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I hope JMM steps in here because she is the training expert but I know a little bit about this, in the meantime....

1. The crate should not ever be used as punishment. If you feel you need to confine him go ahead and put him in there but do it cheerfully so he'll think it is a good place to be.

2. When you catch him going where he shouldn't.... try to make noise to surprise him so he'll stop the flow of urine and then take him to the proper place and let him finish going there and then praise, praise, praise and give a little treat.

3. Take him to his pee area many times a day such as after and before eating, after a nap, etc. They usually need to "go" after they have a change in activity such as from bed to playing, from playing to nap, etc.

You ask how to punish for peeing..... you don't.... There should not be a need to ever punish a dog. Rather, you reward for positive behavior.... please don't punish your baby. You can earn respect and get him to do what you want and be a great companion without ever punishing.

Both K & C are the greatest... just such good babies.... I have never punished them and would never even think of it.... Malts, especially, are just too sensitive... it would break their heart to be punished....
 

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Here is an SM thread that might offer some help... some good advice in it....

http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/index.php?...98&hl=accidents

And here is some advice from JMM from another thread:http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/index.php?...763&hl=accident


Originally posted by JMM@Mar 15 2005, 11:28 PM
He is not having accidents, he has no idea that he has to go outdoors.

1. Every accident is really your fault for not getting him outside in time.

2. Playing puppies may need to go every 10-15 minutes. Sleeping puppies can usually go for 1 hour more than their age in months during the day, but for toy breeds with little bladders it can be a bit less.

3. If your dog has the opportunity to have an accident, you gave it too much freedom. Crate time when you can't watching and leashing your puppy to you are the ideal ways to ensure supervision. Crate time is especially important so that dogs learn how to hold it for brief periods of time.

4. Motivate your dog to go in the right place. Give good treats and praise when he goes outside every time. Go out with him on a leash each time and praise him. Ignore accidents in the house. Do not punish him.

5. Set a schedule, especially for feeding and play time. This will help him to need to potty on a schedule. Wake up, outside, eat, outside, play, outside, nap, outside. Eating on a schedule will tend to have him defecating on a schedule which can help aid in housetraining.
 

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Originally posted by RexsMom@Jun 16 2005, 10:50 PM
I was just reminded by my mother in law that he is a dog, treat him like one, but I dont feel he is a dog, I feel he is a baby, especially when he rolls over in my lap and looks at me with those big black eyes of his!  :new_Eyecrazy:  I have been trying to hold him and pet him while I read a magazine or paper so he will learn that they arent scary, but that will take time too I guess.
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IMHO, I would not listen to my MIL on this one... listen to us!!
He IS a baby and always will be... a sensitive, trusting, loving, funny, little baby.... I say treat him only with love, tenderness, sweetness, and caring.


PS This doesn't mean you can't do positive-reinforcement training.... that is good, also......
 

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Originally posted by RexsMom@Jun 16 2005, 09:53 PM
Usually he starts running around when he needs to pee, this time he was laying beside where I was sitting on the couch and just stood up and squatted where my husband usually sits (he had to work late and wasnt sitting there tonight!)  Usually he only goes out to potty between 4 and 5 times a day, he is 9-1/2 months old. 

I will try making a noise next time to get him to stop--once before I tried picking him up mid stream to take him to his door and he peed the whole way there!  I would never rub his nose, I have read that was bad to do and I would never hit him like he was before we got him, he is scared to death if I pick up a magazine to read or a newspaper to read, he runs.  He is a wonderful dog most of the time, but he does seem to have past emotional issues that we are trying to help him through. 
Thank you all for your suggestions and I will use them, that is why I came to this message board was for help...this is my first dog and I don't know what to do.  Thank you all!
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If you say that he peed where your husband usually sits, I wonder if he was marking!!!???? That is what it sounds like to me.... Has he been neutered yet?

I'm glad you read about not rubbing their nose in it... where that dumb idea got started is beyond me...

I didn't realize that he had been abused before... oh poor baby....

And sure... if you are cleaning the house, etc. the best place for him is indeed in his crate where he can feel safe, etc.
 

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Originally posted by RubyJeansmom+Jun 17 2005, 02:44 AM-->
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@Jun 16 2005, 06:18 PM
K/C's mom your advice is spot on.
I would just add that consistency is so important.
I don't know if anyone watches "The View" but Star Jones now has a little Malt and one morning I heard her saying that "Pink" the little maltese had an accident and she rubbed her (the malts) nose in it
   I was shocked 
  She then went onto say the dog wont come to her and hides under the bed 
   Iwonder why not  

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...in my opinion-she's a idiot

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Should we start a massive writing campaign to set her straight!! Poor puppy.... That just is so sad.....
 
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