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Old 06-24-2015, 06:25 PM
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Help! I have a 13 week old shih-tzu and a 3 year old shelter dog and am trying to housebreak them both. I use the crate and every hour, take them both out for long walks. I am moving in a month and is there anything I can do to ease this process? They love to play together and walk together, but we are still having accidents, I know a puppy takes weeks to train, thank you!
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Just a thought, the puppy may need to go out more than once every hour. I'm sure it varies depending on the puppy, but try taking the puppy out at least every 30 minutes, if not more. Also, when is the puppy having accidents? If at night, you will also probably have to take puppy out every 2 hours or so during the night, then gradually move to 3, 4, 5 hours, etc. If you're already taking puppy out at night, try taking puppy out before she/he starts crying and whining, because that's sometimes the sign they can't hold it anymore.

I don't have advice about housetraining an adult dog, but I know a lot of people on here will! There should also be a housetraining sticky thread, either under puppy help or training and behavior.

Good luck!
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Check out this "House Training How To's" sticky- it may help!

https://www.dogforum.com/housetrainin...-how-tos-2135/
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smaller dogs have a smaller bladder, so they often also have to go out more.
I'd try to take that into account, especially during the night.
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