Potty Training Your Puppy Revisited

February 5, 2010

This is the second article I have written on this topic.  Having a litter of 5 Australian Terrier puppies right now I am reminded why I receive so many inquiries about how to train a puppy.  It's a lot of work potty training a puppy!



I have potty trained numerous puppies over the past 30 years including a few litters of Australian Terrier puppies. I have tried many different techniques. Here is what has worked for us and is working for us now with this new litter.

From the time a puppy is able to eat on their own, or at age 5 to 6 weeks, we start bringing the puppy outside. First thing in the morning, quietly take the puppy out.  Do not talk "baby talk" to the puppy or he/she will likely pee on the floor before you get him/her out the door.

Go out with the puppy and watch them until they go.  Then get very excited and happily praise the puppy for doing what was expected.  Bring the puppy in, give the puppy food and water, play with your puppy, then after about 20 min take the puppy outside again and repeat.   Do this 5-6 times a day.

During the day, when you are not holding or playing with your puppy, from this age until the puppy is potty trained keep him/her in a smaller confined area.  A great investment is a X-Pen they come in a variety of materials, from wood, plastic or metal any will work.  Set this up in an area where your puppy can be with your family, but not have full reign of the house  just yet.  On one end of the floor in the penned or smaller partitioned area, put down newspaper.  Have his/her food and sleeping area at the opposite end. Or put their crate leaving the door open inside the penned area.

At night after the last time your puppy has been outside, just prior to your normal bed time, put him/her in a crate with a blanket.  No food and no water.  If your crate is larger than needed right now, you may have to partition it off on the inside so that your puppy won't eliminate himself/herself in a back corner. 

We have followed this proceedure from the time our puppies were 6 weeks old.  At 8 weeks old they began sleeping in their individual crates in separate areas of the house so they do not get used to hearing the other puppies during the night.  Each puppy has her own blanket to sleep on and I have not needed to divide our larger crates.

The first couple nights a few of the puppies cried.  Not one puppy had an accident in their crate over night.  To give you an idea of hours our puppies sleep in their crates at night without an accident they go into their crates at approx 9:30 p.m. and I actually have to wake them up at 7:30 a.m. 

Our puppies are almost 100% newspaper trained at 8 weeks and 5 days.  Even when we allow them more area to play while we watch them, they will run to their newspaper area and use that!

I do not believe that puppies or in particular Australian Terrier puppies are difficult to potty train when given the proper and consistent training by their breeder and then continued by their new adoptive families.  To the contrary, they are exceptionally easy to potty train and continue to amaze me at just how smart they really are. If an Australian Terrier Breeder tells you their puppies take 6 months to 1 year to housebreak, it's quite likely their puppies haven't received any training while in their care and I'd be suspicious when dealing with  such a breeder.

 

Puppy Party!

February 1, 2010

                          
February the month of love and what better way to show your dog that you love him or her but to throw a puppy party!  Well, not to mention it's the middle of winter, not much else to do at least here in the Midwest where we live :^)

Researching this topic, I found many puppy party planning ideas on-line. I was quite surprised at how elaborate some of these parties can be.  There are theme puppy parties, goodie doggy bags, party hats, doggie cakes and a multitude of p...


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Australian Terrier Breed Standard

January 27, 2010

The Australian Terrier is small and sturdy with a blue and tan, sandy or red coat that is harsh in texture. They have a keen and alert expression and confident spirit. They are versatile in their work and living situations, making suitable companions in most environments.

General Appearance
A small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier, rather long in proportion to height with pricked ears and docked tail. Blue and tan, solid sandy or solid red in color, with harsh-textured outer coat, a...


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Australian Terrier International

January 15, 2010

I am so pleased to announce a new Australian Terrier organization has been formed, www.australianterrierinternational.org for everyone interested in this wonderful breed.

The Australian Terrier International (ATI) was formed by Aussie people from all across the globe. 

The mission of the ATI is to "Encourage and educate others about this grand little breed.  To foster co-operation Internationally. Whether you own an Aussie OR are considering one, are interested in showing or breeding an Aussie...


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Integrity

January 11, 2010

Every year I look at the mission statement of Dunham Lake Aussies and make sure it still supports our goals which are to raise healthy, sound temperament Australian Terriers for show or companion homes.  2009 has been a wonderful and interesting year in many ways.  In the Aussie world in which we are involved, by our peers, we have been challenged, harrassed, loved, stalked, included, excluded, welcomed, ignored, highly encouraged, commended and supported. Quite the range of experiences! Than...


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January News

December 24, 2009

Happy New Year and Greetings Friends!

We’re looking forward to 2010! It’s already off to a great start here at Dunham Lake Aussies! 

A few plans for 2010…
 
Introducing several of our beautiful puppies to the show ring! Mentoring and assisting our wonderful new families adopting one of our puppies.
     Support and assist our club. Continue to volunteer and offer support to our local Humane Society and Aussie Rescue. Attend many dog shows including International shows. A...


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December News Merry Christmas!

December 2, 2009


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The Aussie Down Under-Book review!

November 30, 2009

As part of my youngest daughters 5th grade curriculum for history, she is studying the Eastern Hemisphere, which of course includes countries such as Asia, Antarctica, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, in addition to Australia, just to name a few.  It's been an interesting exploration for both of us. While we're not even mid-way through the year, we've had the pleasure of studying  many countries which included New Zealand and Australia. They are both wonderful and beautiful places which we pl...


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Don't feed me that!

November 20, 2009
During this time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, as we celebrate and feast on a variety of wonderful foods many, (guilty myself) tend to share a bit with our 4-legged friends.  While we think by giving our dogs "a special little treat" in celebration, it's really important for us to be reminded about what NOT to give them.

Here is something I pulled up on line that I thought would be a good reminder, some things like grapes and raisins, were new to me! If a grape of two roll off y...
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What's it like to show your dogs?

November 17, 2009

How'd you get started in showing dogs? What's it like to show dogs? I get asked these questions many times so let me tell you...

Our girls started showing our Aussies in 2007. We decided we have to start somewhere, so we jumped right into the ring (pretty much literally) and began showing our Aussies.  

Our first show was in St. Cloud MN, we didn't have any idea what we were doing. The girls wore tee-shirts with their dogs name on them and wore jeans (that's NOT how it's done :^). We thou...


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Breeder of Merit


Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa