You don't have to be a professional dog trainer to train your RedTeddy puppy
-Your encouragement and consistency are the keys to their success.
Zoe is one of Connie and Leo's daughter. They were first time dog owners when they brought Zoe home, but they didn't have any trouble teaching her all kinds of tricks! Perhaps most important, though, she learned very early to ring a bell attached to their front door when she needs to go outside to relieve herself. A little ingenuity and consistency, plus a clever and willing little puppy is all it takes!
Here is how mommy Malisa describes teaching Zoe how to ring a bell to be let out:
"We tied a bunch of bells around the door knob of our front door that was level to her. For 5-10 minutes everyday, we trained her to tap the bell and then give her a treat. At first, it was accidental. We would just sit around the bell and if she accidentally tapped it with her nose or body, we would praise her and give her treats. Eventually, she started tapping it with her nose and then we moved on to tapping it with her paw. Every time we took her out to pee or poo, we tried to get her to ring the bell. Consistency is key. Eventually, she started ringing it when we took her to the door and then gradually, she picked up on the association and rang it when she had to go. Mind you, its not a 100% perfect way to potty train in the beginning only because she would start ringing it just because she wanted to go outside. That happened for a while but now she rings the bell 95% when she has to go and 5% if she just wants to go outside. Usually, she will do that after one of the kids has gone out through the front door and she wants to go with them."
Over the weekend, our four, seven-week-old puppies were moved to their new environs. They attempted to take over the entire downstairs (of course) and cry bitterly when put in their new area. Thisnew area is very nice, the same size as their original digs. It just doesn't contain my desk, desk chair and other office furniture. A large part of this move was prompted by the inability for me to work while my toes were chewed by sharp baby teeth. Another large part was the smell of the upstairs rug!
Pup smells are not as bad as grwn up dog smells, and no where near as bad as cat smells. All these smells can be neutralized by two ingredients. I used to rely on white vinegar to get out urine. It works better than amost any of the over the counter remedies. White vinegar breaks down the chemical parts of urine that make it smell (and those that don't as well). Also, white vinegar won't hurt septic systems or the environment.
The only downside to white vinegar is that it isn't a detergent. When I need something that does the job and also cleans, I rely on a product called Odo-Ban. Odo Ban works on everything, the container says it kills the same number of germs as bleach. I use both white vinegar and Odo-Ban as a pre-wash for puppy towels and bedding, on the floor with a mop and even on furniture. Odo'Ban will leave a sweet detergent smell after it dries. This smell goes away after a day or so. Odo-Ban is sold at Home Depot. It is about $10 a gallon, much less expensive than most of the specialist cleaners for pet smells.
Now that they live downstairs, its easier to let the puppies out into the kitchen and living room to play, and also they have a view of outside. The snow is still over the tips of their ears. Once it's certain that they won't get lost under the snow and turn into pup-cicles, they will begin their puppy snowboarding lessons.
Stay tuned, the pupcam will be watching!
Puppies can begin to be house trained when they are about 5 weeks old, but don't expect miracles - it will take nearly a year for any dog to really 'get it.'
First of all, it cannot be overstated: Do Not Use Physical Punishment With Your Puppy, EVER. Poodles are smart and they love their owners and want to please them. If they do something wrong, a stern voice and affect will be enough to let them know they did wrong. Never Ever EVER hit your puppy with your hand or with anything. Cesar Milan never hits his dogs to get them to act right, and they come to him with huge behaviour problems!
In the beginning, the mommy keeps everyone clean. As she eases off this part of her role the puppies now know not to go in the den. As they start to eat solid food, the mom stops cleaning them. The human/puppy house training process begins when the puppies actually notice they are peeing. I put puppy pads out a little ways from their den, and encourage them to go there by leaving the papers down for a few days. The pads get smelly, which reinforces this is the right place to go by odour. When the puppies smell it, if they need to go this can stimulate them to pee right there on the pads. They start to associate the pads with peeing.
It's also a good idea if you see them waking up to move them to the pad area right away and keep them there until they pee. Don't hold or touch them, that will make the puppy think you are playing, but just redirect them into the area if they start to leave.
