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Hello Everyone

This is my first post so please be kind...j/k

I am 25 years old and a first time dog owner. My family did not have dogs growing up and until recently I was VERY afraid of dogs. When I tell people I have a dog they are usually surprised because they remember how afraid of dogs I use to be. That being said...

Two weeks ago I got an 8.5 week old yorskire terrier/ poodle mix. He is currently 3.5 lbs. He is very playful and smart. The first week potty training did not go so well but last week he did great. After some minor setbacks over the weekend where he pooed in his crate I feel like we are back at square one. I take him outside and he will go number one but then take it upon himself to run up the stairs to the front door and wait for me to come up and open the door (told you he was smart :) )

My main question is how do we get him back on track after a few setbacks? I have noticed he has been chewing on stuff more and doing a little humping so I think he might just be going through a little teething/ bad behavior phase. What do you think??
 

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Start doing N.I.L.I.F, theres a sticky about it in the training forum. This will help with obedience and work on that bad behavior ;)

You should try and get in to a training class, it will help with socialization and obedience.
Take him out every hour for now, if he goes sooner than that, every 45 minutes. Crate him, or tie him to you when you can't keep your eye on him. Only give him free time when he goes outside to go to the bathroom. If he doesn't, kennel him for a few minutes and try again. Always give him something to do in his kennel, kong with peanut butter, etc...If you aren't kennel training, you should, it will help you out a lot!

When he chews on something and you see him doing it, clap your hands, or say NO! and give him something he is allowed to chew on, like a bone or toy, etc...
 

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The trick to overcoming setbacks is to keep training... training more often and more consistently than ever. This isn’t really a bad behaviour phase, per se. He’s not acting out, he’s just untrained. Acting out will come later, when he hits about 7 or 8 months of age.

Keep track of how long he’s been crated and how long it’s been since his mealtime. He can only hold his bladder for as many hours as there are months in his age… so about 2 hours right now. He needs to be taken out that often or else he will be forced to soil his crate, which he should never be forced to do (it breaks his instinct and slows down the training process).

I would strongly recommend a puppy class. Puppy raising is tough… you need to learn about obedience training, jumping, digging, chewing, play-biting, nutrition, exercise, socialisation. These are all issues that need to be addressed with ANY puppy for it to grow up to be a stable, well-behaved dog.
 

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Thanks for the responses so far. I plan to start puppy training classes as soon as I get back home ( out of town for three weeks). I just want to make sure I understand correctly. As soon as we take him out the crate he goes out. Then after that he gets to play around the house ( he occasionally pees inside when not supervised) and then back in the crate. Do you guys think that he should have less supervised time around the house and more time in his crate? Or should we just continue what he have been doing and hope he hets back on track? He is very codependant and playful do you think he is not getting enough attention and is acting out?
 

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No, I don't think he's acting out for attention.

As soon as you take him out of the crate, he goes out. After that, he can go back in and play in the house, supervised. He should have NO unsupervised time in the house. Not just for potty-training but for safety purposes as well. If you cannot supervise him, he is in the crate, period... if you can supervise him, he is out playing with you or exploring the house under your watchful eye.

If you want to let him explore the house and bond with you while you go about doing your own thing at home, you can tether his leash to your belt and keep watch on him that way.
 

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I have been doing that but still the recent setback. my thought is that maybe we need to change his potty spot. he gets very distracted and spends half his time trying to run upstairs and go inside the house. At first he would do his business and play outside and only go upstairs after we started heading upstairs. Now he will run up there on this own and not respond when called. If I bring him back down he just does it again. I had to start putting him on the lease to ensure he stays downstairs. I am wondering If I need to move his potty spot to somewhere outside that he does not associate with wanting to go back in the house.
 

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No, you don't have to move his spot. Keep him on a leash when you go out to potty. Go out, let him pee/poop, then go straight back in and unleash him. He should not be allowed to run around and play after pee-time... potty time is potty time, playtime is playtime.
 
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