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Old 01-23-2019, 11:52 AM
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Need to potty train and command train an adult dog or else I have to give him up

Skip to Paragraph Two if you want to get to the point. I fell in love with a dog, and I adopted him from a shelter in 2013. At this time, I did not know that I lived with depression, nor did I foresee being diagnosed with bipolar two disorder in 2017. I was in high school from 2013 to 2017, and I was essential a career athlete. I was never home and when I was I just couldnít get going. I went to college in 2017-2018. To make matter worse, I was unable to take him for walks because we fell behind and were unable to get his shots. I let him run around our huge backyard. He is also extremely attached to me.

My dad has a short fuse, but heís been putting in a lot of time letting my Zacky run around the house. Problem is, he keeps peeing. He used to make a mess going into trash cans, but we doggy proofed them. I am saving up money to go half on dog fees for the vet, but I wonít be able to have enough for another two weeks. I convinced my dad to let Zackís cage be in my room, so heís around me even if he canít be out. I need to potty train him (heís somewhat potty trained, but when he wants attention he pees.)

He also is usually gentle with company after he meets them, but heís been getting a little rough with people who come over.

I want to train him to sit (heís got this one down), lay down, and not jump up on people. I also want him to not jump up onto my bed all time time because his fur breaks me out. He will sometimes be okay finding a place to snuggle on the floor, but heís not super fond of that. I desperately need help because if I donít make some progress with him in a month, my dad will make me give him up! Iím healthier so I can definitely manage having him and training him as much as possible! My dad said he was un-trainable, and I completely disagree. He's a pug/shih tzu/chihuahua mix, and he's adorable and loving. He just needs some help, and I will help him!
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:12 PM
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Potty training is a matter of patience. You really have to catch them in the act and respond quickly. This will be especially difficult if this dog is used to getting away with piddling inside.

It sounds like this pup will need a lot of consistency (especially if he is attached to you and you had to leave for college)

Basic obedience classes are usually offered at a fairly affordable price in most major pet stores. It's a good way to get a dog socialized as well as teach them basic commands - sit, stay, lay down, come, ect. Once you have those down, it'll be a lot easier to control when your dog goes to jump on somebody, for example, because you can tell them to sit and wait when new people come into the house.

And I'm sure being stuck in the house without regular walks or access to running outside in your absence may have made him frustrated - which would most likely cause him to pee in the house even if he knows that he really shouldn't - so regular walks again might alleviate that frustration.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:28 AM
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Puppy training 101. Take him out every 15 minutes, keep an eye on him at all times, praise like crazy when he pees outside. IGNORE when he pees inside.

For the bed, just tell him off every time he jumps on it. Praise when he lies down on the floor (or his dog bed/crate).

It just takes a lot of patience and consistency. Make sure you clean your whole house with a good enzyme cleaner too.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:12 PM
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If you're sure he knows that he's only supposed to pee outside or on puppy pads, there's nothing wrong with reminding him of that.
If he's confused or doesn't know where to pee, like a puppy, then he has to go out very often with lots of praise whenever he pees in the right place.

I immediately firmly say NO BAD which always stops them, take them outside immediately, praise tons when they pee outside and clean the afflicted area inside with a good pet enzyme cleaner.
Not a single dog has peed inside twice nor appeared traumatized from a single clear immediate behavioral correction in the immediate moment. Much less stressful for me, them and my own pets.
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