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how can I toilet train my dog without crate training ?

I have a boy Maltese x west highland terrier ( 15 weeks ) and he keeps doing his business in the house, sometimes he goes outside and I praise him but patting him saying good boy and by giving him a treat by sometimes he still does it outside, how should I punish him and how should I train him without using a crate

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7 comments to how can I toilet train my dog without crate training ?

  • doc's wife

    try puppy classes- they can help because they will meet your dog
    ps=kennel trained all mine- and they still sleep in crates- it is their”cave”

  • MamaBas

    A crate is only a place to confine him, bringing him indoors after 10 minutes or so of unproductive poohing or peeing, so he doesn’t come indoors and immediately go – anywhere. You can achieve the same if you confine him to a room to be honest. Okay, the point of using a crate is because this should be his bed, and dogs don’t normally mess where they sleep (or are fed). But if you keep him in the kitchen, utility, or other area where mistakes can easily be wiped up, this should achieve almost the same result. Stay with him when you’ve bought him back in, and the moment he goes to squat, pick him up and get him outside, saying No!! The benefit of using a crate is he shouldn’t mess at all in his bed, but he might in a room. Which should mean the message gets through faster?

    You don’t ‘punish’ per se – you catch him in the act (best) and get him outside. If you miss him going, given that his mistake is your mistake, you just clear it up (properly), keeping silent – I often growl under my breath, to show I’m not thrilled. But ignoring a dog works far better than any form of actual punishment.

    I do recommend you reconsider getting a crate – not only would this, properly used, aid housetraining, but it’s a safe place to have a puppy when you are not immediately there to see what they are getting into. Safety! I’d not be without mine.

  • Horse Lover

    Put him on a very strict schedule of taking him out to potty. Start with taking him out every 2 hours. When ever he goes out side pet him, praise him, say “good boy potty”. When he does it in the house just give a stern “no” and take him outside immediately.
    It takes time and patience but he will get it.

  • Voelven

    You need to watch him like a hawk and take him out as soon as he’s, slept and played, and during play if he plays for longer periods of time, take him out if he starts sniffing around looking as if he has to go. And otherwise time how long he holds it in general and take him out at regular intervals based on that, also time how long he goes between eating and pooping, and take him out according to that as well.

    And otherwise:
    – always go outside with him. Praise quietly when he goes and then go bonkers with the praise once he’s done. You can also start adding a cue when he goes, this way he’ll be able to go on command when he gets older.

    – never punish him for going inside, simply take him outside and afterward clean the spot where he went with a cleaning agent that removes organic smell.

    Be patient and consequent. The more successful pees he has outside and the less accidents he has inside, the faster he’ll learn, and remember puppies are not housebroken overnight. It usually takes anywhere from 10 days – 4 months.

  • Helen Booth

    Firstly, do not punish him – reward what he does right, ignore what is wrong and if it cant be ignored – interrupt it.

    Firstly, you need to ensure that you take him out to toilet whenever he has just woken up, when he has eaten and when he has been playing as these are all the times that he will want to toilet. Also, make sure you take him outside every two hours, put him on the grass ans say a command either wee or toilet or whatever you choose. Do not play with him or distract him in any way. If he does it give him a big fuss and a treat whilst still outside and then take him back in. If he doesn’t do anything after 10 minutes take him back inside, wait for a little while and then take him back out.

    If he starts to do something in the house – say no loudly, pick him up and carry him outside and then when he has finished, give him a big fuss and a treat so he knows that is what is required of him. Always treat him as soon as he is finished and whilst he is still outside or he may learn that the treat is for coming back in the house!

    You must also watch him, if he sits or hovers by the door that may mean that he wants to go out so you need to let him out straight away and again big fuss and treat.

    It is important that he learns outside is where he goes and that is it worthwhile. Dogs do not like to dirty their bed or den which is why crate training works overnight but you also have to teach him that his den extends to the whole house – not just his bed.

    Crate training is very good for overnight but you may still have to get up early and let him out until he can hold it a bit longer – first thing in the morning he will want a wee and a poo.

    It really is up to you to ensure that you let him out often enough and reward him well for doing it and he will pick it up really quickly but you may still get the odd accident.

    My puppy is now 17 weeks and has been house trained since he was 10 weeks old – it took two weeks of what I described above but he soon got the hang of it and now he will sit by the door when he wants to go out. Last week we had one little accident but that is the first in 7 weeks and probably more due to me not noticing he wanted to go out.

    Also, always make sure he goes out to toilet before you go to bed – even if he is asleep, wake him up and put him outside until he at least has a wee. Very soon he will get used to this being part of the bedtime routine.

    If he does do something in the house and you dont notice till later – just clean it up – dont tell him off as he wont know what you are telling him off for.

    He is only a baby and like all babies it is up to you to teach him and help him learn. Dogs are incredibly clever and if you consistent he will learn very quickly.

    Good luck !!

  • Cookie

    This seems to work quickly and reliably;

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/housebreaking.htm

    You can substitute any small room for a crate, however crates are not prisons, they are simply a dogs private space for when he is tired, scared, or just wants to get away from it all. children, if present, should be taught when a dog is in his crate, he is to be left alone.
    They are also wonderful places for your dog to settle, when you have people over that don’t particularly like dogs, or when you dog is ill and needs confinement to get better. Overall, I would find it extremely difficult to raise a dog without a crate. All three of mine have crates, the doors are never shut, but they sleep in them at night, by choice.

  • freshprince

    Simple answer: there is no reason to forego crate-training. Do you think it’s cruel confinement or some such? If you do, think ahead a little and imagine these issues:

    *your dog has separation anxiety and barks and whines incessantly when you go out

    *your dog chews your furniture and clothes causing $000s in damage

    *your dog needs emergency surgery because of something it ate

    *your dog dies because of something it ate

    *your dog poos and pees all over your house and returns to these spots, because they’ve been scent marked.

    *your barking chewing dog drives u crazy and ends up in a shelter

    *u have a hard time visiting relatives and taking your dog, especially if they have a dog, because u can’t get him to settle in a crate.

    *your dog freaks during a thunderstorm, and he doesn’t have a safe place to quell his anxiety

    Crate-training helps bigtime with every one of these issues. It simply capitalizes on your dog’s natural denning instinct. If you do it right in 1 year u will have a happy well-adjusted well-trained dog that can no longer needs a crate, settles nicely when u go out, can travel easily, does not chew and soil your house. And that bodes well for the next 14 years of your live together. In fact before you stop using your crate, you’ll find your dog will go in there on his own.

    Proof? The thousands upon thousands of people that have successfully crate-trained with great results, – including myself with two dogs – along with the thousands of trainers/behaviouralists advocating crate-training.

    So……..why make it harder on yourself?

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