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Old 07-21-2014, 08:29 PM
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New puppy, suggestions with training?

A friend was giving away puppies a little while back, I fell in love with one and brought him home.

Schnauzer/Dachshund or Schweenie/Schnoxie. I've heard it both ways.


He is now 11 weeks old, has had his second round of shots and goes back in two weeks for his rabies. We live in an apartment so even though we were suggested not to, we have been taking him outside since we got him.

As he stands he knows mostly he isn't supposed to go in the house. He will go to the door and sit there without making a noise. Which if we don't see him it ends with him giving up. Right now we have my keys (they are on a lanyard) hanging from the door knob. We rattle it every time we take him outside. Is this they way to go? Any suggestions on how to help him tell us that he needs to go out other than that?

Second thing is he gets bored? Or at least that is what we assume and he has been tearing up our carpet at the doors. Not as bad as he was, but still occasionally. He has plenty of toys so I'm not sure if its boredom or rebellion that we left him. Any idea how to get him to stop?

Last thing is he has separation issues. When we leave for work we can hear him whining clear out to our vehicles. Our apartment is on the opposite side of the building.
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A friend was giving away puppies a little while back, I fell in love with one and brought him home.

Schnauzer/Dachshund or Schweenie/Schnoxie. I've heard it both ways.


He is now 11 weeks old, has had his second round of shots and goes back in two weeks for his rabies. We live in an apartment so even though we were suggested not to, we have been taking him outside since we got him.

As he stands he knows mostly he isn't supposed to go in the house. He will go to the door and sit there without making a noise. Which if we don't see him it ends with him giving up. Right now we have my keys (they are on a lanyard) hanging from the door knob. We rattle it every time we take him outside. Is this they way to go? Any suggestions on how to help him tell us that he needs to go out other than that?

Second thing is he gets bored? Or at least that is what we assume and he has been tearing up our carpet at the doors. Not as bad as he was, but still occasionally. He has plenty of toys so I'm not sure if its boredom or rebellion that we left him. Any idea how to get him to stop?

Last thing is he has separation issues. When we leave for work we can hear him whining clear out to our vehicles. Our apartment is on the opposite side of the building.
Why would you get a puppy that little (and a small breed at that) and condemn him to be outside by himself all the time? He's clawing at the door for attention and to get in to see you. He's A BABY AND LONELY. He needs as much interaction with people and animals as he can get. You're doing the opposite. If you plan on keeping this same routine, please get him a new home asap. If not, you need to do some serious work on this website and with this pup PRONTO.
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@blakeandsam -- I think OP Ladybug meant he mostly knows not to go potty in the house. It sounds like they're trying to train the pup to signal or ring a bell when he needs to go outside.
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A friend was giving away puppies a little while back, I fell in love with one and brought him home.

Schnauzer/Dachshund or Schweenie/Schnoxie. I've heard it both ways.


He is now 11 weeks old, has had his second round of shots and goes back in two weeks for his rabies. We live in an apartment so even though we were suggested not to, we have been taking him outside since we got him.

As he stands he knows mostly he isn't supposed to go in the house. He will go to the door and sit there without making a noise. Which if we don't see him it ends with him giving up. Right now we have my keys (they are on a lanyard) hanging from the door knob. We rattle it every time we take him outside. Is this they way to go? Any suggestions on how to help him tell us that he needs to go out other than that?
At his age, he doesn't really have the physical development to always know when he has to go. It's up to you to keep him on a schedule, watch him at all times (confine when you can't), and prevent accidents. You might be able to train him to alert you, but not all dogs do (or do so in very subtle ways - my older dog gives me a certain look, my younger one is too young for me to rely on him to tell me. A good option is to take him outside on a regular schedule.

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Second thing is he gets bored? Or at least that is what we assume and he has been tearing up our carpet at the doors. Not as bad as he was, but still occasionally. He has plenty of toys so I'm not sure if its boredom or rebellion that we left him. Any idea how to get him to stop?

Last thing is he has separation issues. When we leave for work we can hear him whining clear out to our vehicles. Our apartment is on the opposite side of the building.
It's not rebellion. Could be boredom, could be anxiety from being left. I'd crate train him and work on getting him comfortable with being alone. Kikopup has videos for both things.

Check out these stickies:
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Crate Training FAQ
Helpful Training Videos and Articles

And Ian Dunbar's digital training textbook and free downloads

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As he stands he knows mostly he isn't supposed to go in the house. He will go to the door and sit there without making a noise. Which if we don't see him it ends with him giving up. Right now we have my keys (they are on a lanyard) hanging from the door knob. We rattle it every time we take him outside. Is this they way to go? Any suggestions on how to help him tell us that he needs to go out other than that?
I thought about having mine ring a bell or something because mine used to do the same. Just sit there without making a peep. It only ever took me less than a minute to notice they were gone from the living room because a I watched them a hawk!
Take him out every so often and then you know he has multiple chances of going.
I switched up the treats they got when doing their business from a regular treat to a piece of fruit and they soon started to let me know by giving a little whine or to come in and actually get me to follow!
I can't comment on the rattling of keys, I decided against the bell because mine would without a doubt start using it just to take a peek out!

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Second thing is he gets bored? Or at least that is what we assume and he has been tearing up our carpet at the doors. Not as bad as he was, but still occasionally. He has plenty of toys so I'm not sure if its boredom or rebellion that we left him. Any idea how to get him to stop?

Last thing is he has separation issues. When we leave for work we can hear him whining clear out to our vehicles. Our apartment is on the opposite side of the building.
Him tearing up your carpet and whining could be separation anxiety and/or boredom.

Do you have a crate or a playpen? It might help him to have a safe little spot to his own where he can just relax and play without roaming around this big empty place.
Get him some safe toys, fill a Kong with peanut butter or plain unsweetened yoghurt and stuff in the freezer, give that to him when you leave. Doing a little training and playing before you go might help you tire him out.
This much freedom to a little puppy that is home alone can result in him chewing on something that could cost him his life or something that requires surgery!

Look up the benefits of crate training. If done right, your dog will love
his crate!
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...anxiety-29576/ - read through this stickie and see if you think it could be that.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGxh...k6bfs3UZuue6IQ - learn to be alone (kikopup)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUzF...k6bfs3UZuue6IQ - crate training (kikopup)
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