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Old 08-08-2015, 02:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Chip18,

Wow - thank you for all those resources. Will read those references!

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Mgibs, Rocco's Mom, Lindar51, & Chip18:

Thank you for all the input. We did not know pee pads are not encouraged. We thought since he was so little, we'd start with pee pads in the house and gradually take him outside? But ever since Niko has been having these accidents, we've just taken him outside and it's been pretty successful.

Crate training is another issue that we are struggling with because our dog HATES being in there and initially we take fault because we bought a big one (anticipating that he'd grow into it). Even though we divided the crate to make it "fit" him, he doesn't like going in there. We're working on it and we're hoping he grows to like his crate.

We're learning as we go...lol

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What you were doing was called paper training and it was quite popular back in the day,
If everything goes right the transition to going potty outside, should be relatively easy.

When "paper training" is combined with, regular training, leash walking ,and ,Stay,Down,Recall training and a puppy can be restricted to a safe area in the home, I have found that they get indoor freedom pretty much from the start and if they have lots of safe toys they don't trash the house!

It's what I did with all my puppies and I never had the counter surfing, couch eating, and general all around misbehaviour that seems quite common these days. But in the past when I did work regular hours I, would usually get puppies at X mas. When we had two weeks off from work.

Struddel was the exception, got her in the summer and by and large Gunther raised her and he did a good job!

But in your case, something went wrong? No matter time for plan B! Use a crate, work on the basic commands and add these:

I understand the reluctance to use the crate! I don't believe it has to be permanent "if" in conjunction with it's use, you "also" train an "off switch!"

That looks like this, first "Sit on the Dog":

Wheres my sanity: Sit on the Dog, aka: The long down
Looks like this:
Energy - it's all about confid-tude

Folks often don't get this?? I saw don't worry about if you don't get it! What it does for your dog is what matters!

And of course, the "Place Command:"
Why the “Place” Command is So Important and Your Dog Should Know It! - TheDogTrainingSecret.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIGq_5r0DeE
The Magic Of Duration Work | The Good Dog Life Blog

Every dog "especially" Boxers should be taught this! It trains an "off switch" in the dog! If you get this right, the first benefit you will see is you "won't" have an out of control whirlwind when company comes over!

You can control your dog...you can't control company!!

"Oh it's OK" is what I usually got from men, as Struddel walked across the couch, licking faces as "folks" arrived and sat down!

Do these and you'll have a guide! When the dog can do a two hour "Place Command" then at that point you most likely "can" trust the dog free in the house when your out and about!

But have to build up to 2 hours...baby steps!

You can be our test case! So work on these in conjunction with Crate Training and lets us know!
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