Niko's Training, Going Amazing!!

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I'm so very proud (and amazed) of my little Niko!!  He has settled in very nicely with our routine here, and I agree with my brother...No need for an alarm clock anymore!!  But, alas, I stray from the topic!  I have been working on basic commands for Niko; sit, down, wait, leave it, drop it, and the ever popular no!  He is so smart, he picks up on everything so quickly, he is so eager to please...it just amazes me, he is only 8 1/2 weeks old and he LOVES learning already.  As you all know, my brother will puppy sit for me while I work.  Well, he also will work with Niko while he is there.  Yesterday when I picked Niko up, Ronan showed me what he had taught Niko that day...Watch Me.  Niko took to it like a pro!! Can't wait to be able to go to his first puppy classes.  I'm guessing you guys hear this all the time; but I can't believe how in love I am with him after such a short time, but as corny as it sounds, I really think that he was what was missing from our lives.  Thanks for listening to me ramble on about my beautiful boy.  Oh a side note, I'm getting a new camera soon, one with stop action, and will get pics up as soon as possible!!   

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Wanted to add a few details, he sits before he gets his food and water, and the "Wait" is for when he is getting a treat, and he will wait there (rather impatiently, not that you could tell, LOL) until we tell him "go ahead".  We can put the treat right in front of his nose and he just kinda has that look like, "C'mon, let me have it, I can smell that, c'mon Mom". He has his moments of not wanting to, but he is young yet...I guess I'm just really proud of him.  As far as the potty training, he's doing a lot better, only accidents on occassion, he just hasn't figured out too make noise at the door to let us know he needs to go out, my next project with him is to teach him to "Speak" before we go outside.  That way, he knows what we are expecting of him, I feel like I kinda let him down, by not starting that earlier, I should have been doing that from the jump, but TBH I didn't think of it at the time. 

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it's good he's learning so well but expecting him to be potty trained and speak to go out at 8 weeks is a bit much.  Don't be discourged when he doesn't get this for several more weeks if not months.   Be happy with potty training....don't delay that by adding in complicated reasoning at such a young age.    Rocky rarely had an accident because we were diligent abuot taking him out BUT he was probably 3-4 months old before he started telling us when he needed out.

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I have to agree with Lori, Cleo is almost 16 months and she is only started to bark to let us know she needs to go outside.  Having said that we have not had an accident for a long long time but I think it was because we were diligent and let her our often.  It surprised me how she 'did not get the potty training' as she picked up everything else really quickly. It is amazing how keen Dobies are to learn. 

Well done Nico, keep up the good work :)

 

 

 

 

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I LOVE to read what dobie owners write when they are head-over-heels in love with their pups, because I feel the exact same way!

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@ Lori, I didn't mean that I was expecting him to have gotten potty training already...he's still a little man yet.  I just thought that teaching him to speak before we go outside might help.  But, I do see your point that he is a little young to be adding things to the potty training.  Niko does do pretty good with it already, about 75-80% of the time he will go over to the door and sniff around, sometimes he will sit there, and we take him out quite frequently anyway, but when he goes to the door I'll say to him "Go outside? Go potty?" and he generally looks back at the door and out we go.  And most times he needs to go when we get out there.  We still have accidents, but not to bad; like I said we do take him out a lot anyway, so that helps too.  And of course we have a little party when he potties outside, especially when he goes to the door first.

 

Thank you guys for the feedback, I think I'm going to take Lori's advice and wait to do the "speak" at the door before we go out.  Niko is working on a lot of stuff right now and I don't want to add too much on him.  He is very eager and gets so excited when he figures out what I am asking him to do.  It's the cutest little face he makes, it's like he's saying, "I did it, I figured it out, GO ME!!"  LOL

 

If anyone has any other helpful tips for potty training I'd love to hear different ideas and tips.  He's doing really well, but any advantage I can give him would be awesome.  Thanks in advance, I am so glad I found this site...it's a lifesaver, and a huge wealth of knowledge.

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dont' get me wrong, if you can get him to bark before you open the door to go potty that's great and one day he will understand exactly what to do.  But for a few weeks if not months yet he's just not going to associate that he should bark to let you know he has to go out and go potty.  It's just too much for such a young dog to understand.  He will get it one day though so don't give up.

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@Lori:  I understood what you were saying, I didn't take any offense at all.  I appreciate all the feedback I can get.  I've got loads of patience and plenty of time for him to get it.  Like I said we rarely have accidents in the house, and all of the times we have had them, it was my fault.  I either didn't see him sniffing, or didn't get him outside in time.  So, not his fault...my fault.  Once again thank you all for your advice!!

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no worries, I'm not the sensitive type that gets upset ...nor did you say anything that seemed wrong to me. 

 

2 things I wish I had done with potty training and will do with the next dog - have 1 specific corner / area of the yard that is his bathroom rather than letting him go anywhere he wants.  (makes clean-up easier)  2nd - have him go potty on a leash.  He rarely has to do this but there are times when I think he holds it and has to go because he's not used to it.   He knows the words Go Potty but doesn't like to on leash.