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Categories: Housebreaking

Q. Our 7 month old Pom/Poodle cross still pees all over, and also chews on the couch and love seat. What can we do?
I have a pomeranian/poodle mix puppy who is going on 7 months old. My husband and I have tried to house train her and she still keeps peeing everywhere. If she gets excited she just pees all over everything. Second of all, she has a huge chewing problem and we don't know what else to do. She chewed a hole in our couch arm and ate all the stuffing and the other day she chewed a dollar coin sized hole in our love seat. We put a sheet over it and we left today for maybe 1-2 hours and came home, she had chewed completely through the sheet to the exact same hole and ate more stuffing. She always chews on stuff, but she does the "big" damage when we are gone or asleep like chewing on the couch and love seat. She has also dug up the carpet in one of our bedroom doorways and seems to "enjoy" eating it just like she enjoys eating couch stuffing. We had a comforter in which she chewed a hole through to eat the stuffing in as well. I really love her and don't want to have to get rid of her. Is there anything we can do to control her behavior? My husband is determined to put her asleep and I can't stand the thought of it. This is causing us marital problems and everything because we always fight about keeping her or putting her asleep. I want to keep her! I just don't know what to do with her, please help us!

Erica

A. This is 100% an owner education problem not a dog problem. You know little to nothing about the correct way to house train a dog or how to train a dog.
You're not alone so don’t take this offensively. You can learn how to do this or find a new home for the dog - I assure you that if you continue what you are doing you are headed for WORSE TIMES.

Read the article and Q&A on I wrote on house training.

Get a dog crate and learn how to use it.

TRAIN THIS DOG - I believe you can benefit from my training program. You need to understand the foundation of correct obedience. There are so many people out there teaching obedience and messing it up.

Dog training is like building a house with building blocks. The blocks have to be put down in the right order or the house falls down. I recommend that you get the 4 hour DVD I did on Basic Dog Obedience.

There are four phase of training:

The learning phase
The distraction phase
The correction phase
The maintenance phase

My DVD shows the proper way to motivate a dog through the learning phase. It teaches owners how to apply distractions in the correct way and it explains corrections and how to apply them. I strongly recommend a prong collar for training – dogs with pack issues need firm corrections and a choke collar is not a training collar. (I explain why in my DVD)

Get this DVD and a prong collar and learn how to use it effectively.

You can go to my web site and read a more detailed description of the DVD.

Your husband is a dumb ass - find a new one.
  
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