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Being patient isn't one of my strong points, lol. :b No, really, I just wanted the best advice to be sure I'm dealing with this correctly from the start. Thank you all for the responses. Here's some pics from today. Not a great quality camera, btw!

Willow with poorly paw.


Willow and Guide dog I'm currently boarding

Nice to see a photo of her, Willow is lovely, such a sweet little face :wub: :wub: :wub:
I think you're doing really well Evie. :cheers:

Willow is just settling in, and you're being reassuring and consistent and kind - so she'll twig what's expected of her, at her own speed.

You two are finding your feet together!

:luck: :luck:
Can't really add anything to what has been said except that my young bitch will not perform when on the lead unless she is absolutely, absolutely BURSTING! :luck:
The weekend went really well. :D

There have been no accidents in the house since the GD arrived on Saturday. She is going home later on today, so fingers crossed! :unsure:

The GD had a real positive influence on Willow. It definitely helped having a dog there that is toilet trained to go on command. She also showed Willow a thing or two about playing with her toys and having fun! :teehee:

Willow also picked up the "down" command from the GD; that will save me having to teach her that one, lol.

I just hope Willow doesn't get to upset once our visitor goes.
how's she doing now she's on her own?
Ahem! I can see a second dog coming... :- " :lol:
I would have a second one in an instant if only I could afford it!

She cried a little last night when I went to bed (GD only went home yesterday evening). No puddles this morning. :)

She went back to the vets early this morning to get her xray done. I'll be picking her up later on today. So we haven't really had a proper day on our own yet since the GD went home.
Evie said:
Hi Guys,
As you know I brought Willow home from the vet's to live with us on Wednesday.  Her first night she settled really well.  The next morning she had a "whoopsie" in the sitting room when I left the girls to school.  (She had been closed in the kitchen, but can open doors.)

Last night she opened the door twice.  I said "No" firmly and put her to bed and shut the door each time.  Third time she waited longer and tried to open the door, but stopped when I said "No" again.  Settled fine the rest of the night.

So this morning she goes out the back and has a dump out there, but no pee.  She seems to prefare grass (my back is gravel) so I took her to waste ground at the end of my street, still no pee.

So I take the kids to school (10min total).  When I return I can hear barking from my bedroom (she had to open 3 doors to get in there!).  I come in she has taken a dump in the middle of my bed and a major pee in the middle of my youngest kids bed. *sigh*

I say nothing and clean it up.  How do I deal with this?

When I take her outside to pee she doesn't sniff around like most dogs do, she generally just stand beside me looking at me.  On the occasions she does pee/dump outside I lavish praise on her.  Accidents indoors aren't done infront of us.  When I come across them I ignore.

I have also got some "Four Paws Wee-wee Puppy house breaking aid".  I put a few drops outside which is to help incourage her to pee there.  She has gone once where I placed it.  Access to garden is only when I take her outside to toilet.

Is this seperation anixety, or any other ideas?  How best to deal with the toiet training?

Also I'd rather not crate her if I can avoid it.  Has anyone here used baby gates with a Whippet type?  Are they successful keeping them in the one room?

All good advice appreciated.  Sorry for the long rant!!! :b

I was told by a dog trainer that to get you dog used to being on their own is to pretend that your going out just wait out side for a few minutes and go back in and then do this with minutes getting longer for about a week or two and also use a treat balls and most of praise when going back in that should help with the seperation anixety and I have also used the wee pads moving it to the door and then out side as long as its not raining
Thanks for the tips, Valerie.

We had a difficult last night (her first night back since her operation). She cried, barked and battered the door. I was cringing in my bedroom incase she's injure her sore leg more. :(

We came down to a puddle this morning. First one since she had settled in over last weekend; but understandable.

When I went out to leave the kids to school this morning I left her with a big bone. When I came in she hardly looked up from it to see me. :D The kong filled with food never worked as well as this; I think bones may be the key with keeping her occupied when I have to leave her alone for a length of time.

Hi, I am a new member, with what i think is a good suggestion. Put her on her lead and tie the other end of the lead to your waist, that way where you go she goes, and you will be aware of her every move, so if she goes to squat you quckly take her outside and wait. It is a very tiring method, but the more positive experiences she has and the more she does it outside then the more she will want to repeat it. Also within 2secs of her finishing give her a tasy treat, like chopped cooked chicken or cheese. Good Luck, Liz.
Hi Liz,

Welcome to the forum, I'm a newbie here myself. :)

Yes that is a great tip. But Willow's accidents seem to be when I'm upstairs in bed or gone out of the house. (She hasn't been left for more than 20 min yet due to her anxiety when we go out.)

I have to say she has come on leaps and bounds with the toileting (touch wood!) now that she is settling into life here more. :thumbsup:

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