two problems here. First of all from what you describe here I would say that your girl has dominance issues.

Currently your dogs is unsure of her position in the pack because she doesn't identify anyone as leader. She is therefore adopting various aspects of the dominant role herself. Because she thinks of herself as leader of the pack she thinks she has the right to pee on the beds of lower members such as yourself and your sister.

Following the alpha dog training will definitely help show her her position. It is important to remember the key points of dominance.

In a wild dog pack the dominant pack member controls :
-access to food
-access to favoured sleeping areas
-any interactions with lower pack members
-access to favoured items such as toys

In order to show your dog her position as bottom of the pack you and your whole family can take advantage of these keys points. For example

1) The dog must be the last to eat at every meal and should never get treats from the table.

2) She should never walk through doors before you. A good way to practice this is to walk around the house and make her sit at each doorway and wait.

3) If she is lying in the hallway or anywhere you have to get past make her move.

4) When you arrive home completely ignore the dog for 15 minutes. Don't look at her, talk to her or pat her. After this go to her and give her some quiet attention only as long as she is relaxed and calm.

Only interact with the dog on your terms. If your or someone else is petting the dog or playing with it and it becomes badly behaved immediately remove your attention from the dog by either removing yourself from the area or moving the dog to another area. You should do this without displaying any emotion such as anger just be a calm but decisive pack leader and the dog will appreciate knowing where it stands. Similarly you can assert your dominance by not allowing access to beds and couches or by only bringing out favourite toys when you want to play and removing them when you are finished.

The second issue I think your dogs is confused about it where exactly is appropriate to toilet. I recommend picking a particular area where you want the dogs to toilet and where they have access to at all times. Once you have an area its time to start re-toilet training. Continue to take your dog to the toilet spot as soon as she wakes up in the morning, after every feeding and before bed as these are the most likely times a dog will need to go to the toilet. Also put her in the toilet area every hour while they are inside the house with you during the day. Praise them for toileting in the area everytime you seem them use it.

As well as putting her on the toilet spot before bed establish a routine where they are exercised daily as this encourages toileting outside and improves general well being. Continue to work with the crate. Place her favorite blankets inside and allow the dogs to associate the crate with quite rest. The crates will then be her personal quite space and this will make her unlikely to urinate in it. This means you can put her in it at night and protect your house from accidents at night.

Establishing your self as pack leader and a good routine for toileting and bed time should help your dogs know their place in your household and respect you and your floor. Let me know if you need any further assitance with your dogs.
Posted by JayStation3
Apr 30, 2009
This is very good advice - I had similar problems with my Pit - this will help for sure, a good read - thanks for posting...
Posted by nancy-meier
Jan 15, 2016
I have a six month old Maltese. She was easy to train on pee pads and now I have removed them to get her to go outside and she now pees in the house. I have tried everything when I have her out. She has peed on a few occasions but mostly just runs and had fun. Never had pooped outside. When I tKe her for a walk she does lots of smelling but never goes. I can not take this anymore.
Posted by Preethi KOP
Jan 20, 2016
Hi Nancy,

Thanks for writing in and sorry to hear about your toilet training woes!

The first step in solving this issue would be to place the puppy pads indoors, get her to use them and then place the soiled ones outdoors so she understands she must go outside. Stick to a fixed area for this and give her lots of treats/praise when she does go. On habituated to this you can move on to removing the pads. It is really important that you deodorize the inside of your house throughly using a commercial cleaning product.

Remember, patience and perseverence is key!All the best with the training