|A few questions
||[Jun. 16th, 2009|04:32 pm]
So I've had my dog for about 2 and a half weeks now, and although he's improving in a lot of ways, there are some parts we need work on. He was a rescue, and about 1-2 years old, but I have no idea what his previous training or family was like.|
Anyway, first thing is potty training, which is going relatively well. Most of the time he pees and poops whenever we put him in the bathroom on the pee pads. Sometimes he takes longer, but it is mostly ok. We put him in the morning right after taking him out of his crate, right after breakfast, right after we get home from work, and right after dinner. Only thing is that we are trying to associate the peepads with peeing, and trying to train him to go there by himself, but sometimes he can't hold his pee so right after drinking we'd try to coax him to the bathroom but sometimes he can't hold it and pees there.
Another side note about peepads - not sure if we just have really crappy peepads or not, but sometimes he pees and after that, he steps in the pee, and tracks pee footprints in the house, because we have a wooden floor. So, whenever we do train him to go on peepads by himself and leave him out of his crate, we're afraid he's goign to track peeprints all over the house anyway.
Okay, next question. He scratches the crate at night when we're trying to sleep. We try to ignore it, and it comes and goes, but if we have to go to the bathroom, which means walking by his crate, he'll start scratching very loud again. We live in an apartment so we're afraid his scratching is a nuisance to the neighbors. How can we get him to stop? We've been doing the ignoring him until he's quiet and then try to treat, but as soon as we get close to the crate he starts scratching again. Getting him INTO the crate is easy, just point to it, say "Crate", and treat, but getting him to remain quiet in there is a different story.
Last question: Leash training. He's very impulsive and excitable, and doesn't walk on a leash well. He wants to run around and often tangles the cord around me, and doesn't walk in the straight line, just wherever he wants to run or sniff things. Any suggestions there? We've tried to tell him to sit, which he eventually does after a lot of reminding, but he doesn't stay sitting very long because he always wants to jump up and go somewhere, and not be patient.