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Old 12-13-2018, 02:57 PM
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Question Two new puppies from Puerto Rico; Looking for help with house training & listening.

We just fostered and then adopted 2 puppies from Puerto Rico, Xania and Joan, we're not sure of the specific breeds,

we fostered them for 4 weeks, and then adopted them so we've had them for 8 weeks total, and overall they are great dogs, however we are having a few issues:

Joan doesn't listen well to asking her to come at all, she often will get off into the woods and it takes 2-3 minutes to get her to come back. We give her a treat every time that she does come back, and tell her she's a good girl but the next time she goes off she doesn't listen again. Sometimes it seems as though she has the scent of something and is only concentrating on that. I will admit to becoming frustrated with this behavior so I'm reaching out for help.

The other issue that we have is that both dogs will go out together; run around play and just be outside for 15 - 20 minutes and then almost immediately after coming inside they will pee or poop or both on the floor (sometimes on puppy pads, other times not)

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions on how to help overcome these issues, and make our days a bit less frustrating and more full of enjoyment.
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:53 PM
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Two puppies is three times the work... Most pups won't be housebroken until 4 months at least either... you just have to praise them every single time they go potty outside (basically you need to keep an eye on both of them at all times).


Also a lot of dogs are never reliable with recalls and you really shouldn't have young puppies off leash outside anyway (besides, how can you keep an eye on them to praise them when they pee if you let them go off in the woods??). Keep them leashed.
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Two puppies is three times the work... Most pups won't be housebroken until 4 months at least either... you just have to praise them every single time they go potty outside (basically you need to keep an eye on both of them at all times).


Also a lot of dogs are never reliable with recalls and you really shouldn't have young puppies off leash outside anyway (besides, how can you keep an eye on them to praise them when they pee if you let them go off in the woods??). Keep them leashed.
Good points; thank you so much for your response; I will work with them more on leash.
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Another thing is that when they both go out and play together, they forget what they went out there for till they come back in the house. If you take them out one at a time, make sure they go before bringing them back into the house.


Even if you let them out together, you will have to go out with them for a while to make sure they have done their business.
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Another thing is that when they both go out and play together, they forget what they went out there for till they come back in the house. If you take them out one at a time, make sure they go before bringing them back into the house.


Even if you let them out together, you will have to go out with them for a while to make sure they have done their business.

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense, I'm thinking of trying to bring them out on leashes, and when they are done their business let them off leash for a bit to run around and get their energy out.
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I recently just got my pup all housebroken and that was a battle - Just thinking about doing that with TWO dogs makes me tired. Lol.

I would recommend working on their names first, start from square one. Randomly call their name (whether in the house or outside) and if they come running to you or look at you, give them a treat.

Someone told me, while I was struggling with the “come” command with my own dog, that puppies associate that command with their fun being over. Calling my dog’s name randomly (I started in the house before letting her go outside) was a HUGE stepping stone to get my dog to listen and I still do it throughout the day.

Until you can trust your new puppies, I wouldn’t let them run around off-leash. Good luck!
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