PS she was dropped off at the shelter in the middle of the night in freezing weather and just left outside until someone from the shelter came and found her. so sad
she was dropped off at the shelter in the middle of the night in freezing weather and just left outside until someone from the shelter came and found her. so sad
I am a cat person. Never owned a dog because I'm not home enough to it let out, go for walks, etc. But what I am is an animal lover and this ^^^ makes me sick. This is why I sometimes love animals more than people.
I hope this puppy finds its forever home with you! I love happy endings.
I am a HUGE fan of Kennel/Crate training. This does a few things for you and your pup. Gives her a safe spot, a place where she can go to be quiet, and not have people of things bother her, be it kids, thunderstorms, or just lots of commotion. It allows you to be a happy pet owner, because you can put her in there when you can't keep an eye on her, or are gone for any length of time. By doing this you prevent her from chewing up anything she shouldn't, countersurfer (my Lucy's favorite pastime) or getting into the trash.
The other thing I have done that has helped tremendously with potty training is using a bell on the door, google it. It's pretty popular now, and they will get where they will nose the bell when they gotta go. In addition to doing that, I keep my pups on a short leash in the house and loop the handle portion around my ankle. Most dogs want to sneak off to potty if they can't then they won't so easily have an accident, and you are much more aware of where they are and what they are doing. So if they start looking like they are gonna go, you can race to the door and let her out.
Coon hounds are scent dogs, and I bet she will need to be walked a lot. I would talk with a trainer on how best to accomplish this with her. She will want to keep her nose to the ground and follow whatever she fancies, making walks a challenge.
I am so happy for you and your family to be getting a new member. Please post pics of this cutie soon!!!
As they get older, I make it every 2 hours.
Then, I set a schedule for the day: 7AM, Noon, 4PM, 7PM, 10PM. You get the picture.
You could set your watch by my older dogs. They would head for the door right on time every day.
The other suggestion I have is to not let her sniff too long when you take her outside. Being a hound, she is going to LOVE to smell. And like children, puppies get easily distracted. If you train her to pee on demand, rainy mornings and cold nights will be much more tolerable. Catch her as soon as she "squats" and tie it with a command word (I used "wee wee" with my dogs), heavy praise, and a treat. You want the goal to be pee first then sniff around for enjoyment.
Good luck and enjoy her!
My Lab who is a hoot knows the first thing that happens when I get up is to go potty, so the second my feet hit the floor she is standing in front of the door, the next thing is to feed her, so when she comes in she races to her bowl, and spins and hops, and does a happy dance until I pour her food. The next thing is another potty break fro pooping. So the second she is done with her food, and does her around the bowl inspection back to the door she goes. If I'm not right there, then she does laps to me and the door. Then when she knows the last person is about to leave for the day, she actually goes into her kennel on her own. She usually makes sure to grab her bone as well. We give her a fresh bone every week. Labs are by nature chewers and if she has something healthy to chew on it, it saves all of us.
My point is once they learn a routine they know it, and you can set your alarm to it.