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Old 01-04-2009, 09:57 AM
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Training older dogs

Hi all,

I had to leave my dogs for a while, while i moved towns and looked for a new place. ever since i brought them back, they are not house trained anymore. i have 2 pekingese. one male and one female.

the male lifts his leg against my couch, bin. i have heard that putting white pepper on the couch will help, dont know if this is true.

I am getting a puppy in 3-4 weeks, she is 2 weeks old now. i want to be able to put them all inside again and am also hoping that if i train the new puppy the others will follow her lead?

and help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:02 PM
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We had behavior problems with one of our older dogs (8 yrs old). We located an experienced dog trainer in our area. She provided one on one training, and also had us go through basic obedience training with him. My husband and I both agree that it was money well spent. Maybe you could do obedience training with the new puppy and the older dogs as well. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:08 PM
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i dont belive its poss to not be house trained anymore, its might be a case of marking and gettin you back for leavin. but i do agree that a trainer is money well spent. if thats out of your budget, invest in a trainers manual and go back to basics. assert your athority and remind them where they stand in the pack order. if done correctly it can work with out a proffesionals help. after all you did it when you first got them.
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Housetraining is always possible, even in older dogs. You are just going to have to buckle down and take the dogs outside more often to go potty. Anytime you might think your dog isn't potty trained, then make it easier for the dog by taking them out more often, and then praise and treats for doing it outside. Make a big thing out if it and they will learn fast.

As for trainers, I would look for one that might be able to help in that area, as well as other areas. Also, lots if exercise helps as well. Do you walk the dogs often? Bad behaviors can stem out from not enough exercise, mentally and physically.
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I notice you say your puppy will be quite young when you get it. It should stay with its mother untill AT LEAST 8 weeks old. In fact it is illegal in alot of places to sell puppies that are younger than 8 weeks. They need to learn bite inhibition from their littermates as well as social skills.



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I notice you say your puppy will be quite young when you get it. It should stay with its mother untill AT LEAST 8 weeks old. In fact it is illegal in alot of places to sell puppies that are younger than 8 weeks. They need to learn bite inhibition from their littermates as well as social skills.
Very true. They should stay with their mom and littlermates til at least 8-10 weeks.
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i should be getting her when she is 6 weeks. i got both my other dogs at that age.

The other problem is that i work during the day, so will have to do the training at night. and i got 2 kittens in the house as well.
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I would start back at square one and start treating your current two like they were puppies again, taking them out after they eat, drink, wake up, or play. Sometimes just the new environment throws them off but they usually bounce back pretty quick.

As for you new puppy teaching your current dogs good manners, chances are it'll work the other way around. It should be your current dog teaching the new puppy how things work, so if you don't get this fixed before the new puppy arrives she'll probably pick up on their bad habit too.

Good luck, hope it all works out.
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First: Re: Your existing dogs. It sounds like your male family member is marking his territory, which is not all that unusual when they go to a new environment. It is a dominance trait to show everyone who's boss. This should end relatively quickly. However, if it continues, then we'll have to look into re-training.

Second: This is my personal opinion, but I wouldn't give much credibility to a breeder that will take a puppy away from his/her mother and give it up prior to at least 10 weeks old. The puppy needs proper weening and anything less than that period of time does not give the puppy a proper start in life.

Third: Whenever you bring a new puppy or dog into a home, that already has four legged family members, it is advisable to follow the following procedure.
  • Don't buy your puppy until you are sure that your new pup and your existing dogs will get along. Make sure you discuss this with the breeder before you make a commitment.
  • Do not bring your new puppy into the house to meet your dogs.
  • Take you dogs outside to meet your puppy and let them get acquainted outside.
  • Don't rush this. Let them play for a while and make sure that they get along.
  • If they don't get along outside, take the puppy back to the breeder and try to bring the puppy back again later in the day, or whenever it is convenient and try the same routine again. (Pekingese can be very temperamental and possessive of their environment)
  • If they don't get along after the second time, forget about that particular puppy. As cute as he/she is, you will have nothing but trouble at home.
I've written a couple of articles which you can read on my website about bringing home and housebreaking a new puppy, but make every effort to stay home from work for at least a couple of days of more. This will save you a tremendous amount of anguish in the long run.

If I can help you with any other questions let me know.

Good Luck.
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I just solved this "marking" problem with my Westie, Stuart. You may want to go over to the section on housebreaking puppies, where my response was. It was under a post titled "help my dog is peeing in the house"

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