Number 2 is harder (no pun intended). The puppies normally pick a place to go that is out of the way, when I find this area, I put pads down right there. The good thing about #2 is it takes a few minutes so if you notice your puppy getting ready (circling, crouching down...) you can put them where you want them to go. Again though - handling the pups makes them want to play and they may forget what they were doing, so move them and leave them alone.
None of this keeps the puppies from freely doing their business wherever for the first few weeks. The point is to start them off with a regular place to go. At this stage, praise or food rewards do not help - everything is too exiting and they don't get the association until they are a little older.
When you get your puppy home, the best and quickest but possibly hardest way I have found to house train a puppy is to take he or she outside on a leash to where you want them to go every hour on the hour, walk them back and forth repeating your personal elimination code word ("hurry up" is frequently chosen) and praising excessively when they do. At night this means waking up frequently - you don't have to wake up every hour, but plan to take the pup out three times betweem 9pm and morning, and to take them out first thing in the morning. If you can't take the puppy out the very first thing, hold him or her until you can - they won't pee or poop on you - but do be quick about it - their bowels are small, active and less able to hold it for long!
Some of our RedTeddy puppy owners have had success using the bell system. Their puppy rings a bell on the door when she needs to go out. Try bringing the bell with you at the beginning of training, and using it to stimulate the puppy into doing his/her business. Don't forget to go over the top with praise when they do it 'right,' and not to punsh when they do it 'wrong.' Any pain inflicted on the puppy now will only confuse them about your intentions, and make the whole process harder, meaner and less humane.
Ah, things are running smoothly with the PupCa, even
heard from my nephew in California, so we are broadcasting throughout the USA!
Theres just one issue remainins, I cannot both upload and
watchthe stream on redteddypup.com, that’s too much for my server. Fairpoint
will upgrade me next week, so we can both upload and download at the same time.
This morning as I was getting Tash and Leo’s breakfast in
the kitchen, which is directly below the studio/Pupden, a tremendous howling
was heard over head. I ran up to see what the matter was, with Tasha either in
front or just behind. As I disentangled the littlest pup from where he had
accidentally ensconced himself between the wall heater and the wall, the pups
began their breakfast of nursing. But Tasha was too hungry herself to stay
where she was, she followed me back down once the disaster was
The dog’s breakfast this morning consisted of puppy chow
(I forget the maker, it is a new brand as Farmers Supply didn’t have Blue
Buffalo in puppy chow, but this one also looks good), a mix of carrots, peas and
potato bits (I’m not happy about the potato, but this brand only comes that way)
chopped spinach, one adult human omega six fish oil capsule (opened and sprayed
upon above) and about 1/3 of a small log of raw turkey, all mixed up (or they
just lick out the turkey). Yum.
Usually I feed Leo and Tasha downstairs. Since the pups
were so abruptly unfed by Tasha following me, I decided to feed her up with the
pups. It’s a little early to start them on solid food, ok
for them to experiment a little, which they did, after she ate her breakfast. I
will go back to feeding Tash and Leo away from the pups for now.
Yesterday I was able to connect my new Logitech c920 webcam to my extremely old and decrepid Gateway laptop computer, and download the Adobe Flash Media program all to bring Live Pup Cam right here at redteddypup.com, and it worked!!
It would have taken about an hour had the computer not chosen to crash several times. I honestly thought I would lose it. I even began emailing my extensive collections of drawing and puppy photo files to my gmail account, in preperation for a TOTAL SYSTEM FAILURE. But today is a better day, and everything is up and running. If you were at your computer around 7:30est you may have seen the very first moments of live web streaming as the pups woke up for morning playtime.
I owe a big thank you to Michael at Streamhoster. Without his patience and his magical abilities to take over my computer and set everything up, I would still be on step one. While not cheap, Streamhoster has so far been GREAT. Their customer support is fantastic, they answered emails in lightning speed, and when I emailed in for help, Michael actually called me back in, like 5 minutes, and asked me if I could wait an hour while he finished with some other customers. When he called back (after I completed a defrag and tried to get my laptop to behave as if it were not six years old going on sixty) he walked me through the process and, voila! it's as though I actually know what I'm doing! Thankyou Streamhoster!! I recommend them for anyone interested in streaming.
