Puppy pee here, puppy poo there. It seems that this puppy has to go every 5 minutes. She probably does. The trick you must solve is to make her go in only one place, every single time she does. There are a few simple tricks you can do to help her make the right decision, that is on the pee pee pad, and not on your living room couch.
1. First and foremost, buy her a crate. For crate training, the crate should only be big enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around and lie down in. No extra room because she can take the opportunity to soil one end of the crate and rest comfortable on the other. Puppies will not deficate in their dens, and you must make her crate her den. Put in a nice smelling cotton blanket, preferable one that smells like you and occassionally hide treats in there for her to find when she wanders in.
2. When you can not immediately supervise your new puppy, she must be in her crate. If you follow this one rule, you will be able to house break your puppy in one or 2 weeks. Tops. This means, if you are cooking, she is in her crate, but the crate can be in the kitchen with you so she can feel part of the action. When you are showering, on the phone, eating dinner, reading the paper, basically anytime she can be out of sight for even a second, she must be confined. The reason for this is so she cannot make a mistake. By keeping her confined, you are preventing her from failing.
3. As soon as you release her from the crate, and this too must be everytime, carry her over to the spot you selected and give her a command, go pee, or hurry up. Prevent her from leaving the area until she has done her business by using your hands to genlty push her over onto the papers. Begin by making the paper covered area fairly large so she cannot miss. When you see she finds her special corner, gradually reduce the area of the paper. When she relieves her self, praise her like crazy in a high pitched voice. Don't over use her name during this praise, or she may associate her name to the action of relieving her self instead of her command. Instead, praise her and repeat the command in the high pitched voice. By touching her and scratching her, she will know you are directing the praise towards her.
4. When she is out playing, occassionally take her over to her spot and give the command again and again until she goes then praise all over again. It may be helpful if you are papertraining your dog to do the following two things.
5. Keep the paper area by the door. Eventually, when you wean her off the papers, she will tell you she has to go pee by sniffing near the door.
6. Keep the puppy in the crate at night while you sleep near your bed. Limit her water one hour before bedtime. Take her for her last pee and put her in the crate. For this last pee, don't get her super excited, just calmly praise her and put her in the crate. If she wakes up during the night fussing, repeat the same thing, and quietly put her in the crate and go back to sleep. As your puppy grows, she will have to eliminate less and less as the time passes. When she has completed all her shots, you can begin bringing the papers outside and taking her there to go. Keep the sent of her urine on the papers outside so she knows what to do. Soon she will simply be going to the door, you can take her out, she'll do her business on command and you will never have an accident in your house. If she has an accident in your house, it is your fault, not hers, for not either taking her over to the papers soon enough or not paying attention to how much water she is drinking.
7. You can only reprimand you pup for an accident if you catch her doing it, while she is doing it. Then you can say NO or HEY, and bring her over to her area and repeat the command.
8. Lastly, until the puppy is one hundred percent housebroken, do not give free access to food and water. If you do so, you will never be able to tell when the puppy has to go. Be very consistent in your feeding and watering routine and you will soon see she will consistantly have to go the same times everyday.
9. Perhaps the most important thing you can do if she has an accident is to use a good odor neutralizer on the spot. Dogs are creatures of habit and she will probably return there to go again if her scent is left behind.
10. Once the odor is neutralized, try feeding her in that spot. Dogs will not deficate where they eat either!
So how do you get your puppy to like this crate thing? It is actually pretty easy because dogs naturally have a tendancy to build a den. Start by putting a smelly treat in the crate or a nice toy. Your puppy may go in willingly or may not. If not, lift her up and put her paws in the crate, followed by a command like go home or go crate. Begin with small amounts of time in the crate, like 5 minutes, then 10, and so on. Praise her for being well behaved in the crate by releasing her and petting her. If she cries, do not let her out until she calms down. If you let her out when she if fussing, she will know that she has the upper hand on you and continue to fuss to get the sympathy reaction out of you!!!! Make the crate a pleasant experience, don't use it for punishment and soon your puppy will grow to love her crate. Remember to tell the kids, when the puppy is in the crate, do not bother the puppy. No exceptions. Just leave her alone. She will come out when she is ready to play or when you can supervise the play time between them. Children under 12 should be supervised with the dog at all times. The crate makes a perfect place to keep the pup while the children play. Baby gates also work well to divide play rooms, but again, children and dogs of all ages and temperaments should be supervised always.
Here are a few added bonuses of crate training. 1. Your dog will have a safe place to call her own when company comes over. 2. You can use the crate in the car to safely transport her to and from the vet or other drives. 3. You can bring the crate to pet friendly hotels and confine her there while you are out sightseeing. Pet friendly hotels require the dog be confined to a crate if left unattended in the room. Imaging trying to put your 10 month old lab in a crate for the first time in a strange hotel after 4 hours of being in the car. The dog will bark uncontrollably, probably destroy the crate and hurt herself too. 4. You can bring the crate to work and keep her there if your boss permits this. This is especially good for the puppy in the puppy hood stages when she can't hold it for very long. 5. You can more easily convince your friends and neighbors to dog sit if the dog can be calmly confined to the crate in their housewhen your friends aren't home. 6. If there is a natural disaster in your area, you can only bring your pet to emergency housing if she will be in a crate.
7. If your puppy is confined to a crate when you cannot watch her, she cannot chew or eat anything that might cause her harm like wires or cleaning solutions.
Crate training is not cruel. If done right, it can be the best thing you can do for your dog.