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Old 05-15-2014, 08:41 AM
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Puppy schedules.....help?

Hello I am new here and have been enjoying reading in the forums. I do have a question though...........we have a 10 week old cavapoo who has good days and bad days with her potty training. I know this is normal and all part of puppy training but am wondering if I am doing doing something wrong that I might be able to change to help her be more successful. Her is our current schedule, we take her out about every hour.........sometimes we can get 2 hours out of her (not very often) (she does potty outside with no problems and she really only has had a couple of accidents in the house, where we are struggling at is her peeing in her crate..........it seems to not bother her) after she pottys outside we bring her in and play with her for about 15 mins and then potty outside again and then in the crate for and hour. In between that she does eat at 7:30, 12:30 and 5:30 we do take away her water at 7pm. Also she does not like her crate she whines and barks all the time. We had her in the living room with us but that got so unbearable (the noise) so we put her in our daughters room and she does ok there (she still barks and whines but the noise is muffled). We are tired, exhausted, and feel like failures. We do love her and want to see her succeed but feel like we are doing something wrong. We are at our wits end..........if you have any tips or ideas please share.
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If I am reading this right she spends 1 hr in the kennel for every 20min-30min out? That's a lot of kennel time for a puppy.
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See that is where things get confusing........things I have read about potty training says that is the schedule for a 10 week old puppy? I'm all for changing her schedule and get her on a good one if it will help her succeed.
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Well the god things you're not alone in your puppy frustration! I see lot's of threads with lots of people at their wits end with their new pup! Just hang in there & be patient, I promise it'll pay off!

Here's what helped me a lot with my new puppy:

Being quiet in the crate: Give her plenty of exercise (which I'm sure you're already doing) and always rewarding good behavior in the crate. When my pup was crated she would whine/howl to be let out. I'd ignore her. The second she was calm and quiet I'd reward the heck out of her with treats. But not let her out. While she was in there I'd practice leaving the room/being out of sight. As soon as she was calm/quiet - I'd appear to give her more treats. We did this all throughout the day. Even when she was just laying in there playing with toys I'd walk by and casually toss her treats and tell her "good girl/be quiet" After a few weeks it REALLY paid off and she would only fuss for about 2 minutes when I crated her and then she was good. Her crate was always in the same room with us. I thought it was a good idea to reinforce the calmness while we were all TOGETHER, so she wouldn't end up overexcited when she came out of isolation. Practicing leaving the room for periods of time, then rewarding her, is also good to prevent separation anxiety from creeping in.

Peeing in the crate: Don't have much advice here, I got lucky and my 8 week old pup never went to the bathroom in her crate. Even up to 2/3 hours. I'd just watch carefully for the first signs/noises of "I have to go potty" and then take her right outside - lots of treats and praise and "good girl! she goes potty outside!'
I do know that they make little pee pads that look like fake grass. Maybe you could transition her to those while she's in the crate, till she's old enough to hold it?
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I'm just curious as to why she has to be crated for an hour after every potty break. I have 11 week old pups and they sleep in the crate at night. First thing in the morning they get a good 1/2-1 hour of play/potty time before feeding. Everyday they get several hours of time with us.
I would take her out every hour slowing increasing the time between potty breaks but it's super important to have family time with her. She's a baby and it sounds like she is spending 7-9 hours during the day alone in a kennel. I also think if she's out of the kennel you can better watch her for signs she has to potty and take her outside. If she starts sniffing around and acting like she is looking for a potty spot take her outside and praise/reward her for going outside.
If you're kenneling her right after going potty she might start thinking going potty outside=getting locked up.
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Thanks for the advice on the crate will for sure give that a try. She does like food/treats so it just might work. When she goes outside we do give her lots of praise , not tried the treats outside so might give that a try too. Thanks again for the advice.
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I'm just curious as to why she has to be crated for an hour after every potty break. I have 11 week old pups and they sleep in the crate at night. First thing in the morning they get a good 1/2-1 hour of play/potty time before feeding. Everyday they get several hours of time with us.
I would take her out every hour slowing increasing the time between potty breaks but it's super important to have family time with her. She's a baby and it sounds like she is spending 7-9 hours during the day alone in a kennel. I also think if she's out of the kennel you can better watch her for signs she has to potty and take her outside. If she starts sniffing around and acting like she is looking for a potty spot take her outside and praise/reward her for going outside.
If you're kenneling her right after going potty she might start thinking going potty outside=getting locked up.
AllieD thank for the advice, this is our first puppy and we have been just doing what we have read about schedules. Not saying any of it is right. She does get playtime and we do tire her out. We will try and start keeping her out longer and see how things go. Thanks again.
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She is a cutie good luck.
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I do not usually crate my puppies at all during the day unless I have to go out somewhere or I am busy doing something and cannot keep my eyes on them. I have them with me in one room, baby gated off from the rest of the house. I take them outside after they have eaten, after they have been sleeping or playing, or if I see them starting to sniff around. If they are in a crate you have no way of learning their signs when they have to go. If you are really diligent about watching them at 11 weeks of age, it should not take long before you learn the signs they give that they have to go. At eleven weeks they should be able to sleep through the night in their crate.
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Read the potty sticky-there's tons of info.

Unless you can't watch her or she needs a nap there's no reason for her to be kenneled. You want to take as much opportunity as you can to tire her out. If she's peeing in the crate, more time in the crate=more opportunity to potty in the crate. She hasn't learned the signals of knowing she needs to eliminate so she won't cry and say "Mom I need to be let out" since 1-she doesn't know she needs to go until she's going. 2-she doesn't know going in the crate is wrong and 3-she doesn't know going outside is the desired outcome.

Potty outside will come faster with TREATS TREATS TREATS. Chicken, liver, something delicious that only occurs with pottying outside. Nothing else. As far as crying in the crate-ignore and treat for calm, only let out when calm. If you let her out when she screams she will learn that crying=attention and that reinforces the cycle making crying in the crate worse.

10 weeks is a TEENY TINY BABY and it takes several MONTHS for a puppy to be potty and crate trained. Don't expect miracles overnight. She's still getting used to you being her new family.
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