About PupCam, I cannot - yet - keep the process going 24.7. Well, sometimes I need my computer for other things, and also, I can't run both the webcam and the site at the same time due to band width issues. (Michael checked all that, and explained that my local dsl service from Fairpoint Commuications, the only service available out here in the boonies, is a tad slow).
To get around the issue of not taping 24/7, I am offering people who go to watch the puppies the option of emailing me when it is best for them so I can at least know when people are available to watch, and also to get email alerts, so I can send a quick "It's on" email when I start the pupcam. If you want to be included in either of these services, click here for the link to that page: PupCam Alerts
Link to PupCam Live Real Time Video (when its on)
Blog One: Red Ted Min Poo One
This is the very first post in what I hope will be an interesting, creative and helpful place for anyone interested in our RedTeddy Miniature Poodles. I plan to chronic the daily lives and events of our current litter of four puppies, three boys and one girl. The puppies were born 1/8/2014. The parents are Leo Lion Heart (he is) and Beautiful Tasha (she is, too). We will welcome any comments, ideas, questions and try to respond quickly just as we do with regular email inquiries.
Another purpose of this new blog page is to try out some high-fallutin' technology for soon to be puppies families to see them as they grow through their early days, and to give everyone out on the web the chance to look in the den and be a fly on the wall in the life of this new family.
The new technology (new to me - notice the RTP website is now several years old and just now we blog? Really?!) is to install a webcam in the pups main living area, so everyone can watch them eat, sleep, and play and:
BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!
(Not really scary ~ some might think gross scary - (and be correct!))
No one is going to be running in to turn the thing on and off at inappropriate moments, so yes, you will see, um, ah, yes: there will be poo. Or poop. No. 2, or s%*t. Pick your favorite pseudonym, what you will see is why I get paid the big bucks (to clean up).
As soon as I figure out how to plug the thing in, you will be able to visit this page and watch real live puppies playing, climbing all over their mother, learning, barking in their sleep, in short: their whole baby puppy lives and antics. Of course, they might just be asleep. The point is, you get to watch the puppies whenever you decide, not just when I get around to making a video and posting it!
THIS IS IT ~ THE REAL DEAL!
Well, almost. I have not quite gotten there yet. This is actually going to take an investment of time and money. Here is the place where you sigh, so RedTeddy finally sold out.
Redteddypup.com has no advertising: no annoying pop-ups or banners for unrelated services, links to thinly disguised soft porn, no 'click here for a chance to win a gazillion.' None.
And it WILL stay the same, more or less, everywhere but here. The ads you will see here (when I figure it all out, hopefully in 2014) will be for products and services that
we actually use, like, respect, and truly, honestly recommend.
Plus, here's the kicker, we will have a button you can press to just send one dime to one dollar if you think the content is worth it. You get to tell us why what you saw was funny, interesting, odd, you name it, to help with costs.
One more thing. Wouldn't it be cool if all our puppy families could have a RedTeddyPup T-shirt or sweatshirt, or maybe a RTP baseball cap? If this is within the realms of the possible, needs to be economical yet high quality and great design we will be making, marketing and selling these items here. Even, dare we say it, RedTeddy doggy booties, sweaters and capes! Exciting!
But wait, there's a problem.
Anyone know how to do this? If anyone out there knows how to organize the part about high quality clothing with our RTP logo that doesn't cost the earth, that buyers can order from redteddypup.com that gets made and shipped quickly, economically and accurately,
Please get in touch! Send a link! HELP!!!
I need - and am grateful for - all the help I can get!
Thanks for reading, more to come. Of course, I could just delete this page and do something easier. What about play with the puppies? I think I'm going to do that now regardless. This has been very taxing, describing all I want out of life for this website. Time for some R&R puppy time.