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Discussion in 'Puppy Forum' started by Melanie.j 31, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Melanie.j 31

    Melanie.j 31 New Member Registered

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    I’m sure this as been asked loads so apologies now.

    I’m needing some help with toileting we’ve gone backwards I’ve a 11week old GR we were doing brilliantly she was jumping or barking at the door to go out and toilet we had few accidents in the house and those that we did have were due to human error!

    The past few days she’s still asking to go out but every 10 minutes and not doing anything just playing which is frustrating my other half and our son so consequently they’re not letting her out all the time and we’re having accidents in the house it’s a case of ‘Peter crying wolf!’. I need to break this new habit but not sure how to go about instilling a new routine.? I’ve tried treats (kibble) when she’s done something, tried keeping her on the lead till she’s gone then letting her off for her reward but she just chews the lead and doesn’t actually do anything !

    We’re allowed out on walks on Tuesday I’m hoping this might help with the need to go out, on a positive note she’s now sleeping from 11 - 6 overnight in her crate thankfully but daytime is still proving a problem something else to work on .
  2. JudyN

    JudyN Well-Known Member Registered

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    It might be worth getting her checked by a vet in case she has a urine infection. Also, are you taking her out regularly even when she doesn't ask to go? I would also take her out on the lead so when she does ask to go she doesn't get to play (or at least not until she's toileted). That might stop her asking to go out when she doesn't need to.
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  3. Nanny71

    Nanny71 Well-Known Member Registered

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    When I acquired Dudley he was 22 weeks old and had lived in a flat. He was used to puppy pads but did go out for short toilet trips.
    We continued with the puppy pads but also took him in the garden hourly, except at night. He got the idea of toilet outside within two weeks and has never had an accident.

    He won't poo in the garden but any other time just looks at me when he wants to go out
  4. merlina

    merlina Well-Known Member Registered

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    Stay calm- this is a very young puppy. I don't think it's a question of 'breaking a habit' but just letting the puppy out when it asks- whether it goes or not. This is such a new little creature and wouldn't understand the concept of crying wolf. (Actually dogs never do only higher primates like chimps.) Reward when they get it right, never allow them to see you mind when they get it wrong, mop up with a smile :) and just wait for her little body to mature. They do go backwards as well as forwards- wait till you get to recall! Some days brilliant, some days not! :confused: To reassure you I've had a working spaniel that was housetrained in 5 days- and my current one that took 7 months! But urinary tract infections can also be a factor- another good reason for never making them hang on.
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  5. Ari_RR

    Ari_RR Active Member Registered

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    We prevent in-house accidents by creating a habit of only peeing and pooping outside.
    In the process - lots of false alarms. It's normal.
    I get it - especially on busy mornings or bad weather days, multiple trips outdoors can be frustrating. But necessary.

    So, those bypeds who are too busy or too lazy to take the puppy outside (real need or false alarm, doesn't matter) - those are the ones who IMHO should be cleaning after the accidents :)

    Or, better yet, in a "positive reinforcement" way - those who grab the puppy and run outside every time there is a suspicion that she may need to go - those should be rewarded, nicely. Positive training works wonders with humans too :)
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
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  6. hollysh

    hollysh Active Member Registered

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    Yes I think they will have to continue taking her out when she asks to go and more times in between. It's always difficult at first but soon you will get a routine going that works for all of you. She will soon get bored of needing to go outside all the time. I'm sure walking will help with that.

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