House-Training Dogs: The Web Cam Solution

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 15, 2015 4:27 PM GMT
    I thought I'd share my latest discovery with other dog owners who are possibly struggling with house-training. I recently got a new puppy. Yes, a 3rd dog was the last thing I needed, probably not one of my better decisions, nevertheless little "Sweet Pea" is part of the family now, and inseparable from her big brothers, Romeo and Mango.

    Anyway, I was going through utter HELL with house-training because, little did I know, bringing a female into the mix with 2 other house-traained males would wreak utter havoc and cause the two males to revert to old habits as they proceed to mark their territory. The problem was that I could not get a handle on it because I had a hard time figuring out which dog was the culprit, and catching them in the act, or as soon after as possible, is crucial. Enter: The web-cam. A friend told me about this little device (a camera) that he got at Radio Shack that lets me log on either on my iPhone or my computer with a live feed to my living room. I get an alert on the phone when their is motion in the room and I can pop on and view the goings on. But here's the kicker, the camera has a speaker on it, so from wherever I am I can actually talk to the little creatures. Yep, it's true, I've been secretly spying on my dogs to nab the culprit, AND I am happy to report that IT WORKED! Oh what fun it is to see Romeo just about to lift his leg on the side of a pillar and suddenly "Romeo STOP THAT...Bad Boy!" rings out and I scare the holy shit out of him. Problem now solved, all three are happily going where they are supposed to go. Oh the joys of modern technology
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    Mar 15, 2015 6:18 PM GMT
    Typical Republican behavior. Church doesn't allow dogs? You had to instill an omnipresent voice technologically?

    More seriously, I'd go with crate training and taking the puppy out to the same spot every 1/2 hour to hour until trained. Takes a few days, two weeks max. The existing dogs might just be over-marking where the new dog had peed. Thus the dog-popularity of fire-hydrants.

    When wolfpuppy was a pup and I was in the garden installing irrigation, I made the playful mistake of talking to him through a length of PVC. Just a few words but right away it freaked him out. He wouldn't go near me for the rest of that day.

    Dogs rely heavily on their hearing not just for sound but for location, so your disembodied voice might make your dog neurotic.
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    Mar 15, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    a dog's digestive tract is faster than human, say 4-6 hours? You might consider feeding the dogs at expected times twice a day so they want to relieve them selves when your home. Knowing the weight of the dog; get an estimate of the amount of food to feed each dog from the dog food package labeling.

    I found it very very difficult having 2 or 3 dogs. there is a dynamic between the animals that is hard to control once you leave the house. often its not a win situation and crating the dogs is a functional solution.

    my remaining dog (i had 3 initially) wakes me up at 2-4am to go outside. If i dont take care of him he will relieve him self in the house NO MATTER WHAT. It is a high cost dragging my ass out of bed but have not had an accident in months.

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    Mar 15, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    theantijock saidTypical Republican behavior. Church doesn't allow dogs? You had to instill an omnipresent voice technologically?


    LOL! Seriously? you're making this a Republican thing.
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    Mar 16, 2015 12:10 AM GMT
    lol. oh I'm sorry. I must have the wrong RJ. Just teasing. But, hey, I'm not the one who set himself up as omnipresent voice in that little the Wizard of dOgZ thing you got going. That poor dog. I hope you at least disguise your voice.
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    Mar 16, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said... Oh the joys of modern technology
    Just wait till the cops have drones with speaker-cams. Then when they see people doing something illegal, they'll yell out "stop, or I'll say stop again!"
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    Mar 16, 2015 2:56 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    CuriousJockAZ said... Oh the joys of modern technology
    Just wait till the cops have drones with speaker-cams. Then when they see people doing something illegal, they'll yell out "stop, or I'll say stop again!"

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    Mar 16, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    paulflexes said
    CuriousJockAZ said... Oh the joys of modern technology
    Just wait till the cops have drones with speaker-cams. Then when they see people doing something illegal, they'll yell out "stop, or I'll say stop again!"

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    When a small plane is 500' above the ground, it can be heard easily.

    When a drone is 500' above the ground, nobody can hear it...unless it has a loud megaphone

    When a small plane is 500' above the ground people can see it.

    When a drone is 500' above the ground, it's just another speck in the sky that no one notices.
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    Mar 16, 2015 4:25 AM GMT
    Oh and BTW, I'm gonna be in Scottsdale in 1.5 weeks. Wanna hang out for dinner again? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2015 7:52 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI thought I'd share my latest discovery with other dog owners who are possibly struggling with house-training. I recently got a new puppy. Yes, a 3rd dog was the last thing I needed, probably not one of my better decisions, nevertheless little "Sweet Pea" is part of the family now, and inseparable from her big brothers, Romeo and Mango.

    Anyway, I was going through utter HELL with house-training because, little did I know, bringing a female into the mix with 2 other house-traained males would wreak utter havoc and cause the two males to revert to old habits as they proceed to mark their territory. The problem was that I could not get a handle on it because I had a hard time figuring out which dog was the culprit, and catching them in the act, or as soon after as possible, is crucial. Enter: The web-cam. A friend told me about this little device (a camera) that he got at Radio Shack that lets me log on either on my iPhone or my computer with a live feed to my living room. I get an alert on the phone when their is motion in the room and I can pop on and view the goings on. But here's the kicker, the camera has a speaker on it, so from wherever I am I can actually talk to the little creatures. Yep, it's true, I've been secretly spying on my dogs to nab the culprit, AND I am happy to report that IT WORKED! Oh what fun it is to see Romeo just about to lift his leg on the side of a pillar and suddenly "Romeo STOP THAT...Bad Boy!" rings out and I scare the holy shit out of him. Problem now solved, all three are happily going where they are supposed to go. Oh the joys of modern technology


    Great story and thanks for the tip, pricelessicon_smile.gif