Friday, June 6, 2008

Potty Training....the dog!

I am knee deep in puppy training hell! Buster thinks that my house is his peeing paradise. I have been taking him outside about every thirty minutes for the past two days and when we get back inside he decides to pee. What gives Buster!!?? I was beginning to lose my ever-loving mind!

So I started researching online...

I found a website that states that my puppy will be potty trained in 7 days! The only catch is that I have to follow their rules. So I have been doing what they say since last night! The website said that I needed to put him in a crate. So I did. My wonderful friend Laura brought me over a crate that she was no longer using. I thought that I would have it licked! No luck. I put Buster in it last night and went to bed. Through the night he figured out how to get out of it (I don't think that I had it latched right) and I woke up this morning with little puddles in the bathroom (where I put the crate). Lovely.

I also read online that you need to keep him in the crate through the day (only while potty training) and take him outside every 1-2 hours to potty. When I take him out I put him on a leash (like the internet said) but the dog will not go! He bites the leash, plays with it, lays down. Pretty much does everything BUT pee! When he does go, I praise him and give him a very small treat. He has gone three times outside today so maybe Buster is turning the corner. I'm not going to hold my breath!

Oh, while Buster is in the crate he is barking, yelping, screaming (in doggie language). It is driving me crazy. Caroline thinks that Buster is sad and wants to get him out but I am only letting her take him outside to play (until he is potty trained). She gets bored and says that it is hot and comes back in after about 20 minutes.

I realize that we are at the beginning stages here and it will get better but I don't remember having this much trouble with my other dogs. Or maybe I have blocked out that torture from my mind.

So I am on the count down, 7 days!! We'll see! I will let you know how it works out.
Here is Buster in Doggie Jail. Poor little, peeing machine guy!


Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

I can say that the doggie jail works if you are consistant.

Mama G said...

You go girl! If it works i'm sending Charlie over there, just pretend he's a dog! :)

Cindy said...

My motto with raising children is: whoever has the stronger will, wins. I think it would work with dogs, too. :) It sounds like you're on the right track (although I have never trained a dog!)