Potty Training

It is with great disappointment that I admit Loki is not yet fully potty trained. He's almost 5 months old.

This is partly due to the fact that Yun & I feel guilty about confining him to his pen when we are home. That's when accidents occur - when we are both home and let him roam freely.

This is also partly due to the fact that we had to potty train him to go on the balcony first. Then after he finished his vaccinations, we had to re-train him to go outdoors.

For the first couple of weeks of re-training I let him pick his spot to go potty, except that he's not allowed to pee on plants or the sidewalk. And I've taught him the commands pee-pee and poo-poo, which he has learned reasonably well.

Today, we're raising our expectations. He's now supposed to go on the patch of green that is right next to our apartment, not the farthest patch of green on the other side of the apartment complex.

Doesn't he looks so sad in his pen?
But if I take him to the patch of green nearest our apartment and say either pee-pee or poo-poo, this is what he does:

Stubborn pup! The only way to get him to go on that patch of green will be to give him no other options and wait him out. That was the only way to get him to go on the balcony - to wait him out.

Poor puppy... his life will consist of his pen and that patch of green until he goes. Ack! Okay, no more feeling sorry for the pup.

5 comments:

Janet said...

oooh, that collar is so loose! Have you thought of getting him a martingale?

Vi said...

That is a martingale on him.

Kay said...

Keep it up, it took me a year.... A YEAR to finally get Pearly fully potty train without mistakes... around 7-10 months is like a teenager stage for Pearly... very stubborn, went backward on training and I had to sweat my butt off trying to get her back on track. Eventurally with your hard work, it will pay off...

craig david said...

hI, I have been training pups for a while, mostly large breeds. For some reason smaller breeds tend to not catch on as fast. One problem i see with your situation is the create. Dogs are in create to learn boundaries and to learn where they do not want to pee. I use blankets to line the create as thier bed. If he/she goes in thier create take away the blanket/bed. this seems harsh for there are no soft surface but think about it, the pee has nothing to soak up, so they are sitting in thier pee for the time they are in there. They will hate that and not want to pee in there again. I did this for 2 to 3 days and my pup stopped peeing in the cage, and the only time i would find pee is in the first few months where she couldnt hold it as long and just a little bit was on her blanket. As much as they look sad in the cage, its up to you to tell them what they need to do. If they run free as a pup that gives them more freedom then they need and they will take advatage of it at an early age.

Erik said...

Loki is so cute! The dog looks good in his pen. In our house, we have two dogs, both Labrador Retrievers. Potty training is really a problem, because both of them loves to pee in the carpet area. I just don't know why. My husband contacted carpet cleaners in Kansas City to clean our stinky and dirty rugs and carpets. They were good in their tasks. Hiring the said carpet cleaners, Kansas City service providers makes us so relaxed despite having two misbehaving puppies.

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