Train Your Dog Month on January, 2023: help with my 11 month old dog being house trained.?
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Hey love, I feel your frustration. Everyone feels it at some point when training dogs. I am going to give you what I give to my clients. I give this to them so that they will know exactly what I am doing and it makes it easier in transition when they go back home to make sure that regression does not happen. You do this until you are on a roll with no accidents. Sometimes it can take as short as a 3 day weekend...sometimes it takes a few weeks....but I guess that's better than the hard time you've already been putting into it. I commend you for asking...there are a lot of dog owners that get mad and just get rid of the dog. I am positive you can do this...if you had the smarts enough to ask a question I am sure you will be diligent to do what it takes. Here goes....I wish you quick progress & a little more fun time! Everyone can use more of that!
House Training Your Dog
Dogs are just like children who are being potty trained he will need you to do the leading. Most dogs sniff & drop to go. It is a quick sniff when he really has to go...other times he is more studious in checking out the right place.
When he has gone potty outside take note if it was #1 and or #2. The only way I can tell you that works without fail is: If no one is watching him someone put his leash on and put it in your pocket. That way you can do what needs to be done in the home and keep an eye on him rather easily as well. This is also an opportunity to leash train him. He will be at times stubborn (just like all of us) so do not give in. It is at this time where you are teaching him who is going to be “the leader of the pack”. You can prove this to be him...or the family by the chronic choices that you make.
Potty times need to be “at ease” time...not “hurry up and go”. When a dog is hurried they lose concentration, get confused and frustrated and can’t go...then go inside relax and potty. They know you want inside, therefore they will go inside to please you without finishing their job as well. So when taking him outside...and I stress this even though it makes life more inconvenient for you and those helping with training...do not give him full lead of the yard, keep him on his leash. Walk him only in a small portion of the yard while saying soothingly “go po-T outside -state his name” over and over again. When he goes make it a small praise “Good po-T outside-state his name...now finish.” If he poo’s first wait because he will need to pee before going back inside. Do not let him run or play during potty time outside. The only time he is to run freely outside is when potty time is done as reward.
Once it’s done and he is inside he may run and play as long as people are paying attention...if this is not going to happen hook the leash up and put it in your pocket.
A lot of people try not to do this part and the only thing it does is prolong potty training time. Just think of it this way...when you potty train a child you keep an eye on them. You sometimes set a timer so that you don’t forget to potty them. A dog is like a child in the fact that they do not know when they have to go until it is almost coming. Set a timer if you have to...but do not expect your dog to “wait” for that specific time. It is up to you to watch and scoop him up quickly without anger or frustration in your voice. A lot of people “spank” a dog when it is their fault that he did not make it outside. When a dog has been potty trained a while that may well be appropriate...but not when he is just learning. The more negative you make “go po-T outside” the more confusion and frustration you will bring to your dog. Remember that after feeding and drinking you should potty your dog no less than 30 min. after. When you potty them do not say “all done” until he is done sniffing. Some people don’t understand that a dog can go 4x before he is really done. When he stops sniffing and has done his job...then you say “Good po-T outside -state his name. Good job. All done...inside”. That way he knows his job is done. Or if not “inside”....”let’s play”. If you play with major activity make sure he goes again before going inside.
I am assisting you in potty training. The more consistent you are the quicker he will learn.
If you stay consistent with the rules progress will be made. If one of person caring for the dog is not doing his job it just prolongs the process. People tend to get frustrated at the dog...but it is generally “us” as a whole. All dogs are very smart, and when taught with consistence are generally a quick study...so if you do what you need to to help him....he will catch on.
Please remember in this process that “he is trying” so don’t let on if you get “tired of it”. Everyone does have “their day” of that...so if it’s your day...let someone else take the responsibility. But mind you, it is work...so it’s not going to be all “fun”.
Dogs take time...if you push too
Is 4 months too old to train a diabetes service dog?
4 months is definitely not too old, but I would have more worries about his breed. Yes, bassetts are good scenters, but a diabetes alert dog also needs intensive obedience training and bassetts tend to be a little stubborn. You also want a diabetes alert dog to be more high-energy than bassetts tend to be, since they need to be alert, focused, and 'on the job' at all times.
Also, training a dog to be a DAD yourself takes a whole lot of time and commitment. It's not easy, and it's not for everyone, your lifestyle has to be compatible with the time and effort it takes to properly train them.
I'm not trying to discourage you, just trying to be a little realistic. I'm in the process of self-training a diabetes alert dog for my 5 year old Type 1 daughter, but we are using an Australian shepherd that was scent imprinted on low blood sugars since the day he was born.
If you want to get going with starting him on training and seeing how he'll do, for right now you don't worry about high blood sugars. Highs are much easier to smell than lows, so you want him to have the lows down pat before you work with highs.
Next time you have a low blood sugar, have him smell you (but you can't give him a command to do it-he has to do it on his own) and when he does tell him he's the greatest dog ever and give him a treat. Also, when you're low, take a gauze pad and chew on it for 30-60 seconds, put it in a Ziploc with the date and the BG number on it and freeze it. These are scent samples you'll use for training. Every day, defrost one and put it in a container with holes in it (you can make scent tubes from cheap materials at Home Depot) The second he sniffs it, get excited and give him a treat. Remember though- you can't tell him to sniff it or direct him to it, he has to smell it himself otherwise he'll only look for that smell when he's told to.
Goodness, there's so much more to tell you and I think they limit my space here. Get yourself to this website: www.diabeticalertdogs.com There are experienced DAD professional trainers that will help guide you through the process.
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I did nearly a full year of research before getting a puppy to train as a DAD, so I can help point you in the right direction. :)
Okay, I had to edit this to respond to Ville, who has no idea what they're talking about:
You obviously have no idea what having a diabetes alert dog entails. The dogs are generally about 30-40 minutes ahead of a meter or glucose monitor. You can not check your blood sugars every hour, and a T1d can have a blood sugar crash or skyrocket in a very short amount of time. The dogs are also used for alerting AT NIGHT, while the Type 1 is asleep, to prevent extremely dangerous blood sugar crashes.
Also, MANY people train their own service dogs. So long as you do enough research, have a good support group, and know exactly what you're getting into both with the time and commitment required, it is entirely possible to train your own service dog. In fact, I know nearly 50 people who have done just that.
January is “Train Your Dog Month”!?
lol -- every month is a train your dog month for me and should be for everyone... in fact... every week is a train your dog week - and every day is a train your dog day.... I won't go by the hour as I do allow them to sleep if they are doing so... within reason - lol.
Does this mean you are training on the APDT course then.
Best of luck if you are