Why is it they don't train and there dog is great but when I train my dog is a mess?

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I don’t get it.
My brother in law has had 2 dogs in past year and both he took them in just tossed him outside if he peed on the carpet. Didn’t leash train him or crate train or told not to chew. Well the dog had maybe a few accidents (he’s had the dog for 5 months now) and never chewed anything!
I get a dog, I go all out, food bowls, collars, leash, pee pads. Well it’s been 3 days of disapline horror! She chewed the (cheap) tiling in our bathroom, she chewed my sandals, books, tv cords.
For potty training she’s indoor paper trained cause I can’t toss my dog outside (no fence and not allowed to "roam") because it SOOO hot she won’t go outside on a leash. I put down pads all over the 3 places she goes. And she goes next to the pads on the floor.
I just dont get it! What am I doing wrong!?!?!?! I disapline by trying to catch her going in the wrong spot. I can’t block her cause she’ll throw herself into the gate to knock it down or jump (She a min pin/chiwow) She chews only at night and wont’ even TOUCH her dogfood even though i’ve showed her a million times.
How is it that he doesn’t train (I’ve asked and he doesn’t train them) his dog and his dog turns out an angel and mine who I am training is a total loss?

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    7 Responses to “Why is it they don't train and there dog is great but when I train my dog is a mess?”

    1. Dana M says:

      I think it would be a great idea if you joined a good obedience class at an spca near you. The dog you have chosen is somewhat more difficult to train than some breeds, but certainly not a total loss. She peas on the floor rather than the pads because they are unfamiliar. You have to be patient and persistent to potty train your dog. Keep her with you on a leash and guide her to the area you want her to go on whenever she seems restless. Do this often as it takes, even if it is right after the last time you did this. Catching her peaking where you want her to and praising the dog and perhaps giving her a small treat is far more effective than scolding her for doing it wrong. Free feeding her or just leaving her food out, will not take care of her need to chew. She chews because she is either: bored, is taking care of her teeth and gums, or is feeling a lot of anxiety. She doesn’t chew because she is hungry. What your brother in-law does and how many things you buy is of no consequence. It’s a matter of gaining the knowledge you need to work with the dog you have. I know that it can be frustrating when you are doing everything you know and it doesn’t work. That’s the way it goes. If you put windshield fluid and oil in your car and it still doesn’t run you may feel aggravated. But it will make no difference until you figure out that you need to put in gasoline in your car to go anywhere. This has little to do with luck or charisma, but with actual understanding of your dog’s needs and behaviors. Hey, after you’ve gained this knowledge you will be light years ahead of your brother In-law.

    2. stevielizkb23 says:

      My advise is to be firm (not firm handed, but when you speak to the dog have a very firm tone). The best way I can put what is happening is that the dog is testing to see if it can walk all over you. Don’t leave the food done all day and all night. Allow maybe thirty minutes to an hour for eating and then take it away.
      As for the peeing in the house. I find the pads really don’t work. I bought a stake and wire clip for the ground outside and whenever there was an incident in the house the dog went outside and i just kept saying "go potty."
      As far as the chewing goes, if you have a cage that would be the best thing. After the dog pees in the house, put it outside, and then when finished with that put it in the cage. Not for very long, but no dog wants to spend time in the cage. Its like being put on a timeout on the stairs for a little child. Same goes for chewing, put the dog in the cage for a little while after.
      Make sure in a firm tone of voice to say no, and bad, but eventually the dog will be "trained."
      Hope this helps a bunch……………..Good Luck!

    3. Kate M says:

      Keep your dog with you at all times. If you can’t have her with you, put her in a crate. Use a 6ft leash and tie it around your waist to keep her with you. This will prevent her from chewing, peeing in the wrong spot and getting into trouble. Remember to take her to the place your want her to go every few hours. Confine the area when you play with her so she can’t run off. Put her in a crate at night. You can try feeding her in the crate as well. A healthy dog will not starve itself if there is food, so don’t try to tempt her to eat by giving her other stuff.

      You really need to start training her now. You can’t just work on house breaking her, then go onto other stuff. Get to a good class (not a puppy specific class and preferably no treats). A dog is not going to magically get better with no work form you. You need to work with you dog to get the results you want.

    4. Natalie Rose says:

      I think you should talk to a local, professional dog trainer. How old is she? She could have anxiety from being in a new place. How much experience do you have with other dogs and training? To prevent chewing there is a product called Sour Apple or Bitter Orange and you spray it where you don’t want your dog chewing. It tastes bad so naturally your dog wont want to chew on the furniture anymore.

    5. peaceoutgrlscout says:

      ahahahha paul that made me laugh though i have know idea why!!!

      ITS U NOT THE DOG

    6. Paul says:

      you are doing it wrong

    7. TK says:

      Get some credible reference books or talk to a trainer. I like the information in "Puppies for Dummies". I saw someone on this site mention another in the "… for Dummies" series titled "Dog Training for Dummies".
      Some tips: if she is chewing at night then she cannot be in a crate. Put her in a crate at night.
      If she cannot be trusted not to pee inappropriately, then confine her with an exercise pen or baby gate whenever you cannot directly supervise her. If she has a tantrum about being confined, correct her behavior with a well-aimed water bottle, and reinforce the gate to stay put when she hits it.
      If she refuses to eat dog food, then make sure you are giving her a quality food (no corn, wheat, or soy) and establish mealtimes (twice a day for adult dogs). Measure out the amount of kibble she should have in one meal. Add a spoonful of warm water to enhance the aroma and place it in front of her. Stay with while she eats, or ignores, it. Pick up the dish in 15 minutes. Toss out the uneaten portion. She gets no other food until the next mealtime.
      When she is confined in a small, dog-proofed room or in an exercise pen, she should have her bed, a small, non-tip bowl of water, a couple safe chew toys, and the piddle pad. The entire floor should be covered in newspaper.
      She should never have unsupervised access to the home until she is trustworthy, which may be months away. Supervision means you have eyes on her at all times.

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