Thursday, July 13, 2006

Housebreaking your Swissy

The GSMD can be a very challenging breed to housebreak. This is not because they are lazy or stupid. It is because this breed takes a very long time to get bladder control. Swissys drink tremendous amounts of water and as puppies it goes in one end and out the other. Swissy puppies may wet their crate in their sleep. Even after a trip outside a Swissy puppy may come inside and leave a trail behind them as they play.

Many times this lack of bladder control or incontinence is diagnosed as a bladder infection. Very rarely is that the case. Putting a Swissy puppy on antibiotics to help urinary incontinence is not a wise idea. Swissys that are spayed at a young age are often incontinent for life.


Blogger Joe Bagadonuts said...

2 questions:

1) So at what age should I be concerned if my GSMD has not been fully housed trained?

2) Our female GSMD will stand and start walking away while still peeing. Is this normal? She is a 8 month old.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Shadetree Greater Swiss said...

That is very common in the breed. By 8 months she should be keeping her bed or crate dry through the night most of the time, but some adults even start walking before they are done peeing. I guess they are in a hurry to get somewhere:-)

She should be fully housebroken by 12 months, but I would be sure not to spay her before then. Early spaying seems to lead to urinary incontinence in the GSMD.

4:28 AM  
Blogger Joe Bagadonuts said...

How about chewing habits. Our Swissy eats wood products like crazy. Deck, Fence, Picnic Tables, door trim, etc.

We have tried the bitter apple spray; but she is not effected.

We try to always keep big raw hide bones available which helps; but she still wants the raw wood.

Any ideas?

5:57 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

One way to exercise control over your Swissy is to establish a crate routine from the time you acquire your Swissy. Swissys are, characteristically, slow to house train. It is not unusual to learn that your Swissy may not be entirely reliable in the house until it is 8 months to 1 year of age. I opt to train my dogs for their safety. We all know that Swissys are so notorious for trying to bite, chew and digest everything in their path. So an intensive training must be implemented for their sake.

Ann from Puppy Housetraining

8:14 AM  

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