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toilet training

Postby Teddy » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:44 pm

Puppies usually go not long after a meal, after waking up from sleep and also after playing or exercising in the house. In order to train your dog it is important to remember these points and take them outside regularly. When your dog wakes up encourage it to follow you outside to do its business. Use a word that it will come to associate with this action such as ‘quickly’ or ‘do toilet’ and repeat it regularly whilst you wait for your puppy to perform this action. Once he has been, praise him lavishly and tell him what a good dog he is. Lots of encouragement is needed at first before it becomes second nature. Do the same after he has eaten and pretty soon he will automatically go outside on his own after each meal. Also make sure there is paper somewhere in the house and be patient.... With Ted (hes 2 yrs) he has only recently started to learn to hold for longer periods (once in the morning, lunch, around tea time and before bed).... I remeber with Ted as a puppie he had to be taken as soon as i got up-i use to have to rush to get him out or he'd do it by the door... about 10mins after a drink of water, after food, after playing around.... but they do learn to hold on eventually.... also I do tend to take Ted out about 20mins after exercise or a walk because they tend to take-in alot of water after exercise.

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Re: toilet training

Postby merlinnz » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:01 am

We got a wee dog door, she learned to use it in less than 5 minutes! Not a single accident inside since... We got it when she was about 8 months.

I was lucky to hav a friend who knew all kinds of things including that they don't learn to hold their bladder, or their bladder is not fully developed for a long time...

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Re: toilet training

Postby Stacy » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:14 pm

Toilet training our girl has not been straight forward. we'd take her out after feeds wen she wakes etc then shed come inside and go toilet. She is outside all day and night now which has helped her alot. Has any one had struggles with toilet training.

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Re: toilet training

Postby Teddy » Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:31 pm

not really i jsut found that its up tot he owner, i don't think dogs want to go inside so if you regularly take them outside they will go out there.... after awhile you get to read the signs and take them out

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Re: toilet training

Postby doodlesmum » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:29 am

We had a nightmare with Doodle - she decided very early on that grass and our lovely rug felt exactly the same and why did she need to bother with going outside.

She is 2 now and occasionally still will leave us a pooh if its raining outside - as she doesn't like the rain.  We have a dog door for them also.  Booboo was a bit better and we've had a few accidents with her but she will go outside if I remind her when she starts wandering off.  

Funnily enough when Boo wants to go in the night she whimpers by the bed and I ask her if she wants to go and then she runs out through the dog door and does the business.  Only trouble is that she has just learnt to stand by the bed when she returns asking for her treat for being good!

I think some spoodles are easier to toilet train than others and its just luck of the draw if you get if right within the first few weeks as that is the crucial time.  Anything after than tends to be remedial (or so the animal trainer told me.

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Re: toilet training

Postby Teddy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:42 am

the only time ted does it now is when mums female dog is on heat and i think he's trying ot cover up her scent... this get extremely annoying when it happens

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Re: toilet training

Postby Kate » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:24 pm

Lara hates going outside when it's raining too, I have to go out and stand there with her to prove it's ok!

She was pretty good to train at home, we put lots of paper down for the first few weeks and gradually decreased it as she got used to going outside or letting us know when she needed to go outside - it's helped that being summer we've been able to have the doors open at home a lot so she can come and go (no pun intended) as she needs.  She still has a few accidents when she goes to work with my partner, which I think is due to him getting too absorbed in what he's doing and not realising when she needs to go outside.

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Re: toilet training

Postby kiwi06 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:06 pm

The lady at the pet store today told me I couldn't let the puppy out on the grass, even in my own backyard (no other dogs in the last 10 years) until he's had his full vaccinations.  I was definitely going to double-check that one, as I had planned to try to take him outside early on--we're fully fenced.  Can anyone here confirm or reject that advice?

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Re: toilet training

Postby Tallulah » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:53 pm

I would hate to say she's actually wrong, but our 2 both went out into our own garden before all injections, but this was with the vets permission! Not to the beach or anything like that though.

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Re: toilet training

Postby BarbM » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:44 am

Yeah likewise, banning the backyard's a bit over the top I think, especially if you are there 'supervising' what they get into! I saw a man at the beach last weekend carrying two 8 week old spoodle puppies!  I wish I had taken a photo as it was very cute, but I was also worried they were a bit young for that environment. He was very careful where he let them play but still..  
We used to live in Sydney and parvo-virus was quite prevalent there so it was very risky to let wee pups out much before their vaccinations.. we still took our puppy Banjo to the park before his last vaccs but only in small areas and very closely watched what he was doing. We felt it was necessary to strike a balance because he would miss out on experiencing and learning about the big world in his first few months and it was also good to socialise him with other friendly dogs.  Did the pet store person give any reason for the advice? Maybe they know something we don't - I would be interested to find out.

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Re: toilet training

Postby BarbM » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:46 am

...also how are you supposed to start toilet training if you can't take the puppy into the backyard ?  hmmm seems like strange advice the more I think about it!

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Re: toilet training

Postby doyle and mollie » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:53 am

crazy advice telling you you cant let your pup outside in your own backyard thats obviously fully fenced etc! the big no no is public areas. i think its really important that your dog experiences the joys and dangers of the outdoors as soon as possible this way they wont become intimidated or insular. when do you get to bring him home?? and my vote for a name is pippin!!!

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Re: toilet training

Postby kiwi06 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:39 am

I'll definitely check it out with my local vet.  The woman said it was the parvo-virus that can continue to live in the grass, even if there hasn't been a dog there for yonks.  We pick him up a week from Saturday, when he'll be eight weeks old.  He really suits Pippin actually, the more I think about it, because he is the smallest in the litter.  Time to introduce my own Samwise to the adventures of the Hobbits methinks, and see if he'll agree.

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Re: toilet training

Postby doyle and mollie » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:48 am

pippin the pipsqueak  ;D

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Re: toilet training

Postby Hannah » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:29 pm

Thats really strange advice, we let Bailey out before she had finished all her vaccinations. as long as you are watching them and dont leave them out there by them self untill everything is safe and you can totally trust them. But i wouldnt take him to the park or beach or anything until he's finished all his vaccinations. Its good for him to explore the new environment and feel all the different things.  :)
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