Potty Training 10 1 with Gideon
Since we have four Aussies total, finding a previous potty spot has never been a problem for Gideon. During the day we use the potty pad method. We feel crating during the day is very restricting for a puppy, especially one as active as an Aussie. This, of course may not fit everybody's lifestyle. We place several potty pads together in the most common area of the house that the puppy would be in, but a good distance from where he would sleep and eat . We used a baby gate to confine him to this area. Take your puppy there after each meal or drink of water, after each nap and exercise time, whenever he looks agitated or starts sniffing the floor, or circling, and always before bed. Puppies generally take to puppy pads immediately. If it seems to be taking too long, take a soiled paper towel of your pups urine and put it under a puppy pad. Since they are growing and developing rapidly at this stage, they eat more food, burn up more energy and seem to need to eliminate constantly. Put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding schedule. He will generally need to go between 5 minutes and a half hour after he eats. Chose a command word when you want to tell him to do his business and stick with it. hand. This will cause far more harm than good. Any physical discipline can result in lifelong negative effects, instilling fear and anxiety in your pup. Besides, it's just plain wrong. After you are confident that your pup has mastered the puppy pad you can start the next phase. Whenever you see your pup sniffing, circling, and after meals etc, take him outside to a designated area and place one of his soiled pads out there. Wait until he goes on the pad outside and praise and reward. While this process is going on, every few days we moved the indoor puppy pads in the house an inch or so closer to the doggy door. Eventually, the pads were by the door Gideon would be using. By the time the pads reached the doggy door, our Gideon had already made the connection and was already jumping through it to follow the others into back yard. Remember, Aussie's are very smart and normally catch on quite quickly. But if it is taking longer than you expect, remember patience is the key.