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  1. How do you get you stubborn dog to go into its dog house?
  2. Can a 3 month old puppy sleep outside in a doghouse in winter? My mom won't let him inside because he messes there and it smells.
  3. My parents have a pond in our backyard. My dog keeps going into the pond. He bothers the rocks my dad has set up around the pond. My dad is losing his patience and his willingness to let my dog stay here. I have punished my dog - I point his face at the pond and say no bad dog. If he even goes near it we warn him, so why won't he learn?
  4. My 10 month old Rottweiler puppy is an outside dog and is tied up at night. I started school last week so I can't watch him anymore. My dad let's him loose while I'm at school and he poops on my dad's newly-built concrete and that really upsets my dad. What can I do?
  5. How can I keep my forty pound shepherd from jumping over a six foot wall everytime he is left alone?



  1. How do you get you stubborn dog to go into its dog house?
    Here are a couple of things you can try: 1. Put some comfy blankets and towels that he likes in there. 2. Sit inside the house with him and pet him. 3. Put treats in there with him. 4. Play with him outside near the dog house. 5. Try this: Put treats in the dog house. When he goes in to eat them, walk away and wait a minute or two. Then come back and praise him for having been in the house. The problem is most likely that he doesn't want to be left alone, not that he doesn't like the house. Give him time to get used to it. If you had to start sleeping somewhere else, you'd be uncomfortable, too.
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  2. Can a 3 month old puppy sleep outside in a doghouse in winter? My mom won't let him inside because he messes there and it smells.
    A twelve week old puppy's temperature is not that stable yet. That would be way too cold for him outside. I don't know how warm the dog house gets but regardless I would never put a pup out in that cold for a long time. They need to be older and build up a thicker coat. You dog might do pretty good during the day if the temp was above freezing. Here are some suggestions: 1. If you're not already, take charge of cleaning the mess from the pup, even if you have to set an alarm to wake up before everyone else. Then when they wake up, the bad mess in the bathroom is gone. Try to replace the smell with an air freshener that everyone likes (some are just as bad as the puppy smell). Be sure to clean the floor underneath the papers if that's what you're using. If you have a room where people don't go often to keep him in, that might be better than a bathroom (like a laundry room). 2. Bathe the pup whenever he gets into his own mess, or at least wipe him off really good with a wet cloth, until the smell is gone. But be very careful that you dry him and keep him indoors until he is totally dry. Newly bathed puppies smell really nice. 3. Start the housebreaking steps on this page: http://www.loveyourdog.com/housebreaking.html Be persistent about setting the alarm to go off every 15 minutes for potty breaks. 4. The more you leave the pup alone, the more he will be laying in his own mess or close to it. Spend as much time with your pup as you can. That way you can work on the 15 minute housebreaking plan and bond better with your pup. So it is your job is to keep the dog smelling good and work on the housetraining (which will take a while). If your parents are getting frustrated, you will have to work harder to make this a good experience for them. Sometimes kids have to help their parents enjoy the things kids enjoy. Remember, these hard times don't last forever (they just seem like it). Someday you will have a great-smelling dog that lays at your feet and asks to go out to relieve himself. Your family will look back at these puppy days and be glad you worked hard to get through them.
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  3. My parents have a pond in our backyard. My dog keeps going into the pond. He bothers the rocks my dad has set up around the pond. My dad is losing his patience and his willingness to let my dog stay here. I have punished my dog - I point his face at the pond and say no bad dog. If he even goes near it we warn him, so why won't he learn?
    Unfortunately, this is not something you can prevent unless you build a fence around the pond. Your dog evidently has strong instinct to be in the water and he enjoys it. You can't fight instinct. However, attitudes and training can help. If you look at it from your dog's point of view, he's confined to the yard without much to do.

    Unfortunately, punishing him each time he goes in the water doesn't work. He is not human, so he can't understand the reasons why you don't want him there. And if you get all excited each time, that may make him want to do it more. Dogs like emotion, even if it is negative.

    Here's something you might try: Get a kid's swimming pool (Kmart, Target or Wallmart) and show him that this is the place he can play in the water. Fill it up and put it in the yard where it won't bother anybody. If you catch him near the pond, don't say anything, take him by the collar gently, direct him to the pool and praise him wildly and give him treats. Then play with him there. Make the pool the cool place to be. You could even put some rocks in there for him to play with. This is the same thing we do with diggers. We build a sandbox and tell them they can dig there, but nowhere else in the yard. Their instinct tells them they need to dig... or play in water; then we just find a place that it's ok to do that.

    My suggestion if you don't get a pool, is to keep your dog with you as much as possible. Take him in the house whenever you are there, but keep him on leash. Tying the leash around your waist will keep him close and well-behaved. Talk to him and put words to everything you want him to learn. Being together in the house all the time, will cause a strong bond to develop, and he will perhaps listen to you better. Try not to leave him alone any more than you have to.

    It's time to sign up for training classes. If you can't find a class, try a Petsmart or Petco. If you aren't near any of those, go through How to Love Your Dog, follow training instructions, and do the Lesson of the Day (Lesson of the Day) several times a day.

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  4. My 10 month old Rottweiler puppy is an outside dog and is tied up at night. I started school last week so I can't watch him anymore. My dad let's him loose while I'm at school and he poops on my dad's newly-built concrete and that really upsets my dad. What can I do?
    You might suggest to your dad that he fence in a special area for your dog. Ten months is still a pup, and unfortunately your dog will still be a youngster for about a year longer and he may find more trouble. Having him in a fenced area with some toys and chew objects can keep him busy. Check out our Back to School page for ideas on keeping your dog busy. Also, a good walk in the morning before everyone leaves will help tire your dog out and give him some good exercise as well.
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  5. How can I keep my forty pound shepherd from jumping over a six foot wall everytime he is left alone?
    Has your dog been neutered? If not, he may be sensing females in season. If so, he will go anywhere, anytime to find that sweet-smelling dog. Get him neutered as soon as possible. It will help.

    If you haven't yet, start obedience training. Dogs who are trained and very bonded with their owners are less likely to wander. Give your dog lots and lots of exercise so he is too tired to jump the fence. That could mean 2 or 3 good walks each day, plus a play period. Buy some interactive toys that you stuff with food to give him something to do all day: Toys

    Unfortunately it sounds like you will have to find a better way to confine your dog. You may just have to keep him in the house. Or you could buy a smaller kennel fence and put a top on it for when you are not home. You might also call some local shepherd breeders in your area and ask them for suggestions. I hope this helped. It's a difficult problem.

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