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Old 11-04-2013, 07:13 AM
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House Training Pup and Humping!

Hello Everyone, im very new to this Forum so if i make a mess of posting this thread then i apologize. I recently rescued a Border Collie pup (female), well when I say rescued I mean she was the last one out of a litter of pups and was very thin and had matted fur, so obviously had been picked on with the other litter members, and the lady who we got her off said that if she didn't go soon she was going to take her to the R.S.P.C.A. and I couldn't sit back knowing that so we brought her home. Anyway, we've had her now for a few weeks, she has had all her injections and is just getting used to wearing a collar. She is also getting on really really well with our other dog, Tizzy a Jack Russell. What I wanted to ask is.....does anybody have any tips or advice on how to get her house trained (she is 3 months old today). Ive tried all the ways that I know, giving her loads of praise when she does things outside and giving her treats aswell, speaking to her in a stern voice when she does things inside, letting her out after she has eaten etc, but so far nothing seems to have got through. At night when we settle her down before we go to bed, I put newspaper down for her, and in the morning she has 'gone' on the newspaper, the main problem seems to be during the day. Luckily we have quite a large back garden and she stays out most of the day, with the back door open so she can come in when she wants to, but even if she's been outside for quite a while, she has still come in and done things in the kitchen. Also when she is play fighting with Tizzy, sometimes she has started to 'hump' her like a male dog would, is this normal? Ive had Border Collies before and from what I can remember none of them did this. Is it something and nothing or is it something that needs to be stopped straight away?

Ive also noticed that sometimes first thing in the morning, there is signs of poo on the newspaper but there doesn't seem to be any poo actually there, so I can only presume that she has eaten it, is this normal or again is it something that needs to be stopped straight away?

Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.

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I think you will find answers to your toilet training problems in this thread.

https://www.dogforum.com/housetrainin...-how-tos-2135/

As for humping - at her age it's most likely excitement. Learn the signs of impending humping and distract her before she does it and give her something else to do.

Whilst a lot of 'bad' behaviour is tolerated in puppies, once the pup grows into adult that behaviour could lead to trouble.
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Humping is very common in pups, either on other dogs or on people, or as in the case of my puppy anything that moves. There are a few reasons for it but most commonly its do to excitement or trying to get you or other dogs to play. Puppies have not learned how to communicate yet, as you train them and as you ignore this type of behavior towards you they will learn correct ways to play and communicate. Also, as they grow older humping typically subsides.
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I didn't read the thread icemaiden suggested so I'm not sure if it touched on this.

Just in my own opinion and experience, I'm not a fan of newspaper/potty pad training. I feel some dogs don't pick up on the idea that they're supposed to go in a designated spot in the house, but instead just learn going to the bathroom inside in general is acceptable.

My parents have two very small chihuahuas, and because we get harsh winters it was almost mandatory to train them on puppy pads. We had both since they were puppies, and trained both with the same methods. The younger of the two picked up on it and is 100% trained to use the pad. The older one, who's 5 or 6 years now, uses them selectively but will also go wherever she pleases on the carpeted areas.


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The housetraining will go much faster if she's not outside most of the day. There's no real difference in a dog's mind with outside or inside as far as going to the bathroom. The more you're able to supervise and take her out and treat and praise, the faster she'll learn. If you can't supervise, crate her.

It's impossible to know if a dog has emptied their bladder if they've been outside, unobserved, for any extended period of time. It's very common for a pup to come in from playing outside and potty. It hadn't occurred to them that there was any particular need to go outside before coming in. They just don't have the capacity to reason out the whole thing at this age or any age. It's a learned behavior.

It's up to us to teach where the approved potty areas are. Scolding is never a good idea when potty training.

Don't worry about the humping. It's a dog thing and is harmless unless the humpee is uncomfortable. In that case, remove the humper, without punishment.
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Grabby said it all- I just want to add that you should make sure you are doing training separately with her from your other dog and taking her away from him for extended periods to avoid "littermate syndrome." That is essentially where a dog bonds with another dog instead of the person and becomes completely dependent on them (i.e. a nervous wreck without the other dog). You definitely want your pup to be capable of being independent. It will also help with a bunch of other things down the line.
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