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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Zero, May 28, 2018.

  1. Zero

    Zero New Member Registered

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    Just a quick introduction...

    We've haven't got this little girl yet, we pick her up next week. My son had a hand in the name, he loves the film Nightmare Before Christmas so wanted to call her zero after Jack's dog in the film

    Anyway, going to stalking this forum for hints and tips on toileting etc. And hopefully meet some other doggy friends.
     

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  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF Well-Known Member Registered

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    Hi, welcome. I can point you in the right direction for toileting.

    Toilet training happens when two things come together - the ABILITY to hold the toilet, along with the DESIRE to hold it in order to earn the reward for doing so.

    Ideally you want her to not be in a position where she needs to toilet before you have her outdoors, so that every toilet is outside - as far as possible, there will be accidents! So set her up to succeed by taking her out even more than she needs; for example every 45 minutes to an hour and always after sleeping, eating, playing. The time between a puppy realising they need to toilet, and being unable to hold that toilet, is zero. So your aim is to have her outside before she can't help herself. When she toilets outdoors make a huge fuss (never mind the neighbours, act like outdoor toileting is the best thing you have ever seen) and reward her with a high value treat. Do that immediately, don't make her come to you for the treat so she is clear that it's for toileting and not for coming to you. The idea is that she wants to earn the treat enough to hold the toilet until she is outside - once she is physically able to control her toileting obviously. If she has an accident inside don't react at all. If you get annoyed she may learn to fear your reaction and avoid you if she needs to toilet - the opposite of what you want. Just clean the area with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any trace of smell that might attract her back to the spot. As she is actually performing the toilet you can introduce words she can associate with it (like 'do weewee' and 'busy busy') that later when she is reliably trained you can use these to tell her when you want her to toilet.

    Indoors if you see her circling or scratching the floor, that can sometimes precede toileting so get her out fast.

    Overnight she is unlikely to be able to control her toilet as her little bladder and bowel are underdeveloped and not strong enough to hold all night so set your alarm to take her out at least once if not twice during the night.

    I don't know if you were thinking about them but i really don't like puppy pads - they give mixed messages about whether it's ok to toilet indoors and confuse the puppy.
     
  3. JudyN

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    Welcome - what a pretty pup!
     
  4. leashedForLife

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    .

    when i'm housetraining a pup or dog, i set my alarm for 3-am every night - they are crated beside my bed, in an airline-approved shipping crate, & the crate serves as my night-table, with my book, the pup's leash, lamp, etc, atop the crate.

    The 3-AM potty trip only takes about 10-mins, elapsed time - get up, throw on a robe or coat over PJs, put on shoes or boots, pick up the leash, make sure I HAVE TREATS [high-protein, pea-sized or half-pea sized -- if they're fresh food, i have them already in a sandwich bag in the 'frig, & we pick it up on the way past].
    Then open the crate, carry the puppy [if U set them down, they will toddle a few steps, squat, & pee - carrying them shuts off the waterworks temporarily] outside, clip on the leash, & set them down. Walk to a spot they've used B4, & wait - don't play with the pup, chatter at them, walk around... BE A POST & quietly stand. Don't play games on a mobile-phone - pay attn to the pup or dog, & observe yer surroundings.
    As soon as they squat, warm praise in a low-pitched tone, & as they rise to their feet, FOOD is under their nose B4 they take one step - the payoff must be on the spot & immediate, to make it plain what is being rewarded.

    Walk the pup indoors, put away the chilled food or pocket the dry treats, pop the pup into their crate, doff the robe / coat & shoes, & hit the bed - mission accomplished. :D
    Most pups are dry & clean overnight by 15 to 16-WO [4-mos age], when i stop setting the alarm, & get up faithfully every morning after 7 to 8-hrs, to take the dog out.

    - terry

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  5. arealhuman

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    Welcome! :)
     
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    excuseme Well-Known Member Registered

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    Oh how lovely, and I love the name "Zero" :rolleyes:
     
  7. Flobo

    Flobo Well-Known Member Registered Partner

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    Welcome and she's beautiful, love other peoples pups!:D
     
  8. Violet Turner

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    Welcome :)
     

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