Posted : 10/21/2007 4:40:10 PM
let me try to help, it sounds like you are doing a pretty good job with what you have said the reason there are so many methods of training is that not all dogs respond to the same thing. if your dog is crate trained, this will be perfect for you to at least try. this is how i train most puppies. with an 11 month old dog you should easily get away with 2 hour time frames between going outside. if you have a potty word like go potty, use it, if you dont it is time to establish one. i us "Go Potty" if your dog does not have a saying that you use to tell it to go, say something like (do your duisness, go potty, tinkle, hurry, etc.... use one phrase, the shorter the better) remember dont actually say it until your dog actually starts going(if it does not know a phrase already) then say it several times it an upbeat voice while your dog is going, when your dog is done, treat with food, praise, and petting. now if your dog does not go when you take it outside ON A LEASH (i say this because you are going out for one thing, to potty, not to play or run around the yard, when you are potty training that is all that is alowed to take place.) take your dog inside without praise and put it in its crate. 30 min later go get your dog and take it outside on a leash again. if it goes say your phrase only while the dog is going until it learns the phrase then praise, if the dog does not go, it goes back into the kennel for another 30 minutes, repeat until the dog goes outside, then the dog can come hang out with the pack for another 2 hours or 1 hour or whatever is needed with a constant eye on your dog. then repeat the steps if this is not clear, let me know what you do not understand and i will clear it up for you.
remember, consistancy is key!
PS if your dog does happen to get one by on you, take it right outside if the dog does not go, it stays in it kennel until it does. this may seem like alot of kennel time, but it usually does not take long before you can trust your dog in your house again, but dont give to much freedom to soon, one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
sorry for the spelling errors...lol